Ahaura Lodge & Waterwheel Farm

 Ahaura  Eco-Lodge is located on Waterwheel Farm which is in a Spectacular Private Valley.

"For two whole days we enjoyed the incredible hospitality of Robyn and Malcolm. Robyn’s cooking was delicious. For most I had a deep respect for the creativity of Robyn and Malcolm. I would not be able to do it!! To build a house from your own harvested trees. To make a water race so water is used to generate electricity. To get drinking water from your own stream!! It was marvelous to celebrate New Years with you and your friends."                                                                                                                                           

Els Roskam - The Netherlands

The Eco-Lodge

Our eco-lodge is located in a private valley and on a working farm on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The eco-lodge is surrounded by beautiful native forest with an abundance of native birds that live here all year round. 

There is a 5 metre water wheel (which we built ourselves) near to the house which supplies 'off the grid' electricity and places the water into a remarkable man-made pond, filled with native fish and freshwater crayfish (Koura). 

The eco-lodge is surrounded by easy to access walking tracks and remnants of the gold rush in the late 1800's of the valley is in abundance. 

Wake up to a beautiful dawn chorus each morning and relax with us at our place!

About Us

To be honest we really find it hard to talk about ourselves, so; 

Click here for a great media article that describes us better than we can!

To hear the Radio NZ Country Life Interview Click on the link below.


Malcolm Smith and Robin Curtis-Smith have transformed an abandoned West Coast gold mining valley into fertile farmland for their cattle. They've also built a house and a huge waterwheel that generates electricity for the farm.