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1 / 29 a NATURE RETREAT near the city. Two bedroom, self-contained, self-catering apartment.

Apartment / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 1166105

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a NATURE RETREAT near the city Furnished Apartment Apartment

2bedrooms
6sleeps
 min stay varies

Apartment / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

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

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

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 downtown Auckland and there are also some local conveniences nearby. The best of both worlds really!

Guests have their own entrance and access to a kitchen with fridge/freezer, dual hot-plates, electric frypan, 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. There is also a porta-cot which can be configured as a cot or a basinet as well as a high-chair if

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 downtown Auckland and there are also some local conveniences nearby. The best of both worlds really!

Guests have their own entrance and access to a kitchen with fridge/freezer, dual hot-plates, electric frypan, 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. 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 (optional extra).

Broadband internet is included and available via Wi-Fi. We have uncapped fibre UFB (ultra-fast broadband) and the apartment has it's own wireless access point. The main bedroom has a 24" TV with built-in DVD player and Apple TV for Netflix US and the 2nd bedroom has a 22" TV. In the lounge is a 32" TV with PS3 and Netflix US as well as a selection of DVDs.

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. Very close to the house is Fernglen Gardens and some nice forest treks.

It's also not far to go to a nice cafe and a short drive to many restaurants and other cafes or shopping.

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

Prices are based on twin-share and stays of four nights or more.

Location description from owner

The Auckland Region

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

Size

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.

Geography

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.

Population

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.

Climate

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:

http://www.bngcommunitytrust.org.nz/Explorer/Kaipatiki_Explorer_2013.html#p=1

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

Other links:

http://www.birkenhead.net.nz/

http://www.tourismnorthshore.org.nz/id/8/top10/

Birkenhead

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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Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 1 Cot available
  • 1 family bathroom, 1 toilet only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • Corporate bookings

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Access

  • Parking
  • Suitable for people with restricted mobility
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Bryce A
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Calendar updated:
25 May 2016

Languages spoken: English

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“Great location surrounded by trees and birds !”

Reviewed 27 Feb 2016

A place to stay if you want to escape from the city, very close by. Nice little apartment but at the bottom of the owner'house (we were expecting a little cottage). Very nice owner, ready to help with everything. I recommand it!

Thanks for writing a review and for your kind comments. It was a a pleasure to host you and your family. However, you say you were "expecting a little cottage" and also said what you "liked least" was that it is a "bottom house flat". ***The third line in the description of the property is "The apartment is in the downstairs (ground floor) part of the house with the host family living upstairs. "*** Did you not read the description before making your booking? How much clearer could we have made it? Why should we get marked down because you didn't read the description before you booked?

“Perfect for one month”

Reviewed 30 Mar 2014

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.

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