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Richard grew up on a family farm just south of the tourism-city of Rotorua. Arriving at Wharekauhau Country Estate in 2006 Richard was instantly taken with the beauty, and raw magic that the property offered. A one year contract turned into two, and a two-year contract turned into four – Now over 11 years later Richard will often refer to himself as the ‘emotional owner’. When not at the lodge Richard is often found roaming the vines of Martinborough with his black Labrador ‘Merlot’, and partner Carly.