Waitakere Estate’s Heritage

When a hotel, wedding and conference venue is family owned and operated, you know you’re getting the best care and attention to detail possible. The Nevill-Jackson family are dedicated to ensuring your experience at Auckland's Waitakere Estate’s rainforest retreat and boutique hotel is outstanding.

Auckland’s Waitakere Estate – Our Story
The Nevill-Jackson family have poured their hearts and souls into the building, owning and running of this unique boutique Auckland hotel accommodationwedding and conference venue.

The Captain
The estate was first built by Captain J Nevill-Jackson and his family. A retired airline pilot, Captain Nevill-Jackson had been all over the world, had made many friends in many countries and was familiar with some of the world's most beautiful spots.

In 1940, he purchased an initial block of land of around 35 acres (14 hectares). It took three days for Captain Nevill-Jackson to cut his way from Opanuku Road to the location where the hotel is now based. At the time of the Second World War, building materials were in short supply so Captain Nevill-Jackson built his bachelor's pad out of aeroplane packing cases.

Rainforest Home
In 1953 Captain Nevill-Jackson married Monica and they started a family. During this time he built a substantial family home. The original wooden building, renovated and extended, now houses the conference and restaurant facilities. 

Faced with compulsory retirement from aviation at age 55, Captain Nevill-Jackson decided to build accommodation. During the 1960's three motel units, the swimming pool and the squash court were constructed. Much of this was done with the assistance of his wife, Monica, who was often seen helping with concreting and other building work.

A Family Creation
Following on from the completion of the above projects Captain Nevill-Jackson commenced the construction of the large lounge and the 12 hotel rooms attached to the main building. At this time Captain Nevill-Jackson was in his sixties and laid over 10,000 concrete blocks as part of the construction process. His sons, Reg and Hugh Nevill-Jackson, spent their weekends pouring concrete floors and assisting with other construction work. The complex was substantially completed in the early 1980's.

Waitakere Estate boutique Auckland accommodationconference and wedding venue is now operated by Reg and Hugh - who are continuing to improve the facilities, building on the remarkable achievements of their parents.

Four Star Excellence
As a result of their dedication and love of this fine hotel and stunning location, Auckland's Waitakere Estate now offers luxurious hotel rooms, modern amenities and sophisticated facilities at a four star level.
Our award-winning chef has created a delectable assortment of delicious New Zealand cuisine, perfectly matched with a premiere New Zealand wine selection.
Auckland Weddings
Waitakere Estate is the perfect venue for your wedding or other special occasion, get married at our lovely rainforest retreat!
Waitakere Estate – a unique rainforest retreat providing luxury, boutique accommodation and personalised attention to detail.

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