Cottage | Kaipara District | #34315
Secluded retreat at Batley, beside the Otamatea River, an arm of the Kaipara Harbour. Situated on a peninsula that's a sheep and beef farm and near historic Batley House, the cabin is protected from the prevailing south-west wind. 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 or several. There's ample space to park your boat. Many people catch decent-sized 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 (August 2012) 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 and there's only wifi at the house.
The set up is like glamping or a camping ground - toilets are nearby and the shower is solar and in a special little tent. No problem if you enjoy camping or are prepared for this set up.
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 - please erect the tent. Public toilets 50m away. Water is provided in a large container. 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|
25-Jan-17 to 25-Apr-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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.
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Neat little place to hide out and relax. Good microwave although the fridge thinks its a freezer (which is handy). Comfy bed and loads more room than a caravan. Easy walking to the public tollets which are old but functional. Perfect place for a weekend for two (as long as you aren't looking for luxury). We will return!