The people

Koru House is owned and was built by Brian McPhun and Lindsay Scott (McPhun).

Both are artists.

Brian is a jeweler by trade but is now making handcrafted picture frames, one of a kind pieces of furniture and handcrafted details for Koru Hideaway.

Brian McPhun and Lindsay Scott

The Savuti Brothers - oil on canvas by Lindsay Scott
The Savuti Brothers by Lindsay Scott (private collection)

Lindsay’s work adorns the walls.

She is an internationally renown wildlife artist who sells her art mainly in the United States, where they lived for many years.

Her art can be found at

Brian and Lindsay both enjoy hospitality.

They've led small groups on African photographic safaris since 1987.

They both love to share their little piece of paradise and their greatest collaborative artwork, Koru House, with guests from all over the world.

Brian McPhun and Lindsay Scott
Brian McPhun and Lindsay Scott


Brian was born in Dunedin and grew up in Auckland spending most of his spare time as a youth surfing the beaches of the East Coast north of Auckland, which is how he developed his passion for this area, especially Tawharanui Regional park that he and a few good friends were given permission to surf when it was still a private farm.

His spirit of adventure lead him to travel extensively eventually ending up in Ventura California, working as a goldsmith and living there for 28 years.

Lindsay, although of Kiwi descent, was born and raised in Zimbabwe where she developed her life long passion for nature and wildlife. She studied art and biology at university in Cape Town, South Africa and Minnesota, USA.

She then worked and travelled extensively as a biological researcher and photographer before finding her true outlet as a wildlife artist when she moved to Arizona and met a wildlife artist, Adele Earnshaw, originally from Warkworth.

As her art career developed she moved to California where fate had it she met this Kiwi, Brian and their great adventure through life together began...leading to their greatest artistic collaboration, Koru House.

And, if Lindsay and Brian are away...

There is also Tomo, aka Tom Mallalieu. Born in Australia, grew up in Kenya and England, lived in South Africa, then New Plymouth , (a one man United Nations) has travelled much of the world chasing big waves and ended up, fortuitously at Koru House.

He arrived as the house was being finished and as an architect, builder and building inspector was instrumental in finishing the house and working on ongoing projects. He has made it his home, most of the time, and will welcome guests if Brian and Lindsay are away and has some darn good yarns to share.

Tom Mallalieu