About Us

Karen and Hugh O'Neill welcome you to our Haven on the Otago Peninsula,
close to the many attractions and activities Dunedin has to offer.

View of Dunedin from the Haven @ Pukehiki Bed and Breakfast

We have lived on the Otago Peninsula at Pukehiki for six years, and everyday we count our blessings at being able to live in one of the most beautiful yet accessible places in the world. We emigrated from the U.K 10 years ago.  Though a long way from our roots, it is amazing how many people pass through. We don't get to travel as much as we would like, so creating our Bed & Breakfast suite was a logical step toward providing accommodation in a great place and  bringing some of the world to us.

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I (Karen) am a teacher of the Alexander Technique  ( a new web-site is under construction) . Teaching went on the back burner for a time with my main focus being the family, project managing the house build and becoming head gardener in an attempt to return some of the garden to native bush. At last time is freeing itself up giving me the chance to set up the Bed and Breakfast and return to teaching the Alexander Technique.

Image Host Hugh considers that he has the best job on the planet. Hugh is an Otago Harbour Pilot which means he has the opportunity to experience the beauty of the harbour and its wildlife, including dolphins, penguins and sea-lions. Hugh sees the harbour in all weathers at all times of the day and night and through every season, plus he gets to pilot  a wide ranging selection of ships from small foreign fishing vessels to  astonishingly big cruise ships, with a lot of log and container ships in between. When he isn't on a ship Hugh can be found: walking, cycling, sailing, playing squash, editing his professional organisation's magazine, as a volunteer on The Spirit of New Zealand with The Spirit of Adventure Trust, and pursuing his other passion as historian, particularly striving for truth and accuracy in recordings of historical events.