They came back to NZ in 2010 to buy a vineyard, and subsequently feel in love with Wharekauhau and left with a lodge and vineyard. The Foley family are deeply involved in Wharekauhau, our community and our small team of long-standing staff.
We are a small tight-knit team that manages the properties various aspects. To learn a little more about the 'family' that will be taking great care of you please see below.
Richard has been with Wharekauhau since 2006. This is the perfect lodge for Richard who grew up on a farm, and has worked across four of the luxury lodges in New Zealand since he was 15. He has a keen passion for Pinot Noir, and his Labrador 'Melot'
Chef Marc joined the Wharekauhau family in 2014 and is responsible for managing the kitchen, and food story of Wharekauhau. Marc is a dedicated food forager, and loves nothing more than when guests want to join him in the garden or foraging mission
A big sports fan and all-round community man! Grant joined the team in 2016 by way of South Africa. Grant has a wealth of restaurant knowledge from his stints in South Africa and Europe. Grants role is to oversee the restaurant and service elements
Adrien and his partner Audrrey joined us in 2018 after 10 years at the St-James hotel in Bordeaux, France. A great man to rummage through some old bottles in the cellar with.His knowledge of wine, and passion for boutique producers is second-to-none.
Ian joined the team in 2007. Ians main focus is to manage the new development, and existing infrastructure on the estate. Ian is experienced in bush-craft and often takes guests out on tours of the estate so he can share his knowledge and passion
A Wairarapa local that has has spent 20 years farming the coast, and 15+ years in the tourism. He has done it all, from managing hotels, to shearing sheep day-in-day-out. Marks main purpose is to ensure every guests activities are incredible