Nau mai, haere mai

Welcome to Te Whare Ruruhau, a secluded cabin hidden in the remote New Zealand wilderness on exclusive Owhaoko ancestral lands. Only accessible by helicopter, a stay at this cabin is a privilege experienced by only a few.

Enjoy complete immersion in nature and complete solitude – there are no roads, no people, no cell coverage, no stress. Just wild perfection.

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The Cabin

After a day of exploring, Te Whare Ruruhau offers a place for relaxation, reflection, and reconnection – without compromising on comfort.

Te Whare Ruruhau starts with an open-plan central living space with kitchen, dining and lounge areas opening onto the covered porch and spacious decks. On either side of the living space are the two double bedrooms, with every room positioned to take advantage of the amazing views and vistas.

Nga Whetu Piata (The shining star) room: Surrounded by glass walls and ceiling, perfect for  watching the stars and the sunrise over the native bush.

Ahuru (warm) room: Cosy double bedroom with private deck to watch the sunset.

The full bathroom features continuous hot water, flush toilet, vanity, shower and luxurious towels, then take a short stroll along the decking to bathe surrounded by the native bush and enjoy the view and exquisite privacy from the extra large bathtub.

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The Experience

Choose how you wish to spend your time in our paradise.

Enjoy a stunning sunrise over morning coffee on the balcony, curl up in the outdoor egg chair and listen to the burbling stream below, explore our pristine native alpine by venturing along one of our nearby walking paths, fill the outdoor bathtub for two, watch the sun set over the Kaimanawa Range, and finish off the day gathered around the cosy fireplace.

You may choose to bring your rifle and hunt (by permit) for the elusive Sika deer that roam our lands.  Te Whare Ruruhau is perfect for sportspeople who want comfort when they return from hunting, or for couples who have one partner who enjoys the hunt, while the other would prefer to relax in comfort.

For the evening you have a choice between settling into the Āhuru bedroom, a warm, cosy sanctuary, or the Nga Whetu Piata bedroom which is total surround glass – lie in bed and gaze at the stars while you fall asleep.

The Packages

A Hosted Package is exclusively created for you by our partners at Chris Jolly Outdoors.  They will ensure everything is taken care of – from meals, lighting the fire, keeping the space tidy and sharing stories from Owhaoko people and the land.  Perfect for a relaxing escape.

Our Self Catering Package is self-catered and self-hosted, and available to New Zealand residents only.



Allow a moment for your soul to catch up with you, find your balance again.


Soak up the surrounding grand vistas and hike through native forest and alpine grasslands. Enjoy a gentle climb to a secluded picnic spot by the river, or merely meander along the valley floors. Home to several rare flora species, Owhaoko land is also the headwaters to several pristine rivers perfect for swimming.

Getting there

Your journey begins with a heli-flight over historic ancestral lands – see parts of New Zealand wilderness rarely experienced by the public.

The remoteness and inaccessibility of the land ensure your complete privacy.