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Sunny deck outside living room

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Calm, quiet, green, tranquil, warm and sunny. Situated in Muriwai Valley 5 minutes back from the Muriwai beach.

Approx 40 minutes and 40 km drive from Auckland CBD.

By car 1.5 hours from Auckland Airport, mostly via motorways.

Set on a small, self sufficient, solar-powered farm in a sheltered valley 5 minutes drive from Muriwai surf beach, and 10 minutes from supermarket.

Close to award winning restaurants, half a dozen vineyards which offer tastings as well as food all within 30 minutes drive. Excellent and easy forest and bush walks within 5 minutes drive, horse riding stables 5 minutes drive away and surf and swimming beach. Golf course 5 minutes drive away.

The small house is fully self contained with a deck and barbeque on one side and a cool terrace on the other. A carport for cars.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Muriwai 5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Auckland International about 1.5 hours by car 50 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Staffed property
General TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The North Island region

This is the West Coast of the upper North island, famous for its surf beaches and rugged beauty. The Artist's Retreat is 5 minutes inland behind a vast roll of land which protects it from sever weather and allows it to enjoy a calm even soft climate. Generally This property moves from about 15 - 25 degrees at noon throughout the year, it has about 60 inches of rain, and is generally sunny enough to give a credit on the export of solar electricity from the property.

Swimming and surfing, horse riding, forest walking and long beach walks are only 5 minutes away. Excellent surf cast fishing from the beach is close by, perhaps an hour, at Mosquito Bay. Spectacular drives, day trips, across the Kaipara, in to Northland are just up the road, with Kauri forests, and soft East coast beaches with beautiful cliff top walks.

Nearby are approximately 12 vineyards. This was the first part of NZ to grow grapes for wine and many of the vineyards offer food and coffee. There are a dozen good restaurants within 30 minutes, good enough to warrant making a reservation for lunch or dinner. And, the central city is about 40 minutes/40km drive, half of it along a motorway.


The purpose of the Artist's Retreat is tranquillity and quietness. It was intended for those who need a spell from their routines and a life dominated by electronic machines. Here, no one will find you unless you find them. It is in a valley and has plenty of trees and a lot of green grass. The animals on the farm are generally quiet, but if they see you they are apt to stare as they are extremely curious. The cows in particular. The sheep are much more timid which is how they have survived: they are bred from sheep set down on Arapawa Island by mistake when the islands were being mapped back in 1780-1790. They thought that Arapawa was a part of the North or South island and wanted to leave food for the ships that were to follow to complete the mapping. But none did. The sheep were left alone for 200 years and evolved Darwinianly - only the fittest survived - to be immune to most of the diseases of sheep in NZ.

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Calendar last updated:25 Apr 2014

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