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.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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.
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
Hilde is the perfect host - friendly and very helpful. The house is modern, well kept, very peaceful and has an amazing outlook. The kitchen is well set up too. We enjoyed every minute and can't wait to come back! Don't forget to book in with Good Heavens for star gazing while you're there... A unique experience.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review, Stacey! It was a pleasure to have you stay. Hilde
We had a fabulous stay at this very unique and amazing property. The view is breathtaking. The apartment is very well equipped and spacious. We loved the wood burner and one night we cooked our dinner on it! Hilda was very friendly and informative and we appreciated all her local knowledge. It is the perfect place to unwind and relax and also perfect for viewing the night sky. We highly recommend XSPOT.
Thanks for taking the time to review, Grant! Fab to have lovely guests.
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.