The name says it all. We have spent a good deal of time and resources since 2007 removing introduced and highly destructive possums – and other exotic pests - and are now enjoying the resulting regeneration of the native bush and the welcome return of many of our native birds and animals. Our Possums' End Facebook page gives regular updates on our conservation activities.
If you have an interest in the conservation of New Zealand's natural biodiversity then Possums' End is the place to stay. You won't see kiwi or tuatara or other glamorous icon species. But you will see endemic biodiversity making a comeback as the exotic pests come under control.
Possums' End is set in 20ha of regenerating bush at the heart of the beautiful Otago Peninsula. The bush around Possums' End is home to some special birds and animals. Within a few kilometres are wild windswept beaches and headlands that are home to penguins, seals, sea-lions and albatross.
At night, weather permitting, we have dark skies that make for outstanding sky watching. Amazing views of the milky way can be seen and the Aurora Australis - the Southern Lights - may put in an appearance (see our guide to photographing the aurora in our blog). To the naked eye the aurora is often seen as an eerie glow but with a correctly set DSLR camera beautiful pictures can be taken - see some examples in our gallery or on our flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/possums-end/
Possums’ End Accommodation provides a small income, which funds our conservation work, covering both capital costs and manpower costs. We receive little or no funding from local or central government.
The accommodation is a fully self contained single bedroom homestay adjacent to the owner’s own house, backing on to regenerating bush.
The lounge/diner/kitchenette has stunning views across Otago Harbour and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. The kitchenette is well appointed with a dual hob, microwave and ample crockery and cutlery. Tea and coffee provided. We do not provide milk.
A generous bedroom with a queen sized bed leads to an en-suite with underfloor heating and a shower over a large relaxing bath.
The utility room has an automatic top loading washing machine and an area to hang wet clothing.
A small private outside area allows for al fresco dining with views over Otago Harbour surrounded by bush and native birdlife.
Possums' End is surrounded by hazards, for example - dense bush, steep drop offs, areas of ferocious tree nettle and pest control equipment - which makes it unsuitable for children.