Kerikeri NZ. Subtropical house in shape of bird

Kerikeri NZ. Subtropical house in shape of bird


Dec 2012

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

This is the perfect getaway from the city. It is private and quiet and is surrounded by just under an acre of subtropical gardens with trees and shrubs (no lawn). There are lots of birds (Tuis, fantails, moreporks, quail, pheasants, pukekos etc) so you feel as if you are in the country. Yet the house is walking distance from local attractions, award-winning restaurants and supermarkets and shops.

The house was designed by the architect Martyn Evans and built in 1996. It is built in the shape of a flying swallow and is surrounded by spacious decks.

The main part of the house consists of a single garage (with access to the house), a guest toilet, a kitchen and open plan living and dining areas, and a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and ensuite bathroom. The bathroom has an oversized bath (luxury!) with a pull out hose style shower head. There is also a toilet, bidet and basin.

The other accommodation (the guest suite) is attached to the main house but is accessed via an external walkway. The guest suite comprises a queen room and a room with a single bed (and optional pop-up single stored under the other single). There is a bathroom shared between the two rooms. (Shower, basin and loo only - no bath in this one)

Each room also has an outside deck. The main two decks are also glass covered so that you can still relax outside if it showers. The house floors are tiled so can be cool on your feel in the morning and evenings. Bringing slippers is a good idea.

Whilst the house is single storey, occupants do need to be able to deal with stairs as the house is built to accommodate the land contour and has a some steps inside and and outside.

I have recently installed insect screens to many of the windows in the house (at least one window per room).

There is a small organic vegetable garden (you can help yourselves to produce when it's ready to pick). The rest of the garden is mostly bush and shrubs.

You can manage without a car here (for the Kerikeri historical attractions and supermarket access etc) but if you want to see the other sights in the area then I recommend you rent one. My car is not generally available, sorry.

Families are welcome but children do not live here so the house is not child-proof. Not recommended for young children!


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  1. Hi I am Sue. I am a management consultant in my 50s. I travel a lot for work but try to get back here as often as I can.

    I often have friends and family staying and the house is set up to accommodate that.

    I have done one successful exchange and now have a few others booked and I am looking forward to them. I am currently planning a trip to Europe with some friends and it will be great if I can use my home to help me get some nice accommodation elsewhere.

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Where is it?


My home is located a short walk (10 mins) from subtropical Kerikeri township.

Kerikeri is known as the cradle of the nation because the early settlers were based here. The of the oldest buildings in NZ are a 5 minute walk from the house. (Kemp house and the stone store at the Basin Reserve).

Kerikeri is in the The Bay of Islands. This area is known for beaches, fishing and boating. Paihia is only a 20 minute drive away and there are lots of charter operators (and tourist trips) based there.

Kerikeri is known for its orchards. Today these are varied: citrus, kiwifruit, tamarillo, persimmon etc

There are some great DOC walking tracks in the area. An easy one from the house is to walk to the Stone store (5 mins) then do the river walk to rainbow falls and back (8.6kms).

Kerikeri town has all the facilities you will need while you are here. 2 large supermarkets, many restaurants, cafes, wineries etc. There is even a 3 screen cinema, and a chocolate factory to visit if the weather is bad.

The farmers market on Sunday is a delight.

The airport (Bay of Islands /Kerikeri) is a 10 minute drive away. Cars can be rented there but pre-booking is required. There is also normally a shuttle mini-bus service into town.

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