Junction Awards 2018 Runner Up - Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail
The public voting this year for our top Junction Award was a very close race and as the runners up it was clear that Brick Bay is still one of the top picks in our area for a relaxing day out, catching up with friends and family in a breathtaking location.
The Sculpture Trail and Glass House were conceived and built from 2004-6, opening in January 2007, for those weekend visitors and the growing local population, looking for a place to relax and indulge in art and beautiful food and wines.
“This region has an entrepreneurial heritage and a culture of creativity. This combined with stunning natural beauty and proximity to Auckland is a winning combo,” says Anna Didsbury, General Manager of Brick Bay.
“Our local supporters are an extremely important market for us. We look after our locals by keeping our offering fresh and dynamic, and rewarding locals in the winter with our 'Love Locals' promotion’.”
“We've noticed that the local demographic is changing with more young families moving to the area,” she says. “This has been fantastic for Brick Bay as we offer a multi-generational experience.”
We asked what they felt has helped Brick Bay to grow into the success it is today. “Always being open to new inspiration and pushing the continuous improvement and evolution of Brick Bay - it is a project that will never be 'finished'.”
Brick Bay does not just see itself as a stand alone entity, but rather recognises the importance of working hard to actively market the region as a whole, and in turn the benefits are felt by many. “We champion many local producers and suppliers, and also by being a large local employer.” says Anna.
Because for Brick Bay it is all about people. Whether it is the visitors or the workforce, it has to work for everyone. “Having the opportunity to develop our people and being the meaningful place for our people rather than the stepping stone to a more meaningful job makes us feel proud.”
“Developing our people is integral to our organisation, whether that be apprenticeship programmes, in-house training, coaching/mentoring and off-site courses. Our people are a huge asset and they expect to learn and grow in their roles.”
So what does the future hold for Brick Bay? “We're often chosen as a destination for group events and celebrations, so we're looking forward to hosting more of these occasions.”
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