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A classic two-storey kiwi beach house.

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4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bathroom
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This retro timbre house is situated on an iconic beach on Great Barrier Island, off Auckland. Medland's is one of NZ's most beautiful and renowned east coast beaches, with great swimming, snorkeling and fishing. An isolated island, this is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where time slows down and everything runs off the grid. Take plenty of food for the trip, it strangely always tastes better when you are here, a good book and plenty of sunscreen.

The space
The house is situated on Aotea/Great Barrier Island's Medland's Beach, which is considered one of New Zealand's most beautiful beach spots. The shoreline is approximately 100 metres from the house, and you can hear the hum and roar of the ocean. At certain times you will be the only person on the vast shore. It is quite an experience to be on the beach at night under the stars.
The property is perhaps the highest piece of land on the beach front, and there are ocean views from the verandah.
Staying at the house is akin to a 'retreat', though there are a few other houses along the beach. There is a camping ground near the lagoon at the north eastern end of the beach, and there is a children's play ground just along, too.
The house sleeps 2 couples in queen size beds, and there is a single bed for an additional person.
The island has no electricity power grid, and only about 1000 permanent residents. Accordingly, the house has a solar power system. It powers the fridge, lights, phones and laptop. When it gets dark, you can supplement this lighting set-up with the lanterns (solar) - but this isn't really necessary.
Also, the place is on (rain) tank water, which is drinkable with a newly installed filtration system. Water use should be done with the knowledge that during summer there is very little rainfall and while we have a 10,000 Ltr tank this is a limited resource.
Cooking is on a nice new gas stove and there is bbq, but please be aware of the local fire issues on the island (particularly in peak summer - fire bans often apply).
There is a internal shower and flush toilet and external cold shower and tap set-up at the front of the house. In addition there is a outdoor sink for cleaning fish (if you strike it lucky at shark alley).

If you feel like doing some hiking, research the tramp to the huts near Windy Canyon in the Island's interior. Some French people I met recently had done it over 3 days and loved it.

Guest access
The whole house and garden are available for your use. The bottom of the section is flat and suitable for a tent if you have any additional guests, but please let us know if there is likely to be more people staying.

Other things to note
The Island has no electricity grid.
The house is on tank water (drinkable), and the power system is solar, for the lights, fridge and small devices. There are also a set of speakers that plug into an ipod or similar device. The main stove runs off gas and there is also a webber charcoal cooker, but please be aware that this should not be used in peak summer season (when there is fire ban in place).
This retro timbre house is situated on an iconic beach on Great Barrier Island, off Auckland. Medland's is one of NZ's most beautiful and renowned east coast beaches, with great swimming, snorkeling and fishing. An isolated island, this is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where time slows down and everything runs off the grid. Take plenty of food for the trip, it strangely always tastes better…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Essentials
Kitchen
Smoke alarm
Fire extinguisher
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand

If you feel like stepping out for a drink or the 'nightlife', we recommend the Carach (Irish owned) pub at Mulberry Grove, over towards Tryphena.
There is also the Claris Sports Club, which has a popular bar. It adjoins the rugby field, and a golf course in the most incredible surroundings. You can play a casual round of golf and rent clubs.
The Burger Shack at Claris makes a mighty good fish burger, and is next to Aotea FM, the local radio station. Claris also has a good art and craft gallery. You can get petrol and shop for food and alcohol at Claris. Alternatively, the Stonewall Store at Mulberry Grove is excellent for your grocery needs.
If you feel like stepping out for a drink or the 'nightlife', we recommend the Carach (Irish owned) pub at Mulberry Grove, over towards Tryphena.
There is also the Claris Sports Club, which has a popular b…

Hosted by Lesley

Joined in September 2015
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I am a fine art gallery owner and a former high school teacher, living in New Plymouth, NZ.
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House rules
Check-in: After 14:00
Check out: 10:00
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
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