The Tora Coastal Walk is owned and operated by two local farming families – the Elworthy’s and the Bargh’s.
Kiri and James Elworthy are 2nd generation Tora farmers on a 650ha sheep and beef property, with four children aged 16 – 26 who have all grown up on the property. All four children have grown up with farming in the blood and the Tora walkers at the back door step. Whilst the boys are typical rugby playing, hunting and fishing fanatics, they can also turn out a mean lemon tart for 14 people at the blink of an eye.
Jenny and Chris Bargh have 5 adult children, and 9 grandchildren, who are spread across the Wellington region and further afield in Hong Kong. Their farm is a 650ha sheep and beef farm that sits on the Tora Coastline. On their property there is plenty of native bush. Chris fenced a large piece of bush off from stock over 30 years ago; now regenerating beautifully it is a highlight for many walkers on Day Three. The views of the Pacific Ocean from the hills behind their home are spectacular.
Kiri and Jenny are your hosts, and they prepare the delicious food for the walkers during the duration of your 3-day walk. This includes delicious home baking and meals using fresh local ingredients – such as produce from Chris’s garden, venison and lamb from their home blocks, and sometimes even paua – it’s all about nature’s bounty.