Mike was born in Kaikoura and has family connections in the district going back several generations. The accommodation has been built on a small part of the old 2000 acre family farm that Mike grew up on. Mike, Viv and their 2 sons have fenced off and planted 16ha of pines on the badly eroding and weed infested hills. Accommodation in ‘Marmalade’ the 1976 Classic caravan has been very basic for many years while working at Kanuka Hill. However the recently completed accommodation makes a welcome and luxurious change for the family and their guests.