Tukuwaha; Home in the mountains. I lay back and thought about this. I hadn’t been down to Glenorchy for a while and had forgotten it’s pull, it’s calling, it’s breath of fresh air. With the (unfortunate) mild Winter we’ve been having, it was perfect to get out of the hustle and bustle and head down the road to beautiful GY (as it’s known to the locals).
We (taking my trusty snapper Jodie from Hide and Seek Style) stopped off along the way to snap snap snap, because well, you can’t help it. The journey and the destination are what makes this place so special.
Tukuwaha is a brand spanking new accommodation on Airbnb that is set back against the mighty Richardson (East) and Humboltd (West) Ranges. It easily sleeps six (two king beds and two singles (bunks) and there is a hot tub, beautiful sitting/ dining/ kitchen, two bathrooms and a deck so huge you could play cricket on it. (We wanted to but didn’t). We breathed out and then let our breath meander as we chomped our way through books, cheese, the whole of ‘Grease’ and some mighty Lake Hayes Pinot. I didn’t want to go home. Maybe they wouldn’t notice me hiding in the hot tub?
It’s often hard to find a ‘goodie’ in accommodation when there’s a myriad of them out there all spouting this and that but this one really made you take a breath, sit down for a while and just look. Look out at the view, look at the stillness all around. This would also be the perfect base if you wanted to go and explore for a week or two. There’s quick access down the road to the Routeburn, Caples and Greenstone track, Glenorchy for cafes, jet boating and ambles and then Queenstown just down the road. You don’t even have to leave the place though as there’s hot tub, wine and if you pack up some food before you go, you’re all set.
So many good touches too. Genius USB ports in the bunkbeds, beautiful linen and colour schemes, a pop of colour in the front room, spa tub for those starry nights, jam, tea and wine left out for us, a washer/ dryer and press (for when you want to get glammed up for dinner) and a roaring fire for chilly nights. Two bathrooms and a bath! Did I say bath. (That will make sense if, like myself, haven’t had a bath in the house for over ten years). Pure luxury.
GY is fast becoming a haven for getting out and about. The gorgeous owners here have created something very special to this place and you can see the love and care that’s gone into it. The final touches, the finishing pieces all wrapped up in a lovely sink-your-toes in the-carpet-at-the-end-of-the-day feeling. Clever. They’re clever these people.
There’s more and more accommodation popping up around this mighty region and this one is one of the best. You can go it alone for some ‘me’ time or take the family or a gaggle of girls for a lovely, quiet relaxing weekend. Nothing to do but stare at the mountains, drink some pinot and wish everyday could be like this.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Glenorchy?