Bronze Thinker

Remember the gleaming stainless steel gnome, The Thinker (2013) that proudly overlooked the Glass House lake in 2015, gathering in its surface the ripples of the water, the water lilies and reeds?

Now we invite you to confront Gregor Kregar’s latest gnome work at Brick Bay, deep in the native bush on the sculpture trail. A little larger than human size, this Bronze Thinker with its stunning blue patina holds court, a mysterious yet strangely familiar figure.

The artist has long been interested in how the familiar can take on new or strange meanings. Combine the concept of plaster garden gnomes with the universal idea of the mysterious dwarf of the underworld guarding magical treasure and you start to understand the ambiguity of this creation.

New winter dishes

Chefs Cam & Rohan are introducing some inspired warming winter dishes onto the menu. We can’t wait for you to try our Stewart Island Salmon, udon, shiitake broth with asian greens.  View the new menu here.

Meet the team

Here at Brick Bay we gather around us valued people who are passionate about their role as part of the Brick Bay Team, so meet Brian Breen…

What's your connection to Brick Bay?

I am the vineyard and farm manager and have been working at Brick Bay for more than 20 years. I’ve been a part of the development of the property in this time and Brick Bay is home to me.

Ideal weekend out and about?

I like riding my motorbike anywhere it will lead me and fishing out in the bay.

Thoughts on farming…

My philosophy on farming is minimal impact on the environment and keeping the property sustainable for future generations. 

Favourite sculpture on the trail?

Phil Price ‘Hoop’ a kinetic work which overlooks the trail and native bush. 

Favourite Brick Bay wine?

Pharos 2013, this was an amazing summer and the wine produced shows it.

If you could eat only one last meal, what would it be?

Medium rare scotch fillet, mashed potato, veges.

Brick Bay Loves Locals

Receive a complimentary pass to walk the Sculpture Trail when you enjoy lunch (order a main and a beverage) at The Glass House Monday to Friday.
Winter is a great time to walk the Sculpture Trail, with luscious native bush on a crisp day. Paths, boardwalks and our complimentary umbrellas make this an all weather experience. Book a table now online.

Creative Matakana At Brick Bay

Ben Bayly (at the helm of The Grove, Metro Mag’s top fine dining restaurant 2017) launched the wine and food offering of the Creative Matakana initiative ( on Monday at the Big House, Brick Bay. A wonderfully inventive menu matched with Brick Bay wines, also utilised our farm meat, honey, macadamias and newly pressed olive oil. Guest appearances by our Glass House suppliers Whangaripo Buffalo Cheese and Honest Chocolat added to this unique experience. 


We're very pleased to launch our new Brick Bay video!
Thanks to the Brick Bay team and Jonathan from Milk & Honey Media NZ.

In The Vineyard

The 2017 vintage has certainly been an interesting one. After a prolonged drought, the first weather bomb last month brought a week of rain but we had fortunately harvested our Pinot Gris and Chardonnay (both our delicate thin-skinned varieties) the day before. The harder, unripe berries of the red varieties resisted the onslaught and we then monitored the fruit condition and continued with these picks once the optimum ripeness was achieved.  To purchase a bottle of our current vintage, shop here.

Standing Room Only

Recently Radio New Zealand's 'Standing Room Only' featured two of Brick Bay's sound work artists Sharonagh Montrose and  Olivia Webb. Shaun D Wilson interviewed both artists and walked the Sculpture Trail with Jonathan Organ our Arts Manager and captured field recordings of 'Miserere Mei' and 'In The Gloaming'. These works continue Brick Bay’s extensive history of avante-garde sound works. We also currently have on exhibition a new work by Ivan Mrsic, titled Nothing is more powerful than Journey, as well as P.Westbourne’s Umbrella Song and Sam Hamilton’s The Sex Choir. To listen to the full Radio New Zealand piece listen here.