Your Hosts at Awatea Country B&B
Your Hosts at Awatea
“The best hosts you could wish for, hospitality’s in their blood.”
Kevin the Worker
Kevin was born in the UK, in the city of Nottingham, where he spent the first 12 years of his life. He emigrated from there with his family to Australia. After four years, they moved again, this time to NZ.
Despite being city-born and bred, he found the great outdoors with which he developed a love affair second only to that he has for Ann. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, you will find Kevin in the hills hunting or by the water fishing. He loves being able to provide food for the table this way.
Ann the Dreamer
Ann was born into a New Zealand dairy farming family. One of eight siblings, Ann enjoyed an idyllic childhood living on various farms before the family settled in the Wairarapa.
Ann took her love of farming to the next level when she studied for an Agricultural Science degree at Massey University.
Ann is the dreamer of the family. Taking on Awatea was Ann’s idea; she saw a way to ease into retirement while capitalising on the family’s hospitality experience.
Liam the Investor
Liam is the youngest of Ann and Kevin’s three children. He purchased and still owns the B&B. Initially, Liam was an active partner in the business while progressing his building career. He has taken his building career to the next level and is currently training as a Building Control Officer in Timaru.
Sighting this mythical creature is one of the parents’ favourite pastimes.
Your Hosts Story
Kevin and Ann fell in love when Ann was doing practical experience for her Agriculture degree, and Kevin worked as a shepherd. They married and then went traveling as most Kiwis do. Their six-week holiday to the Uk turned into a six-year multi-country adventure. What an eye-opener.
Work and travel became their life. They worked in a range of hospitality venues ranging from high-end country clubs to pubs and traveled with a focus on the outdoors. Canoes, motorbikes, and campervans transported them to places of beauty across Europe, America, and Africa.
Following their permanent return to NZ, they started their family but continued to work in hospitality.
Work history expanded to include careers in education and the NZ police. Ultimately, this led them to NZ’s South Island, where Kaikoura became home.
They remained in hospitality in Kaikoura, operating The Craypot cafe until 2020. Now semi-retired, they love meeting new people.
If not being the best hosts they can be, you can find them fishing or foraging local game for their table.