Equine Estate covers
more than 283ha (699 acres) of native bush, forestry, meadows, exotic gardens
and trails. It has earned international envy among sporting claybird
enthusiasts from around the world – novices to world champions alike. This is the public face of Equine – its name
an anomaly in truth. Horses don’t run
here – yet this estate would cater brilliantly to an equestrian element as
Much of the estate is
a private realm for family; an escape from a hectic life in Europe and
elsewhere in the world where business takes precedence. This was their refuge.
Bought in 1984, the
land was developed on a magnificent scale.
Forestry, native bush, around 70,000 ornamentals, sealed roading,
trails, gardens and buildings all hide behind a stone, gated entrance. Pheasant, quail and Danish fallow deer were
introduced at the outset and their progeny continues to form part of the Equine
Internationally-renowned New Zealand
sportsman, Bill Hamill designed the sporting claybird course – 2kms spreading
across fields, with 50 targets and 36 stations.
For non-shooters, it’s a walk into another world, tranquil nature trails
and wildlife to marvel at, an experience at Equine is like no other.
Again, this is merely
Dotted amid the trees
are six impressive dwellings – masterminded in characteristic Basque fashion. Associated
with traditional farmhouses in Northern Spain and South-western France, these
typify the half-stone, half-heavy timber architecture that distinguishes the
It begins with the
main homestead – the largest and most detailed building with a spacious veranda
extension. Under one roof, a luxury ensuite-bedroom lodge and a two-bedroom,
shared ensuite, self-contained apartment. Boasting elegant facilities with
outdoor flow and open stone fireplace comfort, there’s also timber-lined attic
storage and a separate triple garage.
The home commands king position.
A manager’s house
mirrors the homestead’s construction and offers two bedrooms with shared
ensuite, office, fireside living, outdoor flow and a double garage. Adding to
this, two additional family homes both consisting of three bedrooms and each pursuing
the same Basque style. All the homes are complimented by separate driveways,
landscaped gardens and blissful seclusion within idyllic settings – all set
apart from one another.
Two large implement
sheds conclude the dwellings here with substantial workshops, offices and staff
accommodation, which completes the Basque replication. One comprising of four
bays – three with mezzanines - an office and bunkroom at one end with a
commercial kitchen and bathroom at the other. These dwellings are lined and
built to be used as function spaces.
As well as the
clubhouse, there’s a smoko hut, engineering shed, poison shed, wood-shed and
hay barn; various pens, yards, chicken house and kennels. Completing this are
three, deep-well bores (111-117m deep with casing to 73-79m; plus, a 100,000
litre holding tank.
The potential here is
endless. As a lodge for discerning guests seeking privacy and recreation, there
is no limit. The sporting claybird
course and hunting aspect is already recognised around the world. There’s forestry, apiary potential, wildlife
breeding – scope to develop the equine headline - imagination knows no bounds.
It simply embraces a
place known as the end of the world. Welcome to Equine Estate – and the opportunity
of a lifetime.