Ataahua Lodge, an Expression of Form.
- AVA Award Winning Outdoor Speaker System
- Clawfoot Bath
- Fully Equipped Home - Entertainers Kitchen, Scullery, Laundry etc
- Fireplace(s) Indoor and Outdoor
- Inground stone and tile Spa Pool
- Outdoor Pizza Oven(s) and Gas and Charcoal BBQ(s)
- Pool - 25 Meter Lap Pool
- Private Outdoor Granny/Nanny Suite
- Self Contained Gym & Free Weight(s)
- Tennis and Basketball Court
- Telephone (Local calls)
- Underground Man Cave & Fully Equiped Bar
- Wifi (Fibre)
Indulge in a luxurious New Zealand getaway at this high end Italian Lodge which employs classic principles in contemporary expression. Sixteenth century Italian architect, Andrea Palladio, created the formulas for symmetry, perspective and balance which are demonstrated here. He would be impressed to know his signature is referenced in a country not even discovered in his lifetime. While the inspiration may be Italian, the name Ataahua Lodge, is taken from the Maori word beautiful, and beautiful it is. The Lodge embodies Italian elegance coupled with New Zealand contemporary style of the highest standards.
The Lodge offers plenty of outdoor space, situated on 2 acres right above the fourteenth tee of the Western Bay Links View Golf Course, with sea views beyond. With impeccable landscaping a tennis court, spa and a large swimming pool. A state of the art award winning sound system with AVA Awards, has been installed throughout the garden. Al Fresco patio with a large outdoor table and couches to indulge in an afternoon wine and cheeses, or entertain by the outdoor open fireplace (integrated wood fireplace, smoker and pizza oven) to make pizzas or melt marshmallows.
The Lodge welcomes you through stunning intricate handmade wrought iron gates and timber doors through to a double stud height foyer, then opening up to a vaulted dining and lounge room with grand opulent lighting. The two dining rooms are equally as elegant punctuated with stunning contemporary art and opulent architectural chandeliers, with an open handcrafted fireplace in the lounge and a closed fireplace in the formal dining. The kitchen is a culinary delight including a butlers kitchen fully equipped, including a commercial grade coffee machine.
The Lodge’s interior provides elegance and sumptuous living with a modern twist, and each room is meticulously furnished throughout with a mixture of beautiful Italian antiques and contemporary Italian furniture including hand crafted pieces from the piles of Venice. Rooms feature the latest wall hung flat screen TV’s and full WIFI access for guest’s optimum comfort.
The Lodge’s spacious areas are divided over three stories plus a guest pavilion and gym. There are five bedrooms in the main house, and one bedroom in the guest pavilion. Three rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are stocked with toiletries. In the main house, you’ll find four bedrooms with super king beds, one bedroom with two queen beds, two single beds and the Guest Pavilion with a king bed. Adjacent to the Guest Pavilion is a fully equipped gym and yoga room with infrared heaters. Underground you will find an extensive wine cellar and movie room.
From the Lodge a range of activities can be arranged such as; private tennis lessons, gym sessions, massages, golf, cooking classes, direct helicopter trip and others.
Ataahua Lodge is located 25kms minutes from Tauranga Airport.
The large scale and layout of the property welcomes it to a number of options:
- House swaps (international);
- Events – weddings, functions and corporate hire; and
- High-end Lodge guest suites.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
All bathrooms include timber vanity’s with large walk in showers.
Ground Floor (separate from the family bedrooms):
- Guest super king bedroom with garden and sea views, 50″ flat screen TV, ensuite including open shower, double basin sinks, freestanding claw-foot bath with garden views to a private garden, toilet and bidet. Tiled throughout with heated floors.
- Guest toilet with bidet.
- Large self contained lounge/ bedroom designed for family guests or rented as a unit – 2 x queen beds, 2 king singles, 2 x single trundler beds, 60″ TV, playstation, kitchenette and separate bathroom with open shower and toilet.
- Master super king, 65″ curved OLED flatscreen TV, bi-fold doors opening to private balcony with outdoor suite, ensuite including open shower, double basin sinks, toilet and bidet.
- Super king bedroom with views over a private Italian contemplation garden and pond.
- Super king bedroom with garden and sea views.
- Bathroom with open shower, 2 x sinks, toilet and bidet, tiled throughout with heated flooring.
- Guest super king bedroom with garden and sea views, opening with bi-fold doors to the uncovered and covered terrace, 32″ flat screen TV, mini fridge and coffee machine, ensuite with open shower and toilet, tiled throughout.
- Fully equipped gym including yoga matts, free weights, squat rack, cross trainer, rower, bench, Swiss ball, TRX and 32″ flat screen TV.
Kitchen, Lounge and Living Rooms
This grand home welcomes you through stunning wrought iron intricate cover designed timber doors through to a double stud height foyer, with the feature Matai wide stairwell and iron balustrade.
