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There are very few places in the world that can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. Situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, Kaikoura is overlooked by the majestic Southern Alps and offers a host of incredible activities, including whale-watching, swimming with seals and dolphins, albatross encounters, walks, golf, surfing, cycling and much more.
A hidden jewel tucked between the towering Southern Alps and the aquamarine waters of the Pacific Ocean, The Factory is a luxuriously-converted historic building on the beachfront just north of the town.
The Factory luxury accommodation is in a separate guest wing and is available to only one exclusive party of up to six guests. It has three king bedrooms and is fitted out with a full stainless-steel kitchen, open-plan lounge and dining area, as well as a private courtyard with outside spa and barbecue. The decor is probably best described as ‘industrial chic’: bespoke stainless steel furniture with industrial fittings balanced with velvet fabrics, white linen and crystal chandeliers. Quirky additions such as the stone door handles, original sliding barn doors, crystal bowls and original art works are delightful discoveries that add to a stay here. With underfloor heating and a log fire, The Factory is a truly indulgent place for couples, families or small groups of friends to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings all year round while availing themselves of all the unique experiences that Kaikoura has to offer.
The Factory was originally the Hapuku Co-operative Dairy Company and was constructed by a group of Hapuku and Kincaid farmers>br>Finding the distance to Kaikoura by horse and dray too great, they decided to open their own dairy company
It opened on December 1st 1910 but closed on 28th March 1926 after motor transport made it redundant
It was then used as a woolshed for the next 70 years until two Auckland artists discovered it in a neglected state in 1996
They took on the mammoth task of converting the old building into a luxury 5-bedroom home
They created a remarkable building of contrasts between the industrial rawness of concrete, steel and recycled timbers with the luxuriousness of indulgent fabrics and colours
This theme has been continued by the present owners who opened up the guest wing as luxury accommodation in 2010
Janet and Paul Boocock were both born in New Zealand but spent 30 years living on Scotland Island in Sydney, Australia before they fell in love with The Factory and returned to New Zealand in 2010
Paul worked as a cameraman for 60 Minutes Australia for 28 years, travelling around the globe filming everything from war zones to interviews with the rich and famous
Janet was an Assistant Principal at Newport Public School on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and together they owned and managed Pitt Point Cottage on Scotland Island, a popular weekend getaway
While travelling around New Zealand with their two daughters, Hannah and Lucy, they discovered The Factory and realised they had found paradise
Having renovated the guest wing, they opened in January 2011
Paul is a trained barista and now spends his time taking photos of this extraordinarily beautiful country and Janet has a diploma in proofreading and editing
Since 2010 The Factory has had incredible feedback as to its stunning location and unique style
Many guests have made multiple return visits with some guests flying to New Zealand just to stay at The Factory and all reviews have been positive and glowing.