La Grange Eco-Cabin. Seaside. Nature. Romantic

Bach or holiday home | Whangaroa | #24787

9.3/10 (32 ratings)
  • 2 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 1 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Self-contained, all essential needs catered for. Powered by sun & natural gas. Warm & comfortable.
  • Nearest neighbour (owner) 750m away. Peaceful & secluded. Pub, Club, store & jetty 1.5kms away.
  • Set in regenerating native bush, native birds, and stunning sea views. The perfect getaway!

Romantic Eco-cottage, ideal for a couple or privacy-loving solo, but can sleep children (enquire- there are 3 best-quality camp beds available, a baby cot, and tent). Seaviews from bed!

New for Xmas 2016: an outside bath with bubbles, under native trees and tree ferns, with Waitapu Bay waters right there in view; and utterly private!

Library of books and travel advice; games, cards; hammocks; bird whistle; wood-burning inside stove; fire-pit, firewood.

There is a wide and easy walkway 100m along to the harbour waters of Waitapu Bay; at high tide, step off the land into knee-deep water: this is the perfect spot to swim or fish, or go kayaking (kayaks provided); at low tide, walk along the foreshore under the aged pohutukawa trees and pretend you are Robinson Crusoe.

Approximately 50m away from the cabin is a large macrocarpa seating bench with sea & yacht views, where not even birds notice one; and a wood-fired barbecue is also provided for outdoor dining. NEW: Weber Baby gas BBQ provided!

The 400m flat access road is lined with newly-planted native trees and flaxes, ideal for a morning/evening stroll.

The sewerage system is completely eco-friendly. Two huge water tanks hold an ample supply of drinking, showering and bathing water.

Orcas and dolphins often enough seen in the harbour. Big Game fishing - marlin, etc- a local speciality.

Fish from the property, or from the wharf: fish regularly caught include John dory, snapper & kahawai. Ocean sailing charters, art and crafts outlets, kauri forests, all await you.

Walk up St Paul's Rock or stroll the 1.5kms down to the local Marlin Pub or Fishing Club, both with restaurants.

Lovely beaches at Tauranga Bay (15 minutes' drive) and Taupo Bay for surfing (40 minutes' drive). Thai, Indian, and Fish and Chip restaurants within a short drive away.

Longer walks: to Lane Cove hut 2 hours; the Mahinepua Peninsula Coastal Walk (1.5hours). Other great walks: Taratara Boulders, Puketi Kauris.

Special conditions: Smoking is only allowed outside the eco lodge. 2 Nights Minimum: BUT if only one night stay suits you, then please enquire of Terry your host if that is convenient for him; a NZ$ 50.- surcharge will apply. Powered solely by solar panels. La Grange is ideal for a single person or a couple, but children can be accommodated on quality adult camp beds; and a baby cot is available.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Studio (no separate bedroom)

    Combined living/sleeping area,Best quality Queen bed, with views from bed out to Waitapu bay; cabin is insulated so warm and cosy; no neighbours for miles, so utterly peaceful; one is in the middle of nature; the best there is!

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Xmas New Year
25-Jan-17 to 28-Feb-17
$185/night $185/night
2 night minimum stay
late summer
01-Mar-17 to 22-Mar-17
$175/night $175/night
2 night minimum stay
Queens Bday
23-Mar-17 to 28-Mar-17
$175/night $175/night
2 night minimum stay
late summer
29-Mar-17 to 12-Apr-17
$175/night $175/night
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
13-Apr-17 to 18-Apr-17
$185/night $185/night
2 night minimum stay
late summer
19-Apr-17 to 20-Apr-17
$175/night $175/night
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
21-Apr-17 to 25-Apr-17
$185/night $185/night
2 night minimum stay
late summer
26-Apr-17 to 30-Nov-17
$175/night $175/night
2 night minimum stay
Xmas New Year
01-Dec-17 to 28-Mar-18
$185/night $185/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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (32)

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  • The location is perfect, having fabulous views but also privacy

    The location is perfect, having fabulous views but also privacy. We loved the fact that it runs only on solar power and gas but still has everything you need. The outside bath was awesome too! As was the fire pit and the kayaks. We'll definitely be back!

    GillianAs1 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • Loved this place! What are perfect spot

    Loved this place! What are perfect spot. I specifically loved all the small details and effort Terry has clearly put into making the place awesome. Birds are so tame in this area and the view spectacular! I highly recommend a stay here!!!!! You will definitely need a 4 wheel drive to access this place, but it is well worth it! We had a great time!

    susieth2 100%|2x Nov 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Hiya Susie Thanks for the praise!- I sure love to share the space with guests; Whangaroa itself is very very special! Yes, I was embarrassed by the state of the road; we only got up the hill with Tim driving and me in the passenger seat shouting Geronimo! I said the roading guy had been to fix it from its previous state, and that he had laid too much metal down on it, like 'lithic sludge'. I said to you I would get back to him; and true to my word I did. He came, saw, fixed it; now all OK!!!

    Terry Peterson 97%|37x

  • Exactly what we were looking for

    Exactly what we were looking for. Perfect for 2 ! All the Eco appliance work perfectly ! No worries about power, the solar panel works great. The place was clean, the bed was comfortable, the shower had good pressure. We could really see that he love and that he is proud of his property. The only down side that we notice is that the hot water in the shower (boiling at first) started to run out quickly after the second day... but yay .. that's nothing when you are in this little paradise !

    SilvyPelletier 100%|1x Nov 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Oh dear Silvy!- my fault, for not explaining how to change gas-cylinders behind Grange; when water runs cool, then a flick of the switch brings a new gas supply on line!- sorry! -je m'excuse! Next time I will show you...and how to get hot water to the outside bathtub, fit for 2 people; and I have now the open outdoor fire to sit around and see stars above and sparks at your feet!

    Terry Peterson 97%|37x

  • If you love nature, this is definitely the place for you

    If you love nature, this is definitely the place for you. It's surrounded by bush with views of the Whangaroa Harbour. We had a resident Tui who interacted with us daily. Got to pick some nice oysters off the rocks only a short walk from the Grange. The Grange is basic but that's all you need when you're located in paradise! We'll be back!

    PeterHu21 100%|2x Nov 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    'Basic' got to me: La Grange is anything 'but': only 5 years old, it has insulation and warm tri-board lining; slip-proof shower/WC linoleum floor; has 3 metre concrete platform outside around it; two large tables, one in and one out; has 6 chairs and two benches; and a comfy armchair; amenities like fridge and freezer, clothes washing machine, La Grange has a large library and selection of games, with bird-whistle and all; 2 torches; a 1.8m wide fire-pit and soon a 2-person outside bath.

    Terry Peterson 97%|37x

  • THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! Absolutely no neighbours, surrounded by bush, birds and...

    THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! Absolutely no neighbours, surrounded by bush, birds and a stunning view of Whangaroa Harbour. Very modern little unit, ideal for a romantic getaway. Kayaks included which we used and experienced 6 dolphins showing off in front of us. Amazing place! Will definitely have to come back! I didn't want to leave. Thanks Terry! ??

    EllieG 100%|1x Nov 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Hiya Ellie n Glen Much thanks for the rave review! And that you saw the dolphins tumbling was pretty cool!- a friend stayed down there in the Eco Cabin the night you left, also saw them, from the cabin itself- she thought I arranged that ! I saw my first orca from the main fishing jetty this year, right below me as it swam past after manta rays sheltering among the piles. Today i buy a brazier!- - many thanks for that idea! Let's hope to see you up here 'in the wilds' again soon!

    Terry Peterson 97%|37x

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