The home exudes solidity and elegance with deep window surrounds, thick walls, deep doors and a grand open fire place in the lounge. Solid concrete walls with hand rendered plaster creates timeless appearance on both interior and exterior. Part of the separate guest house homes as a full home gym. All TV’s have access to cable and Apple TV’s.
- Kitchen designed for caterers with granite and timber bench tops and sink, Arger oven, 3 x dishwashers, fully equipped kitchen included a specific chef fridge.
- Scullery with twin granite butler sink.
- Ground living opens completely with bifold doors to the alfresco and lawn.
- 10 x seated dining table with a 50″ flat screen TV.
- 12 x seated antique formal dining table.
- Lounge with 65″ flat OLED screen TV.
- Library with built-in bookshelves.
- Curved staircase to an underground wine cellar/ tasting room/ cinema room with Rimu tongue & groove flooring and Rimu tongue and groove coved ceiling. The room includes a 65″ OLD flat screen TV, built in sound sound, built-in custom-made timber bar and custom-made cellar shelving and bathroom.
The Grounds – A Place to Celebrate and Entertain
The grounds to the Lodge are meticulously landscaped including over 50 mature palm trees, tulip trees some 1000 plus hydrangeas. Some key features of our grounds include:
- The two acres of landscaped gardens incorporating thousands of plants each planted as a labour of love and most planted as seedlings. The garden is a regular feature as a garden of interest for garden tour groups. Our gardens are maintained by our full time team of Lodge Managers.
- The Lodge and Garden is punctuated throughout by handmade wrought iron gates, fencing, garden, bridal walk and wedding arches all handmade by a local artisan team who have spent thousands of hours designing, making and installing these contemporary expressions of design.
- Our home and garden features custom pieces by a local master Maori Sculptor and Carver, Joe Kemp of Te Haa Gallery.
- Integrated in ground speaker system in the alfresco, garden and tennis court areas including 2 x in ground sub woofers which has won an award as the best outdoor sound system in New Zealand.
- Lap pool of 25 meters, gas heated.
- Tiled spa pool, gas heated.
- 3 x architectural Italian garden pergolas and seating including a beautiful plastered and hinuera stone outdoor fire place and pizza oven with a table seating over 10 x persons.
- Alfresco outdoor seating suite and separately outdoor table seating over 10 x persons.
- Tennis court which includes a basket ball hoop and pergola seating to enjoy the speaker system.
Celebrate and Entertain
The Lodge and garden are specifically designed to enable the elegance of a garden celebration or wedding or the intimacy of a marque event. As your hosts we can implore its beauty and perfection as we sourced and designed the Lodge as our private residence and the venue for own wedding. Subject to your needs, we can recommend wedding and event planners, florists, chefs, lighting, sound and even the best in fireworks artisans.
We can provide local or off-shore catering options for any events or in-house catering requirements. One of the top Chef’s we would recommend would be Clare Ullrich from eClare. We have used her personally both in Hawaii and in Sydney for events.
Clare Ullrich is a professional Chef from Melbourne, Australia. She completed her apprenticeship in cooking in 1992 with distinction honours.
After travelling throughout Europe and enjoying many amazing cuisines, she worked at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the fine dining restaurant, Peacock Alley where she was influenced by the simple use of flavours.
A varied culinary career in five star hotels, as well as a well known winery resort in the Pyrenees, Australia has developed Chef Clare’s repertoire in the food scene. She believes the Mediterranean cuisine is her main influence, for the fresh and unadulterated flavours, as well as the health benefits that it provides.
Luxury Experiential New Zealand Travel Experiences
If your intended stay is part of a New Zealand experience, and are looking for a high-end experiential travel experience, we highly recommend you contact Ahipara Luxury Travel. Ahipara specialise in luxury tourism (6, 5 and 4+ star) focused on connecting you with New Zealand through special people, places and activities. Truly special, authentic New Zealand holidays and vacations that you will remember for many years.
The Lodge and manicured gardens celebrate the creativity of acclaimed New Zealand artists and sculptors. Artists featured include Joe Kemp, Rosemary Eagles, Anna Korver and John Allen.
Contemporary Maori Sculptures by Joe Kemp
Our home and garden features custom pieces by a local master Maori Sculptor and Carver, Joe Kemp.
In Joe’s words; “My name is Joe Kemp, married to Sherie and we have three sons. We have lived in Lake Rotoma in the Bay of Plenty for the last fifteen years. I have been into art since I can remember only finding my sculpting ability eight years ago. My tribal connections are Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Te Arawa (Ngati Makino).
I am self-taught and find it’s a great privelage to be able to create with these mediums and art forms. I enjoy carving human form, especially females. I feel doing human form connects me with my ancestral history which brings a whole new meaning and purpose to the finished art work. I use wood as my main medium and enjoy the secrets and surprises that our native timbers have with them. I sense a connection with Tane Mahuta (the life force of the tree) as I’m working with the wood, so it is quite a special feeling. I also carve a variety of stone, where again there is a connection with Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).
