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Te Mata House

337 Te Mata Road, RD12, Havelock North, Napier, New Zealand


Te Mata House is a property steeped in history, now lovingly restored to create a luxury accommodation and venue experience in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country.

Built-in the mid-1850s by John Chambers, the homestead was once the beating heart of a pioneering farming enterprise that stretched across more than 7,000 hectares.

Garden enthusiasts are invited to spend some time exploring our peaceful Paul Bangay-designed grounds. With just a handful of Bangay gardens throughout New Zealand, visitors have a rare opportunity to observe the incredible detail that goes into this renowned Australian landscape designer’s work. You’ll spot Sally Holmes and Pierre de Ronsard roses alongside white wisteria and hydrangeas, a parterre with spring tulips, a citrus garden, vegetable patches, verdant lawns, water features and exquisite stonework. You’ll also see up close the meticulous exterior restoration of Te Mata House and its companion buildings, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after the tour at the pool house.

The Gardener

Jacqueline and her family moved from Auckland to Hawke’s Bay in 2016, where she managed the restoration of the homestead, stables, facilities and grounds.

Now Jacqueline, whose diverse background spans magazine production, education, finance and governance, is ready to share her warm hospitality and graceful heritage property with visitors to her very special corner of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“I want my guests to make their own memories here and still be talking about the special spots they uncovered, the people they met and the way Hawke’s Bay made them feel, for many years to come.”

Garden Size

Our garden is 1.1ha (2.7 acres) so allow 1-2 hours for your visit.


Walk down an aisle lined with crabapple trees, wed under the wisteria pergola, or pledge your love in a lavender field. 

A private residence rich in history and beauty, Te Mata House is now available for a limited number of very special weddings each year. We work exclusively with New Zealand’s most highly regarded wedding planners – One Fine Day Weddings – to create an occasion you, and your loved ones, will never forget. 

Our landscaped grounds and garden beds abundant with Sally Holmes and Pierre de Ronsard roses provide many picturesque locations for your ceremony, and a magnificent marquee helps create a delightful ambience for the reception.

With luxury accommodation on-site for the wedding party’s use, The Cottage is the perfect place to prepare, and to honeymoon. There are many other stunning properties nearby for guests to stay at so they too can enjoy a full Hawke’s Bay experience. 

One Fine Day will work closely with you to design a beautiful, memorable wedding like no other. In order to maintain the integrity of this heritage home and its grounds, all chosen suppliers must be pre-approved by the property owner. 

Please enquire by contacting info@onefineday.co.nz

Other Facilities

For a truly unique experience, we invite guests to bring their horses to holiday with them at Te Mata House. Our family loves all things equestrian, and we’ve created an attractive environment for your equine in our custom-designed stables and arena. There are two full-size stables on offer, each with rubber-padded walls and floors, a large and well-equipped tack room, wash pad, corral and yards, with plenty of room for parking horse floats or trucks. Our fully groomed lime-sand dressage arena (60m x 20m) overlooks vines and wind fans. A Tukituki river excursion is only a 15-minute ride from Te Mata House, and Ocean Beach a 20-minute drive. The extra cost of bringing your equine to stay is $50 per horse per day.

The use of the stables and arena is also available for hire for dressage or showing clinics, or multiple lessons for riders prior to competing in a local show. Hours of operation for group bookings are 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.


  • Accommodation
    Te Mata House has two offerings for accommodation. The Cottage is a purpose-built architecturally-designed guesthouse delivering an oasis of calm and light. Soaring high-pitched ceilings, beautiful fixtures and a carefully curated selection of local art make this a special retreat for up to four guests. Warm up beside the gas fire, enjoy a homecooked meal at the bespoke leaner-style dining table or sip wine in the secluded walled courtyard.
  • Price
    The price for garden tours is $20+ GST per person (self-guided tour) $25+GST per person with morning tea (minimum 10 pax)
  • Parking
    We have off-street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Our grounds are not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs brought to property thanks. (There is a dog here but I will either lock him up during visits or take him out with me)
  • Food available?
    Morning/afternoon teas – coffee and tea available by arrangement at the end of the tour.
  • Children allowed?
    Children – are welcome.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have toilet facilities.
  • Seating
    There is seating around the grounds.
  • Function Center?
    Corporate & Workshop venue. Switch on the out-of-office notification and spend some time with your team, colleagues or clients at our peaceful venue. The poolside venue is ideal for management away-days, small seminars and board meetings. It’s also perfectly suited for hosting a variety of workshops from floral design, table styling and wellbeing, to horsemanship, gardening and art. Our poolside retreat is a light and breezy environment in which to think, plan, recharge and be creative. Enjoy a range of catering styles (half-day and full-day options available), with mineral water, Nespresso coffee and Studio Red tea on offer throughout. A quick dip in the pool or a game of croquet breaks up the day, and we have full bathroom facilities, and an outdoor shower to rinse off under. A TV screen, whiteboard and stationery are available to use at no additional charge. And if there are guests coming from out of town, their accommodation is only a few steps away! Corporate & Workshop hours of operation are between 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Mondays – Thursdays for up to 12 people. Bookings start from February 2021.


337 Te Mata Road, RD12, Havelock North, Napier, New Zealand