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Welcome to Holder's Hideaway

We are Mark, Jilanne and Eli Holder and this is our little piece of the wilderness in beautiful Charleston on the West Coast of New Zealand. Follow us on our adventures in living sustainably – relying on solar power, living off the land and hoping it rains again before the water tank is emptied.
Join us on our adventure

Off the Grid Living

We rely purely on the sun for power and the rain for our water. Our home was previously a holiday bach so most of the appliances are for an RV or motorhome. We upgraded our system but we still need to plan and prioritise how we spend our energy.


We are all about becoming self-sustained and living off the land. We know it is a work in progress and it won’t happen overnight.

Care less about what you own. Care more about how you live.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein

The best things in life aren't things.

– Art Buchwald

You should sit in nature for twenty minutes every day...unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.

– Zen Proverb

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