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Redbluff Country Lodge History

Redbluff Country Lodge is an elegant Colonial villa situated in a peaceful rural valley framed by native forest that the family have guarded for four generations.  Perfect accommodation for larger groups located within the Warkworth/Matakana Coast region.

The land was purchased by Edward Morrison in 1873.  The family arrived in New Zealand from the Isle of Skye in Scotland on the ship the Jane Gifford in the early 1840’s.  One of five sons, Edward established a fruit orchard and nursery on the 180 acre property, which at the turn of the century was the largest orchard in the Southern Hemisphere. They called the property ‘Redbluff Orchard’ hence the name of the Lodge.

This historic Villa, built for Selwyn Morrison and his new wife Ruth in 1911, stands proudly waiting to welcome you to this idyllic escape, providing you with a comfortable sense of home.

Four generations later it is now owned by Edwards Great Grandson Ian and his wife Jyl and it was their home from 1971 when they moved into it with their two daughters Nicola and Paula to 2016 when they built their retirement home.  In 2003 they renovated the house adding a second storey but keeping it in the old traditional style of the Villa.

Ian and Jyl are excited to have won the award for ‘Hospitality NZ Accommodation Host of the Year 2016’ for their Rotorua motel Sport of Kings – MORE

Warkworth Accommodation

There are six bedrooms, three upstairs and three downstairs which can sleep up to 13 people.  With two King, two Queen and five Single beds our Warkworth accommodation would suite groups travelling together of either up to six couples, two families or nine singles who are happy to twin share. There are three bathrooms.

There is a lovely outdoor barbeque area and a spa pool for you to enjoy too.

The home has modern comfort with old world charm that appeals to young and old alike.


Our lodge is self catering.

The kitchen is equipped with all that you would need to prepare a meal for everyone.

There is a large stove with a gas hob and electric oven and a microwave.

Recipe books are also available if you wish to prepare something special.


Ground Floor Bedroom One

This room is the original Master bedroom of the house and has an ambiance of a bygone era with a luxurious King bed, large wardrobe and sofa.

Ground Floor Bedroom Two

This cozy room is a twin single with two single beds, wardrobe and dressing table.

Ground Floor Bedroom Three

There is a extra large single bed with dressing table and wardrobe.

This room is next to the large downstairs bathroom.

First Floor Bedroom One

This is a very large room with a King bed and comfortable lounge area.  It also has a spacious storage area behind the bed head area for clothes and travel bags etc.  A colonial style antique dressing table is a special feature of this room which has the ‘wow’ factor!

First Floor Bedroom Two

This is a beautiful room with a gorgeous outlook over the back garden and farm.

It has a Queen bed and a lovely lounge alcove where there are games and magazines available.

Second Floor Attic Bedroom

This is a special room with a Queen bed and 2 single beds and is an ideal room for mum, dad and two little ones.  It has the sloping attic ceiling with sky light windows. Visiting children love this room.


There are three bathrooms in the Villa, one large bathroom at the end of the hallway downstairs, with another in the entrance area and next to the laundry.

Upstairs there is a large central bathroom.

All have showers and there is one with a bath as well.  All are beautifully appointed.


After you have spent time at Redbluff you may be travelling down the country.

We are very excited to have won the award for ‘Hospitality NZ Accommodation Host of the Year 2016’ at the Excellence Awards for our newly refurbished 4.5 star superior Rotorua accommodation, Sport of Kings is a home away from home! All of our rooms and amenities have been newly refurbished over the past year to provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful serene environment.

Sport of Kings is Kiwi owned and operated and being locals have extensive knowledge of Rotorua and what our amazing city and surroundings has to offer and our hospitality is the best you could find.

To check availability, and book accommodation in Warkworth, view our online booking page or phone
09 425 8553 or
021 152 9494

I.H.&J.K.Morrison Partnership is an NZ owned business trading as Redbluff Country Lodge. All transactions will be in $NZ