Open Plan, self-contained Cottage, (Sleeps 3)
My partner and I bought and developed Motuarhue almost 30 years ago. When we parted company, the property didn't sell and eventually I purchased it. In 2016 I opened ARUHE cottage to guests. For most of my life, I have been self-employed, owning several small businesses including two cafes (in partnership). I worked as a clothing designer, a silk-screen printer, a teacher and I have even worked for a Member of Parliament. Prior to coming to live at Whanarua Bay, I was self-employed as a house and pet sitter. Every day, I walk down to the bay with my wee dog, Kuskus. I love living near the sea, enjoy gardening, movies, art and music. I also like to read, enjoy good conversation, discussion of ideas, and hearing about how others see the world. Whanarua Bay and ARUHE is my idea of Paradise and I feel most fortunate to be living here. It is this sense of being blessed that drives my desire to share my version of Paradise with others. Check out my Facebook Page at
Aruhe8480 purchased this Cottage in 1989
Why Aruhe8480 chose Waihau Bay
I had spent time here as a child with my family and later had looked at purchasing property here. The circumstances were never quite right though. When my close friends owned the Macadamia Nut Orchard just down the road, I used to come and spend weekends with them. I found it so restful and rejuvenating. When this piece of land became available in the late 90s my partner and I bought it. Although the relationship didn't survive, I did, and I've never regretted coming here to live. It's quite simply stunning!
What makes this Cottage unique
I live in a rather unusual house. It is elliptical, open plan and small although your first view of it may be deceiving. I moved here from living in a three-bedroom house and that meant divesting myself of an awful lot of stuff. It has been a great exercise in letting go of the things we accumulate over time. Life is simpler when you have less and I spend most of my days outdoors in the garden. I am surrounded by natural beauty; ancient trees and the birds. My daily ocean-side walks make my environment very special indeed. There isn't a day goes by when I don't feel truly blessed.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Staying at Aruhe was an absolute pleasure!
We were on a short get away for our wedding anniversary and we were spolit from the start with the incredible scenery and bird life, a lovely bottle of bubbly from Kim and a kitchen loaded with supplies. The cottage was very modern and clean, the bed comfortable, and Kim and Kus Kus were just wonderful hosts, with lots of local knowledge. We will definitely be back!
Thank you for such a great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your anniversary getaway. It was a pleasure to host you and I would be very happy to see you back at ARUHE for a longer stay.
Best wishes for the future and this new year in your life together.
Absolutely serene and tranquil
The unit had everything we could hope for in a relaxing getaway. Views that were gorgeous, allowing us to fully unwind and relax in the unit. Lots of games and beautiful decor completed the ambience.
We enjoyed our stay and recommend both the unit and our Hostess. Simply wonderful !
Thanks for your great review Rachael. It was lovely to meet you both and I'm so pleased you enjoyed ARUHE. It certainly is a magical spot. Kk and I would be happy to welcome you back anytime.
I hope the remainder of your trip went smoothly and you arrived home feeling refreshed and invigorated.
There was everything you could possibly want
There was everything you could possibly want. The property was spotless and was in a wonderful location.
Thanks for the great comments Janly. I appreciate your taking time to write a review onBookabach
A peaceful and beautiful sanctuary.
A peaceful and beautiful sanctuary. Quality, comfort, best shower, welcoming, what a wonderful slice of New Zealand, thanks for having us
Thanks for a great review Michelle. It was great meeting you and I so appreciate your taking the time to place the review.
We loved the house, which had everything we could possible need, the bush and the birds, as well as
We loved the house, which had everything we could possible need, the bush and the birds, as well as the beautiful beach.
Thank you for a great review, Rosie. I really appreciate your taking the time to do it. Would love to see you both back again some time.
The place we stayed at was simply one of the best in NZ.
The place we stayed at was simply one of the best in NZ. It brings back many memories of our country (South Africa, Louis Trichardt ) listening to birds singing, being in the bush, just what we needed, and even a bonus - Kim allowed us to have our dogs with (Awesome) Will definitely come back. Really wished we stayed longer.....Missing this place loads.
In the Summer deep sea fishing charters can be arranged.
Pacific Macadamias runs a Summertime cafe from the orchard where you can buy all sorts of macadamia nut treats, as well as a great coffee in a perfect setting.
Visiting a marae may be possible depending on a guide availability and marae permission.
There is a wonderful walk uphill through ancient "bush" to the waterfall and a walk to the top of the hill behind ARUHE will reward you with a great view and a well-exercised body.
Please note that ARUHE does not have boats or kayaks available for guests