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The owners - Don & Dawn Walker

Long time Whenuakite farmers Don and Dawn Walker often had tourists knocking on their door asking where they could stay in the area and they had a feeling that a holiday park with camp sites and cabins would work well.

Their herringbone cowshed became Cowree Lodge and the calf rearing shed became the office of Seabreeze Holiday Park which opened in December 2005.

The couple also had a vision of turning the old hay barn into a brewery and restaurant - and when their holiday park guests would ask for recommendations on eating out, Dawn and Don knew the dream would work.

The development of the brewery and restaurant has been the most challenging of all their projects says Dawn, but it's been worth it.

"It's so satisfying now. Our beers are being enjoyed all round the country and our guests and the local community are also able to enjoy the award-winning beers and delicious food."

Don and Dawn now get to wear a variety of hats as they juggle their projects - beef farming, kiwi and avocado orchards and dairying - as well as the Whenuakite hospitality and tourism enterprise.

In their time off they make the most of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula enjoying cycling, walking, fishing and diving.

The brewer - Dave Kurth

Brewer Dave Kurth is passionate about good beer. He started his profession 10 years ago in Cornwall, England after replying to an ad in the local paper.

Dave started as a trainee brewer and it was quickly discovered he had quite a talent as he became the youngest senior brewer in the company in a matter of months.

He has since then perfected his art by travelling the world and brewing at a number of world class breweries under the guidance of some renowned head brewers.

Since his return to New Zealand Dave has won a number of awards brewing beer for Hot Water Brewing Co and, before that, the West Coast Brewery.

The area - Whenuakite

Whenuakite is a farming area on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about 10km south-east of Whitianga. Not far away is Hot Water Beach, famous for the thermal springs that rise through the sand and which bring thousands of tourists every year. It's also a popular surfing and fishing beach.

1043 Tairua Whitianga Road  Whenuakite  RD1  Whitianga           + 64 7 866 3830