We’re Justine and Bayden, your hosts here at Kiwiesque.
We have a long and varied association with Hawke’s Bay and the Esk Valley, and after many years sheep farming we decided to share our love of the land and the outdoors with guests here on our vineyard.
We built the lodge in 2012 on the site of the original woolshed, so the red corrugated iron architecture is a nod to the history of this place and its agricultural past. Keeping with the woolshed theme, the carpets, ceiling and wall insulation are all sheep’s wool.
Kiwiesque has continued to grow. In 2017 we completed the four bedroom Vineyard Villa expansion. The range of options here has grown too. We now offer versatile accommodation options, package deals, different levels of hosting and the whole venue for weddings and events.
We love the bounty Hawke’s Bay offers – from the freshest food and the finest wine, to endless outdoor pursuits if you’re keen to balance things out!
We’re delighted to live and work in this beautiful corner of Hawke’s Bay, and look forward to sharing it with you.
-Justine and Bayden
Kiwiesque overlooks the vineyard which includes a producing block of Pinot Gris and Albariño. Albariño is a white variety from Galicia in Spain, grown in a coastal climate and enjoyed with the very best seafood tapas. We wish to replicate this experience with all the exceptional Hawke’s Bay seafood on offer.
Hawke’s Bays 2007 vintage was a very sunny and dry year, producing outstanding Reds. Our 2007 ‘Farting Kiwi’ Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripper. In limited supply it is best enjoyed with BBQ Kiwiesque lamb on site. In 2016 we replanted a new block of Cabernet Sauvignon to supply our ‘Farting Kiwi’, our next 2019 vintage we’ll be drinking from 2025.
Kiwiesque vineyard is registered as a Sustainable Winegrower with SWNZ. Our sheep play an important role, grazing the vines 8 months of the year. This exposes our grapes to the sunlight for ripening, and reduces spray use and mowing.
Kiwiesque has evolved from a red corrugated woolshed on a sheep farm, later developed into a vineyard. From sheep farming backgrounds, Justine and Bayden designed Kiwiesque Lodge to replace the Woolshed and establish their tourism venture in the vines where the sheep still roam.
Justine has used her decorating flair to create a stylish classic country farmhouse feeling. Both rustic and modern, this unique feel enhances the environment for guests to relax in style.
Bayden’s a real local with heritage going back to East Coast tribal ‘Te Aitanga a Mahaki’. His first European ancestor, an early settler, set up Whaling stations at nearby Tangoio and Cape Kidnappers in the 1840s.
Kiwiesque has been designed to capture the rustic charm, shape and texture of the old red corrugated iron woolshed, as well as being environment friendly.
The sun’s natural light and heat are captured by the positioning of the vast glass areas. Heat is then retained by double glazing, insulated concrete flooring and sheep’s wool insulation in the walls and ceilings.
Natural wood fires and LED lighting have been utilised for energy efficiency. Pure rainwater is harnessed from the extensive roof area. All wastewater is treated on site returning to the land as irrigation.