Meg & Bill Busby welcome you to Rahiri, a gracious
old homestead situated on Pauariki Station, a 5000 acre sheep and cattle
station situated near Tokomaru Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand's
The name of this homestead built last century means
"Welcome" in Maori.
Set in large gardens with mature trees, "Rahiri"
offers both charm and comfort.
Your hosts Bill & Meg Busby, active in both the
local and wider community, can give you a taste of the unique and
relaxing lifestyle in this scenic and isolated part of New Zealand.
This gracious and spacious homestead was built last
century by William Busby, a grandson of James Busby the first official
British resident in New Zealand.
It combines the elegance and ease of yesteryear with
twenty five rooms, six fireplaces, and three bathrooms.
Wide verandas surround two sides of the house, providing
outdoor space to relax with stunning views of Mount Hikurangi, the first
land to see the sun's rays each new day.
Enjoy East Coast crayfish barbecued on the veranda with
garlic, garnished with fresh salad right out of our own vegetable
garden, supplemented with local Gisborne Chardonnay wines.
With Maori occupation stretching back to the earliest
Polynesian arrivals in New Zealand, Tokomaru Bay is a centre for Maori
culture and craft on the East Coast of New Zealand.
When the more recent colonial history is added to this
ancient past, a unique lifestyle has evolved.
Nature, as well as culture, is remarkable in this area,
with rugged hills, sweeping beaches and now abandoned bays and ports.
We offer specialist accommodation for those wanting a
break away from a busy stressful life. Enjoy pleasant peaceful
surroundings with space and comfort for relaxation and reading.
Rahiri is situated amongst mature trees and gardens,
with swimming pool, tennis court and wonderful views of Mt Hikurangi,
the first land to see the sun's rays each new day.
Enjoy space and relaxation in our 100 year old
homestead, located in a beautiful setting of mature trees and a large
rambling garden. Swimming pool and tennis court are at your disposal.
It is just 5 minutes to the wide golden sands
and sweeping beach of Tokomaru Bay.
Access to great Fishing and Golf.
One Queen and two double bedrooms available in a
separate wing of the house, with private bathroom facility
Two bedrooms have direct access to the wide veranda, one even has an
open fireplace for those chilly evenings during winter months.
Full dinner includes pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, a
main course of NZ cuisine and home grown fresh produce, supplemented
with East Coast & NZ wines.
Finished with a delicate sweet to your liking.
Vegetarian meals available on request. We will endeavour
to meet your food requirements if notification is given in advance.
Breakfast includes fruit and fruit juice, cereals, tea,
percolated coffee, toast or muffins. Full cooked breakfast available if
you prefer. Lunches or picnics extra by arrangement depending on tariff.
For those wishing to stay a few days and recharge
themselves from a busy lifestyle, we offer space to think, read and
relax in complete privacy. Enjoy the views, help yourself to our
barbecue oven and refrigerated drinks in the summer months, or cozy-up
to one of our many open fireplaces in the winter.
We are located on the East Coast of the North Island of
New Zealand. Just 80k north of Gisborne City.
Rahiri is located 5 km inland from Tokomaru Bay.
Directions: Turn down the Mata road 3km south of
Tokomaru Bay, drive 2km and we are the first on your left. No 263 Mata
Approx travel time from Gisborne city is one hour north,
on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
Things to do:
- If your dream vacation is to lounge around reading a
book or magazine either in the sun or beside an open fire, then this
is the spot for you.
- Take a trip with NZ's most experienced Hapuku
fisherman Bert Lee, or come with us for local inshore fishing for
loads of fun.
- For those with plenty of energy to burn off, check
out our pig hunting pages.
- Have you ever wished you were really the very first
person in the world to see the sun rise?
We can arrange for you to climb Mt Hikurangi and stay over in the
trampers hut. From there you can walk to the summit to see the sun
- If you're interested in local artwork and Maori
culture, we can provide you with a guided tour of some of the
best examples of Maori arts & crafts in the country.