Our Story

At Arapawa Homestead the Radons own and operate a selection of four unique "kiwi bach" style accomodation options including options Gunyah , School Cottage , Teacher's Hut, and Little Colonsay Beach House , to match your particular needs whether it be for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a group reunion. Within their business, Arapawa Seafarms, the Radon family also operate an extensive Paua reseeding farm. Here you can go on a Paua farm tour, glimpse a unique part of New Zealand marine life and spend time with experts in the paua industry.

The Radons met in Northern California, where they were part of a caravan-living community riding on a massive boom in the sea urchin (Kina) industry. In 1993, on one of their regular off-season trips to New Zealand, they bought the cottage as part of the 360ha farm owned and run by the Perano family since the 1920s. Since then they are have worked extremely hard to build together the Paua farm where they now grow beautiful paua pearls, and raise baby paua.

Their children, having lived their whole lives on Arapawa, are now taking over more of the responsibilities. Sarah is the stock manager who takes care of the sheep and cattle. Jacob is a confident diver and not one bit afraid of the cool chilly waters of the Cook Strait and James is the keen young fisherman with sights to fish in Alaska and locally in the near future. There is much to explore around our rugged island farm.

Arapawa Homestead is surrounded by stunning scenery and panoramic vistas of Cook Strait, Tory Channel and the heads at the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. The island is steeped in the rich history of the Marlborough region. Until 1993, the homestead and accompanying farm was owned and operated by the Perano family who ran a whaling station on the island. Remnants of the factory are still there today.

Amazing- stunning view, well set up with everything you need. Whole family enjoyed it and a lot of this was due to the hosts family being so welcoming and friendly as well. Oct 2016.

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