Hahei is a spectacular and popular pink sandy beach in Mercury Bay on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand– the Gateway to world famous Cathedral Cove.
Stunning scenery, a beautiful swimming beach and relaxed lifestyle make this little village of around 300 permanent residents one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. Fish off the beach or go diving to experience the marine wildlife in the adjacent Marine Reserve. Explore the picturesque coastline on foot or take a scenic boat trip or guided sea kayak tour. Dig your own spa pool at nearby Hot Water Beach or catch the ferry into Whitianga township – you will never run out of things to do in this beautiful corner of the world.
Nestled in the very heart of the Hahei community is The Big House, the original Kauri Homestead, built as a family home by Irish-born pioneer Robert Wigmore between 1868 and 1874. The Hahei Homestead has been a cornerstone of the community for generations, serving as the local school and church in the early 1900s, and often hosting community celebrations on the manicured lawns.
This beautiful historic homestead, nestled in parklike grounds with additional boutique accommodation has now been lovingly restored and is the proud home of Shaun and Jo Jackson and their family, and The Lawnmowers Son Art Space.
Shaun has always had a passion for photography, art and design and has built several successful Auckland based including Colourworx, producing incredible artwork on glass for local and international clients.
The Jackson family have a long and strong connection with Hahei and pioneered several local businesses. Shaun’s grandfather Bob started bringing the family to holiday in the Bay in 1946, a tradition that Shaun’s parents Kevin and Carolyn continued with their own children in the 1970s. Shaun, his brother Paul,and his sister Stacey grew up in the village when the family moved permanently when he was 9 years old. Kevin, Shaun’s father supported the family as the local lawnmower – hence the name as a tribute to his hard work.
Being a visionary and an entrepreneur, and inspired by the loss of his beloved sister Stacey to cancer in 2019, Shaun has returned to his roots to invest in his community and realise his dream of combining his passions in the environment that he and Stacey loved.
The Lawnmowers Son Art Space is a multi-generational family passion, with Shaun and Jo’s parents and children Olivia and Mitch all being instrumental in the development of Shaun’s vision. The result is a vibrant celebration of beach community – a space for locals, a space for artists, and an ever-evolving hub to exhibit and sell stunning New Zealand artworks, across a variety of mediums.
The Homestead, featuring Mavis, the historic Morton Bay Fig is a well-loved piece of history in the area, and an unbeatable backdrop in which to celebrate and showcase our talented local artists on an international stage.
Come and visit us, experience the magic of our piece of paradise, and share the dream with Shaun and Jo!