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Photo of property: The duckpond and waterside cabin
The duckpond and waterside cabin
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Lounge, kitchen dining
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Photo of property: The cottage wildflower garden
The cottage wildflower garden
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Enjoying the tranquility
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Easel & yoga mat inside the cabin
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The overwater deck
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The waterside deck
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Photo of property: Complementary herb & veg bed
Complementary herb & veg bed
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Photo of property: Our breakfast muesli!
Our breakfast muesli!
Photo of property: Wharehine Chapel, on the banks of the Kaipara
Wharehine Chapel, on the banks of the Kaipara
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Ãtui Creek Regional Park
Photo of property: Ātiu Creek Regional Park
Ātiu Creek Regional Park

the cottage at wharehine retreat eco-stay

Wharehine, Auckland

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Sleeps up to 2
From $220 tonight
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Sleeps up to 2
From $220 tonight

Wharehine Retreat is an Eco-friendly stay nestled within rolling hills adjacent to the Kaipara harbour...... a tranquil haven to relax and re-charge. We’re just over an hour’s drive from Auckland and 30 minutes west of Mangawhai.
Set within a 5-acre lifestyle block with paddocks and orchards, ...

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Essential Stay Info

Bed and Breakfast
Breakfast Available
Dinner Available
Lunch Available
Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Digital Detox
Not Suitable for Children
Rural Views
Single Safe
Sustainable Stays
Whole House

Check in time: 2pm - 7pm - Contactless Check In / Check Out
Check out time: 11am weekdays & Sat. Noon on Sundays

Eating and Drinking
Continental breakfast and freshly laid eggs are included.

If you really want to take it easy and not have to cook, we can prepare a delicious Ploughman’s lunch or cheese platter to enjoy by the water, and stock the fridge with a selection of locally sourced pre-cooked dinners. These are so easy and simple - just stick it in the oven, and pick yourself a fresh salad from the garden beds whilst it’s re-heating! Menus change weekly and emailed to guests one week prior to your stay. If you prefer to self-cater, the kitchen has everything you need to prepare and serve meals, including fridge/freezer, gas hob and countertop convection oven/air fryer, toaster, kettle, & coffee plungers. There’s also a BBQ and outdoor table on the deck by the duck pond.”

Bedding Configuration
1 x Queen bed

More info about the property
A comfortable, well appointed self-contained cottage with private garden and an outdoor bath big enough for two! There’s room to spread out and spend quality time together relaxing in the super cute ...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

In addition to the cottage, there’s also a super cute waterside cabin with daybed
Beautiful clear night skies for stargazing by the duckpond - or star-bathing in the outdoor bath!
Visit Minniesdale Chapel, Albertland’s oldest chapel brought from the UK with the first settlers to the area. Stunning location!

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What we love about this property

A tranquil place to unwind and relax, with easy access to the beautiful Matakana Coast towns, beaches and vineyards, Kaipara harbour and Atui Creek regional park.

Activities on or nearby this property

Cycle Tracks
Farm Animals to Meet
Golf (BYO clubs)
Hiking | Tramping
Horse Riding and Trekking
Mountain Biking
Nature Walks
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Star Gazing
Vineyards Nearby
Windsurfing | Kite boarding


Bath tub
Drinking Water
Electric blankets
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Gas available
Hair dryer
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)
Hot Water Available
Limited mobile service
Linen Provided
No Wifi
North Island
Picnic Table
Property Manager on site
Rubbish bin
Towels Provided
Unsealed Roads

Drive Times

Auckland: 1h 10m (north shore)
Hamilton: 2h 40m
Tauranga: 3h 30m
Taupo: 4h 30m
Wellington: 9h 30m

Extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

$0.00 Varied

Lunch and dinner are available by pre-ordering one week prior to your visit.

$0.00 Per stay

There’s not many places you’re able to choose your preferred style of linen & cushions to transform your bedroom into your dream boudoir! We have crisp white bed linen, teamed with romantic florals or contemporary plains, or prints to choose from....... the choice is yours! If you have a preference, simply flick us an email after receiving your booking confirmation from us.

$25.00 Per session

What nicer than to have an energy healing in the waterside cabin during your stay.

$5.00 Jar

If you enjoy your breakfast preserves, we have a range of homemade preserves and chutneys available for sale to take home with you.


Thank you Pip and Nigel @ Wharehine Retreat for a most memorable and refreshing Valentine's holiday. You have a stunning bed and breakfast nestled in lush tropical plants with so many picturesque spots to explore around the lake. The cottage is so modern, stylish and spacious and we just melted into the hammocks on the bbq deck under the solar fairy lights and starry sky. An absolute sanctuary, not to mention the delicious breakfast! 10/10. Raquela & Paul, Auckland

About your host, Philippa

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Hi, we’re Pip and Nige; Auckland escapees, now living the rural dream on an idyllic 5-acre lifestyle block in Rodney.
Originally from the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales in the UK, it took us ten years to find a place to call home here in New Zealand. We feel so blessed to live in our little slice of heaven, and would like to share it with you. We’re into permaculture and organic gardening, zero-waste living and enjoying everything our new lifestyle brings.
In addition to caring for the grounds and birds, Pip practices daily Qigong meditation and offers guests energy healing in the waterside cabin. Nige can talk for hours about music and football... is a carrot cake aficionado and lifetime member of java-holics anonymous! So if you can’t survive a weekend without your barista coffee, Nige’s available at weekends for your fix! 😀

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