I look to bring out the Wairua (essence) in each piece, starting from where the material originated and using any special features and grains in the stone and wood. Thanks for taking the time to stop and look at my work.”
We have specified pieces of Joe’s Art in the house for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any of Joe’s art, please contact us, or contact Joe directly.
For further information on Joe and his art, please see his website or visit his local open air gallery, Te Haa Gallery.
Contemporary Modern Art by Rosemary Eagles
Our home features custom contemporary art pieces by acclaimed New Zealand artist, Rosemary Eagles.
In Rosemary’s own words; “I am passionate about painting the natural beauty of New Zealand. Often the simplest form of a single flower bud, through to the wonderful rock formations on our coastal beaches. Bursting Harakeke Flax flowers with chocolate brown pods, to the wild and free flowing Toi Toi on our West Coast beaches.
Enjoying the nature of New Zealand , being out in the elements is of great priority in my life. Tramping and taking photos along my way, often with my family. Just stopping and taking another look opens up endless fresh painting inspirations.
Working larger enables me to be more expressive in my approach to my work, creating movement and freedom. Pushing the boundries of oil paints, adding mediums has enabled me to extend myself as an artist.
Working with colour and pattern is shown through all my works. Of late a more abstract modern contemporary style has been my approach.”
For further information on Rosemary and her art, please see her website.
Contemporary Modern Sculptures by Anna Korver
Our home features custom contemporary sculptures by acclaimed New Zealand Sculptor, Anna Korver.
”Anna Korver is an established New Zealand artist currently based in Taranaki. She has been working nationally and internationally since receiving a BFA in sculpture from the University of Canterbury in 2003.
Korver’s works are feminine in their identity and perspective, the fundamental concepts and feeling of the works inviting intimacy and personal connection. The forms are minimalist and strive to reflect the inner self onto the outer surface. Her work has always come from an internal place, reflecting on the current situation or experience. They often question and challenge traditional feminine roles, offering a different kind of strength where the masculine and feminine sides are in balance and delicate, fragility is recognised instead of seen as a weakness.
She has always seen the idea of home as an abstract term and is continuously curious about the connection of architecture to the human experience, of people and place; the way one affects the other and how the story and the experience of each go hand in hand, influencing and imprinting on each other subconsciously and consciously, creating or reflecting on the idea of memory. Recent works look at the underlying question: what does home mean and describe it as a transient concept using symbols such as the figure, the cube, vessels and sections of the landscape as reference to internal and external factors and support systems.
Korver was the owner and director of The Korver Molloy Gallery and sculpture park for 4 years, a trustee on the board of Eco Artists New Zealand for 10 years and an executive member of Te Kupenga stone sculpture society.”
For further information on Anna and her sculptures, please see her website.
Contemporary Wood Sculptures by John Allen
Our home features custom contemporary sculptures by acclaimed New Zealand Sculptor, John Allen.
In John’s own words; “Hi, I’m John. I’m a Kiwi, born in Auckland, with English, Irish and Samoan ancestry.
There’s always been something magical for me about weathered wood – I’ve been collecting it from beaches for decades. When I discovered that the gnarlier it is the more beautiful the twists of it’s grain can be, I started using it in sculpture. I’ve been working wood for more than 50 years but it wasn’t until recently that it has taken centre stage in my arts practice. For a long time I felt there was something illusive driving me forward in my work. I felt as though I was on the trail of something in various jobs however, eventually, I encountered a deep restlessness. Now, with the focus on my inner journey and making sculpture full time, that restlessness has gone. I make sculpture as an expression of the inner necessity I feel bubbling up inside. It comes out of me somewhere deep down and it’s always about making something very specific out of wood. Then, when I sit back and notice what’s emerging, I see that it coincides with a leading edge in my inner journey.
My sculpture practice is about mindfulness i.e. being mindful is my process. It is about noticing what’s arising, simply being with whatever that is without judgment and following it’s lead from a place of not-knowing, so that I can express what I need to express as cleanly as I can.
I am inspired by American architect Christopher Alexander’s approach to creating wholeness and life within art and architecture. I use his ideas as lenses through which to view my work, to help focus on creating wholeness and life. A construction method I use has been inspired by Alexander too. I call it “uniting individuality” which is a purposeful not-sameness where parts similar in character are each imperfect in their own way yet perfectly suited to their place.
Japanese design aesthetics really appeal to me, wabi-sabi in particular. Through natural imperfection and ageing, for me it brings forward the sense of suffering and transience I feel is part of life. But most of all I’m inspired by the wood itself; seeing it’s rawness hewn by nature, feeling it and it’s history, shaping it, watching amazing patterns of glowing grain appear, and feeling how smooth I can make it – so smooth it’s soft. Finding a magical piece on the beach is always exciting for me.
I have studied woodworking, art history, business and psychology. I enjoy reading Joseph Campbell, Karl Jung, and integral philosophy. I’m also a keen surfer.”