Our Place

Our Name

Toru Pani is named after three natural underground springs on the hillside property, the name also ties together the cultural heritage of the Unka family, Indian and Maori. Toru Pani is the family home of Vera and Shameela Unka. The place represents persistence and dedication to conservation and land care which is evident as native fauna, Tui and Kereru can be seen in the flax bushes of the garden that surrounds the home. Toru Pani is known as a place where family and friends are welcomed to enjoy the beauty of whaea whenua (mother nature) in a safe, inviting space. The family home is situated on the farm over looking Mckenzie Bay, it is surrounded by grassy hills, native bush, orchards and gardens, with chickens, cattle and beehives. During summer months pods of Orca can be seen hunting sting ray in the harbour, pods of playful dolphins can also be spotted and on any given night you may hear the endangered Kiwi calling.

 
 

Accommodation/meals

There are three double and two single rooms at Toru Pani Sanctuary. Guests have their own room, all have views of either the farm, harbour or headland and access to two share bathrooms and three toilets. All meals are provided on this retreat and are vegetarian, cooked fresh onsite in the family kitchen with some produce sourced from the surrounding gardens. For further information about the food provided at the Sanctuary click HERE.

Tui in the harakeke garden at Toru Pani Sanctuary. As they belong to the honeyeater family, Tui feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as harakeke.

Tui in the harakeke garden at Toru Pani Sanctuary. As they belong to the honeyeater family, Tui feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as harakeke.