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a NATURE RETREAT near the city - room 1

B&B | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 3km

Close to the city but a million miles away!

Backing on to Kauri Park (a forest) you can be at peace and be with nature.

The apartment is in the downstairs (ground floor) part of the house with the host family living upstairs. So, you can have your own space or, if you like, you can socialise with us.

Even though our place is somewhere to get away from the hustle-and-bustle it's still reasonably close to the city and some local conveniences. The best of both worlds really!

Guests have their own entrance and access to a full mini kitchen with fridge/freezer, hot plates, convection microwave and dishwasher should you want to self-cater. There's even an espresso coffee machine, blender and fruit juicer!

Broadband internet is available via Wi-Fi.

Outside is a small covered deck with outdoor furniture and a barbeque and a large backyard which backs on to a forest. It's not unusual to see and hear the local wildlife.

Kauri Road is a no-exit street so there's not a lot of traffic. 30m away from the house is Fernglen Gardens and some nice bush walks.

It's also not far to go to a nice cafe or bar & bistro.

Bus stops are not far away. An off-street car park is available. Taxi fare is only around $NZ 25 to the city.

To book the whole two-bedroom apartment search for "a NATURE RETREAT near the city".

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Charcoal Bay 2.7 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 450 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Auckland International Airport 31 km, Nearest railway: Britomart Transport Centre 10.8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The North Island region

Auckland has made it into Lonely Planet's 2014 top ten cities to visit. Come see why!


Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the centre of the country's retail and commercial activities. Approximately 401,500 people live within the city boundary and 1.25 million in the greater Auckland area. This represents about one third of the population of the whole country.


The city is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours - the Manukau and the Waitemata - and is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes and numerous picturesque islands.

This harbourside location has fostered locals' love of the sea and Auckland is nicknamed the "City of Sails" because of the great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

To the west of the city, the Waitakere Ranges rainforest forms a gateway to magnificent west coast surf beaches and an abundance of bush walks.


Auckland is a city with a rich cosmopolitan mix of peoples. Around 63 percent of its residents are of European descent while 13 percent are Pacific Islanders, 11 percent are New Zealand M?ori and there is a growing Asian population, currently about 12 percent.

English is the main written and spoken language in Auckland. M?ori, Polynesian and Asian languages are also spoken by ethnic communities.


The city's climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging more than 24 degrees) and cooler winters (averaging 16 degrees). The summer months are between December and March. The prevailing wind is westerly.


Here's a link to a booklet about the local bush walks in the area:

Fernglen Gardens are on page 6 and Kauri Park is on page 5

Other links:


Discover a story not just a destination. Birkenhead, on Auckland's North Shore, boasts beautiful views, lush native bush, a buzzing dining scene and fascinating history.

Top picks

• Stretch your legs on the Original Sugar Workers Walk, taking in New Zealand's only sugar factory.

• Enjoy a coffee with a view at one of the many cafés in the town centre.

•There are dozens of restaurants offering everything from tasty Asian dishes to modern New Zealand cuisine.

Fact file

• The Chelsea Sugar factory, nestled on the shore of the Waitemata Harbour, is New Zealand's only sugar factory and was built in 1884.

• Birkenhead has the largest area of native bush, birdlife and walks in the Upper Waitemata area.

• The township is also situated at the highest point of the Upper Waitemata, 360 feet above sea level.

Birkenhead is just a 10 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland or a short drive north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The village is home to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery (more commonly called the Chelsea Sugar factory), an iconic building and part of Auckland's fascinating Victorian history. Built in 1884, it once employed nearly all of the village's population. Birkenhead is home to other historical buildings, while the Birkenhead Library is a stunning modern piece of architecture – be sure to pop in to see the 180 degree views across Rangitoto Island and the Waitemata Harbour.

Birkenhead village is blessed with sea views from every street and the serene native bush just minutes away is alive with birdsong. Take one of the local walks to experience historic treasures like the sugar factory and the original workers' cottages.

By day, wander through the bustling shops and relax with a great cup of coffee at one of the many cafés. By night the village sparkles with twinkling fairy lights lining the main street and the restaurants come alive. Birkenhead has a great selection of eateries to choose from, offering a wide range of ethnic and local cuisine.

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24 Dec 2013


"Fantastic place to stay in Auckland, best of city and country in one place"

Highly recommended - the self contained apartment is close to the City by road or ferry yet is right alongside forests and near beaches. The owner is a really nice person who cannot do enough to make … More

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