About Us

“What an amazing property! One of the best airbnb’s we have ever stayed in!” ~ Jess, USA

Your first impression is of the sheer beauty of the estuary and the Kenepuru Sound. The sense of the isolation and wildness is accentuated by the wekas at your feet and the songs of bellbirds and Tuis. With glow worms and Moreporks at night you are easily able to feel your connection with the earth and stars.

Ngahere Hou is 16.2 hectares of regenerating native forest at the head of the Kenepuru Sound. With road access from Picton and Havelock and direct walking access from the halfway point of the Queen Charlotte Track. The land is designated on the Marlborough Sounds District Plan as “an area of outstanding Landscape” and it is indeed outstanding in many ways. As the new forest returns so have countless species of native wildlife.

Kayaking towards a spotlit Ngahere Hou with the QC Track on the ridge above

Entirely off-the-grid, Glam Camping at Ngahere Hou offers an eco-experience of a very real connection to the earth and bush, the tides and stars available in such a remote location – all with a touch of luxury thrown in!

An organic Breakfast is included with hot home baked bread and croissants, Muesli, fruit and freshly squeezed juice and free range bacon and eggs.

The Shared kitchen has everything required for Self catering and we also offer the $25 pizza if it’s been a long day on the Track! With a bit of notice Provisions can also be ordered in if required.


Sleeps up to 6 in a luxury Yurt and deluxe Summerhouse cabin.

  • shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • organic breakfast provided
  • $25 pizzas available on request
  • Private outside hot shower and composting toilet
  • Indoor and outdoor dining
  • Free (people and/or luggage) transfers from Torea Bay
  • Private swimming Beach
  • BBQ
  • wood fired Hot tub under the stars
  • A double Kayak
  • 2 mountain Bikes
    Ngahere Hou at the Kenepuru Head, halfway between Punga Cove and Torea Bay, access track from the QC Track in yellow

We’re open October through April but if you want to visit through the winter months or for a special retreat please be in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

Check availability and book now


We’re supporters of the Tiaki – Care for New Zealand project which has been set up by The NZ Government and Tourism operators to actively encourage local and international travellers to care for our country as much as we do. Tiaki means to care for people and place and  the Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.


Our values values align with Tiaki so we’re embracing the Tiaki Promise and invite all visitors to Marlborough to act as guardians of Aotearoa Mew Zealand too.




We are Kate Betteley and  Ian Hamlin……..and Ngahere Hou is our vision unfolding….

We bought the 40acre (16 hectare) hillside of farmland at the Head of the Kenepuru Sound in 1999.

On the bare land we have built a couple of small cabins and a 6 metre yurt and planted countless native trees and an olive grove. Living entirely off the grid with solar powered electricity, we collect our own water and practice sustainable living.  We share our paradise with an incredibly rich bio diversity, and it has recently been given Significant Natural Area status by the Marlborough District Council.

In 2004 we placed 14 hectares into a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust open space covenant. This effectively means it will be preserved in perpetuity as a private reserve regardless of any changes in ownership,  We’ve had to fence out the wild pigs and deer, and we have a possum pest control program. With our ongoing tree planting, and now the carbon offset scheme in place, the forest is returning and with it the wildlife. It is intensely satisfying to live so closely within the natural environment and to share our special place with friends and visitors.

On the land thats not part of the covenant we grow lavender and olives. We’re not certified organic but by imitating the natural processes as much as possible and harvesting by hand we have been able to work without chemicals. The Sounds are famous for their green lipped mussels and we use the mussel shells as mulch around the lavender and olives. We have a beekeeper collecting the highly sought after Manuka Honey.

Our olive oil is from the Tuscan varieties; frantoio, pendolino and minerva. Its delicious and very peppery when fresh, mellowing out over time.

In 2010 we were awarded a gold medal for our Lavender oil by the NZ Lavender Growers Association.

“This place is just amazing! Ian and Kate are beautiful people. You can expect a lot of kindness and gentleness which made our stay a unique experience. The surroundings are breathtaking and the place is created with a lot of love. You simply get in touch with what really matters! To receive the beauty that Nature and people bring. We are grateful to have stayed with Ian and Kate.” ~ Rasmus & Mette, Denmark (Airbnb)

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