Kohara Lodge has been built with environmental considerations in mind. The owners' main aim was to put the land back to the way it was once building had finished hence the design of the property incorporating the natural hillside, and re-planting the grounds with native New Zealand trees.
The architect's vision was to replicate the natural environment as much as possible. To this end natural schist stone from a local quarry was used and this was dry laid as much as possible and dry stacked. Recycled railway timbers have been used on the outside of the property and there is no paint anywhere on the exterior of the house.
The windows at Kohara Lodge all have Comfort glass to prevent glare and reflection, built in UV protection and 1½ glazing for energy efficiency.
Only eco-friendly cleaning products are used inside the house and there are recycling bins in the kitchen which guests are respectfully asked to use to limit the effect of their stay on the environment.