"Thank you Tony and Helen for sharing this magical place with
us. We have really enjoyed meeting Piglet and hope to see more of her,
perhaps at bath-time tonight. Your house among the forest is amazing.
Long live Arakainga." Anabel, Hugh, Harry, Christine
( visited 23 April 2005)
Mary & Brian Lythe
James Watkins,Lea Foster, Don Foster, Ernie
Boxing Day 2003
Boxing Dau 2003
Boxing Dau 2003
Getting a kick out of mowing
with a Ben mower the lawns are a breeze
Caitlin, Robin, Liam 24 April 2003
Daniel, Scott, Trine 26 April 2003
Warren, Jocelyn,Rosemary, Peter
Trine, Scott, Daniel 27 April 2003
Thank you for joining me on my photographic assignment. (We had gone out to Rangi Point to photograph Mary’s chooks for one of Jeffrey’s books) Without your pig whispering skills I would have been lost. The surprise adventure to your house in “Two Hundred Acre Wood” was the highlight. The sheer fact that the house existed where it did blew me away, let alone the beauty and ambience. What a magical and spiritual haven you have created! Like Jeff said “it’s the perfect place to die”. But before that, it’s the perfect place love and laugh and make memories. Thank you for the privilege of seeing it.
What a wonderful retreat.
Lillian Watkins Figuera
Only the two of you could create such a special place. A privilege to have been invited here.
Anton Koning - 8 January 2005
Fantastic! Stunning light, shape, texture and form. Undaunted by a one hour hike I made it to enjoy classic Karaka Bay hospitality. Rosemary and the children would love to visit, having sent me as a guinea pig! Thanks.
Simon Jones – 8 January 2005
What an amazing hideaway amidst the kauri. It has been my privilege to enjoy the ambience of this wonderful place. Thank you for a great experience and a day filled with many variations around the Hokianga.
Lorraine Gibbs - 8 March 2006
"On a road never cross'd, 'cept by folk that are lost, one Michael McGee had a shanty."
from "A Bush Christening" by Banjo Patterson
from a book belonging to Frances Alphonso Watkins