In 1998 while in Kenya volunteer teaching we decided that we wanted a new start for the new Millennium. A new start in a  new century in a new country. We'd had a great life in Australia but it was time for change. (As if Kenya wasnt a big enough change!)
Bob was born in New Zealand and spent most of his adult life in Australia. Karen, Australian born, had been on holiday with Bob to New Zealand a number of times. They had been looking for that special place and always stopped in Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a small coastal town nestled between the mountains and the sea, there is something very different about the light and the air. There is no other place like it. They heard that a very unique piece of land was coming available at the beginning of 2000. They were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time after years of looking. They had looked at other properties around the district before, but this was the one.
A one in a million opportunity!


Having a few acres of our own unspoilt land with character to play with, and do just what we wanted was a dream come true. We could plan and build" our dream", restricted only by our imaginations



In January 2000 we started to build the gallery. We lived above the gallery for 2 years while we designed and built the B&B.
In 2002 we finished the house, moved in and opened the B&B.
The upstairs of the gallery now became Karen's studio.

Karen now takes 4 art classes a week and conducts 2 or 3 day workshops during the year. As well as painting for the gallery she accepts commissions.


Homewood Hill is a very special place and we are very fortunate to be able to share our good fortune with others. Come, see  for yourself, be inspired, whether to stay, visit the gallery or take a workshop you are most welcome. Bob & Karen

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