The Gardens

The food grown on the property is 100% organic and is the main source
of produce used for the lodge’s daily menus.

Breckenridge Lodge boasts the perfect iconic vineyard view.

Each room looks out across hundreds of pristine Chardonnay vines. The lodge is slightly elevated so the eye is naturally drawn down perfectly laid rows of grapes to the trees and bare hills beyond that border the Tutaekuri River in the distance.

The light of the sky and on the hills is constantly changing offering a variety of colours throughout the day.

The gardens of Breckenridge Lodge comprise 2 ½ acres for guests to wander and explore.

20 years ago, the land was nothing more than a bare paddock. Today, there is an extensive variety of native and ornamental plants, flowers, produce gardens, orchards, a pond, and of course, an abundance of bird life.

The garden’s secluded paths traverse through the property revealing hidden seating areas and views that change from the highest point over-looking the vines and hills, down to the generous pond where frogs sing in the spring and curious fantails flutter almost close enough to touch.

At the top of the property sits a huge pizza oven surrounded by a garden of Pacific Blue lavender.

The pizza oven and its housing were also designed and built by Malcolm Redmond.

The lavender was specifically planted to be harvested for its oil.This oil is used to make our bespoke Breckenridge lavender products of hand lotion, shampooand conditioner supplied in all our guest rooms.

The owners have put in each and every plant and enjoy caring for the garden themselves. As the gardens have matured, the bird life has flourished. There have been over 30 species of birds spotted on the property. The beautiful variety of bird song enhances the relaxing atmosphere and gives the feeling of being in a much more remote location then just 15 minutes outside of Napier.

Birds living or sited on property

  • Bellbird
  • Blackbird
  • Dove
  • Duck
  • Egret
  • Fantail
  • Finch
  • Goose
  • Grey Warbler
  • Gull
  • Harrier Hawk
  • Heron
  • Kingfisher
  • Magpie
  • Morepork
  • Myna
  • Pukeko
  • Rifleman
  • Shag
  • Sparrow
  • Starling
  • Swallow
  • Tern
  • Thrush
  • Tui
  • Quail
  • Wax Eye
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Yellow Hammer
  • Peafowl
  • Pheasant
  • Plover