XSPOT cliff-top eco-holiday apartment for two 4WD

Apartment | Tryphena | #17587

9.8/10 (69 ratings)
  • 2 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 1 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • No Kids
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Eco Friendly 2013


  • Will the waves lapping 100 meters below show some treasures: dolphins, orcas, bryde's whales
  • Beautiful architecturally designed modern eco-apartment finished in 2011
  • Very private and remote, amazing solitude, ideal for honeymooners and stargazers

“2013 Gold Winner Golden Piwa" BEST IN ECO-FRIENDLY!

This light & modern apartment on Great Barrier Island provides sweeping 270 degree panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf. Walk into your apartment, and become part of the view. Take a seat on the comfy couch & gaze at the ever-changing water from the comfort of your lounge, or amble down a narrow path through the high grass, sit down on a rock & relax while taking in the view, listening to the waves break on the rocks below.

The apartment is self-contained, has its own entrance, but is part of a comfortable eco-house, from where your hosts will assist in looking after the solar & wind power and firewood systems of the house. The unheated swimming pool with a view is available for a splash in summer.

The remote 4WD location only shared with your hosts is perfect for a honeymoon! Astronomers & other stargazers looking for a place without light pollution but with a large deck from where the night sky can be viewed in its full glory are also very welcome.

Keep an eye out for diving dolphins, whales working schools of fish, graciously gliding gannets & cray fisherman checking their pots. You may occasionally have to check that your book is still in your lap & that your drink is still at hand, but you may completely forget about them, too.

Once you're totally relaxed, you could go & explore the island, or have a splash in the shared unheated swimming pool (with views!!).

The apartment is spacious, around 80m2 and has one master bedroom with ensuite and a walk in wardrobe to store your suitcases.

4WD access only, as our access road is not sealed & steep! Bring your own on the ferry or rent one through Aotea rentals.

Travel to the Barrier by Sealink ferry, Flymysky or Great Barrier Airlines. Helipad available close by.

Special conditions: This clifftop apartment has has amazing views but is not necessarily suitable for toddlers. They are welcome with tight supervision. Our alternative power system is sturdy but cannot cope with an overload. Electric appliances creating heat (hairdryers, -straighteners, toasters, rice cookers, etc.) are very hard on our batteries. Please do not bring them. Phone chargers, etc. are fine. Please leave the property as you found it or pay $100 extra for cleaning.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephone (local calls)

Bed layouts

  • Master suite

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Maps of the island, with lots of great ideas for exploration FREE (included)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 7 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Last minute bookings: 10% off for stays over the next 21 nights

  • Gifts & giveaways: Glass of bubbly on arrival.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
01-May-17 to 30-Jun-17
$200/night $220/night
2 night minimum stay
01-Jul-17 to 30-Sep-17
$160/night $180/night
2 night minimum stay
01-Oct-17 to 30-Nov-17
$200/night $220/night
2 night minimum stay
01-Dec-17 to 22-Dec-17
$230/night $250/night
2 night minimum stay
Peak season
23-Dec-17 to 07-Jan-18
$270/night $270/night
3 night minimum stay
08-Jan-18 to 01-Aug-18
$230/night $250/night
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (76)

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  • Incredible "get away from it all " location

    Incredible "get away from it all " location. Views unsurpassed. Modern, functional, warm accommodation...absolutely loved it.

    judeaw55 100%|9x Apr 2017

  • Amazing location

    Amazing location

    christykn2 100%|3x Mar 2017

  • The views are amazing from this secluded clifftop property

    The views are amazing from this secluded clifftop property. Drive to the beaches and Tryphena-area dining is short, a 4WD essential.

    sarob537 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • Fantastic location and really nice hosts

    Fantastic location and really nice hosts

    YesPlease 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • Without a doubt the most breathtakingly stunning place I've ever stayed

    Without a doubt the most breathtakingly stunning place I've ever stayed. We stayed here on recommendation from a colleague and it did not disappoint in any way shape or form! I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay somewhere that is the definition of beautiful. I also loved the eco element of the house, and it added a little something to our trip knowing that the place we were staying was fully sustainable and eco-friendly.

    beatriceht 100%|4x Jan 2017

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