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Tira Ora Estate

Tira Ora Estate
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North West Bay, Pelorus Sound, Havelock
Tel: 03 579 8117
An eco-state of consciousness is well established at Tira Ora, including a hydro generator to power our entire estate of 14 buildings set on 550 acres in the beautiful Pelorus Sound.

Developed by volunteers over the past decade: organic practices, alternative energy, healthy food, native bush, land and sea activities, exotic animals, solar showers, composting toilets, large meeting rooms, arts and crafts, woodworking, clay and stone sculpting, hut building, natural spa activities, musical instruments and recording studio, cultural exchange, and large library, swinging hammocks – everything to keep you as busy or restful as you wish.

We are able to host both small and large groups.  A warm welcome awaits you - Haere Mai!

“Looking after People and the Planet since 1999”

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegetarian Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

• Breakfast at leisure – available 7am-10am • Local produce and wines • Al fresco dining available • Freshly-baked bread and muffins • Packed lunches available • Creative international cuisine • Vegetarians catered for • Produce from our organic potager-style gardens


A range of accommodation from luxury chalets with ensuite, to private bungalow, bunkhouse with shared facilities, and camping. Facilities • Mooring – suitable for vessels up to 16m • Jetty • Airstrip (550m by 50m) – experienced pilots only • Float plane access • Open fire • Barbecue • Campfire pit with spit • Smokehouse for meat and fish • Beach-side café • Four-poster beds in luxury chalets • Outdoor cedar sauna (infra-red dry sauna) • Outdoor cedar spa pool with a bay view • Intimate riverside bath • Library – an extensive and eclectic selection of books and magazines • Chapel • Sky TV – large screen LCD TV • Satellite TV - EWTN • Large screen LCD TV in lodge • TVs in chalets • VCR – classic videotape library • DVD player – DVD library • Home theatre • Wireless broadband internet • Guest computer and printer • Email access • Telephone (on request) • Limited cellphone reception • Billiard table – billiards, snooker, pool • Music recording studio • Pianos, musical instruments Amenities • Refreshments on arrival • Guest laundry • Sun-loungers • Hammocks • Beach towels • Sunset snacks

Total Capacity



VCR Phone & Broadband Satellite TV


Activities at Tira Ora • Fishing – line or rod fishing for the jetty or boat, 60m set net for flounder, snapper and more • Swimming – safe gently sloping rocky beach • Kayaks – singles and double • Jet skis • Sea biscuits and other water toys • Exciting rope swing over the water in our nearby cove • Climbing wall • Playground and sports equipment • Farm walks • Bush walks • Coastal walks • Mountain walks (compass, maps, radio available) • Mountain running • Horse riding • Mountain camping • Native flora detox (kawakawa, ongaonga) • Pilates – stretch, exercise • Glow-worm walks • Observing sea life (sting rays, jellyfish, shags) • Dolphin watching (on occasion) • Phosphorescence (weather obliging) • Awesome southern hemisphere night sky (star-gazing guides available on request) • Scientific lecture series (by arrangement) – local flora and fauna, astronomy, geology, renewable energy, sustainable living • Farm and alternative energy tours • ATV excursions • Pig hunting • Opossum hunting Nearby activities (arranged on request) • Fishing charters • Scenic cruises (possible sightings of dolphins, seals, orca) • Mailboat excursion • Scenic flights • Tandem skydiving Nearby attractions • Pelorus Sound walking tracks • Mussel Boys Restaurant • Scenic reserves


Only accessible by sea or air. • Water taxis and charter launches from Havelock • Airplane from Wellington, Picton, Blenheim, Havelock or Nelson (Soundsair) • Floatplane from Picton or Wellington (Picton Floatplane)
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