The Cottage at Wai Rua, west of Whangarei, is approximately 18 minutes drive from Kamo via Pipiwai Road. It is a hidden gem with amazing rural views, including massive volcanic rocks, lakes and ponds, set in a beautiful tranquil garden. It can be a getaway retreat or stopover.
“From the moment my partner and I arrived at Wai Rua, we were greeted by happy chickens and pigs. As we made our way to the cottage, we were met by Elaine and Allen. Both were incredibly welcoming and showed us where the hot tub was, and gave us some tips for exploring the property (sadly the weather didn’t allow this). The cottage was immaculately kept and had lots of little touches, including breakfast supplies (bacon, fresh off the farm eggs, bread and homemade muesli). The surroundings are nice and rustic, making for a nice time to unwind, whether it was in the wood fired hot tub or with a book outside the cottage. Overall, this was a 10/10 experience.”
This gorgeous house is built right in the boughs of the trees reconnecting you with tales like the Lord of the Rings and the Magic Faraway Tree. Take an adventure into this dreamy dwelling that's nestled in its own private stand of native trees. This quiet getaway is only a few minutes from the city, and based on our secluded 28 acre property. Breakfast items are also provided for you to prepare at your leisure, leaving you free to spend as much time as possible at this unique location.
“I've stayed in some pretty fabulous Airbnbs all over the world, but the Fairytale Treehouse takes the cake. Even after seeing the photos and reading the reviews online, we still weren't fully prepared for just how amazing this place is. First, the treehouse was far bigger than we expected; even with the upstairs mezzanine and balcony closed off due to council regulations, it's a sizeable one-bedroom cottage with towering ceilings and huge banks of windows, not the tiny, dark little hut one might imagine. Second, it's amazingly comfortable and well-equipped, with a full kitchen, a heat pump, a separate bath and shower, and many other amenities. Third, Denise and Glenn had laid out all kinds of extra luxuries, from fresh-baked bread and other breakfast supplies to a high-end espresso machine. Fourth, the location is absolutely beautiful, tucked away in a grove of massive trees on a lovely horse farm just a stone's throw from Whangarei yet seemingly out of this world. And finally, the house itself is simply magical, built around a gigantic macrocarpa tree that seems to wrap the interior and its quirky decor in a massive organic embrace. On a personal note, when I walked into the bedroom and saw the poster on the wall (a photo of a lantern in front of a river and cathedral), I immediately turned to my husband and said, "That's Basel!"; somewhere in another life (30+ years ago) I owned that same poster myself, a memento of a year spent in Switzerland as a high school student. Fittingly -- given that the treehouse incorporates several items from the Chronicles of Narnia movie set -- I thought at once of a line from C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: "It will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern either we shall find strange adventures or else some great change in our fortunes."”
This is a private 30 acre farm with a lovely beach, which is about 30 metres away from the cabin with spectacular views You can enjoy safe swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing off the rocks, scenic coastal walks and more. Be at one with nature here.
“An absolutely stunning place!! Such a remote beauty and relaxing for a wonderful weekend. Make use of cooking in such a beautiful spot and come with some groceries. We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast overlooking the ocean. Tea was so lovely and hospitable, would highly recommend to anyone. It was raining heavily when we were there and we want to come back during the summer! Thank you”