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  1. Children’s Attractions Around NZ
    Children’s Attractions Around NZ

    Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable.... [More]

  2. Kapiti Coast
    Kapiti Coast

    The long sandy beaches of the Kapiti Coast are a 40km drive from Wellington - but they're a world apart from the capital; spot rare native birds on Kapiti Island, play golf or explore the parks and nature reserves.... [More]

  3. Snow guide: Mt Ruapehu
    Snow guide: Mt Ruapehu

    Rising dramatically 2797m out of the Central Plateau, this vast volcanic beauty has two commercial ski areas and a friendly little club field.... [More]

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  1. A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines
    A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

    From schoolhouse to luxurious cottage - a tale of transformation at Kina Beach Vineyard.... [More]

  2. The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast
    The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast

    Wildside Lodge is a labour of love, a rustic, hand-crafted beauty which evolved through Dan and Kath Lane's philosophy and need for using resources that were locally available and free, or at least recycled and cheap!... [More]

  3. Golden Days at Big Bay
    Golden Days at Big Bay

    Fond memories of bach holidays at Big Bay in the 1940s - long drops, meat safes, sackfuls of seafood and a great community.... [More]

Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Romantic Couples Thermal Retreat with sea views

 Fantastic place to stay. Very comfortable. Great pool. 

The Orchard House -  A Matakana Escape

 Great location, only a few minutes drive to the village but still felt nice and secluded. On a lovely big section, very happy with the room, very tidy and modern. Will be recommending this place to friends, and hopefully be back to stay again. 

Te Arai native bush hideaway cottage

 It was lovely and relaxing. The hot tub under the stars was a massive gem and we felt so relaxed after time in there. Overall just a lovely little cabin in the woods ?? 

Matakana Studio Cottage

 Great little studio. Very comfortable and very large bed. Very clean and tidy with little extras. Was a perfect location for us as within five min walk to the matakana village. Would definitely book again if traveling back that way. 

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The Essential Garden Studio

 A great little get away in the middle of the bush only an hour out of Auckland. Great Hospitality with our host even dropping and picking us from the wedding we where attending in Puhoi. Very private and comfortable with every thing you need. They also have a lovely dog that came for a hang out when we where having our morning coffee. 

The Essential Garden Studio

 Wonderful bush setting, very handy to the location of our function. Peaceful and tranquil. My cousin and I ran out of adjectives to describe what a fantastic property this is. Our hosts were AMAZING!! Local artwork displayed was brilliant. We were taken on a quick tour of the gardens - awesome! The outdoor living area -WOW!!!! Added bonus of our complimentary gift, and being able to order customised pottery plaques made by our artist host. Our hosts were SO obliging. Love it- we'll be back