About Us


Nau mai haere mai and welcome to our place in the sun.

Katie Tamanui-Thomas and Les Thomas are the owner/operators of Accommodation Ahi Kaa and would like to take this opportunity to welcome you. Contemporary and unique, they have made every effort to ensure that your sojourn with them is truly memorable.

"Ahi Kaa" means is to keep the home fires burning, which brings to life their main objective, “to deliver a quality cultural experience in accommodation that will inspire you to return time and time again”. 

To achieve this, they have adopted two important values - Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga. Manaakitanga establishes their responsibilities as hosts and implies guardianship of manuhiri (visitors). It requires from them as Tangata Whenua (people of this land) to deliver their very best - it demands excellence. 

Kaitiakitanga is everyone’s responsibility; it is the job of families, communities and all nations to look after all the richness and life force of this world for future generations. Katie and Les are serious about Kaitiakitanga, employing sustainable choices which include solar panels to heat your water, double glazing, energy saving appliances and eco lighting. During the recent refurbishment, they recycled 90% of the wood utilising the native timber from door frames and turning those into dining, coffee and bedside tables. The wardrobes are recycled pine skirting boards and the doors have a new life as outside dining tables.

We invite you to join them to appreciate the colours of summer, footprints in the sand, a cooling ocean or a sunset walk hand in hand. There is so much or so little to do - you decide.