Our unique home consists of two identical wings at each end of the house both with spacious, luxurious bedrooms, ensuites & super kingbeds. There is a bunk room for small children, plus a cozy charming sleep out underneath the house with two double beds and a view to the ocean.
Our contacts are:
lizziejgray@(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)
Liz Gray: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Neil Gray: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Ellie Gray (our daughter): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Home No. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Ocean Beach Retreat is located on the north east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This remote area is named "The Whangarei Heads" and is a 30 minute drive from Whangarei Airport and an easy two and a half hour car journey from Auckland. The area is renowned for its great surfing, many bush, beach, harbour and mounting walks plus diving, collecting mussels, fishing or just relaxing on the beach.
The house is very spacious, architecturally designed with magnificent views in all directions. It sits proudly on top of the hill, taking advantage of the beautiful views of Ocean Beach, with the Poor Knight Islands in the distance. There are stunning mountains to the right, where the 'gorilla' mountain sits and you can hear the Kiwis at night roaming freely in the native bush close to the house.
Sleeping accommodation at Ocean Beach Retreat consists of two very large bedrooms, both with very comfortable super king size beds, (full linen is provided). There is a private bathroom for each large bedroom, with heated tiles and heated towel rails. Both bedrooms have double doors that open out to your own private sun drenched patio area, where you can relax with the sound of the surf and amazing bird life humming in the background.
There is also a bunk room in the main house which is suitable for young children (linen supplied).
Underneath the house there is a comfortable sleep-out area which has two double beds (linen supplied). This area is ideal for teenagers. There is no toilet facilities in the sleep out.
The main living area is a large space incorporating a well appointed kitchen, lounge and dining area. There are gorgeous views from the kitchen bench to the ocean. There are 3 sets of french doors in the lounge area opening to the north, east and west of the house allowing full sunshine all day. The kitchen is well stocked and you are welcome to use the coffee, tea, preserves etc.
There is a games area in the garage with a pool table and dart board and flipper and boogie boards which you are welcome to use. We do not allow children under 18 to use the pool table.
As mentioned please don't let children climb up the ladder in the garage. It is a healthy and safety issue and we hold no responsibility for people entering this area.
There is a large grassed area in the front of the house which is perfect for a game of cricket, rounders, frisbee or just relaxing.
From Ocean Beach its a 5 minute drive to Bream Head (
Urqhaets Bay) which is the closet place to launch your trailor boat. This is the entrance to the Whangarei Harbour where you have calm seas, great for kayaking, swimming, fishing or just relaxing with a book under a pohutakawa tree. You also get internet on your phone on the harbour side.
Other activities in the "Heads" area include:
•Tennis courts at Taurikura (10 minutes away);
•The Pines Golf Course (15 minutes away -
•Relax at the iconic Parua Bay Pub situated on the water serving great pub fodder (15 minutes away);
•The Mt Manaia Fishing club and restaurant (10 minutes away);
The Deck Cafe at McLeods Bay.
Ocean Beach Retreat is an easy 5 minute stroll to the beach. From the beach you can explore the headland, climb the mountain or just swim in the glorious clean water. Life guards are on duty on Ocean Beach from October through to Easter.
Guests will have access to all areas of the property apart from the loft in the garage. Eventually we will close this area in but at present its not suitable for using. Thank you for respecting this.
Interaction with guests
Guests have independent access to the entire house (apart from the loft). We are not on site. Our neighbours and friends Kim and Jeni Tito live across the paddock looking east and keep an eye on the house. They would be happy to assist if you are unable to contact either Neil or I at any time. Our numbers are:
Liz: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Neil: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Ellie (our daughter): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
We would appreciate no smoking or candles in the house - thanks.
We would be very grateful if children do not use the pool table and dart board (even under adult supervision).
In the summer months when the water is scarce it would be appreciated if guests could conserve water where possible. The dishwasher has a 35 minute cycle which seems to work quite well.