Bed & Breakfast Farmstay

Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand

Your Hosts

Steve Cutler & Brigitte Kämmlein

About Kingfisher Bed and Breakfast

About Kingfisher Bed and Breakfast

Kingfisher Bed and Breakfast is set at the base of Harbour Cone (in Maori; Pukemata). In Maori oral history, a famous chief; Tarewai who had been wounded and captured in tribal conflict escaped capture and fled to the forested slopes of Pukemata, where he rested and healed his wounds. Today, many people visit Kingfisher B&B for rest and respite. The stand of Kahikatea trees in the wetlands below the house are a reminder of pre-settlement forrest.

Harbour Cone (Pukemata) was once farmed by Larnach himself (of the historical Larnach Castle – said to be haunted). Old stone walls and the relics of an old stone house are visible on the walk up the hilltop. The local landmark has been a prominent feature for several artists in the area, namely Colin McCahon and Robin White, along with Kingfisher’s host; Brigitte. You are welcome to visit Brigitte’s studio and discus how such an iconic landmark has informed her work. Steve, your host, can tell you more of the history of the local area, and take you on a guided tour to the top of Harbour Cone.

Kingfisher B&B has a great ecological history, with Hoopers Inlet having a diverse range of birdlife and being a well-known photography spot. Aurora photography enthusiasts routinely stop at Hoopers Inlet, as do wildlife photographers. Native birdlife in the area include a wide range of wetland birds such as the majestic Royal Spoonbill and White-Faced Heron, while around the properties landscaped gardens you can spot a range of birdlife including Tui, Bellbird and New Zealand’s smallest native bird; the Rifleman. Steve and Brigitte, passionate New Zealand wildlife enthusiasts, are a wealth of knowledge on New Zealand birds.

“Exquisite apartment, wonderful breakfasts, and wildlife, beautiful bush walks and perfect hosts. Your warm welcome makes this a special place.” Joel and Sue from East Sussex, England.

Brigitte Kämmlein

Brigitte Kämmlein

Brigitte is a Swiss printmaker, and has a printmaking studio next door to Kingfisher B&B. You are welcome to visit her studio, where she has a custom-built printmaking press. Brigitte takes inspiration for her woodcut prints from the surrounding scenery, flora and fauna. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 and has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Landscaping, gardening and small-scale farming are huge passions for her; she has a wide selection of diverse old-fashioned chickens, and maintains the idyllic gardens surrounding the Kingfisher B&B. Brigitte loves to share her passion for and knowledge of plants, including the native bush that is a large part of the small farm. Brigitte also prepares the cooked breakfast; a Swiss Kiwi mix, Brigitte bakes the bread, makes all the jams and prepares the fresh Birchermuesli.

Steve Cutler

Steve is passionate about New Zealand’s native wildlife and ecology. He is a professional Practice Fellow of Marine Science at Otago University and works at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. He teaches about local and global ocean systems, so has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the beautiful (and often rare) wildlife surrounding Kingfisher B&B and the Otago Peninsula. Steve is a keen outdoor enthusiast, previous to working in marine biology Steve was an outdoor pursuits instructor. If you’re interested in local walks, kayaking or mountain bike riding, Steve will be sure to help you out. Steve enjoys meeting, talking and sharing the New Zealand lifestyle with visitors to Kingfisher B&B, and is happy to take visitors on walks in the surrounding area, discussing the wildlife or chatting about the history of the area. Steve and Brigitte both enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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