Following our initial launch in late 2014, our first New Zealand summer hosting guests at St Marys Residence has been an exhilarating and rewarding adventure for Manjit and myself. Travellers have journeyed from around the country and around the world to enjoy the Residence's exclusive urban blend of luxury, seclusion and relaxation, and we're thrilled our unique property is featured in the latest issue of World, New Zealand's premier lifestyle, design and travel magazine. Look for the magazine on newsstands from early April – stellar Auckland harbour views from the Residence's roof terrace are showcased on the front cover.
After a busy summer season, we are buoyed by the interest in St Marys Residence, and very confident our property is perfectly in tune with Tourism New Zealand's premium traveller strategy to develop our country's increasingly sophisticated luxury sector. Premium highlights for our own recent luxury visitors have been our personally-curated and unique Auckland experiences, and superb gourmet cuisine from our renowned private chef showcasing the finest of local produce and ingredients.
The past few months have also been an exciting time to be in Auckland, and recent events have reinforced the city's emergence as a truly international destination. Key matches from the ICC Cricket World Cup were held amid the modern-day Coliseum of Auckland's Eden Park, providing a relaxed Kiwi welcome for visitors, and patriotic thrills and immense pride for New Zealanders. From late February to mid March, the bustling waterfront area hosted the brave sailors taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race, further enhancing Auckland's reputation as the 'City of Sails' and one of the world's great harbour cities. As I write this, the harbour's beautiful island of Waiheke – easily accessible from nearby St Marys Residence by ferry, seaplane or helicopter – is hosting the annual Island of Wine Vintage Festival, and music, wine and food events are taking place across the island's stellar wineries and vineyard restaurants.
Back in Auckland, excellent new restaurants continue to open in the city, many in up-and-coming precincts in close proximity to St Marys Residence. The culinary mavens behind two of our favourite eateries in nearby Ponsonby – the buzzing Blue Breeze Inn and the energetic MooChowChow – have opened Woodpecker Hill in the heritage neighbourhood of Parnell. Combining southern American-style slow-cooked barbecue with the zingy flavours of Southeast Asia – trust us, it works – this eclectic establishment is one of the city's hottest new openings, and more tasty proof of Auckland's reputation for some of New Zealand's finest food. Even Wellington's iconic Matterhorn restaurant has joined the Auckland scene, taking pride of place in a wonderfully-restored heritage market just a short drive from the Residence.
From Manjit and myself, thank you for all the support during our launch, and we look forward to securing further ‘hard-to-get’ restaurant bookings for our guests in the future.
Here’s to autumn and all its glory!
Owner & Host