About Us - Mangapapa Hotel - Luxury Boutique Accommodation - Havelock North

About Us


Luxury, Seclusion, Elegance & Romance

Luxury, seclusion, elegance and romance

Four words which describe this stunning boutique hotel. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and orchards, Mangapapa Hotel offers the finest luxury accommodation in its twelve magnificent suites.

Together with the renowned restaurant, spa sanctuary and facilities such as the pool and lawn tennis court, Mangapapa delivers Hawke’s Bay’s ultimate luxury experience.

Mangapapa is one of Hawke’s Bays most prestigious properties, and one of the finest places to stay, dine or hold a wedding or function. Once the home of Sir James and Lady Wattie, this beautiful boutique hotel operates all year round treating both locals and visitors to the very finest that Hawke’s Bay has to offer.


A visit to Hawke’s Bay is a delight for all your senses. As a region steeped in food and wine production, Hawke’s Bay has a myriad of offerings for foodies and wine-lovers. World-class wineries, farmers’ markets, artisan food producers and some of the finest agricultural and horticultural scenery await you in our bountiful province.

Hawke’s Bay also prides itself on a varied and vibrant cultural scene, with art galleries and museums, live music and theatre, and cosmopolitan dining and entertainment. Of course, a stay in Hawke’s Bay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of our stunning beaches, or a meander through the charming villages and town that dot the region.

Your time in Hawke’s Bay can be as relaxing or exciting as you wish, and the team at Mangapapa look forward to offering our local knowledge and recommendations to ensure you have experiences to remember and create memories to cherish.

History of Mangapapa Hotel

The hotel has a a huge connection to Hawke’s Bay’s history. It is more famously known as Sir James Watties’ home but the stories of the homestead go back far further than that.

The homestead was built in 1885 by William Nelson, the founder of the Tomoana Freezing Works in Hastings. Nelson built several beautiful homesteads in a similar style to Mangapapa in Hawke’s Bay plus several schools and was a great supporter of community growth. Several photos of William Nelson’s family can be found in the hotel’s reception.

In 1896, George Langdale Sunderland, a retired Navy Officer, who immigrated to New Zealand at the age of 24 took up residence. Sunderland had first settled in the Bay of Plenty in 1876, working for Nelson Brothers as Head Stock Buyer at the Taraheru Freezing Works in Gisborne. He was promoted to Manager of the Tomoana Freezing Works in 1896. The history of the Hawke’s Bay Hunt reports his arrival from the Bay of Plenty and he later became Master of the Hawke’s Bay Hunt. George lived on the property with his wife Dorothy, the grand-niece of the renowned English Poet Laureate William Wordsworth.