Superb location, stunning views. spacious and comfortable. Private and secure.
Michelle (Shelly) Wilson
About Michelle (Shelly) Wilson
I was born and have lived in the Eastern Bay of Plenty almost all my life. My mother is Maori and my father is from Jersey. I have lived in Edgecumbe which is a 20 minute drive west from Whakatane for nearly 30 years and where both my husband Grant and I went to school. We love living here. We have a daughter and a son and also two mokopuna (grandchildren). We are both teachers, Grant works full time and I work as a relieving teacher and also manage WARU. I also do the cleaning. WARU is a dream come true for us. I enjoy meeting our guests and letting them know about the many and varied attractions and activities the Eastern Bay has to offer. Our life motto - Attitude to gratitude, Choose to be happy and in control, Live in the present.
Michelle (Shelly) Wilson purchased this Apartment in 2015
Why Michelle (Shelly) Wilson chose Whakatane
WARU delivers on all aspects, location, views, comfort, attention to detail, privacy and security. My intention is to provide guests with a warm and friendly welcome so that they leave WARU having thoroughly enjoyed their stay and with wonderful memories of Whakatane and the Eastern Bay to take away with them.
What makes this Apartment unique
The views are amazing, whether you are into water or bush views you will not be disappointed. Bird watchers will be delighted with the abundant bird activity. Sitting on the balcony watching the everchanging views of the river due to the incoming and outgoing tides is a lovely way to relax and recharge. At 100m2 there is a lot of space for you to enjoy, whether you are on your own, as a couple or family, or group of four. Being able to walk within minutes to cafes, restaurants, shops and CBD is really convenient. It allows freedom for guests to please themselves when and where they go. No need to take the car. If you have small children then the walk along the river either way will take you to impressive children's playgrounds where parents can sit and supervise and enjoy what many locals consider to be our slice of paradise. There is also a skatepark and places where you can fish from the wharf. Two lookouts visible from the kitchen and second bedroom are only a short walk away and well worth the effort.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very Cosy & Has Everything You Need
We really enjoyed our stay here, Shelly was great to deal with, apartment had absolutely everything we needed, the bed was SO comfortable and Showers were amazing.
Thank you Sacha for your very complimentary review. I'm glad you both enjoyed your stay.
Nga mihi maioha
Beautiful River View Apartment
We had a great experience staying in this beautiful apartment with great views and will book again when staying in Whakatane.
Central Whakatāne Apartment
There is an abundance of amenities available in the property, perfect if you plan to travel light. There was a lot of space for our whānau of 4. Security and car park was a delight. Not to mention the views and the close proximity to the parks, movies, cafes and bars... Perfect choice for holidaying in Whakatāne.
Cory, Louisa & their boys are a friendly & lovely whanau. Communication was good, they left the apartment neat and tidy. I would welcome them back and recommend them to other hosts. Nga mihi maioha for your review.
Shelley has thought of everything! This apartment is amazing! So clean, tidy and relaxing with a spectacular view!
Thank you Katie. Really happy to meet you all and glad your sister enjoyed her surprise birthday treat of which WARU was a part. Thank you all for leaving the apartment so nicely. You are welcome to return.
Owner very friendly and helpful. Excellent central location in well appointed apartment complex.
Thank you Allan for choosing to stay at WARU with your workers. Your communication was great and I appreciated the way you left the apartment - it was very neat and tidy. You are welcome to return if ever over this way in the future.
Very comfortable apartment with beautiful view over the river. The apartment had everything - very well set up. Thanks Shelly.
Thank you Kate for your review. I'm pleased that your group enjoyed the view, were comfortable and all the apartment had to offer.
All the best for the rest of your road trip.
Tours to Whaakari/White & Moutohora/Whale Island are very popular.
Fishing, diving and kayaking charters available.
A hike to Otarawairere Bay is a must do in Summer.
Scenic drive to Opotiki is also pleasant.
Numerous lookouts and bush trails, some where kiwi may be sighted.
Mountain bike course at Onepu.
Golf courses at Whakatane, Ohope (18 hole Links Course) , Opotiki, Kawerau, TeTeko, Hinehopu.
Awakeri Hot Pools.
Free Kawerau Hot Pools.
Whakatane Library & Museum.