In 1981, Da’Vella purchased the remains of an old Catholic Church in Hokitika and began what turned into a lifelong passion, reclaiming historic consecrated structures and incorporating them into new buildings such as the Chapel by the Lake and the Blessed House. Some years later, Wayne moved back to Lake Hayes with his wife, Suzanne, and a dream to create a unique, medieval-inspired boutique lodge – and so the family made their first foray into the boutique hospitality industry.
Within a few short years, the magnificent, architecturally-unique Stoneridge Lodge was completed, with its three suites and separate Honeymoon Cottage. With the addition of the Hayes Room shortly afterwards, Wayne and Suzanne secured Stoneridge’s reputation as one of Queenstown’s most stunning wedding venues, with couples travelling from around the world to exchange vows in this truly unique setting.
Buildings crafted from recycled timbers and stone, bespoke hand-forged ironwork and giant hardwood beams give Stoneridge its distinctive, authentic character and rustic charm. The property is home to magnificent sprawling gardens, tranquil water features, sculptures and a boutique vineyard, which all represent decades of dedicated and inspired work.
The family’s most recent venture has been the brand-new luxury lodge, Stoneridge Retreat; perched high on the hill behind Stoneridge Lodge with six sumptuous suites, indulgent facilities and spectacular outlook over the lake and mountains.
Twenty Years of Expertise
Over the past twenty years, Stoneridge Estate has come to be regarded by couples around the world as one of New Zealand's most incredible wedding venues. The unique venue, spectacular setting and five-star service offered by the staff and owners make Stoneridge the perfect place to hold your special day.
Wayne, Suzanne and all the staff at Stoneridge invite you to experience the Estate for yourself and discover what makes us one of the most unique boutique luxury lodges and wedding venues in New Zealand - it truly must be seen to be believed.
We have been growing our very own wine here on the Estate's boutique vineyard since 2001, and this is hand-picked in accordance with traditional methods before being produced and bottled by our award-winning winemaker Jen Parr.
Our Chapel Estate Rose, Mountain Schist Pinot Gris and River Schist Pinot Noir are an extremely small production, and are available exclusively for guests of our wedding venue, accommodation and Cellar Door.
"Thank you for your attention to detail in organising everything so wonderfully for our special day. It was the most special moment of our lives and our families and guests felt it ..."
- Oscar and Nadia, April 2019