“We want you to get the real Tairua experience and we love sharing our local knowledge and the beauty of the paradise we live in.”


Kathie and Iain Hill have a strong history with Tairua and love to showcase their little piece of paradise. Their house was built with family and lifestyle in mind and in 2018 they decided that they wanted to share the space they had created. The Loft bed and breakfast was born.

Your stay at The Loft Tairua offers an unforgettable local experience with Kathie and Iain as your hosts.

Iain is a keen fisherman, diver and boatie and knows all the top places to fish, dive and snorkel. The Loft is situated beside the Tairua Wharf, and Iain encourages you to take his fishing rods to catch your own fish. By arrangement there can also be fishing trips - and for the not so experienced, fish filleting lessons. 

As well as creating a beautiful experience at The Loft, Kathie knows the best places in Tairua to get coffee, the best walks in the area and the best places to swim.

Iain and Kathie offer the local knowledge that comes with a long association and love of the area. 

Kathie’s grandfather managed the Sir George Grey Hotel in the 1950s and was instrumental in introducing Tairua to the family.  Tairua became her second home when her father built their family holiday home before she was born. She was very happy to make the move permanently a few years ago. 

Meanwhile, Iain had moved to Tairua with his family as a young teenager. He did his schooling locally, and lived the ideal life of a teenager enjoying life by the sea with boating, fishing and diving quickly becoming his passions.

They replaced the holiday home with their permanent home in late 2016. The permanent move made sense and was something they had been planning for some time. They wanted to experience the Tairua lifestyle and seaside health benefits every day of the week.

With a background in leadership, training and people management, Kathie is passionate about people and her community.  She left the executive corporate world behind to build a meaningful and satisfying life for herself and others, through a coaching business.  She has used this same philosophy in creating a meaningful experience for guests with The Loft bed and breakfast.  Providing the ultimate guest experience is her priority.

Kathie and Iain can’t wait to welcome you to their little piece of paradise.