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Pipinui Point Is Wellington's New Luxury Clifftop Retreat

This secluded retreat comes with uninterrupted coastal views and an outdoor bathtub.
By Stephen Heard
September 16, 2020
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Pipinui Point Is Wellington's New Luxury Clifftop Retreat

This secluded retreat comes with uninterrupted coastal views and an outdoor bathtub.
By Stephen Heard
September 16, 2020
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Just a short 25-minute drive from Wellington's CBD or a six-minute helicopter flight over mountainous terrain and along the rugged Kāpiti coast is new private clifftop retreat, Pipinui Point.

If you've always wanted to unwind with your significant other or travel buddies on a scenic crag, this could be your opportunity. The two-bedroom retreat is perched on a cliff 250 metres above the Tasman Sea. Owner Tom Eastwick says the clifftop location makes you feel like you are literally on the edge of the earth.

The boutique property is surrounded by 1600 acres of coastal farmland and has been designed to showcase the extreme natural environment of the Ohariu Valley. During the process of construction the owners preserved 120 hectares of native bush for regeneration. They also plan on releasing a rare rowi brown kiwi at Pipinui Point next year.

At the retreat guests can ​cop uninterrupted west-facing views of the coastline from Kaik​ō​ura to Mount Taranaki. Watch the sun go down from the private deck, marinate in the outdoor bathtub, or take shelter from the elements beside the cosy wood-burning fire.

To save you nipping out in that helicopter, pantry essentials are included and several dining options can be arranged on-site. Gourmet cheeseboards and antipasto platters are available for picnics around the property, and chef Warren Maddox is on call to whip up dinner using local and foraged produce — his latest signature creation is beef short rib with hazelnut crumb, port jus and carrot. Continental breakfast is also included in your sleepover.

Those looking for further excitement can venture out to the neighbouring Boomrock estate for a variety of activities. Take aim at clay targets, head out on a coastal safari farm tour and have a go at axe throwing. More extreme excursions might see visitors smash golf balls down the 250-metre cliff face, take the wheel of a high-performance race car, or explore the region on an all-terrain four-wheel-drive adventure. You can also take control of a two-tonne excavator.

The rates for Pipinui Point start at NZD$575 per night for two guests. For more information and to make a booking, visit ​pipinuipoint.co.nz​.

Published on September 16, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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