In 2015, on a spur of the moment long weekend across the ditch from home in the New South Wales Blue Mountains, we - Kiwi Tom and Aussie Jacq - were lucky enough to stumble upon our very own slice of heaven in this picturesque valley at the top of the lake.
A field of wildflowers, big summer skies and the endless possibilities of a life on the land in NZ had us literally twirling, à la Julie Andrews, on the 2 hectare plot with the "For Sale" sign and obscenely beautiful views (cue The Hills Are Alive...).
The following year, Tom endured several weeks in a freezing 1960's caravan to build our bach, watched over by the imposing figure of Mount Aeolus, Keeper of the Winds. And boy can it blow here. Hence @always_take_the_weather.
Family holidays since have cemented Makarora in our hearts and minds.
It's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of this landscape which can, in turn and all at once, be sublime and intimidating. And we wouldn't be lying when we admit that the grandeur of the region has reduced us to tears on occasion.
And now our little bach is available to rent for your next truly amazing NZ holiday. For more information or to make a booking contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or @always_take_the_weather