both originally from West Otago (Merino Downs) and the Southland (Mataura), they met many moons ago at Gore High School, later married in 1986 and continued to farm on the McKenzie family farm, at Merino Downs, a sheep & beef property up until 2000.They moved to Wanaka where they purchased and operated their own B&B for a short time. For the next 10+ yrs they have operated different business interests, moved and experienced life in number of places. With the love of everything outdoors they enjoy boating, snow-ski-ing, biking, family time on the lake and fishing.
They now have two adult children, their son who is living in Australia and their daughter who spends time both in NZ and travelling overseas. Lyndon & Gill purchased Catlins Mohua Park in March 2016, and took over running the property as a going concern in May 2016, after returning from living abroad. The Southern Scenic Route & specifically The Catlins has many wonderful childhood memories for them both, for Lyndon whose family holidayed at the bach at Kaka Point, and Gill with her family at Curio Bay. Summer days spent exploring the beaches, the rock-pools and swimming in the ocean. It was a dream way to spend their childhood in such a setting. Moving back to the south again, away from the crowds, traffic and the constant go go go of modern life they realised Mohua Park offered an laid-back lifestyle, in an incredible setting, where they could welcome guests from New Zealand, Australasia and internationally.
The goal now is to grow this wonderful accommodation and guiding business, lengthen the season to welcome guests from August - May each year, and to continue to travel on their winter months off. For them Catlins Mohua Park is "Life as it should be", a true life balance of work & play.
Welcome to Mohua Park Eco-Accommodation and to Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours.
A place to breathe! Enjoy Nature! Enjoy Life!
Directions to Catlins Mohua Park
The Catlins area in southern New Zealand is a natural retreat where wilderness and farmland coexist, where beech and podocarp rainforest with abundant native birdlife still extends from hill tops to the coast. The headlands and beaches of the varied coast are home to sub-antarctic wildlife such as yellow-eyed penguins, petrels and sea lions. The Catlins is a place for those who love nature to stay a while and enjoy the freedom of the many outdoor opportunities for exploration.
Head southwest on Papatowai Hwy/Waikawa Rd toward Stuart St