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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Retreat Package Māoritanga package (Cultural) Sporting Package DIY Package

The Cabin

After a day of exploring, Te Whare Ruruhau offers a place for relaxation, reflection, and reconnection – without compromising on comfort. Everything is considered, the most comfortable beds, a complete kitchen, solar power, and hot running water.

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The Experience

Enjoy a stunning sunrise over morning coffee on the balcony, curl up in the outdoor egg chair and listen to the burbling stream below, fill the outdoor bathtub for two, watch the sun set over the Kaimanawa Range, and finish off the day gathered around the cosy fireplace.

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

Our Retreat Package features an expert host who ensures everything is taken care of – from meals, lighting the fire, keeping the space tidy and sharing stories from Owhaoko people and land.  Perfect for a relaxing escape.

Our Māoritanga Package (Maori Cultural Experience) features an authentic Maori cultural guide who provides insights into Maori culture including traditions, stories, performance and decorative arts, spirituality, protocol and Māori life today.  Meanwhile, our host ensures everything else is taken care of – meals, lighting the fire, and keeping the space tidy.

Our Sporting Package allows guests to engage in hunting the sika deer which are prolific on the land surrounding the cabin while providing an expert host to ensure everything back at the cabin is taken care of – from meals, lighting the fire, keeping the space tidy and sharing stories from Owhaoko people and land.  Perfect for a comfortable, relaxing sporting experience, especially thrilling during the Roar (Rutting season) from March-April. (firearms licence required)

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

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Reconnect

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

Activities

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 never experienced by the public.

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