Located in the convenient central location of Hamilton in the Waikato, construction is well underway of this elegant and modern venue, which will include a state-of-the-art tea processing factory. The Zealong visitor centre and function facility will offer unprecedented levels of quality hospitality with the view to becoming a key attraction for both domestic and international visitors. An enticing retail area will be accompanied by flexible function spaces and seminar and conference facilities for 200 people. Beautiful dining and tea tasting areas will be prominent features, defined by chic interiors and surrounded by stunning views of the estate’s plantations.
The adjacent processing plant, thought to be world leading in terms of its design and function, will offer a rare insight into the art of creating the purest tea in the world. Windowed viewing platforms have been designed into the plant to allow the public to see where the lovingly nurtured and handpicked leaves are dried and packed for the world. A special VIP area to cater to a growing wealthy market already experienced by the Zealong Tea Estate will provide the luxury such a market demands. This part of the centre will include high-end corporate services to rival the world’s best boutique VIP facilities. The first floor will feature a VIP tasting room suitable for high-end corporate or incentive groups of up to 16. Construction of helipad landing for 3 helicopters is also afoot.
The project is estimated to complete in early 2016.