Wairarapa Homestay or Cottage B&B

About Us

Originally from Holland, we moved around the world and immigrated to New Zealand in 1988 to have the space and environment to relax, raise our kids, and generally enjoy life. Jan (Yarn) has a background in chemistry and computer programming, yet is now the full time horticulturalist, landscaper, gardener and artistic designer on Whispering Winds. He has designed and made the furniture in the cottage and recently discovered sculpture. He has designed the lay-out of the homestead, the grounds and has selected the vast variety of trees on the property. Maryann is very active as well; she loves her vegetable gardens, bottles and preserves the fruits gathered from our land. On a rainy day you will find her behind her sewing machines creating her own clothes and textile art. Also loves knitting and free hand embroidery. She made all the soft coverings in the cottage.

We bought the 5 hectares of land in 2001, the year the main homestead was built and at the time it was just an empty paddock, with only a few mature trees on the south side for stock shelter. We have created our dream here, hence our passion for the property. We find we have created a very pleasant and relaxing environment that we would like to share with you.