Hawke's Bays Finest Luxury Boutique Hotel

Mangapapa Hotel is the finest luxury boutique hotel accommodation in Hawke’s Bay.  with twelve magnificent suites, exquisite dining, day spa and wellness facilities at this idyllic property.

Mangapapa delivers Hawke’s Bay’s ultimate luxury boutique hotel experience. Surrounded by park like gardens and century old trees and orchards, you will enjoy privacy, serenity and elegance at this stunningly peaceful property. 

In addition, this country retreat has a renowned restaurant focusing on regional food and wine, day spa sanctuary and recreational facilities such as the pool and lawn tennis court. 

Mangapapa is one of Hawke’s Bays most well-known estates, and the perfect place to stay, dine, conference or celebrate a special occasion.

Once the stately home of Sir James and Lady Wattie, a world-renowned businessman & philanthropist, this beautiful luxury boutique hotel operates all year round treating both locals and visitors to the very finest that Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

A Wonderful Location

A visit to Hawke’s Bay will  delight 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, exciting  or activity driven as you wish, and the team at Mangapapa look forward to offering our local knowledge and assured recommendations to ensure your experiences create memories to cherish.

The 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 this magnificent homestead go back further than that.

The hotel has a huge connection to Hawke’s Bay’s history. Numerous owners have contributed generously to philanthropy within the region. 

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.

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