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Your contact at Cosy Nook: Tuatapere Information Centre
Contact number: +64 3 2266739
Alternative contact number: Riverton Information Centre
Additional contact details: +64 3 234 9991

Directions: Situated between Colac Bay & Orepuki a large brown sign will direct you briefly off the Southern Scenic Route into Cosy Nook.

The turn off is just 4km south of Orepuki or 12km NW of Colac Bay.

Cosy Nook

This delightful area, including Garden Bay, is well worth the visit as the road in reveals a very picturesque craggy cove that today shelters several fishing boats & holiday cribs.

The headland Outata Point, now known as Billy Point, was the site of an old Maori Pa called 'Pahees'. The chief at that time, Tahu Pahi, of Ngatimamoe & Ngaitahu lineage, unwittingly gave his name to todays Pahia. Much canoe activity had once been a feature of Garden Bay as Maori had removed rocks from a section to enable them to reach places further afield. The pa off Cosy Nook is said to have been the stronghold of Pahi's brother-in-law Te Wera.

During the 1820's Pahi boasted one of the oldest and largest villages in coastal Murihiku - consisting of 40-50 whare(houses).
The sites were abandoned following a massacre by a northern raiding tribe & by 1852 only ruins remained.

Cosy Nook was formerly known as Cozy Neuk
Captain George Thomson was the first settler and named the property Cozy Neuk, after his homeland Scottish village.

The name Garden Bay originated from the pioneer farming family of Alexander Garden whose eldest son Louis, set up one of three flax mills in the area.



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