Luxury weekend breaks a rare treat

The Cliffs Seaside Lodge Motels at Papatotara in western Southland sit on a cliff with a view of the sea
and the mountains. Guests are mostly overseas tourists enjoying the isolation and trampers setting out on New Zealand’s next Great Walk – the Hump Ridge Track.

The Cliffs’ owners Ton and Larissa Crooymans opened the luxury units for their first summer season in December last year. When the season was over they decided to share their views.

Over two weekends in April, 20 people supported by IHC were hosted by Ton and Larissa to a weekend break by the sea with lavish breakfasts. Lunches and dinners were funded by the IHC Southland Association.

Ton mentioned their idea to Cedric Wedderburn, General Manager of Hump Ridge Track, and he arranged transport for the 200km round trips in the Hump Ridge vehicles from Invercargill to Papatotara on both weekends. Cedric says he was happy to help. “It was a joint initiative.”

Ton says he and Larissa plan to offer hospitality on a regular basis – and Cedric says he’s up for that too. Ton regards it as an important part of his Christian faith. “It’s not a matter of taking. It’s a matter of giving,” he says. “It was so good to have them around.”

Pat Tauranga, Service Manager for IDEA Services in Invercargill, says staff put out the invitation to people who use our supported living service and everyone who wanted to go was able to go. Support Worker Melissa Beukes says the cost of staying somewhere like this would normally have been well out of reach.

Photo caption: Visiting the nearby Clifden Caves are (from left) Shirley Shaw, Natasha Sullivan (front), Crystal Timlin, Putauu Rouvi and Nathan Scorringe.


This story was published in Community Moves. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members.

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