Inside - bed, couches, dining
Cabin on the Kaipara Harbour.

2 guests


1 bed


2 guests


1 bed


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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Our beachside cabin is a secluded retreat with great walks, safe swimming and gorgeous views. Suits couples, solos, families (roll out bed and space for a tent).
It's glamping - use the nearby meticulous public toilet and a solar shower in a little tent. Full kitchen facilities, outside bench. Fish by boat or from the beach.
With historic Batley House - and us - nearby, you'll be on a peninsula on a 1000-acre farm less than two hours from Auckland and 20 mins from Maungaturoto.


Extra people: $10 NZD / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $10 NZD
Weekly Discount: 20%


The space

Retreat on the shores of the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere. The area is steeped in history - there's a nearby marae while at Batley there was once a wharf, two fish factories, a flour mill, a shop, post office, a church and school - and lots of people. Our house was once a boarding house and hotel. My book, 'Love at the End of the Road' (Penguin), tells the area's story.

Guest access

You're welcome to wander through our garden and climb the hill behind the house for great views of the Kaipara Harbour. You can walk both ways along the beach - upriver to Tanoa where there's a marae and downriver to the next beach, around the bluff and to the next beach.

Interaction with guests

We'll be around to answer questions and chat.

The neighbourhood

Batley is at the end of a peninsula and you'll look across the harbour to Oneriri Peninsula. There are a handful of houses in the wider area - within about 4km - and two other houses on the farm.

Getting around

You can drive to nearby towns and beach settlements - we'll be happy to give you guidance about this.

House Rules
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 11AM - 5PM
Check out by 10AM

This is a glamping situation - the cabin has no toilet - there's a rarely used public toilet very close by. Solar shower in little tent - that needs to be erected. You are welcome to bring tent for children or others - limited number, $10 a night pp.
Dogs by arrangement - must be vaccinated for sheep measles and not chase cats (we have three) or livestock.

You must also acknowledge
Some pet(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 1 night.

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

8 Reviews

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Liz User Profile
March 2017
This place was described as glamping, which is very descriptive of it. A wonderful place for anybody who enjoys peace and tranquillity away from the crowds.

Ole User Profile
February 2017
Rae and her husband are great hosts and would come back any time!

Rosemary User Profile
January 2017
Rae and Rex are warm , hospitable and very relaxed . If you're looking for peace, quiet , a beautiful setting and a place to chill and unwind , "The cabin" is the place to go too. Take a mirror if your worried about how you look otherwise ...just be , because you wont find one. The basics are there and the rest is up to you as to how you spend your time. It's a 20 min drive to town that will improve your defensive driving skills and the small town of Maungaturoto is able to put up a great coffee. We had the best few days and will take our grandchildren and a tent on the next visit. Completely rested and ready to go back to work.
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Rosemary - thank you so very much for your kind words - who is the writer here? We are so glad you had a happy time - you were fun and wonderful guests and do hope to see you again.
January 2017

Felicity User Profile
December 2016
Lovely quiet place to stay.

Vanessa Sattva User Profile
Vanessa Sattva
December 2016
My pooch and I are very grateful that we had the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent, hostoric place. thank you Rae and Rex for making this available to many

Mallory User Profile
December 2016
Lovely stay, everything you need

Thomas User Profile
September 2016
Great location!!

Northland, New Zealand · Joined in May 2016
Rae User Profile

I'm a writer and writing tutor. My husband is a beef and sheep farmer. I like horse riding and reading. He likes fishing and bowls. We're both involved in our community and we live in an historic house that started life in 1866. We have three cats, two dogs, two hens and a horse here.

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