Nature rules at this fascinating place perched above the cares of the world.
You can be up in the clouds one minute; the next, Tasman Bay, the Motueka Valley and Motueka River are spread out like a carpet with the Nelson Lakes peaks to the south
The house is comfortable and eclectically furnished. You may see weka birds stalking around the manuka and kanuka around the house.
Your host is friendly and helpful. High speed broadband.
A retreat from the everyday world.
A private world way up high
An island of comfort, peace and privacy
A place with epic 360º views of mountain, river and sea
A Room at the Rock
Elevated and private, this new eco-designed home is surrounded by nature on all sides, situated on a rock high above Motueka Valley, with 360º views of mountains, sea and river. Enjoy serenity—and high speed internet.
The simple white room has views to the east and south of mountains and forests. You have full access to the house with polished concrete floors and furnished in an eclectic, slightly retro style with art deco, Japanese pictures and a big NZ Kauri table.
A Room at the Rock is situated at Te Manawa Eco Village at Pangatotara, 11 kms from Motueka and is suitable for one to two persons. The resident wekas (flightless birds that look like kiwis) are frequent visitors and the bellbirds sing every morning around 5am. You'll meet Lily, an eccentric Pekinese-Japanese chin dog...
This is a much-loved place where guests are welcomed as (URL HIDDEN) make yourself completely at home and lounge around in the main living room or sun yourself on the verandahs.
Take a walk through native bush to walk for miles on forestry roads.
You can do your washing, have a bath and try out the awesome flow in the shower.
There is unlimited high speed internet.
There is a place for your perishable food in the low energy fridge and also in the cupboard.
"Come as a visitor, live as a friend, go as family..." I was very taken with this slogan at Yogi's Guest House in Jodphur, India. The manager there was a perfect scream. He was so funny and sweet and made us feel very at home so I like to try and recapture that feeling.
I like to feel that there is a feeling of mutual respect. I will be guided by you as to how much interaction you want with me, the host.
Welcome to this retreat from the working world. You can have as much privacy and cups of tea as you wish to unwind from your travels. You are welcome to take part in what is happening at when you stay: there could be walks up to the forestry, swims in the river, a trip to the Riverside community to collect raw milk...or just enjoying the quietness of this harmonious place.
I searched for a long time to find a home with views, elevated, surrounded by nature on all sides with a community close, but not too close. Six families live on this ridge surrounded by 60ha of regenerating native bush. There is a spirit of cooperation; we share a love of nature and are committed to making our community work as well as possible. This means that we all share in the monitoring of the hydro-electric system and attend working bees monthly. We all have different skills to offer; some are very skills woodsmen and track makers. I offer my cooking skills to make lunch for the others. I also edit and write the Motueka Valley News as a community service.
Pangatotara is hardly a blip on the map. Very few people live here. We are just 11kms from Motueka and within distance of Abel Tasman National Park and the many other beauty spots of the area. One of the best day trips that is close to here is Mt Arthur in the Kahurangi National Park -- keep driving up West Bank Road another 22 kms.
The river valley below used to be a tobacco growing district and this is depicted in paintings by well-known artists Doris Lusk and Colin McCahon.
The winters are fairly mild and the summer temperatures are just right. Being 200 metres about sea level means there can be fresh breezes... even in winter there can be sun all day to bask in.
In general, you need your own transport to reach a room at the rock. The driveway is very steep and can be challenging the first time: it is carved out of rock and is stable but care on corners and low speed (20 kms and under) are essential. If you find the driveway too much, I will collect you from the bottom where you car can be safely parked off the road. There is parking near the house with a short walk to the house.
As we have our own electricity supply, off the grid, we practice sustainable living. We don't use appliances that use a lot of energy like clothes dryers, or electric blankets—you are welcome to a hot water bottle and extra bedding!
When it gets cold, we light the fire which heats the whole house.
Zugang für Gäste
Apart from your room and the use of washing & bathroom facilities (awesome shower flow on gravity feed), you'll be able to store food and cook meals in the main living area. You can lounge on comfortable 'deco era' chairs beside the the wood burning stove and sun yourself on the balconies. We have a big backyard that ends up in the Kahurangi National Park. Further up the road is Mount Arthur that is a highly scenic day trip—Abel Tasman National Park is half an hour's drive away.
Interaktion mit Gästen
I am guided by you as to how much privacy you want and how much conversation.
Weitere wichtige Infos
This home is off the grid using hydro-electric and solar panel power. At some times of the year the power supply is low so we have to be especially careful.
It is important to drive slowly up the driveway.
People who know how to be excellent guests don't need rules. Ask if you have a well-behaved dog. Smoking outside is ok.