Events & Activities

Nature at it’s best!

Relax & rejuvenate at Manaaki Mai Lodge & Retreat located in Purau, Diamond Harbour.

Lodge & Retreat

A quick 10 minute ferry ride from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour, Manaaki Mai is your slice of paradise on the backdoor of Christchurch, Lyttleton Harbour and Akaroa.

Nestled under the majestic ridge-line of Purau Bay, Lyttelton Harbour in the Canterbury region, Manaaki Mai is a 2 bedroom semi attached lodge with 50 acres of orchards, olive groves, native bush and garden surrounding it.

The accommodation is 34km from Christchurch city, 43km from the airport, 49km from Akaroa and has private parking available on site.


Spacious holiday home with rustic decor, with 2 queen ensuite bedrooms and all modern amenities.

  • 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
  • Full kitchen and amenities.
  • Flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi.

Rustic Retreat

Idyllic and romantic rustic hut nestled into the bush, complete with the promise of a long soak under the stars.

  • No electricity but lots of candlelight!
  • Outdoors gas fired bath under the stars.


In te reo Maori, Manaaki Mai means come this way to be cared for, nurtured, supported; for hospitality, generosity and to be looked after.  This is what we offer at Manaaki Mai in Purau Bay, Diamond Harbour.

Close to Christchurch and complete with full kitchen, cosy fire and indoor-outdoor flow, Manaaki Mai provides a welcoming, creative space to ‘relax, relate and rejuvenate’. Our indoor venue is perfect for getaway training days, intimate occasions or small artistic, cultural or experiential events

With stunning Lyttelton harbour and majestic ridgeline views, our outdoor venue provides serene spaces; walks to native bush, rocky bluffs, tussock grassland, an historic farm site, olive groves, orchards and even a fire pit.

Experience & events at Manaaki Mai

Bush Farm

The Bush Farm School courses run at Manaaki Mai for children and parents are an opportunity to unwind, connect with nature and craft from the bush. 

In their full day programmes, awareness and understanding of nature will deepen as will your connection with our turangawaewae – the place we stand. John Lawry, skilled artisan and educator (25 years) shares his wisdom and knowledge to create experiences designed to awaken your senses while simultaneously encouraging curiosity and inquiry.

The Bush Farm School at Manaaki Mai, Purau, Diamond Harbour

Herbal Medicine Workshops

Enjoy having fun, getting your hands dirty and learning about the herbs all around you and their healing properties.

This is a relaxing but informative session of herbal medicine making. Surrounded by native bush and birdsong you will chat, laugh, create and leave refreshed & relaxed, with a bag full of your own herbal creations.

Herb Nerd's Herbal Medicine Making workshops at Manaaki Mai, Purau, Diamond Harbour

Soul Stories by Nilguen Yalay

Bay Harbour residents enjoyed a wonderful, thought provoking evening at Manaaki Mai, Purau, with the passionate and naturally talented storyteller Nilguen Yalay.

After quitting her job as a Hospice Counsellor, she re-connected with her first love of the theatre and travelling. Her fantastic repertoire of rich stories from “Women Who Run With Wolves” tales from around the world will stir the soul with their power.

Soul Stories by Nilguen Yalay workshops at Manaaki Mai, Purau, Diamond Harbour

Future events

Watch this space for more events at Manaaki Mai, Purau, Diamond Harbour, Christchurch or if you want to hold your own event at Manaaki Mai, contact Andrea from the Contact page.


Active adventures are available with the beach 5 minutes away at Purau Bay, walking, tramping and cycling all nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning views of Manaaki Mai.

Either way, you will be revitalised and feel re-connected to the land and native bush by the end of your time here.

Lodge/BnB Gallery

Rustic Retreat Gallery

International Guests Quotes

“Beautiful space in a breathtaking spot.”

 Everything you need for a wonderful getaway in the hills and stars. Wonderful house and amenities. Would love a place like this as home! Hiking on the door step too. Looking forward to going back and having a swim in Port Levy in the summer.

Naomi, Middlebury, V

“Andrea and Paul are amazing and awesome hosts.”

We are grateful for the privilege to stay at their lovely cottage. We love the serenity and beautiful mountain view that we wake up every morning. Andrea is very warm and genuine and we love her dog, Olive too! Great place to stay for peace and food for soul! We saw wild bunnies whilst taking our walk in the bush!

Gwen, Singapore

“Absolutely wonderful staying at Manaaki Mai! ”

The house is situated in the beautiful countryside of the peninsula and is gorgeous itself. I do recommend this place and will be happy to return. Andrea (the host) is really nice and caring.

Julien, Patio, French Polynesia

“Lovely views. Very peaceful. Lovely hosts.”

Graham, UK

“Wonderful eco-farm with breathtaking views to stay in Diamond Harbour!”

 “We had great communication prior to arriving to Diamond Harbour. Andrea & Paul are just wonderful hosts. We appreciate their thoughtfulness and kindness, as well as all the small details that made our stay so comfortable and memorable. Our son loved playing catch with Olive (their dog) and running together. He also loved sitting on Paul’s tractor and he remembers a fan-tail bird who followed him everywhere! We really enjoyed hiking beautiful trails on their property and visiting Orton Bradley Park. The eco-farm was sparkling clean and had everything you need for a wonderful family vacation. Fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms, and a cozy family room with fireplace. Getting to know how kind and friendly people are in New Zealand was one of the highlights of our trip. Andrea and Paul made us feel at home. They are an awesome representation of the wonderful friendly nature of NZ! New Zealand is just an amazing paradise. Can’t wait to be back one day!

John, Weston FL

Local Guests Quotes

“We loved staying at at Manaaki Mai lodge.”

 “It was super clean, we loved the diffusers – the lodged smelled amazing. The location was great with beautiful views. We will be back!

Oliver, Canterbury

“Andrea and Paul have created such a beautiful getaway here (Rustic Retreat)!”

 “I could not recommend their hospitality highly enough and am so thankful for the opportunity to borrow this little slice of paradise for a night. A hot bath under the stars was exactly what the doctor ordered, I will definitely be back for more!


“Such a great location!”

“We had every meal at the outdoor table enjoying the beautiful view and environment. The house is on a great property, we enjoyed the walk up the hill. The hosts are wonderful, they went way above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. They were great with our 2 kids as well. Highly recommend, this is Airbnb at its best. Hope to be able to return!

Henry, Christchurch

“We absolutely loved our two night stay!”

 “All communication was fluid and immediate, and we found the house to be just as advertised: it is a cosy, comfortable home in a fantastic, tranquil location. We had all the amenities we needed (including a rice cooker and sandwich machine!) and found the place beautifully clean, with quality linens and towels and a gorgeous view. Paul and Andrea had lit the fire for us which was so nice to arrive to; and they were lovely neighbours/hosts, answering all our questions as well as helping us to find the right walk up the hill (complete with babbling brook and darting piwakawaka.) We had breakfast outside, a picnic lunch at Camp Bay, explored Port Levy in the afternoon and ate dinner by the fire. Highly recommend!

Mary, Christchurch