My home overlooks the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River, with magnificent views of the main mountain ranges of Arthur’s Pass National Park. Bealey Spur is a small settlement of Kiwi holiday homes in the bush.
Staying with me in my home will give a feel for living off-grid, its simplicity, sustainability and comfort provided by 12V solar power, rain water and LPG for cooking and hot water. All day sun streams in through the large double-glazed picture windows. In winter, the log burner pumps out a cosy heat.
There are two guest rooms, each with a comfortable queen bed. There is a shared bathroom with a shower and a waterless eco-toilet. There is no guest cellphone coverage or internet.
The bookshelf has a selection of books on New Zealand plants and birds, local history, hiking guide books and New Zealand short stories. If the weather is unfavourable for outdoor pursuits, there are plenty of board games to play with.
A delicious home-cooked 2 course meal, with a glass of wine or beer, is available with prior arrangement for $35 per person. Vegetarian and vegan meals and any special dietary needs can be prepared.
It is a place to recharge your “soul batteries”.