Having divided Arapata up with my siblings, I inherited the homestead, which included two old cottages and 15 hectares. My daughter moved into one of them and the other I renovated into what we now know as Arapata Lodge. Originally a one bedroom gardeners cottage with double garage is now 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large kitchen and open plan sitting room with two decks, combining the old with the new, it has been described as the perfect plan and place to live. The converted loft and ensuite nearby used to be the animal feed store, above the barn, it has a rustic uniqueness of its own which has to be experienced.
Ngamoe, named after my mother’s childhood home under the shadow of Mt Hikarangi Ruatoria, was the result of a long time dream beginning with my parents then passing to me. It was completed in December 2018 and is designed to catch the sun and views when you need it, we are thrilled with the result. Big spaces but intimate, unique in its furnishings and style one can only experience when you arrive.