View from the front deck / east side bedroomOverall view of lounge and dining room
Aotearoa Ocean Beach - 334 Ocean Beach Rd
Hosted by Liz And Neil
Liz And Neil is the host.
8 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
2 baths
8 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
2 baths
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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:
Ellie Gray (our daughter): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

The space

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.

Guest access

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:
Ellie (our daughter): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 4
2 double beds

House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 1PM

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.

Thanks again...


8 Reviews

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Jessica User Profile
April 2017
Loved our stay. The place is beautiful and well furnished. Beautiful view of the beach and mountains. Very comfortable stay and well equipped kitchen.

Nicki User Profile
January 2017
A unique house with beautiful views. Quite, ideal for relaxing with a book or three or some booggie boarding or surfing on the gorgeous beach just down the road.

Lucy User Profile
December 2016
We absolutely loved staying here. The house is beautifully situated, with fabulous grounds, secluded away from the road and with stunning views of the beach and the surrounding areas. We loved making meals in the big kitchen/living area, hanging out on the deck and playing pool and darts in the garage. We also appreciated that there is no wifi here, giving us a wonderful opportunity to have a digital detox. A ten minute walk from the beach and there are many bush walks nearby. The only thing to note is to bring ear plugs if you are light sleeper as noise from people in your party does travel, and to be aware if you have a small child that the kitchen does have open cupboards that proved too tempting to the little one in our group - so we needed to be vigilant to ensure she didn't break anything. Minor points aside - I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Jules User Profile
November 2016
Liz was very friendly and communicative. Ocean beach is absolutely beautiful and the house was very comfortable and luxurious. I highly recommend Liz and Neil's place for a relaxing holiday!

Mirjam User Profile
September 2016
We enjoyed a fabulous weekend at Whangarei Heads. The weather was very spring like, offering 7 season in a day, the house is spacious and offered plenty of room for us all. And the fresh lemon's on the tree tasted delicious! The billiard table and dart was very appreciated :-) The nice outlook from the deck gave us good indication when it was "safe" to explore Ocean Beach without getting to wet.

Fourieka User Profile
April 2017
One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen with an equally beautiful house. The kitchen is a dream to cook in, the rooms are gorgeous. We had a magical time, thank you!

Dion User Profile
April 2017
Heaven on earth! We arrived late and it was dark so when I woke in the morning I was blown away by the beauty of Ocean beach. I could see the water while lying in bed. The house is huge with plenty of space. This place is a must to stay at to escape from the real world. Thank you Liz for sharing your wonderful home.

Auckland, New ZealandJoined in July 2013
Liz And Neil User Profile
Neil and Liz are fun loving people who enjoy the outdoors. We love tramping, being at the beach, listening to music and just generally enjoying life with friends and family.
Languages: Deutsch, English, Nederlands
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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