How we ended up here in the remote Marlborough Sounds!

We are Don & Prue Kingsbury, (& Oscar the Springer Spaniel).  

We purchased Tawa Cove in 2018, with the vision of building cabins on our property & experience the real “sea change”.  We moved here permanently December 2020.  

Originally from Waimate, where we operated our own Plumbing business for 21 years, it was time for something different... We had spoken for a while about the possibility "one day" of doing something out of the box, & after a while decided it was time to stop talking & just do it!  

If you've been to the Marlborough Sounds, you'll have noticed a lot of the property & baches are all on hilllsides with steep climbs up to the house from the water, when we saw Tawa Cove, it was extremely appealing as it is flat from the water & jetty to the main house.  

The guest cabins, sourced from Czech Republic, are solid timber Spruce & took some time to arrive!  We've had numerous hold ups, including the dreaded Covid, a ship trying to do a u turn in a canal, & some huge rainfalls here in the Sounds.  It has been a struggle to bring the dream to fruition but seeing the outcome has been rewarding, while at times exhausting.  Living remotely, with absolutely no road access creates challenges both physically & financially.  We've been told its character building, well, we have a lot of character, I can tell you! 

We share our magical spot with amazing wildlife including wekas, deer, dolphins, fish & an array of native birdlife, (& the odd Orca)

We really love entertaining & looking after guests, & our hope for when you come to stay, is that you feel relaxed, comfortable & at home. 

Talk to us about your Marlborough Sounds stay


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