Cottage | Kaipara District | #34315
Secluded retreat at Batley, beside the Otamatea River, an arm of the Kaipara Harbour. On a peninsula that's a sheep and beef farm and near historic Batley House, the cabin is protected from the prevailing wind and includes everything you need for your stay - kitchen equipment, fridge, cooking facilities. You can enjoy coastal walks both up and downriver and it's safe and pleasant to swim around high tide. You can fish off the beach or the nearby point and there's a boat launching ramp nearby. The Kaipara Harbour is a snapper hatchery - we rarely come home without a feed. There's ample parking space for your boat, although many people catch fish from the beach.
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 and a church and school. Just upriver is Tanoa Marae - and a whole lot more historic yarns to be told. The area's story is told in Rae's book, 'Love at the End of the Road' (Penguin Books) and the farm has featured on Country Calendar and on Marcus Lush's 'North' programme - he's descended from the first settlers.
Negotiable: tent for extra guests; dogs if they meet certain conditions.
And you need to know this:
Cellphone coverage is patchy but possible - same with wifi.
The set up is like glamping or a camping ground - toilets are nearby and the shower is solar and in a special tent.
Batley is about an hour and 40 minutes from Auckland, 30 minutes from the Brynderwyn intersection on SH1, 18km from Maungaturoto, and about an hour from Whangarei, Dargarville and Warkworth.
Special conditions: Pets allowed with prior approval. Ideal for a couple - a fold out bed is available for a child or extra adult. One tent allowed with prior approval. Residents live nearby. Tent for solar shower provided. Public toilets 50m away. Water at an outside bench. Wifi at the house but it's not always on - please ask. Cellphone coverage is moody. Any questions or queries - please just ask.
Combined living/sleeping area,6m x 2.4m. Duvet and pillows provided. Bring own linen please.
1 x Queen bed
|Rate period||Week day||Weekend/Holiday|
30-Apr-17 to 30-Jul-18
|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.
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From the moment we arrived we felt at home, love the indoor/outdoor flow. If its peace and tranquility you're after, then this is definitely the place for you. A great spot for launching and fishing, we brought home our quota of Snapper. Public toilets are very clean and serviced daily. Most certainly the Kaipara's best kept secret....
a step above glamping, we found the please more than adequate and met our needs, I especially loved the touch of the book about the owners story in the cabin and I would of gladly sat in the peace and quiet and read all about the place as when you look closer you are surrounded in history, I need to go back and finish the story :)