Peter & Robbyn are Raglan residents who have done a lot of traveling, and had always been fascinated by the idea of a traditional Mongolian ‘round house’ – a yurt. They decided that their grove of nikau palms made the perfect spot to build their very own guest yurt, and create a unique accommodation option in Raglan.
Robbyn is a NZRN (New Zealand registered nurse) and worked in the health industry for 25 years. She’s also a member of Massage NZ, and loves bringing people relief and relaxation through massage. Robbyn spent a year in Hawaii studying remedial massage, and specialised in Mana Lomi – a form of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Her small massage yurt is close to Nikau Sanctuary, and provides a peaceful, soothing atmosphere for guests to experience the deep relaxation that comes from this therapeutic bodywork.
Peter is a passionate classic car collector – his garage (you’ll see the sign says ‘Grumpy’s Garage’, but he’s actually quite a happy chap) is home to a few beauties that he has restored or is currently working on. As something a bit special for guests, Peter can give you a chauffeured trip into the Raglan township for dinner & drinks, and even pick you up when you’re ready to snuggle in for the night.
Thomas Koppen, a long-time friend of Peter & Robbyn’s, lives on site to help out with bookings and running Nikau Sanctuary. He shares Peter’s enthusiasm for classic cars and loves life in Raglan after growing up on the other side of the world in Germany.
Peter, Robbyn and Thomas are very proud of Nikau Sanctuary and love sharing it with guests – they are always more than happy to answer any questions and will do everything to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. They look forward to meeting you soon!