Spring in Kerikeri

Bed of Roses is experiencing a wonderful spring.  The garden looks lush and already has miniature blue agapanthus flowering as well as the topiaried limes looking prolific and startling with their abundance of beautiful golden yellow fruit.  The forecast for the season is very warm. We are already experiencing temperatures of 18 degrees. Most of the…

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Fyffe Country Lodge – Kaikoura

Cabin fever was starting to set in and thankfully we had the Olympic Games to enjoy over the past 2 weeks of downpours. The ground so soggy and small lakes everywhere. Alas… we woke to the pristine snow capped mountain vista of Kaikoura.  It was absolutely idyllic.  We drove our Russian guests to the water…

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Villa Toscana – Whitianga

I wish I could state that it has been a beautiful crisp winter here in Whitianga but…I would be lying. After almost seventeen years here, these last couple of weeks have been the wettest wintry fortnight I can remember….. even the local golf club is closed! Fortunately the feminine side of the family – my…

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Dunedin: A winter treat

We are half way through the winter and here in Dunedin for the last several weeks we have had wonderfully warm and sunny weather during the day just cooling down a bit at nights. Unbelievably national TV admitted a couple times that Dunedin was the warmest spot in the whole of NZ. Unbelievably, because temperatures…

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It’s Like 1987 All Over Again

What a historic day for New Zealand Rugby!  Down here in New Zealand, its been a busy month for most of the HCP member properties.  Cities around the country have been hosting the world and it’s our belief that our owner/operators have succeeded in showing the world just how friendly and professional service in New…

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Culture and Heritage

New Zealand is said to have the shortest history of human settlement of any country in the world, with the first residents arriving only in the 13th Century. Though this history is indeed quite short, there is more to the history of New Zealand than just the story of human settlement. In fact, that same…

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Welcome!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the blog of Heritage and Character New Zealand Portfolio (you can call us HCP for short)! We are a group of some of New Zealand’s finest owner-operated bed and breakfasts, lodges, and small inns, located throughout the beautiful land of New Zealand. Perhaps you have seen us in such films…

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