DONKEY BAY INN
In the early 2000s, Gary Underwood, an experienced naval and civil architect, was engaged to design this unique building.
The brief was that it was to be 'off-grid', incorporate as many natural materials as possible, and be sustainably built. Most of the hardwood columns and beams are remnants from the original America’s Cup development on the Auckland waterfront.
The design incorporates bioclimatic architecture, the ‘green’ roof is topped with soil which is half a meter thick soil and weighs in at around 200 tons. This is helps helping the building to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, it provides excellent insulation ensuring the house stays cool in summer, and warm in winter.
Originally a private home it was later renovated to become the luxury resort you see today.
As you enter through the intriguing curved tunnel, you discover a place marked by harmony and peace. This beautiful courtyard creates a sense of arrival and marks the beginnning of a spectacular journey.