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Mercury Orchard - Paua Bach

SuperhostWhenuakite, Waikato, New Zealand
Entire guest suite hosted by Diana
3 guestsStudio2 beds1 bath
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Are you just looking for a place to spend the night? Or are you looking for an unforgettable experience away from the beaten tourist tracks?

Well, if you are looking for the second? This is your place!

Enjoy a very relaxing stay in our private boutique cottage nestled within 5 acres of secluded and peaceful garden and orchard.

Wander around the gardens with colourful and scent laden flowers, interact with our animals, listen to the birds and enjoy a hot bath under the stars.

The space
This cottage has been redecorated inside and outside in 2019 and 2020!

The Paua Bach is a studio style cottage with a king size bed and a sofa-bed and is ideal for a couple or small family. It has a well equipped kitchenette with two bench top hot plates, microwave, fridge, BBQ on the private deck and all utensils you need to prepare simple meals.

The special feature of this cottage is an old fashioned outside bath to enjoy a hot bath under the stars.
This cottage is very private with two decks catching the morning and evening sun overlooking the orchard.

Our 5 acres of peaceful gardens and organic mixed orchard is set up to permaculture principals. Which means we have fresh fruit and vegetable all year around and our animals play a very important part in this growing circle.

There are big old trees, many birds and neat little places to relax and just be.

It is the perfect place for your own retreat. Take time for yourself or with your loved ones, fuel up with new energy, get inspired or just enjoy.

We require a minimum stay of two nights however during low-season we might welcome you for one night but there will be a surcharge for cleaning and linen. This is reflected in our pricing model by charging a cleaning fee. Our standard price per for two nights for two people is NZD398 (174*2+50). If you stay longer than 2 nights you will already get a discount.

If you are travelling on your own, please get in touch with us and ask about our special rates for single travellers, conditions apply.

Families with children of any age are welcome. We have a big trampoline to jump on, a swing, a sandpit, a flying fox and many toys our son Levon is happy to share. On request we can provide a portable cot, children plates and cutlery, books and toys. Please ask us.

It is our aim to live in a mindful and sustainable way with nature and what it has to offer. We don't use any poisonous sprays and practice reuse and recycle as much as we can. We appreciate your contribution as our guest by separating your rubbish and being conscious of the usage of resources (water and power). We are looking forward to hosting like-minded people.

Guest access
You are welcome to explore the gardens, wander through the orchard, have a swim in our salt water swimming pool (during summer between approx. October to April) and have a jump on the trampoline.

Meet our friendly animals: the ponies Pandora and Image, the Kune Kune pigs Hercules and Cookie, the chickens and our cat Lizzy.

Other things to note
The standard set-up and price for this cottage is for a couple sharing the king size bed. If you require two separate beds for two individual people (the king size bed and the sofabed), please let us know when you book. There will be an surcharge of NZD50.00 per booking to cover our costs for setup and extra linen. Thank you for your understanding.

Children up to two years old sleeping in a cot or sharing a bed with their parents stay for free. Please let us know with your booking if you require a cot and/or high chair and other children amenities. We kindly provide them free of charge.

Complementary we provide seasonal fresh fruit from our organic orchard, teas and coffees, sugar, olive oil, pepper & salt. There is bath robes, carefully selected bath salt, shampoo & conditioner as well as body lotion for you to enjoy. Please let us know when you need a refill.

We are very fortunate to have our own bore water with a new filter system (2020). The water is sparkling clean and of very good quality to drink and to fill up your water bottles for the day. The Paua Bach has its own waste water system (septic tank), we appreciate if you could use biodegradable products where possible (provided).

For rainy days we have a selection of classic DVD's, board games and books (please ask us for details) and free unlimited internet for you to use.

This is a rural property, we live in the middle of nature surrounded by farms. The next bigger town with shops and supermarkets is 20-30 minutes drive away. There is a great selection of cafés, restaurants and boutique shops in the area (5-10min. drive away). Opening hours are depending on the season.
It gets very dark here at night, the perfect condition to enjoy the countless stars and milky way on a cloudless sky.

During your stay you might experience a possum, rat or mouse on your roof or around the cottage at night. There are birds, small lizards and insects including New Zealand Garden Cockroaches and Wetas (grasshopper like insects) living on the property. Even though we do everything possible to keep them outside, one might get lost inside on the search for food or water.
If you love nature and feel comfortable a little bit further away from civilisation, you will enjoy your stay.
Are you just looking for a place to spend the night? Or are you looking for an unforgettable experience away from the beaten tourist tracks?

Well, if you are looking for the second? This is your place!

Enjoy a very relaxing stay in our private boutique cottage nestled within 5 acres of secluded and peaceful garden and orchard.

Wander around the gardens with colourful and scent laden…

Sleeping arrangements

Common spaces
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed

Amenities

Wi-Fi
Kitchen
Hot tub
Pool
Free parking on premises
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hair dryer
Washing machine – In building
TV
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Whenuakite, Waikato, New Zealand

Beautiful beaches are only a few minutes drive away: Hot Water Beach where you can dig a hole in the sand and relax in the natural hot water. Beautiful historic Cooks Beach and Hahei Beach. Clean, clear water ideal for swimming. Or explore world-famous Cathedral Cove and the Hahei Marine reserve.
Take a walk to the Pa or book a trip on a sightseeing cruise and discover the spectacular Mercury Bay coastline.

We are lucky to have a number of excellent cafés and restaurants nearby to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner if you don't want to cook it yourself.
Beautiful beaches are only a few minutes drive away: Hot Water Beach where you can dig a hole in the sand and relax in the natural hot water. Beautiful historic Cooks Beach and Hahei Beach. Clean, clear water i…

Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve
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8.0 km
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Joined in September 2015
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We are a Swiss-Kiwi family with a six year old boy. We appreciate nature and what it has to offer. Our aim is to live in a mindful and sustainable way. We share our organic orchard with a miniature pony a few chickens and two very friendly kune kune pigs. We are looking forward to sharing our lifestyle and little paradise with you.
We are a Swiss-Kiwi family with a six year old boy. We appreciate nature and what it has to offer. Our aim is to live in a mindful and sustainable way. We share our organic orchard…
During your stay
We live on site and would like to meet the people who stay on our property. We will welcome you personally and show you your space and make sure you have everything you need for a pleasant stay.

We are happy to give you lots of tips on where to go and what to see also off the beaten tourist tracks. But we also respect your privacy and give you the space to unwind and relax. If you need us, someone is always here.
We live on site and would like to meet the people who stay on our property. We will welcome you personally and show you your space and make sure you have everything you need for a…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Checkout: 10:00 am
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Committed to enhanced cleaning protocol. Learn more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
May encounter potentially dangerous animal