Apartment, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 2)
- english, french, german, dutch
Hilde came to Great Barrier Island from the Netherlands in 1999. She met Roger in the Irish pub, loved the man and the island and has never looked back. She has a background in hospitality management, but currently also makes a living translating on line and being a director of Good Heavens Dark Sky Epxeriences. In her spare times she loves to explore the island, go for walks, bike rides, swims, surfs and assist with sailing and surfing lessons for local school kids. Roger has lived on the island since 1989. After a career in the family jewelry business in downtown Auckland, he chose the remote lifestyle that our Schooner Bay property offers. He runs an earth moving business and has reinvented himself in the last few years as a silver surfer. If you are a surfer too, make sure you ask him for some tips!
HildeH purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why HildeH chose Auckland Region
We built this property ourselves. The land had been in Roger's family since the 70-ies, and having lived on the land since the 1980s, it took a while and a subdivision to live our dream and build our dream home on the cliff. The attached but fully self-contained apartment is where you will be staying.
What makes this Apartment unique
The views are amazing! The XSPOT apartment is light, modern and clean. Nature is right on your doorstep, with gannets searing past the windows and kaka attacking the flax plants. There are often dolphins and whales to admire in the waves down below. The sunset happens in it's full glory. This apartment is very private and remote, and with its amazing solitude, is ideal for honeymooners and stargazers.
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed
Max guests: 2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
A stunning haven to relax in paradise
A beautiful quiet place to get away from the busyness of life to reflect, rejuvenate and relax. There are stunning views and spectacular sunsets from Xspot which is a modern, clean and spacious separate wing off the side of the host’s home. It has everything you need including a fully equipped modern kitchen, with milk in the freezer in case you run out! Hilde was the perfect, friendly host from start to finish, giving us privacy but also providing useful information about walks and other activities on the Island. While the 4WD drive up to the property requires care and focus, it’s definitely worth the effort. Thank you Hilde and Roger for opening your home to share this piece of paradise with us for 4 days. Would highly recommend it.
Thanks very much for leaving such a thoughtful review. We loved having the two of you stay.
We felt like we were at a 5 star resort in the middle of "nowhere" - with amazing views and the opportunity to just chill. Take along your favorite foods - the kitchen is great for cooking. You can lie in bed and star watch too.
Thanks for your lovely review, Penny. It was a privilege to have you stay! Hilde
Our barrier island get away
What's a beautiful place we loved our stay at xspot. Views as far as the eye could see a warm cozy house though we spent most of our time exploring it was a great place to return to at the end of each day thanks for having us.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review and for your great review! Hilde
Breath taking views, quiet, spacious - everything from checking in to checking out was perfect. Hosts are very lovely and happy to help with any enquires about the Island.
Highly recommend :) thank you
What a lovely review, thank you! It's important to us that you have a fab time, and we're happy that you enjoyed staying at XSPOT.
The 4WD drive into this property is fun in itself. The view on arrival is spectacular and impossible to take your eyes off. The apartment is styled beautifully and is very comfortable. The kitchen has all you need to help the self-caterer.
Hilde was a warm and friendly host who has all the information you need to help you explore the Island. We also enjoyed the Good Heaven’s star gazing experience from the apartment.
Our stay was the highlight of our honeymoon.
Hi Brenda, thanks so much for taking the time to review. I really enjoyed hosting you for your honeymoon! Hilde
Great Barrier Island is one of 4 Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world. Private Dark Sky Experiences are available at the XSPOT at a great rate. The island has secluded beaches, a fantastic network of walking tracks and numerous natural and quirky places to visit. The island also has several galleries.