In the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands, the small coastal town of Paihia is a jewel in the crown of Northland’s many attractions. Golden sands curve along a shoreline that hugs what is literally a bay of islands, many of which are accessible to visitors.
The area boasts historic landmarks such as Waitangi, site of the significant signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and Russell, a charming seaside village reached by ferry from Paihia and from tiny, stunning Opua, and by a coastal road winding along the east coast. A little further north is Kerikeri, nestled slightly more inland, fed by tidal rivers and renowned for its numerous fertile orchards; the fruit basket of the north.
Paihia is famed for its hospitality as much as its enticing location, offering a taste of the highlife for local and international visitors particularly in the summer, and an idyllic destination year-round.
And in arguably the best location of any of Paihia’s many restaurants and bars is Zane Grey’s, iconic landmark and hands-down the best place to enjoy both New Zealand hospitality and cuisine right on the stunning waterfront.
Zane Grey’s team is passionate that every customer, whether local or visiting from overseas, experiences a very welcoming hospitality. At Zane Grey’s, hospitality means luxurious comfort, and dining that draws from a delicious seasonal menu and perfectly complements the breath-taking location. A truly magical feature is that Zane Grey’s hospitality encompasses a vast wharf, where every seat is the best seat in the house.
Zane Grey’s have created some amazing events for their guests. Weddings big and small, intimate formal dinners, cocktail parties, BIG concerts, local bands, work events, birthday parties, televised Government announcements, TV show presenters as well as their shows, are just a few events Zane Grey’s have hosted. The generous dock seating area not only overlooks the bay – it extends out over it: patrons relax, dine and celebrate literally above the water’s surface.
Despite its beauty, New Zealand coastal conditions can be brutal on the décor and accessories necessary for outdoor entertaining. Finding outdoor furniture and umbrellas robust enough to withstand more than a couple of seasons can be a challenge, but Zane Grey’s (known then as Alongside) turned to Shade7 and OceanWeave Outdoor Furniture. Eight years later, the results speak for themselves.
For overhead shelter, the extended wharf area was covered by Shade7’s giant telescopic Tempest umbrellas to protect patrons from sun and rain, both of which are abundant in the North. And beneath the umbrellas, separated from the surrounding sea by just a glass balustrade, is a fantastic selection of OceanWeave’s woven Rehau wicker and commercial aluminium outdoor furniture.
OceanWeave Outdoor Furniture specialises in elegant, durable commercial-grade outdoor furniture designed with resorts such as the Sheraton Denarau, and hotels such as the Park Plaza in Bangkok in mind. The collections featured at Zane Grey’s include pieces available only through OceanWeave’s commercial catalogue, made to order. Utilising powder-coated commercial-grade aluminium, and Rehau’s incredibly durable and elegant Raucord wicker, with Sunbrella fabrics over quick-dry foam, and tempered glass tabletops, this creatively curated collection perfectly serves the ethos of comfort and luxury, and meets the challenging marine environment head-on.
This same elegance and durability is what makes OceanWeave Outdoor Furniture so sought after by residential customers. The timeless appeal of woven furniture combined with the modern science behind Raucord’s wicker and the strength of commercial aluminium means that OceanWeave’s furniture has pride of place in some of the most stunning homes across New Zealand. Some collections are evergreen, such as the Paris lounge suite, available in both Whitewash and Slate. The newer Malibu Rotating Daybed has been in high demand since its introduction to the range last year. Not every collection in OceanWeave’s range is woven. There is a variety of designs, with something sure to please everyone seeking to entertain with elegance, comfort and durability.
OceanWeave furniture is perfectly paired with Shade7’s outstandingly strong and beautiful umbrellas. Umbrellas and furniture are on display together at Shade7’s showroom, 41 Morrin Road in St Johns. Commercial and residential inquiries are welcome, please contact the friendly team who will be pleased to assist.