At the beginning of 2020 who knew we would be where we are now. With an ever growing importance to support our local communities through movements such as buy local and love local, this summer we will be holidaying in our own beloved New Zealand landscapes. Inspired by this we talk to some of our own on what they love in New Zealand and where they would go holidaying in Aoteroa.
NZ Summer - We Talk To Our Own | Part 1
Stephanie Moffitt | Design Director
Destination Of Choice: Coromandel
My favourite coastal destination is Whangapoua Beach in the Coromandel with its pristine white beaches surrounded by flowering Pohutukawa trees. This is where we (my husband is also a Kiwi) normally spend our annual summer holiday with extended family, getting back our kiwi accents and trying not to get too sun burnt.
As the Mokum Studio is based in Sydney and borders are still closed, we won’t get to travel home this year and instead we will head to a southern New South Wales beach, but we will be dreaming of home!
Favourite Design: Satori Stonewash
Nick Dunlop | Executive Director
Destination Of Choice: Queenstown
Just a short boat ride and hike away from the busy tourist mecca of Queenstown lies my “happy place”. A wilderness river valley and fly-fishing paradise where I re-energise, the only sound being the river and the birds.
The colours, textures and moods of the river change as the landscape around it changes. Wide open tussock river flats, with its schist coloured riverbed, becomes squeezed into deep green pools lined with beech forest and rock walls. The dark brown shapes of large trout lurking in the depths, keep me returning!
Favourite Design: My favourite colours and textures reflect this place - Tactility and Palo
Sarah Fox | International Account Manager
Destination Of Choice: Southern Hawkes Bay
I spend a portion of each summer in and around the southern part of the Hawkes Bay with my partner’s gorgeous family. We spend our time visiting places like Ocean Beach, and the gannet colony at the end of Cape Kidnappers, down to the raw beauty of Porangahau, in to the green of the Kaweka forest, or my favourite - visiting a rural pub after a drive.
In summer the rolling farmland, which to me always looks like folding velvet, turns a crisp golden yellow which is so dramatic against the bluest skies you have ever seen. Around Havelock North are an abundance of vineyards with their regimented rows of vines and rich green hues – almost better to look at than to visit. Craggy Range however has the amazing advantage of being situated beneath the cliff like eastern face of Te Mata Peak, which is just the most breathtakingly and dramatically beautiful spot. That area there around Tuki Tuki is stunning, a calming drive through towards the drama and majesty of Ocean Beach is one of my favourite things to do.
Nothing beats a pizza from Pipis in Havelock North (truly exceptional) followed by a freshly made frozen berry yoghurt from The Strawberry Patch. If we’re lucky on a still evening, we sit out on the lawn looking out to the peak sipping a local wine with nothing else to do and nowhere else to be. It. Is. Bliss. I will so miss it this year!
Favourite Design: As for a favourite design?! What an insane question! I could POTENTIALLY give you a top ten…. If pressed…
Robert Street | Upholstery Specialist North Island
Destination Of Choice: Gisborne
Gisborne is paradise! Most people believe the road in through the gorge is worse than it actually is but, I think this is part of its charm – only people in the know come here. I’m very lucky as I get to go there 3 to 4 times a year as part of my job. The stunning weather, the vast beaches (just a few minutes’ walk from the ‘main drag’) and the local wine – what’s not to love!
Favourite Design: Mingle Mangle col Fungi reminds of the driftwood splinters on the sand, Monsieur col Teal reminds me of the ocean and Epsilon col Shadow reminds me of the deco architecture.