The Mahana Experience


In Maori, the word Mahana is synonymous with warmth and that is the welcome awaiting you at Mahana Lodge. We invite you to relax after a busy day in the Marlborough Sounds, relaxing in our comfortable lodge and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

About Us

The historic Mahana Homestead is the heart of the Mahana Lodge complex, set in 40ha of native bush and established gardens. This building is more than 100 years old and is surrounded by cottage gardens, native bush and an expansive lawn set right on the beach front. It was once the centre of a large sheep farm but now the farm has been returned to forest and the lovingly restored homestead welcomes travellers instead.

Mahana Lodge is operated by Juliet and Steve Gibbons, Marlborough locals with nearly 20 years’ experience welcoming visitors to the Sounds.

During your Mahana stay, your every need will be met by our hospitable and experienced Lodge Managers, Leanne & Rhys, who have travelled the world to find themselves now at home in the Marlborough Sounds. Rhys is also a trained chef skilled in preparing beautiful meals while Leanne is responsible for front of house and reception.

Environmental Sustainability

It is an important part of the Mahana philosophy to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The Lodge is well insulated, warmed by the sun, and heated by a log fire to reduce energy usage. Produce is either grown on the property or sourced fresh locally where ever possible and you will love our free range eggs. We also compost, reduce, reuse and recycle our rubbish wherever possible, use the sun’s rays to heat our water, and we conserve water and electricity where we can.

At Mahana we are lucky enough to have one of the world’s few remaining populations of Powelliphanta hocstetteri bicolour – one of the giant New Zealand land snails and we work hard to enhance and protect them. They spend their days well hidden in the undergrowth and we often find empty shells in the garden. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to meet one out for a walk on a misty morning.

Your Mahana experience is one we hope will leave you with fond memories of this beautiful part of the Marlborough Sounds.