External view of Kopi Retreat home

About Us

John and Bridget Preece built Kōpī Bush Retreat on the 1200 acres of farmland that John inherited from his family, land that has been in the family for many generations. The home is fully off-grid and their focus is on the restoration of their bush and preserving fish stocks for future generations.

John, a commercial diver for 39 years, is of Moriori and Māori descent and is one of 6 siblings, three of whom now own the farmland, bush and the quarry. Bridget, a mainlander, spent 15 years in Napier educating their children as there are no secondary schools on the Chatham's.

Both John and Bridget are passionate about their land and the Chatham Islands and look forward to sharing their little slice of paradise with you.

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The building of Kōpī Retreat

Grand Designs presenter Tom Webster with John and Bridget Preece

Season 7, Episode 1

Presenter Tom Webster from Grand Designs follows the build of our home that was designed by architect Michael O'Sullivan. Watch the episode on TVNZ On Demand to get a glimpse into the way we live and the experience that's waiting for you.

Guest Reviews

Best shower. Best food. Outstanding views and house is full of comfort. Planning my next stay already
Kopi Bush Retreat Guest