“A great non coinciding swap which couldn't have worked out better. Kristina was so helpful in organizing our side of the swap which proved quite difficult due to the covid restrictions that kept getting in the way. Would happily swap with these people again. ”
“Family had a wonderful time and enjoyed the relaxed and well designed home. Great location! Kristina and Simon were excellent communicators and handled a few issues that popped up at our house with aplomb! ”
“Very clear directions and instructions for the property. Amazing views overlooking the sea. Enjoyable stay, thank you Kristina”
“As other reviewers have stated even more beautiful views than imagined. Very beautiful and comfortable home overlooking estauary that constantly changes throughout the day as the tide changes. Very close car ride to convenient and beautiful beaches. Really nice restaurants and cafes in Manghawhai Heads and Manghawahai. Great farmer's markets in Manghawhai. Kristina gave us lots of great tips such as the Manawhai farmer's market and was very responsive whenever I needed to communicate with her. We stayed in several beautiful homes in the South and North Island but this was the highlight of our trip. ”
“Great holiday BACH home. In good nic. Beautiful view, especially for sunrise. Great beds - king size and comfy. All the required stuff for cooking. We were here during winter and the wood stove heated the house well. Electric heaters supplemented. All good”
“Great holiday home, and location , can sit and just enjoy the view all day from balcony. Highly Recommend ”
“You look at the picture and think, that's a pretty view. Then you arrive and see that view in person, it's fairly overwhelming, no matter the time of day, the colors of the dune, the water, and the sky are all in a constant state of change. You can, literally, spend all day and well into the night just staring at the view. Probably the best view of the Milky Way I've ever seen from a home as well. I laid on the deck bench, unmolested by bugs of any type, and star gazed in awe. Everything else takes a back seat to the view, that's it. The home stay was fine, a few more details than average as far as circuit breakers, water consumption, and the mystery of rubbish removal The bed was comfy, the bathroom was pretty nice, the kitchen was well equipped. The home is very close to a village with a few good restaurants, actually two villages, one in either direction, so the home is convenient to things that might take you away from, yeah, the view. There's a very nice beach as well just a mile or so past the village, good sand and surf. This bach was clean and easy to find, and Kristina and Simon were very responsive, even to trivial requests and calls. We stayed in perhaps ten different places over our five week North Island trip, I have to say, this had the most captivating view. ”
“We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Kristina’s home, we felt comfortable and relaxed from the get go. The view is stunning and better than the photos depict. Thoroughly recommend as a base to explore the surrounding areas, all of which are truly delightful. Kristina was a pleasure to deal with, giving explicit instructions that enabled us to settle in without issue. A true “slice of heaven”.”
“A VIEW TO DIE FOR Stunning views from this gorgeous house which is even nicer than the pictures suggest. The house is equipped with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. Great walks on the beautiful beach. Being from Scotland I would thoroughly recommend the nearby town of Waipu and it's Scottish Museum. ”
“We gifted this trip to my sister and her husband and they had the most amazing time- here is what they said: My husband and I stayed at this wonderful beach house in Mangawhai in December 2017. We are from the US and it is amazing how quiet and scenic this area is. It was a perfect way to wind down our 3 week whirlwind trip of New Zealand. The house was so comfortable, cozy and had everything we could possibly need. We loved spending all our time out on the deck taking in the lovely views. It was also a very easy and close walk down to the water. Even though there are neighbors nearby it felt so private. It was the perfect beach get a way! We would highly recommend this property to anyone thinking of staying in this area. ”
“The photos don’t do the property justice! The view was outstanding and the decking area was perfect for taking in the view and relaxing. The house was very spacious for our family of 5 and had board games and a million films to keep the children happy in the evening. The area is just amazing. Mangawhai Beach was stunning and we swam wiith dolphins by the shore. The glow warm caves are worth a visit (Waupo)! There is also a huge park for kids about 5 minutes from the house. Hosts were welcoming and accommodating to our needs. Highly recommended. ”
“What a beautiful place! We had a lovely weekend, looking out over the water and the dunes. Our girls loved the bunk bed room, exploring around the yard and making their way down to the beach. The house is well equipped, there are clear instructions for everything and Kristina made all the logistics easy. Coastal New Zealand...bliss. ”
“Very lovely guests who would be welcome back at any time.”
“Kristina & Simon were our first swap. They looked after our home very well and everything was perfect on our return”
Where is it?
Laid back beach resort that summarizes Kiwi (NZ) lifestyle. Go for a wander (stroll) via the estuary, or drive/cycle ~2 mins to local coffee shop for fresh French style pastries, national newspaper (NZ Herald)… Introduce yourself to the locals while supping said coffee, or wander back home... go to the beach, happily swim, or go for a hike in the numerous trails in the immediate area. Collect seashells, look out for dolphins, blue eyed penguins, or the occasional octopus at Te Arai rock pools...
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