Ocean Beach Holiday House is located on the east coast of NZ - 2 and a half hours north of Auckland and 35 minutes from Whangarei. Ocean Beach is renowned for its pristine white sandy beach, great surfing, many bush, beach, harbour and mountain walks plus diving for scallops, collecting mussels, fishing or just relaxing on the beach. You will often see dolphins frolicking in the bay. This beautiful area is named "The Whangarei Heads" and is a 25 minute drive from Whangarei Airport.
The beach house is very spacious, architecturally designed (1/2 acre of land) and sits proudly on top of the hill, taking advantage of the beautiful views in all directions. From the kitchen bench you look down to the beach, with the Poor Knight Islands in the distance. There are stunning mountains to the right, where the 'gorilla' mountain sits and you can hear the Kiwis at night roaming freely in the native bush close to the house.
The main area is open plan with a fully equipped kitchen, together with serving bar with bar stools, which is a great conversation area. The dining, lounge and kitchen are situated in a large space with 3 sets of French doors all opening onto a large north facing deck running the length of the house and facing the ocean. It an easy 5 minute walk to the beach.
There is also a great outdoor private area with BBQ, outdoor table that seats 10 -12 under a pergola. This is a cool area to lounge in when the days are hot and perfect for those evening BBQs. There are two hammocks and two outdoor loungers.
On the main level of the beach house there are two identical private sleeping "wings" at each end of the house. Both have comfortable super king beds with separate ensuites. Each bedroom has French doors leading to a private patio. There is also a small bunkroom, ideal for children. The house is perfectly suited for 2 couples and children.
Underneath the house is a comfortable sleepout with two double mattresses. There are no toilet facilities in this area. A great area for singles or teenagers.
The house is warm and cozy in the winter with north facing sun streaming in from daybreak to sunset. There are heated tiles (and heated towel rails) in both the bathrooms and this heating extends out into the entranceway, acting as central heating.
There is also a large garage/games room which has a pool table and dart board. This has provided loads of entertainment over the years. We ask that you respect the pool table as it is a cherished item! So please no children are allowed to play pool! Thanks for that.
Your pets are welcome, just beware its a kiwi conservation area so dogs/cats must be contained on the property and not allowed to wander.
It is a 5 minute drive back to Bream Head which is the entrance to the Whangarei Harbour where you have calm seas, great for launching your boat, kayaking, swimming, fishing or just relaxing with a book under a pohutukawa tree. This is a great area to take young children with safe swimming. Just keep an eye on tides, it’s best to go around the high tide (tide chart in the garage!).
Please note at this stage we do not have internet. You are, however, able to access (limited) internet via 3G on your phone. Text messages and phone calls do come through. There is full 3G internet available on your phone 4 minutes away at Urquhart’s Bay.
Please feel free to request an early or late check in. We are very happy to accommodate this request if its not a back to back booking.
Please respect the property and leave it as you find it.
Please no parties or functions.
No tents or campervans.
Fire bans are often in place in summer due to the reserve, so the fire-pit can only be used when there is no fire ban in place and with express permission of your hosts.
The property is on tank water and self contained septic system. So please only limited toilet paper! Please ensure that coffee beans, sanitary items etc go out in the trash not down the drains.
Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$80.00 per stay); Linen (included);
You are welcome to help yourself to coffee, tea and the basics in the cupboards.
Other activities in the "Heads" area include:
•Tennis courts at Taurikura (10 minutes away);
•The Pines Golf Course (15 minutes away - (Tel: (phone number hidden));
•Relax at the iconic Parua Bay Pub situated on the water serving great pub fodder (15 minutes away);
•The Mt Manaia Fishing club and restaurant (10 minutes away);