Meet our ranchers


Mark & Susannah Guscott

  • Glen Eden
  • Ponatahi Valley, near Martinborough, South Wairarapa
  • 800 hectares / 1976 acres
  • Half flat, half hill country
Map of Ponatahi Valley
Mark & Susannah Guscott
Mark & Susannah Guscott
Mark & Susannah Guscott
Mark & Susannah Guscott

There’s rich ranching history in our family. My ancestors, John Milsome Jury (an early settler) and Te Aitu o te Rangi (a local Maori girl), married and started tending the land. Now Susannah and I work the land and raise our children here. The ranch is a great place to grow up. It’s a place where kids can be kids. We would like one of them to take over and be the 7th generation here, but ultimately, we just want them to be happy. That’s what it was like for me. There was never any pressure; I was just doing what I enjoyed. When it comes to the land, we’re custodians, we’re looking after it for the next generation. With the animals, it’s the simple things that are important. We give them shelter, plenty of food and none of the bad stuff. It works for us. And hey, we’ve been doing it for over 150 years now, so we must be doing it right!