HighRidge makes a good proposal

12:39 PM Wednesday November 19, 2014 Colin Taylor

HighRidge Country House, Pheasant Lane and 16 Gum Rd, Waitakere.

HighRidge a luxurious West Auckland pre-wedding venue and accommodation business built on 4.3 hectares of landscaped grounds in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges, has been placed on the market for sale.

The boutique Italian style villa, at 16 Gum Rd and off Pheasant Lane in the Henderson Valley, is only 25 minutes’ drive from the Auckland CBD and specialises in the growing pre-wedding market, with an established standing in the industry.

“This tranquil freehold sanctuary combines the best of both worlds,” says Paul Dixon of Bayleys Auckland Central who, with colleague Duncan Ritchie, is marketing HighRidge for sale as a going concern business and property through a tender process closing on December 4.

“The property’s accessibility to the city and its spectacular views of the grounds, over the Waitakere Ranges and the surrounding native forest are a huge draw card for boutique pre-wedding packages including wedding preparations, photos and accommodation,” Dixon says. Pre-wedding packages can include arranging on site hairdressers and make-up specialists for the bridal party, a finger food lunch, transport to the ceremony, and accommodation and breakfast.

“Since opening in 2008, HighRidge has built a strong name as an event venue, catering to small and medium-sized groups,” Dixon says.

Created by architectural designer Bruce Shadwick, the 512 sq m two-storey villa built in 2002 reflects Mediterranean sophistication and luxury. The contemporary design features imported Italian porcelain flooring, roof tiles from Spain, locally-made solid cedar window shutters and detailed cedar doors. All rooms have an extended 3.6 metre ceiling height.

HighRidge is ideally located near a number of popular wedding venues including Cassels, Waitakere Estate, Artisan, Soljans Estate Winery, Gracehill Vineyard Estate and Lincoln Green Motor Hotel.

In addition to pre-wedding packages, High Ridge has been used for several other events such as cooking classes, chocolate tasting, wine tasting, jewellery workshops, celebrity interviews, product photo shoots and as a Shortland Street TV set location.

“The north-facing property opens to a grand foyer and has five bedrooms, one of which has its own mini kitchen. All rooms have ensuites and a private balcony overlooking the manicured gardens, ponds and a fountain,” Dixon says.

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Bride & groom at HighRidge Country House which is a popular wedding venue. 

The villa also features a designer kitchen, two living areas with gas fire places, a laundry, two dining rooms for breakfast, a study and a cellar. The building has underfloor heating throughout and has parking for eight cars outside.

Dixon says HighRidge is a stand-out, aspirational property that ticks all the boxes. “In a market flooded with options, very few stand out as having the level of quality, facilities, service and picturesque location this property and business offer.”

He says the wedding market continues to flourish, with couples increasingly looking for beautiful and romantic locations for the bride to be and entourage to make preparations for the wedding moment. According to Statistics New Zealand, 19,237 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents in 2013.

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Guest bedroom at HighRidge Country House.  

Wedding tourism also makes up an increasing contribution to the nuptials market with an additional 2416 marriages registered to overseas residents who travelled to New Zealand last year to marry here. “The country’s natural beauty and personalised wedding options on offer are significant attractions for the couples who travel here to be married,” Dixon says.  

“HighRidge caters to these needs, offering a stunning location, tailored pre-event options and staff which is experienced at helping to create a dream day for their clients. It has an established and highly regarded reputation for catering to a range of guests from international travellers to Kiwi couples. This is a special slice of New Zealand that is just waiting for a new owner to take over a luxury property and take it to the next level.”

Dixon says the well presented, niche business would suit an investor or owner operator.

What’s on offer? 

The property: HighRidge Country House

Location: Pheasant Lane and 16 Gum Rd, Waitakere

Agency: Bayleys Auckland Central

Sales method: Tenders closing December 4.


  •          Boutique Italian styled two storey villa.
  •           Only 25 minutes’ drive from Auckland CBD.
  •          Specialises in growing pre-wedding market. 
  •          Freehold 4.3 ha landscaped grounds.
  •          Spectacular views over Waitakere Ranges. 


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 Paul Dixon of Bayleys.