Two Days at Te Whare Ruruhau: A Taste of Wild Perfection

If you want to be inspired, then get out into nature. The more remote, the better.

My friend Doug manages a Māori trust that looks after 6,950 hectares of mountainous terrain nestled between the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forests in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Recently, it was my great pleasure and privilege to join him and two others for a couple of days of hard work and good company

We were staying at Owhaoko in a remote cabin to do some planting and clearing.

Doug and team have been building a glass room extension on their eco cabin.

It’s pretty cool… I got to go to sleep watching the Milky Way through the glass roof.

The Owhaoko land is incredibly remote and only accessible by helicopter.

The mountain cabin is called Te Whare Ruruhau. This means a place of shelter, refuge, and protection and it overlooks the winding pristine rivers and high plateaus beyond.

It was two days of complete immersion in nature and the luxury of total solitude.

There are no roads, no people, no cell coverage, and no stress.

Each year, Doug and whanau also harvest premium New Zealand Mānuka honey made by bees foraging on their land.

But that’s another story for another day.

Author: Graeme Smith

Education, technology, design. Also making cool stuff...

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