Riverside Homestead Waitangi


Guests who appreciate the tradition and quiet of our Homestead tend to “get” what we do and enjoy our understated approach.

To see what we achieved at Orongo Bay Homestead, check BMW Magazine: BMW Cuisine Story

The Orongo Bay Homestead accolades epitomise our ambitions for the river-side Homestead- in other words:

“one of those special places where Mother Nature said ‘Stop.  I’ve got it! It’s absolutely perfect’” – Chuck Henry, NBC-TV Travel Café

“…a haven! We came to stay when we needed to find peace, cosseting & lovely people” – Thelma Barlow, Granada Television Coronation Street (UK)

“I feel restored” – Liz Mitchell, Academy Awards couturier

“great hosts, great beds, great place!” – Roger Donaldson, film director

“suble, sexy and stunning” – Peta Mathias, television food celebrity

“special and precious.. I feel fully restored to face the rigours of the opera world once more!” – Helen Medlyn, international mezzo-soprano

“with gratitude for my stay as Ambassador to Paradise” – Her Excellency, U.S. Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun

“the rest of the world quickly melts away… the point of comparison for food is New York’s Waldorf Astoria. Orongo Bay Homestead has perfected the art” – Air New Zealand magazine

“a peaceful retreat cleverly combined with good food for the soul… every whim was catered for” – Suzy Aiken, TV news anchor, Australia

“a top-of-the-range, exclusive retreat” – House & Garden magazine

“far more than excellent food and an impressive wine list. It’s not surprising that Joanna Lumley, has sent her friends to stay” – Cuisine Magazine

“a near-perfect blend of location, hospitality and especially food” – Metro Magazine (reviewed: 4 out of 5 stars)

“a luxury retreat…Michael performs culinary magic…Chris spoils you rotten” – Gourmet Traveller

“all the niceties to be found in a 5-star hotel” – Sunday Star Times

“little details are what makes the ambience special….magnificent gardens… gorgeous views” – Cleo Magazine