Wow! Vivs place is spectacular in every way. The view from atop the knoll where the house perches is a grand sweep of volcanoes , forest and farm with here and there a puff of thermal steam from deep in the earth. Viv was there to greet us as soon as we stepped out of the car inviting us in for a glass of wine and some of her excellent homemade bread fresh out of the oven. We felt so very welcomed and fell into conversation with this interesting person immediately while relaxing in her beautiful home. Our quarters were in a separate wing of the house with a private entrance. Everything was new and stylish ,spacious and deluxe and so very well designed . Viv had thought of every detail including stocking the fridge with a wonderful breakfast. In the morning after a very refreshing sleep, I joined her and Molly, her very friendly farm dog, in the pasture below to help move the R-2s (second year mostly pregnant cows as Viv explained) to fresh pasture. Viv was a wealth of information about life on the dairy farm with a family history going back 3 generations on the land. There is a small lake adjacent to the house with an interesting Maori history that has a circular track around it making for a nice amble that Molly would be delighted to show you. We would have loved to use this as our base to explore the area but needed to be moving on the next day. It is a short hop into the city of Whakatane for meals and supplies. We were grateful to be in this peaceful sanctuary high on a hill in the serenity of the countryside and to meet Viv, a kind and generous soul.