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a NATURE RETREAT near the city Furnished Apartment

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

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

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. There's even an espresso coffee machine, rice cooker, blender and fruit juicer!

There are two large bedrooms, each with very comfortable Queen-size beds. The sofa in the lounge pulls out to a double-size sofa-bed. We recommend that the sofa-bed be used for only for children or only for a few nights for adults. There is also a porta-cot which can be configured as a cot or a basinet as well as a high-chair if you need one for a baby.

Broadband internet is included and available via Wi-Fi. We have uncapped VDSL and the apartment has it's own wireless access point. The main bedroom has a 24" TV with built-in DVD player and the 2nd bedroom has a 22" TV. In the lounge is a 32" TV with PS3 and Netflix US.

Outside is a small covered deck with outdoor furniture and a barbeque overlooking 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.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

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 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Trampoline
Access Parking

The Auckland 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.

North Shore City

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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23 Oct 2014


"Lovely stay just outside of city centre"

We stayed here for 3 nights upon arrival in Auckland. It is clean and spacious with very comfortable beds and a fabulous shower. It is close to the city centre attractions but is in a quiet residenti… More

11 Aug 2014


"A calm stay in a busy city"

Starting with the summary upfront, we can advice everyone staying in the Auckland region to book this apartment. It is nice, clean and has all things needed. The internet is very fast and unlimited, s… More

18 Jul 2014



Came as a family of 6 during winter and we were all very happy with this accommodation. There was plenty of room for my family and the apartment was really clean, tidy and was very warm. I especially … More

29 Jun 2014


"Perfect hideaway and close to city"

A perfect hideaway close to the city - the apartment is very well attended with everything you need - we just stayed for a long weekend to get away from it all. Even had the kids movies, so our daug… More

25 May 2014


"great location, lovely family"

Close to the bus, auckland, shopping, it was a great place to stay, m6 favorite in n.z. the host where very nice and friendly. In formative.… More

31 Mar 2014


"Perfect for one month"

A garden for kids with a BBQ.
The accommodation is spotless and big rooms.
We are close to the reserve.
Very Well-equipped except some kitchen ustensiles missed.
The spot is close to supermarket.
The landlord is helpful and Nice.
We recommend.

23 Mar 2014


"Awesome place, very complete..."

Awesome place, very complete, the host was very friendly and family really enjoyed staying there, very handy location, close to supermarkets, shops, and bus to the city. Definitely will be added to my… More

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