The snug and secluded Wilson Road Magic Lodge

Bach or holiday home | South Head (Kaipara) | #19145

8.6/10 (43 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


Visit South Head, Auckland's best kept secret.

Just over an hour west of Auckland, is the SOUTH HEAD sand duned-peninsula, bound by the Kaipara Harbour on the east and to the west is the Tasman sea's wild Rangitira ocean beach that stretches for miles. 2.5 kms from the beach is the eco-friendly barn accommodation, nestled between Tea Tree and the swimming ponds. The lodge is a converted barn, now with more in the means of fine art than of shearing sheep.

It has a huge barn door that provides open living for sunny days and warmth on cooler times. The view with the door open is subtropical plants, ponds, a stream, alpacas and is ever changing.

The barn location provides a tranquil environment with the sounds of bird life as they visit the ponds.

All the power on the property is generated from the solar panels and a windmill.

The barn has a coal range for cooking and heating, a warm fire in the evening.

Traditional flush water toilet.

The generous sized bath uses pure rainwater.


Feed the alpacas carrots/nuts and the huge grass carp, bread and grass.

Take the time to float in the ponds, it's a great attraction in the summer months, very relaxing.

Visit a beautiful hidden lake 1km from barn or investigate large Lake Kereta, next door.

The ocean is a 3km walk from the barn, Start walk at edge of Lake Kereta (South side),follow fence line to the Forestry road, cross the road and along (approx 20m?) and see adjoining track through bush, and pines to the beach

Take a picnic to the sea and enjoy being in sand dunes there are no prickly weeds, so you can enjoy the benefits of being barefoot if you wish.

A walk to the windmill on the top of the hill gives astounding views of sea and on special days sunset.

The barbecue area is undercover with room to enjoy outdoor eating whilst looking at the view of the ponds.

Special conditions:


When swimming try not to have sunscreen make contact with the water, it can affect water quality for fish.

Pets by negotiation.

The property does not have cell phone coverage.

Phone 09 420 2828.

Bookings can only be made through the website.

No freezer, small fridge, no washing machine.

Limited power.

Payment has to be made according to the TandC

This is a farm - there may sometimes be noise, mess or smells.

Extras: cleaning (Optional, NZ$25.00 per night); linen etc (Optional, NZ$25.00 per stay); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • double bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • double bedroom 2

    1 x Double bed

  • Extra mattress

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • master bedroom

    1 x Double bed


Maybe booked

*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 (53)

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  • This was exactly what we were looking for

    This was exactly what we were looking for. The children loved the pond and animals and we enjoyed the remoteness and zero tech weekend away. Thank you.

    erdepark 100%|10x Aug 2018

  • We loved "the barn"

    We loved "the barn". Soooo great not having wifi or mobile phone coverage - our family of 4 had an awesome time, talking, playing games and walking walking walking with our Springer Spaniel. We even squeezed in a driving lesson on this quiet unsealed road! It was just such a fun family time - its a gorgeous hidden pocket of the Kaipara.

    mariamil 100%|5x Jun 2018

  • The barn far exceeded our expectations

    The barn far exceeded our expectations. All you need is provided. A great escape from Auckland. Awesome to spend a couple days off the grid. Very cozy. Friendly alpacas, peacocks roaming free and huge grass carp. Even had a visit from a very cute frog! :)

    ElleshaB 100%|1x May 2018

  • Where do I begin?! We came with no expectation, but were amazed...

    Where do I begin?! We came with no expectation, but were amazed by the experience! Not a 5-star accommodation, BUT... we had so much fun! The dingy, feeding the ducks & HUGE fish in the ponds, feeding alpacas, and animals roaming around like peacocks etc. Campfire, BBQ, huge outdoor area for the kids to run, books, board games... so private from the rest of the world. No Wifi, phone line etc didn't bother use at all. In fact, we had so much fun we decided to stay longer! We'll be back!

    Gracie 100%|1x May 2018

  • Very rural which was lovely to be away from cell and internet...

    Very rural which was lovely to be away from cell and internet coverage. Children made own fun in dingy, swimming in fresh water lake near by, roasting marshmallows on fire etc. Memories were made.

    JanetMa15 100%|1x Jan 2018

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