Monday, February 22, 2016

Ormlie Lodge, Taradale

Ormlie Lodge was built as a private home in 1899. This marvellous home has been converted into a stunning Lodge, and we enjoyed a very comfortable night there. As the restaurant was not open on a Monday, we took the option of a food platter - a well presented and delicious choice.
Visit date: 22 February 2016

Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau

Rural Hawkes Bay has many old stations, and this homestead is a magnificent example of the former glory of rural NZ. The two storey homestead is made from beautiful native timbers, which the current owners are restoring to their original splendor. The house was abandoned in 1953 following the tragic death of the owner, and bought in 2000 by the current owners, just before it was due for demolition. The result of their hard work, is a stunning home that would have been a real crime to have lost. It is possible to visit and enjoy looking around after relaxing on the verandah with the traditional Victorian cream tea.
Visit date: 22 February 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tikokino Country Hotel

Hawkes Bay has a number of historic hotels scattered around. The proposed railway was the reason for the Tikokino Hotel to be built in 1864. Like nearby Ongaonga, the prospect of being on the railway line lead to a building boom, but the changed route of the railway meant both townships have dwindled to a few remaining houses. Despite this, the hotel is welcoming with ongoing restorations and a very pleasant stopping place.
Visit date: 21 February 2016