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After more than twenty years of artistic photography in Belgium we decided in 2002 to change our busy business life for a more relaxing lifestyle. So it wasn’t a surprise at all that New Zealand with its vastness, peace and tranquillity was for us ‘Love at the first sight’…

When a Belgian tour company offered us the opportunity to work in New Zealand as professional tour escorts, it came as a ‘golden opportunity’ that gave us that full satisfaction in dealing with people from all over the world and showing them the most amazing scenery in this country.

So tourism and hospitality became our second nature in which we could unveil to our guests an unknown world of landscapes, cultures and tastes, far away from the crowd.

On one of those journeys we discovered the secrets of Golden Bay and came to love The Bay Lodge in Pohara. Attached at the limestone cliffs, high above the  beach, the Lodge now forms a true eagle’s nest for our photographic observations and a safe haven for both of us.

Here we can share our passion for photography, nature and adventure together with our guests and offer them the best of both worlds: Western style comfort and delicacies (who can resist Belgian chocolate and beer…) and the silence and beauty of our beloved Golden Bay.

We look forward to meeting you in our Lodge and assure you a warm welcome and lots of hospitality. 

Sonja & Filip Rasquin