Seaside retreat on island with inspiring views and peaceful rural setting

Seaside retreat on island with inspiring views and peaceful rural setting




Jan 2014

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Our property is 19 hectares of farmland and forest on Waiheke, an island that is a short ferry ride away from New Zealand's largest city Auckland. The main house sits on a headland above the ocean, with the sea on three sides and magnificent views out over the Pacific Ocean. It is very private and peaceful. The house is made of wood (a Lockwood design), with two bedrooms, a living and dining area with a fireplace, kitchen, bathroom (with shower and bath)and laundry. The bedrooms can be made up as two double rooms, or as one double and one with two single beds. An extra single bed can also be supplied. We have our own water supply from a spring on the property so we have plenty of water, unlike many other places on the island which rely on rainwater.
We have a small private beach that is less than five minutes walk away down a farm track. It is very safe for swimming,or you can walk or drive to nearby Onetangi Beach, one of the longest and most beautiful sandy beaches on Waiheke.


More about us

  1. My friend and I bought this beautiful property just over 20 years ago and we live on it when we're not away working or travelling. We've got two houses on the property which we rent out (or exchange!) from time to time. We share the land with a few sheep and hens, and lots of native birds. I work in conservation, specializing in community participation, education and communications. I am currently a community partnerships and engagement manager working for the Department of Conservation, the government agency that looks after New Zealand's national parks and wildlife. My work is based in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. As well as my environmental work, I love spending time in nature enjoying various outdoor pursuits, growing food, and reading, writing and painting.

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Where is it?


Waiheke is a small island about 40 minutes by ferry away from New Zealand's largest city Auckland. The island has around 8000 permanent residents and is famous for its beaches, relaxed lifestyle, music and art festivals and wine. It has great nature parks and walking trails, a variety of watersports, cafes and fine restaurants, a community cinema,library, gallery and theatre complex, artist and vineyard tours, a golf course, tennis courts, fishing trips, kayak hire and many other attractions. There is a craft and produce market at weekends, a supermarket and other shops in Oneroa and Ostend villages.
The ferry to Auckland runs every hour during the daytime, and there are also regular ferries in the evening, so it's easy to make day trips to the city. There is also a daily ferry to Coromandel Peninsula on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf. There is a bus service on the island that coincides with the ferry timetable, and you can hire taxis, shuttles, cars and motorcycles.
The weather is warmest and sunniest from November through to May/early June, with good swimming temperatures between December and April. The island gets fairly busy with visiting holidaymakers and boaties during New Zealand's main summer holiday period from mid December to end of January.

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