First Light house Accommodation

Bach or holiday home | Waimarama Beach | #35497

9.6/10 (13 ratings)
  • 4 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Eco-Friendly 2016


  • Award Winning Eco Bach
  • Stunning Views from Elevated Lightening Ridge Site

You can now stay in the global award winning First Light House on a fabulous site overlooking the sweep of Waimarama Beach in Hawke’s Bay. This much awarded eco home, designed and built by University of Victoria architectural students, went on display in Wellington, then it was shipped to Washington to compete in an international competition where it won first place in engineering, second for architecture and third place overall . Now this sassy solar home of the future has been permanently sited on Lightning Ridge overlooking the white sands of Waimarama Beach , a twenty minute scenic drive from Havelock North in Hawke’s Bay.

The First Light House combines energy efficiency with architectural excellence. It’s quite simply a beautiful home to stay in, while being sustainable with loads of smart technology built into the much admired house.

The house has amazing indoor – outdoor flow with more than 100 metres of decks overlooking the beautiful surf beach . With sweeping views down to Cape Kidnappers and out to sea to Bare Island, the location is special, perfect for such a special house. The house sleeps six, but ideally we would recommend that young families of 4 or 2 couples will be best suited to the size and sleeping arrangements. But please watch this space as planned additions over the NZ winter 2016 will allow for additional bedrooms and living spaces.

If you are looking for a holiday or short break in a green, clean lovely bach, The First Light House is ready to take bookings.

Special conditions: Families preferred and Pets allowed only with prior notice and approval.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • SKY TV ® - BYO card
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Lounge

    Combined living/sleeping area

    1 x Bunk bed (single over double)
    1 x Double bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x King bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Linen: Bring your own linen
  • Extras: Cleaning AND Linen Turnover $125.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Low Season
20-Feb-17 to 06-Apr-17
$300/night $300/night
High Season
07-Apr-17 to 09-Apr-17
$400/night $400/night
Low Season
10-Apr-17 to 12-Apr-17
$300/night $300/night
High Season
13-Apr-17 to 30-Apr-17
$400/night $400/night
Low Season
01-May-17 to 11-May-17
$300/night $300/night
High Season
12-May-17 to 14-May-17
$400/night $400/night
Low Season
15-May-17 to 01-Jun-17
$300/night $300/night
High Season
02-Jun-17 to 05-Jun-17
$400/night $400/night
Low Season
06-Jun-17 to 06-Jul-17
$300/night $300/night
High Season
07-Jul-17 to 23-Jul-17
$400/night $400/night
Low Season
24-Jul-17 to 20-Aug-17
$300/night $300/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.

Reviews (13)

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  • Loved the position on the ridge with the amazing sea views

    Loved the position on the ridge with the amazing sea views. Tidy. Peaceful setting even with neighbours. Very happy to be within easy driving distance of Napier but enjoyed our base at the beach. Beautiful simple eco design that worked so well for the 4 of us (adults). Clever open plan main bedroom/dining/living with bookcase/storage separating bedroom from rest.

    SallyBa9 100%|2x Jan 2017

  • Awesome location, great views, enjoyed the stay

    Awesome location, great views, enjoyed the stay.

    TristinMc1 100%|3x Jan 2017

  • Inspirational house in ripper location we stayed here for five days over...

    Inspirational house in ripper location we stayed here for five days over Christmas with our 3 young boys. They loved this tiny house as much as we did. If you are into great design and architecture, specifically small homes, make sure you check it out.

    TimPrebble 100%|2x Dec 2016

  • First Light House itself is outstanding

    First Light House itself is outstanding. It was a privilege to inhabit such a beautiful, well-designed building. However, I was appalled to find that its once gorgeous view has been 90% blocked by the construction of a large and ugly new house just over the property line. Other monster homes are being built nearby. Shame on the local authorities, for ill-planned development, and failure to protect an architectural treasure.

    Dgwynner 100%|1x Dec 2016

  • This is a truly sensational Bach

    This is a truly sensational Bach. Its design so carefully worked through makes it probably the best Bach in New Zealand. It has the most amazingly relaxed atmosphere, restful views and a true feeling of getting away. It is equipped with all one needs. Outdoor seating areas around the Bach allow for different views and shelter from sea breezes. Ideal for a couple. Why do we not live more simply all year!

    angelape2 100%|2x Dec 2016

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