The Light House Art/B & B

The propitiates of the Light House are not your every day B&B operators.

Mac was a former case office with the CIA whose lives has seen him live around the world, since joining the army and specialising in languages in his 20’s. He and his partner photographer and counselor Sue Lattimore moved to Bluff to get away from world that went and “got it self in darn hurry” to make sure they enjoyed the things that mattered in place they discovered on a visit and fell in love with.

Today Sue works part time and continues her career as professional counselor while Mac “minds the shop” and spend his time writing ever minded by his shadow Charlie the fox terrier who when not at trotting after Mac will attempt to engage in jedi mind tricks (largely consisting of Ernest eye balling) in the hope of stray oyster or piece of fresh moist blue cod from the neighboring Galley Fish and chips being thrown his way. There are certainly worse ways to spend lunch than sitting, in a surprisingly hot bluff sun, at the Light House Art Gallery, eating fish and chips and drinking a cold Heineken, while Mac share a snippet of his fascinating life as Charlies sits silent but excited and ever hopeful.
When Mac is not writing or is at the front desk he has spent his time exploring the region and has extensive knowledge of both the area and all of NZ which he has used to entertain and enhance his guests stay by chauffeuring many family and friends not only through out this area but also throughout NZ. A master of language and a trained linguist Matt generally fine little trouble communicating with guests. With wry since of humor and sense of the gentleman not often encountered Matt both enjoys his new role as his worldly knowledge is enjoyed by kiwi and tourist alike.

Constantly “on the run” Sue has made sure the Gallery is not just a display of her photographic work, which captures the unique character of the region from seals eye balling seals, to fishing boats gliding back into their moorings after a trip at sea.

Sue prints onto three medias: art paper, which creates the look of water colour, photographic paper and canvas. The prints are various sizes up to A3+. Larger sizes can be arranged.


Kees Taal

Orginally from Holland, is an artist working with aluminium and copper. His creations of both fish and birdlife are outstanding. Kees’s work is unique. Each piece is hand made and so no two are exactly the same. Kees does not work to order but prefers to work as he becomes inspired. His work is very popular and can also be seen in the Invercargill Museum and Portobello Information center.

Bruce Hill

Aa photographer who has a large gallery in Invercargill, called “The Bank”. The work he is currently displaying in the The Lighthouse Gallery are pictures of Stewart Island.

Marion Metz

Immigrated to New Zealand in 2004 and soon became inspired to create different kinds of art and craft work.


Having been a dental technician by profession, Marion always loved wire, so what better thing to do than create wire necklaces? Every single one is different, no two are the same.


Marion loves New Zealand with all her heart. The beautiful spots you can find all around, expecially ferns inspire her studying them with her camera. Marion felt her admiration for ferns growing, and she experiments with the photos she is taking in quite a unique way.


Marion enjoys the creation of patterns which often reflects her love of ferns. The joy of hands-on work involved in creating beautiful art out of dirt and nature’s materials found locally is the essence of this area of her work.

30 Gore Street Bluff

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The Light House Art/B & B