Puriri Retreat - apartment at iconic Big Tomato

Apartment | Papa Aroha | #5621

9.3/10 (31 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Kids
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Spacious ground floor luxury apartment in a locally celebrated landmark property – your own private landscaped courtyard garden, beautiful shared garden including herbs and fruit, masses of parking for cars and boats. Architectural interior upgrade completed August 2017. Enjoy designer decor with quality furnishings in comfortable Art Hotel style. Generously equipped throughout.

On Colville Road, 13 km north of Coromandel town centre, 2.5hr from Auckland airport. This is an excellent base for exploring the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Excellent fishing locally with paid boat ramp access 200 meters; swimming beach access straight across the road, local bush and river walks; wonderful sea and island views from shared gardens and lookout. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, beach rambling.

A perfect place to explore from in any direction. Go north 15 minutes to Colville township with its cafes, art gallery, general store, tennis court, horse riding and specialty shop. Drive 30km of spectacular coastline further north on the west past the granite wharf, Fantail Bay, Port Jackson to Fletchers Bay where you commence the stunning Coromandel Coastal Walkway. The eastern side 20km will take you to Port Charles, Stony Bay, Tangiaro Retreat, Waikawau Beach down to Kennedy Bay. Go south15 or so minutes back to Coromandel for all the shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes and attractions of the township, especially Driving Creek Railway. Then venture south out of town to the 309 for the Kauri Walk, the waterfall, Waiau Waterworks, see Stu’s pigs, and maybe check out the Muscle Kitchen. Pop over to Whitianga enjoying Whangapoua , New Chums beach, Kuaotunu (highly recommend Lukes for pizza). A bit further on to the acclaimed Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Coromandel town is approx. 17mins; Colville village 15 minutes; Hot Water beach 1hr 20, Cathedral Cove 1hr 30 from Puriri Retreat.

You can join the generations of families who have photographed themselves and their children on the historic "Big Tomato" (visit him on his own Facebook page "The Big Tomato Papa Aroha")

This is your perfect basecamp for Coromandel fishing, cycling, running and kayaking competitions. Join the Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour in early October, with glass, ceramic, jewellery, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, carving, textile and fibre art, woodworking there really is something for everyone! Celebrate our other festivals too. Check out

Visiting in autumn is a treat. More settled weather than summer, mirror-like sea, magic sunsets, collect blackberries for your breakfast porridge or cereal. No traffic. And your almost private beach becomes your pretty much absolutely private beach.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$60.00 per stay); Linen (included); Launching ramp, tractor, boat and fish cleaning (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Narrow single bed


Maybe booked

*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 (47)

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  • Great accommodation with everything we needed for are stay, we enjoyed the...

    Great accommodation with everything we needed for are stay, we enjoyed the veggies from the garden. Lovey hosts, highly recommend and will hopefully come back again sometime

    Bridget P. Dec 2018

  • Excellent location for all holiday makers and fishermen nearby boat ramps on...

    Excellent location for all holiday makers and fishermen nearby boat ramps on both sides of the peninsular. Ample parking for 5 or 6 cars and some trailers. Great indoor outdoor flow with ample outdoor furniture. We look forward to being at the property again soon.

    RonR1617 100%|4x Nov 2018

  • Really awesome, second time staying here and really enjoy the place :)...

    Really awesome, second time staying here and really enjoy the place :) perfect location for us. Will be back :)

    Kylie Jenkins 100%|1x May 2018

  • Awsum location across road from beach and camp ground

    Awsum location across road from beach and camp ground.

    hazepap 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • Nicely done up and location is wonderful

    Nicely done up and location is wonderful. Love the spot

    Ash1977 100%|2x Mar 2018

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