Interview at Waiheke Island | Delamore Lodge, Perfect for Wine Lovers

Owner Roselyn Barnett-Storey came to Waiheke Island to find a getaway home. Instead she created Delamore Lodge, a haven of culinary wellbeing

Why did you choose Waiheke Island?                                                                                                           

As a child the island intrigued me with its fantastic beaches, walks and nature. Now it’s a grown-ups’ adventure playground and a matchless food and wine destination. Waiheke makes world-class wines, especially reds. The vineyards are great to visit – none are that far away on an island. And restaurants range from tapas on the beach to 2013 restaurant of the year finalists.

Some wine names to remember?                                                                                 

Stonyridge for Bordeaux-style reds, of course. The Hay Paddock pioneers syrah growths. Kennedy Point has accredited organic status. And Mudbrick Vineyard and Cafe shares views you’ll never forget.

Did you have a food and wine background?                                                                                                 

I was CEO of the company with the contract for hospitality for the Americas Cup. I loved answering the needs of so many different guests but then realised I wanted to work more intimately, especially with the food and wine. Once chef Aaron Smith joined me, I knew everything was in place. Instead of a house I created a lodge.

What’s Delamore’s cuisine style?                                                                                                                          

Aaron adores being able to buy locally and directly. For instance? Well, Helio stone-oven breads, Rangihoua Olive Oil, fresh olives from our own olive grove, oysters from Te Matukua Bay, fish straight from the boat; Miche is a local sheep milk cheese and the local butcher makes his own pork pies and stocks great game. I could go on . . . and often do!

What’s next?                                                                                                          

Discovering new ways to share Delamore’s culinary and spiritual gifts.


Editors Notes:

Perfect for Wine Lovers..There are almost 20 vineyards on Waiheke. Include Goldwater Estate, pioneers of island winemaking, Stonyridge for tasting and dining amidst wines, olives and lavender. Te Whau for outstanding food and historic wines. Plan carefully or join a wine tour. Amazing view, cafes and restaruants everywhere: Ostend Farmers Market too, every Saturday morning.

About Delamore Lodge...

Delamore Lodge, a first choice for celebrities who want style, guaranteed privacy and security is located cliff edge on the ‘Island of Wine’, Waiheke, where you will find sensational beaches, restaurants and world famed vineyards.

This luxury lodge offers you a gift, an offering to nature for the jewels that comprise the beauty of Waiheke Island and Hauraki Gulf, and all just 30-minutes by ferry or 5-minute helicopter hop from downtown Auckland, or 12 minutes from the airport. Inspired by the Mediterranean and brilliantly shaped like a traditional Maori fish hook the lodge spectacularly overlooks the traditional fishing grounds from Owhanake Beach out to the Pacific.

The lodge offers a spacious guest lounge, central courtyard with a sweeping stairway linking the tropical rock pool and waterfall, a deep, cave-like Jacuzzi, a sauna, well-being centre and a wine cellar stocked with the very best selection from 30 local vineyards and New Zealand’s regional best. The courtyard then cascades into the striking, Italian-style fireplace and outdoor dining area. Delamore’s infinity swimming pool leading to a superb all-weather pavilion perfectly suitable for gatherings of up to 120, has cliff top 180-degree South Pacific views.

Each of the plush 4 guest suites & the Two bedroom Apartment fully face the sun with a private patio and more panoramic views – even from your bath – and organic spa treatments, some especially developed on Waiheke Island can be arranged in the purpose built spa suite which includes two treatment rooms.

Indicative Rates: Guest Suites NZ$1383 (high season) and NZ$916 (low season). Two bedroom Luxury Apartment NZ$1800(high season) and NZ$1500 (low season)

Delamore Lodge
83 Delamore Drive, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
T +64 9 372 7372 | F +64 9 372 7382

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