Renée and Geoff were both raised in Canterbury and love the mountains and rivers of the South Island. We were married in Arthur’s Pass in 2008 because we loved the place so much.
We returned after our honeymoon and decided that we would love to live in the village then spent the next 18 months making our dream come true. In May 2010 we bought a railway workers’ cottage that dates back to the railway tunnel construction and got started on setting up our bed and breakfast homestay.
On May 25th 2014 our cottage caught fire and was badly damaged, thankfully friends who were housesitting were unharmed. Rebuilding commenced in February 2015, we are now home and running the Homestay again.
More about Geoff
Geoff currently works as an advisor to environmental NGOs and does a range of local jobs around Arthurs Pass village. He attended the international climate change negotiations in the lead up to and during Copenhagen in 2010 on behalf of Greenpeace. He has previously worked as a political advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, an advocate for the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ and for a local Member of Parliament. In his spare time he enjoys tramping and is a member of Arthurs Pass Land Search and Rescue and enjoys collecting lots of books which drives Renée a bit nutty as there are not enough bookshelves to store them.
More about Renée
Renée has worked in hospitality for many years, and managed her own cafe in the Wellington Markets when espresso was starting to take off in New Zealand in the 1980’s (and is thrilled to own a double boiler espresso machine ) she has also worked at Chelsea Records in Wellington selling vinyl (those round black things that are now really cool) Renée has worked for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions on communications and marketing with a focus on workplace health and safety. Renée is the proud mum of two grown-up children. Renée has volunteered for Greenpeace International, the Wellington Organic Food Co-op and Otari-Wilton Bush.