Hidden away in the Warkworth countryside lies a stunning but well-kept secret: Kourawhero Estate. It flies modestly under the radar, but has hosted business events for the likes of Air New Zealand, Les Mills and Mediaworks – the latter catered by Al Brown.
The range of amenities is extensive. There are three conference areas with breakout spaces, plus a beautifully renovated barn which seats 100. This also has full business facilities including projectors and sound system – plus a deck, kitchenette and fireplace.
When work is done, head to the very stylish bar and lounge (with open fire) to get together with colleagues. There’s a pool, small gym, state-of-the-art sauna and double massage room where spa treatments can be easily arranged. 18 beautiful double villas (some adjoining) with seriously high-end features completes the picture.
The 120-acre estate is managed by delightful couple Jack and Jeanette Wouters who’ve had years of experience facilitating conferences and weddings. They work with the region’s top local suppliers and activity providers to put together outstanding events.
The estate is truly in the countryside, surrounded by bush and rolling fields, with little to hear but tui singing – no distractions! “It makes a pretty good office too,” Jack says as he surveys the sweeping view from the helipad out to both Barrier islands. “You can see the Coromandel on a clear day.”
And the name? Kourawhero is named after the little native crayfish (koura in Maori) found in creeks on the estate.