Waterfront retreat on Kaipara Harbour

Cottage | Kaipara District | #34315

9.5/10 (28 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • Studio
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Most magical spot on the Kaipara Harbour.
  • Batley overlooks the harbour - great for a relaxing get away.
  • Beach walks, safe swimming, native bird life, good fishing, boat ramp, gloirous views

Retreat at Batley on the edge of the Kaipara Harbour. Protected from the prevailing wind and includes everything for your stay - kitchen equipment, fridge, cooking facilities, gas-heated shower. You'll be on a peninsula that's a sheep and beef farm and near historic Batley House - we think it's the oldest home on the harbour. You can enjoy coastal walks up and downriver and it's safe to swim (best near high tide). Fishing's great - off the beach or nearby point and there's a boat launching ramp. The harbour's a snapper hatchery - we rarely come home without a feed. There's parking space for your boat.

Negotiable: tent for extra guests; dogs if they meet certain conditions.

The area is rich with history - the house, built in stages from 1866, was a store, post office, and boarding house. There were fish factories and a flour mill here. You can walk upriver to Tanoa and an historic church where there are more historic yarns to be told. Rae's book, 'Love at the End of the Road' (a copy's in the cabin) tells the area's story. You may have seen the farm on Country Calendar and Marcus Lush's 'North' programme - he's a descendant of the first settlers.

And you need to know this:

Cellphone coverage is patchy. Wifi - you might need to come up to the house.

Linen provided.

Separate shower with gas hot water. Spotlessly clean public toilets nearby (think glamping).

Batley is about an hour and 40 minutes from Auckland, 30 minutes from the Brynderwyn intersection on SH1, 18km/20 mins from Maungaturoto, and about an hour from Whangarei, Dargarville and Warkworth.

Special conditions: Pets okay with prior approval, e.g. your dog needs to be friendly (our elderly dog will visit), live outside all the time and be vaccinated - our kennel has indoor/outdoor flow. Fold out bed for child or extra adult. One tent okay with prior approval. Public toilets 40m. Wifi patchy but good at the house.. Cellphone coverage patchy but possible. Any questions or queries - please just ask.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • Sleepout

    Combined living/sleeping area,6m x 2.4m - Queen. Duvet and pillows provided. Linen provided. If you are from the UK or Europe: In NZ we sleep between the sheets with the duvet on top.

    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
My Tariff
24-Mar-18 to 24-Dec-18
$48+/night $56+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
Default Tariff
25-Dec-18 to 24-Jun-19
$44+/night $54+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;

*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 (28)

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  • This is an amazing location! Comfortable cabin with everything we needed, spectacular...

    This is an amazing location! Comfortable cabin with everything we needed, spectacular spot and a real treat to share a slice of rural NZ and the very beautiful Kaipara Harbour.

    CarolineBo8 new member Mar 2018

  • Fabulous location: peaceful and beautiful

    Fabulous location: peaceful and beautiful. The cabin is simple but comfortable.

    mattT584 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • This set up is awesome! The cabin is kitted out with everything...

    This set up is awesome! The cabin is kitted out with everything you might need, including a portable BBQ. The outside sink and picnic table work really well. Comfy bed. The gas shower is wonderful and hot with surprisingly good pressure. At low tide you can walk for miles around the harbour in either direction. An awesome, awesome little place.

    gretap27 100%|10x Feb 2018

  • The location is just fantastic, very scenic and quiet through the week...

    The location is just fantastic, very scenic and quiet through the week days ...other people that visit the area or go boat fishing on the weekends are super friendly. Our accommodation was just perfect. The best part....no mozzies.... We look forward in going back next year ...or earlier. Thanks Rex and Rae you made us feel most welcome to you're home .

    John&RobynR 100%|4x Feb 2018

  • Firstly a huge Thank you to Rex & Rae (& Kate the...

    Firstly a huge Thank you to Rex & Rae (& Kate the dog) for sharing your beautiful place with my wee family. WOW, What a diamond! Stunning views of the beautiful kaipara, waking up to this was truly special. The cabin is excellent & equipped with the essentials with the bed being super comfy. The shower is fantastic too! We loved this place so much we are looking to book again very soon, we have found our home away from home I think! Just an amazing place! Thank you.

    Leahnepia 100%|1x Jan 2018

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