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About Wātea

The luxury lodge features three elegant guest bedrooms, Italian bathrooms and a smart guest lounge. Swim in the lap pool (summer season) with surround sound, sip a glass of Hawke's Bay wine in our spa while watching your favourite movie or sport on the outdoor TV, or join your host Iris for aperitifs lounging on the decks.

Service starts with Airport or Bus pick up if required. It would also be my pleasure to give you a tour of the top things to see and do in the Bay.

Breakfasts are considered outstanding by guests. Fabulous coffee and home-made bread accompany seasonal fruits, freshly squeezed juice and a cooked dish.

There is Fibre To The Home (FTTH) with high speed unlimited internet. You can listen to our online music of your choice or you can connect with your own i-pod or e.g. MP3 player There is a good collection of modern books. 

Excellent dining is close by Watea. The Mission and The Old Church are highly acclaimed and close by. The Old Church won the 2015 Hawkes Bay hospitality awards for Outstanding Restaurant and for Ambience and Style. Iris will drop you off and you can taxi home so you can enjoy the local wines with your meals. For a casual Pub meal the Duke of Gloucester is 1km away. Also 1km away is The Store a new and excellent restaurant in the Taradale shops.  Napier is 10 minutes drive and has many wonderful restaurants including; Mint, Pacifica and Indigo.  1024 is 10 minutes towards Hastings.

Special Events 

Coming to the Hawkes Bay for an event?  There are plenty to choose from both in summer and winter. Food and Wine events include FAWC (Food and Wine Classic). In summer the Mission Concert, Art Decco, Horse of the Year.

A group of up to four couples can be hostedin very comfortable surroundings in the separate guests' wing using our 3 Guest rooms and a double sized fold out sofa bed in the guests' lounge.

Planning a Romantic Getaway Weekend to unwind from your busy work schedule?  Stay at Watea and spoil yourselves with Champagne to enjoy in the Hot Spa Pool. Relax, read a book or enjoy dinner at nearby restaurants.

Corporate clients are encouraged to make Watea Lodge their choice of accommodation. Room rates will be reduced for regular patronage.

Coming to the Hawkes Bay for a wedding? Watea is a fabulous venue for wedding guests. We can host a small wedding party and the beautiful garden provides a lovely backdrop for photos etc. The Collins Bush Wedding venue is 100 metres down the Road. We are the closest accommodation to The Old Church Restaurant which is a popular wedding venue and only a 10 minute walk away. Church Road Winery and the Mission Estate, also both popular wedding venues are 3kms away. Winery wedding venues such as Vidal's, Elephant Hill, Craggy Range and Black Barn are all within a 30 minute drive.