About Whakatā in Fiordland

With a passion for the beautiful Fiordland region as well as a special interest in health and wellness, Whakatā in Fiordland was brought to life by the Brown family with the goal to share their unique way of life on the outskirts of Te Anau with guests.

The family purchased the property in 2005 with the vision of a unique visitor experience in mind. In early 2017, everything came together to make it a reality.

Whakatā is Rachael’s dream. Being married to keen hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman Perrin, Rachael saw the need for a place where the man can go hunting and or fishing whilst the woman has a relaxing break focusing on wellness elements like yoga practice, massage and mindfulness.

Rachael’s favourite thing to do when she isn’t looking after others is to sit in her spa with a cold beer looking at the mountains or stars (which is why the chalet has a spa of its own!)

Learn more about Rachael and Perrin on the Whakatā Team page.

The Brown girls

Jorja, aged 11, is a budding huntress and fisher woman just like her dad. She shot her first deer (a 7 point stag) when she was 10. A natural athlete, she loves swimming and running.

Talia, 9, is the brain box of the family. She loves school (especially maths!) and is also a bit of a daredevil. She’s obsessed with riding her sister’s motorbike as fast as she can!

Both girls are looking forward to making friends with children who come to stay at Whakatā and even have scavenger hunts planned.