Starfish is a perfect Kiwi bach on the beach, any time of year. Feel the sand under your toes and let the stress of daily life slip into the waves. Let go of deadlines and schedules as you adapt to the rhythms of the tides, relax your mind as the sounds of the sea lull you to sleep.
This traditional kiwi bach has been decorated with colour and love - highlighting local artists and artisans, creating a laid back holiday vibe. The comfortable lounge, with its cathedral ceiling, is just right for board games around the handmade macrocarpa coffee table, cosying up with a book on the upholstered rocker, or watching movies on the flatscreen TV.
The kitchen is tiny but well equipped, perfect for a real holiday for the cook. Take your meals at the dinning table in the sunroom, looking out to sea watching the gannets dive, or outdoors on one of the two picnic tables. (The sun umbrellas may be in the garage). The Queen bedroom's romantic French doors open onto a covered deck, and you can sit up in bed and watch the sun come up, right out of the sea. The sunny bunk room has two sets of bunks, with feather duvets on all the beds, and lots of extra wool blankets and pillows in the closet.
At Starfish, enjoy lazy days sunning, swimming, and playing on the beach, and long walks along the tideline. Along the beach to the north you can see oyster catchers and godwits roosting on the sand during the summer months, and black swans grazing on sea grass when the tide is high. Peaceful Pakawau beach is on the northern side of Golden Bay, sheltered by the 35 km long arm of Farewell Spit.
When you want to go exploring, there's beaches, caves, cafes and artists' studios, all nearby. A contrast to gentle Pakawau Beach is nearby Wharariki Beach, with its wild west coast breakers rolling in, lots of caves, sand dunes and tidal pools of playing seal pups. Farewell Spit, by foot or safari, is a bird watchers dream, with over 90 species recorded there, and there's a cafe at its base with good binoculars and a display of the interesting history of nearby whale strandings. Take a walk through green sheep dotted paddocks, ancient macrocarpas and virgin coastal bush to Fossil point at the base of the Spit's 35 km long wide sandy beach.
Right in Pakawau, the camp shop is open again for icecreams, bait, and essentials, and the Schoolhouse Cafe is just across the road. Pop into Collingwood to the Courthouse Cafe for a delicious breakfast, or check out a live Gig with dinner and a house made brew at the Mussel Inn.
In winter, cozy up around the woodstove and enjoy our collection of board games and our wide selection of DVD's.
The huge old macropcarpas across the road block the famed Pakwau westerly wind beautifully: so Starfish and its beachfront are a pool of calm. (Thank you to the trees and the farmer who lets them remain).
For when you need to connect, the cell phone coverage is good in the sunroom. Play your own favorite tunes through the stereo, and relax!
LINEN - NZ$25.00 per person
CLEANING: our housekeeper can clean for you (NZ$70), or else, in Kiwi bach tradition you have the option to clean the house yourself before you leave.