Discover a creative wonderland with your four-legged friend.
A visit to Brick Bay will transfer you to a wonderland of picturesque waterlily lakes, a hillside vineyard and a sculpture trail that meanders through native bush, towering Kahikatea and evergreen Puriri. This sublime landscape is alive with the birdsong of native New Zealand birds such as Tui, Kereru and rare Kaka which may be sighted along with many wetland and water birds. Sitting on 200 acres, an architectural-award-winning restaurant nestles perfectly amongst nature for a delicious brunch to set you up for your walk or perhaps a well-deserved refreshment.
The destination of a foodie’s dream.
Four hectares of vines produce a number of celebrated wines, while flourishing olive trees and bustling beehives allow Brick Bay to create their own olive oil and honey. Of course, all of Brick Bay’s produce is available to take home with you and is proudly served in their famed restaurant. Cantilevered over a stunning lake, The Glass House is the destination of a foodie’s dream.
Picnic in a vineyard.
During the warmer months, Brick Bay offers zero-waste picnics where you simply turn up and they will provide you with everything you need to enjoy a nice picnic on the property. Find your perfect spot over the lake, under a tree, or between the rows of grapevines in the vineyard. We love this option for dog owners, just don’t forget to pack some extra treats and water!
Meander at your own pace in this dog friendly, cultural experience.
Set aside around an hour for The Brick Bay Sculpture Trail which showcases an exhibition of contemporary sculptures by the country’s leading artists. Discover a creative wonderland set amongst idyllic native bush and shimmering ponds, where you can meander at your own pace with your four-legged friend – on leash of course! While the relaxed walk is suited to most ages and is manageable with off-road pushchairs, it is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs so do keep this in mind before visiting.
Over 60 pieces of art to admire from New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists.
Carry on round the 2km trail through farmland and wetlands abundant with flora and fauna while you admire over 60 large-scale sculptural works – each with its own backstory. We’re certain your dog will enjoy the new views and fresh air as much as you will! Just make sure you bring your wallet as all art is for sale at Brick Bay and sales go directly to supporting New Zealand artists.
Brick Bay gets our seal of approval.
Our favourite? It has to be ‘Iceberg’ by Kaikourian Ben Foster – a geometric seal sculpted from polished stainless steel. You’ll find this stunner keeping watch near The Glass House, his shiny silver body stretched to the sky.
First-class dining, homegrown produce and a truly unique opportunity to experience art and nature in one space.
After exploring everything Brick Bay has to offer, sit down and devour a delicious lunch. At The Glass House, you’ll find small and large options, from Matakana Oysters to Spice-Rubbed Lamb. If you’re dining in a group, we’ve heard the grazing platters combine exquisite produce from the Brick Bay garden as well as locally sourced ingredients.
However you choose to enjoy The Glass House, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed as there is truly something for everyone.
Top tip – make sure you grab your trail ticket from the restaurant when dining, as you will be eligible for a discount on your entry fee.
To find out more and to book a table at The Glass House (recommended!), visit www.brickbay.co.nz
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