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Hawke’s Bay: historic house venue.

The gardens flow around this historic house as they would have done in Gerturde Smith’s Day, generous lawns for gatherings interspersed with pretty plantings and framed with notable trees. The gardens are a happy space, sheltered by the beautiful Ormlie Lodge and raised above the plains.

Come for a wedding or a party, you can set up the gardens with chairs and tables for dining or for your ceremony. There are bridal walks and beautiful spots for wedding photos on the Lodge balcony or veranda, in the gazebo or around the gardens.  Hire of the garden includes the restaurant, in case of inclement weather you can celebrate indoors and view the gardens from the inside out.

Ormlie Lodge is the elegant former home of Gertrude Smith, built for her in 1899 by her wealthy father, William Nelson and is one of the classical historical homesteads of Hawke’s Bay. It is centrally located in Taradale in the heart of Hawke’s Bay close to Napier,  Hastings and Havelock North.

Ormlie offers gourmet cuisine and is fully licensed, you must add catering when booking facilities. Enquire for an event package.

Boutique accommodation available.

For an indoor function, please consider our Ballroom at Ormlie Lodge.



  • Accommodation
  • In-house catering
  • Licensed
  • Onsite parking
  • Outdoor seating
  • Tables & chairs included
  • WiFi

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Napier City

Napier City

Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference.

A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake – 7.9 on the Richter scale – rocked Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.

Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character – for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.

Napier is one of Hawke’s Bay’s “twin cities” and has a great range of accommodation and activities.


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