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Experience the timeless beauty of Japanese design in harmony with the pristine New Zealand landscape at Kumiko’s Guesthouse – your perfect haven amongst the vineyards of Waipara.


Kumiko’s Story

Kumiko’s was built in 1995 by Waipara wine pioneer Russell Black for his wife Kumiko. It was purchased in 2018 by Paul and Sue, your hosts, who have extensively renovated and upgraded the property since taking ownership, while staying true to the intent of the design .

Influenced by Kumiko’s heritage, the house comprises many of the elements found in the gracious architecture of traditional Japan: an internal courtyard (genken) featuring the timeless composition of a zen garden; wide verandas designed for sitting within nature; interior spaces that include the extensive use of wood and stone; sliding screens that divide or expand spaces; a sunken dining room that encourages a sense of occasion at the table; and extensive architectural gardens that reflect the dramatic views of the shifting North Canterbury skies.

Kumiko’s is imbued with an overall sense of wabi-sabi, the Japanese design concept that can be loosely translated as the celebration of “perfect imperfection.” Wabi-sabi favours the handmade, the crafted, the bespoke, the tactile, the sensory and is the impulse behind our desire to revitalise the beautiful design inherent here, and offer Kumiko’s as a haven for all those who yearn for the harmony of handmade beauty within nature.

Come and experience the luxury of Kumiko’s