1860s Colonial Cottage in Hawkes Bay

1860s Colonial Cottage in Hawkes Bay




Nov 2018

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 2
1 Bathrooms

About our home

The colonial cottage is small (approximately 80sq m), renovated, open plan and comfortable. It has a firebox for winters in the living area and a dining room leading to the kitchen. Beyond is the laundry and bathroom (shower only). There is a verandah at the front with a table for two. Although it only has one bedroom, part of the living area can be sectioned off with curtains and one of the sofas converts to a bed. I am in the throes of alterations which are proving to be slow (what's new) but this will expand the bedroom, which is sited one storey up at the rear of the house, to twice its present size and will include an en suite bathroom. A lift will run from the ground floor to it, and will continue up another floor to the top of the garden, where a plunge pool is being located. Small but perfectly formed I think (eventually). But for the time being the house will be unavailable for several months. Builders, councils etc. are notoriously slow.


More about us

  1. Christchurch earthquake (2010) refugee

  2. plants and gardens are my obsession...

  3. ... apart from nice people

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Where is it?


Napier has a Mediterranean climate and is most known as being the Art Deco city of New Zealand. It was levelled by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt almost exclusively this way. It has (for NZ standards) a huge Art Weekend (more like a week now) in February and all participants are devoted to wearing the 30s clothing. The region is also wine territory with many vineyards having their own elaborate restaurants as well. Between Napier and Hastings/Havelock North there are many cycle trails. We are also a rich horticultural area with cherries, apples etc. There are popular weekend farmers' markets. We boast that from home everything is 5 minutes away except the airport which is 7. Aside from the photo of Waimarama Beach there are several others to the north and south of Napier. Lake Taupo (trout fishing) and the North Island's central mountains, Ruapehu (skiing), Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, are a 90 minute drive. Other places well worth the effort - Gisborne and the East Cape, Mahia Peninsula (now a rocket launch centre - though modest) and Lake Waikaremoana. Auckland is 5 hours north-west and Wellington 4 hours south-west.

Buzzy restaurants
Mister D, Black Barn, Mission Estate, Elephant Hill
Cool bars
boringly I don't drink but we have many
Cozy cafés
F G Smiths, Ujazi, Chantal (organic), Ahuriri cafes
Retail therapy
We're a tourist town!!
Bit of culture
Art Deco, Maori, and at times theatre, opera etc
Walks in the park
Plenty of parks, gardens, coastal walks
Spot of exercise
swimming, jogging, cycling (many trails - even wine cycle trails
Day tripping
Taupo, Waimarama and Waipatiki beaches.

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