The Tora Coastal Walk is operated by the Elworthy’s and the McNeil’s – both are local Tora families.
Kiri and James Elworthy are 2nd generation Tora farmers on a 650ha sheep and beef property, with four children aged 18 – 28 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.
Tineke, a third generation local met now husband Stew McNeil 25 years ago when he was commercial fishing at Tora Bay. They married on the beach and had their reception at the Tora Station Woolshed. They live in a cute little house on their bush block, with 350ha of regenerating native bush. The Tora Coastal Walk track runs along their top boundary. They’ve got three children, who all love motorbiking and pig/deer hunting, so the freezer is always full.
Kiri and Tineke 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 fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs from their gardens – it’s all about nature’s bounty. Signature dishes, (although it’s hard to pick just a few!) include Kiri’s Lemon Tart – a firm favourite, and Tineke’s Pesto Fish.