Nigel Herbert and Deborah Reid show us round the newly opened Eagle Ridge – their luxury lodge, wedding and function venue nestled into the Ohauiti Hills with BREATHTAKING VIEWS of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
PHOTOS TRACIE HEASMAN / QUINN O’CONNELL
A short drive out of Tauranga, and you are sitting on top of the world at Eagle Ridge, looking out across the beautiful Bay of Plenty, over meadows and valleys to the ocean in the distance. Unless you were invited to a wedding here in its previous life as Bella Vista, you probably haven’t had the joy of being served afternoon tea under the shade of an umbrella, admiring the view.
But that has all changed under new owners Nigel and Deborah. “Eagle Ridge is a special property to be enjoyed by all – not just us. We want locals to come up and experience this magnificent spot,” says Nigel. “That’s why, along with the gorgeous function centre up the path from the lodge, for the first time in the estate’s history, we have opened the four bedroomed lodge up to guests.”
Deborah adds “You don’t need to get married here to come and stay; last week, we had a group of girls whose husbands had gone fishing for a few days. We catered a delicious dinner for them on the lawn outside, watching the glowing coastline disappear into the night. They couldn’t believe they could use the whole lodge just for themselves. Next week we have a surprise 80th birthday booked.”
Helping Nigel and Deborah to look after the lodge, grounds, and function centre is Briana; warm and efficient, she is the best kind of events expert. “This job is every event planner’s dream. The most beautiful spot to work in, organising weddings, milestone occasions and luxury corporate events.”
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