Tourism dream now fulfilled
A 17-year dream is about to come true for Owaka resident Tracey Hancox.
On Saturday she and her husband Carey will welcome their first guests to Tiromoana, the newest self-catering accommodation in the area.
Mrs Hancox majored in tourism at university and has wanted to welcome tourists to her own place.
With Tiromoana just a minute from her home she has found it, and the couple have fashioned it into a stunning home away from home for guests.
Tiromoana (''ocean view'') is situated on Hanning Rd, at the top of Barrs Fall Rd, five minutes from Owaka, but in a world of its own.
Ten years ago Mr Hancox's parents from Tauranga built the house for their use, but are no longer able to use it that often, so the couple have added electricity to the previously solar, wind and gas-powered home and redecorated.
It sits on a rolling sheep and beef farm of 730 hectares with views over The Catlins Lake and down to the sea.
The property lends itself to walks, barbecues, farm tours, railway history, and trout fishing, as well as just sitting inside admiring the scenery.
The pair hope to develop walking tracks and fence off and beautify more of the farmland.
Tiromoana is expected to appeal to family groups or small functions including wedding parties.
The farm links to a cottage also used for tourist accommodation and catering for up to 13.
Mrs Hancox is thankful to all those who helped her set-up.
''It is great to have such fantastic local support which has really added value to our business," she said.