- BUSH WHARE
The Bush Whare (pronounced
Elegant with Ensuite and full linen, at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary have been built using
recycled materials and are styled in the Retro
Decor of the 1970's.
A feature are the Archways or
"Tomokanga", which in New Zealand adorn the entrances to Marae and Meeting
Houses as a welcome. The Tomokanga in those situations are heavily
decorated in carvings often with a head at the apex, with the archway
symbolising arms outstretching from the Head. When there is carving on the Archway
Arms this typically story tells the Whakapapa (genealogy).
At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary the
Tomokanga Architecture uniquely represents a welcome combining Maori Architecture and
English Colonial Architecture as the Apex incorporates a Finial which was
typical on the early houses of Colonial Settlers. The Finial stems from Medieval
England and was affixed to structures to protect from evil.
All Whare have:
tea and coffee
making facilities, with biscuits and chocolates!
deck with table and chairs
beds have netting for ambience, NOT for the protection from mosquitoes and
sandflies (midges). We are at 330 metres (1,200 feet) above sea level
and seldom have mosquitoes and have low humidity.
of course native birdsong to enchant you !
Whare are named after native birds at our Sanctuary; Tui, Kereru
(Native Wood Pigeon), Pukeko and Piwakawaka - (Family
Room off Guest Lounge).