Half an hour from Timaru in New Zealand’s South Island, at the end of a lone country road there is a little piece of paradise perched up on a ridge- 3200 feet high to be precise. Surrounded by rolling tussock hills that turn into snowcapped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is hard to imagine a place that is more connected to the land. Despite feeling so vulnerable to the elements, the hut has been built to defy mother nature’s strongest winds and with the log fire and comfortable furnishings inside, this lodge is a welcome escape. With no electricity, the outdoor bath (heated by gas) invites you to start the day by watching the sunrise over the sea…after a day of board games, walks and cooking there is no better way to watch the sun go down behind the mountains and star gaze than back inside that tub. The road up to the hut is an adventure in itself and requires an off road, four wheel drive. Owners Gerry and Odette, who run a beef and sheep farm down below, will ensure you arrive safe and sound. This place truly is guardian of the land.