I live with my family in Te Anau, being mother of two busy school children, my partner Simon is currently a tour driver and nature guide taking people on day-trips to Milford Sound. Before our children came along, we both spent a lot of time exploring and working in the Fiordland landscape, on various national park management projects. I have university degrees in botany and zoology and until late 2014 I worked as a scientist for the Department of Conservation in Te Anau, helping to manage endangered wildlife. I'm a nature lover and outdoors girl through and through, enjoying the wilds as much as the more homely side I'm focussed on for now, of raising two children and growing veges, fruit and flowers in my organic gardens. We love living here! I enjoy welcoming travellers from around the world and sharing the colours of our little antipodean corner.
I like to minimise my footprint on the Earth. Our Chalet is run with this in mind. All cleaning products used in our house are eco-friendly options. Our linens are 100% natural fibres and our laundry is all dried naturally in the the fresh mountain air & sunshine. I encourage guests to recycle and minimise waste using the bins provided for separating materials. We use electricity and fast cycle carbon (wood fire) to heat the house.