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The duckpond and waterside cabin
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The waterside deck
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moon bathing under the stars!
Photo of property: The waterside cabin
The waterside cabin
Photo of property: The waterside cabin
The waterside cabin
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Waterside cabin daybed
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Easel & yoga mat inside the cabin
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The overwater deck
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Open plan kitchen/lounge/diner
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Enjoying the tranquility
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Choose from country or modern style bedroom
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Our breakfast muesli!
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Photo of property: The waterside deck
The waterside deck
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Complementary herb & veg bed
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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
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Ātiu Creek Regional Park

the cottage at wharehine retreat eco-stay

Wharehine, Auckland

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Sleeps up to 2
From $285 tonight
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Sleeps up to 2
From $285 tonight

An Eco-friendly run cottage nestled within Wharehine Retreat, our 5-acre lifestyle block close to the Kaipara harbour in rural Rodney. At just over an hour’s drive from Auckland, it’s a quick and easy escape from the City.
Set within orchards and lush private gardens overlooking a duckpond, Fig...

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Essential Stay Info

Bed and Breakfast
Breakfast 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
Breakfast provisions are available as an add-on. (Details sent out with our booking confirmation)

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare and serve meals, including fridge/freezer, gas hob and countertop convection oven/air fryer, toaster, kettle, Nespresso machine & filter coffee plungers. There’s a BBQ and dining table on the deck by the duck pond.

Bedding Configuration
1 x Queen bed (maximum occupancy - two) We style the bedroom to each guests’ personal preference, so if you love a pretty country, or calming modern ...

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More info about the property
A beautifully styled 60m2 self-contained cottage with private gardens and an outdoor bath big enough for two! There’s room to spread out during your stay and spend a wonderfully romantic relaxing brea...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

In addition to the cottage, there’s also a super cute waterside cabin with daybed for watching the sunsets
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 and romantic couple’s retreat with easy access to Mangawhai, Matakana & it’s coastal villages, beaches, 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
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
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
RV/Motorhome accessible
Towels Provided
Unsealed Roads
Washing Machine

Drive Times

Auckland: Just 40 mins off peak! from north shore
Hamilton: 2h 20mins off peak
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

Our local baker supplies us with a delicious range of sweet and savoury treats to order. Prices vary between $4 - $7 for sweet or savoury Danishes, muffins, tarts and quiches. We email details of what’s cooking during your stay to guests around a week prior to your visit, so you can pre-order any treats, and it will be waiting for you in the cottage on arrival.

$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 a calming blue contemporary scheme to choose from....... the choice is yours! If you have a preference, simply flick us an email after receiving your booking confirmation from us. This is a complementary option.

$0.00 Per session

If you’re coming away to de-stress and unwind, why not try a QiGong energy healing session in the waterside cabin during your stay! This non-invasive, no touch energy healing unblocks and clears trapped energy and any energy you’ve picked up from other people or your workplace, releases energetic attachments, and heals anything that needs healing….. leaving you feeling balanced and energised. Available to pre-order by email just before your stay. $50 per person payable on site

$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. Available to purchase in the cottage during your stay and priced per item ($4 - $8)

$0.00 Person

If you’d love to getaway, but aren’t comfortable about being all on your own in the cottage at night, we’re more than happy to lend you Archie for the evening! An ex-SPCA Therapy Dog, Archie has the most adorable nature, will offer cuddles and be happy to keep you company. He’ll bring his own wicker basket and sleep in the lounge so you don’t feel so alone 😄 This is a complementary service


If you're looking for a romantic, private and unique time away, Wharehine Reatreat is highly recommended. The attention to detail and clarity from the host, along with nice artistic and eco-friendly touches really creates a point of difference. The gardens, orchard, pond and outdoor areas extend the appeal of the quaint yet spacious Fig Cottage. We ended up spending more time at the accommodation than planned, it was well equipped and extremely comfortable! We will be back 😊
Jason - Feb 2024

Very serene get away - perfect !
Gary - Dec 2023

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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