About this property
Sleeps: 4 | Bedrooms: 2 | Minimum stay: 3 nights

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Located only 50 metres from a secluded swimming beach in Oruawharo Bay on a stunning 16 acre property on New Zealand's pristine Great Barrier Island the cottage provides everything you need for an idyllic getaway.
This two bedroom cottage is located adjacent but separate from the Oruawharo Beach House with landscaped grounds around both properties. The cottage has been designed by world renowned architects Fearon Hay with the interiors conceived and designed by Penny Hay.  It is a luxurious timber clad pavilion like building with timber interiors and extensive glazing providing outstanding views of the sea and the wonderful rugged landform of the Great Barrier Island.

Two super king sized beds (can
be split into single)
Landline telephone
Fridge/ Freezer
Integrated kitchen and living area
Cutlery and Crockery
High speed broadband

Gas stove and oven
Wood burning stove
Outdoor barbecue
Washing machine
Outdoor shower

stereo system

Note:  There is no town water supply, electricity or waste water services on the island. Electricity is generally provided by solar power and water supplied from rainwater collection, therefore conservation of water and electricity is needed.


NZ $800 per night with a maximum of 4 people in the cottage and a minimum 3 night stay.

Reservation and Cancellation Policies
Payment is required in full, at the time of booking, to secure your reservation.
  • Changes to booking dates incurs a $100 administration fee.
  • If you cancel 14-30 days before arrival, 50% of your booking will be refunded.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before arrival, your booking is non-refundable.
Bed layout

The cottage has two bedrooms each with a superking sized bed. (One of these can be split into two single beds if requested on booking) Both bedrooms are spacious with full sea views,own ensuites and wardrobes and are positioned at opposite ends of the living area and kitchen.

How to get there
The journey to Oruawharo is all part of the experience. You can travel by ferry or scheduled small aircraft some 56 miles northeast from Auckland to Great Barrier Island.

It is important to be flexible when going on holiday to Great Barrier Island as it is isolated and weather conditions can result in delays and/or cancellations in extreme conditions. However, the isolation is what makes it such a unique destination.

Flight times from Auckland Airport or North Shore Airport at Silverdale to Great Barrier’s Claris Airport are approximately 30 minutes. The house is only 10 to 15 minutes from the Claris Airport.

Ferry sailings to Great Barrier Island are seasonal, with a sailing time of approximately 4.5 hours. The house is then 40 minutes drive from the Tryphena Wharf.

Helping preserve the house’s privacy, the property can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicle or on foot across an estuary and farmland. A footbridge provides pedestrian access at all tides, but at high tide and in times of flood vehicular access is not available.

You will be met at the carpark next to Medlands camping ground and taken to Oruawhero. There are several car hire places on the island. Please refer to the Great Barrier Island website. Note: hire cars cannot be driven across the estuary.

Catering and Provisions

The Oruawharo Beach Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and there is an outdoor barbecue for your use.

Meals are self catered with most food and beverage items available from the local Claris shops or the Port Fitzroy and Tryphena stores, and also a few restaurants, and cafes. If you want specialty items however it is suggested you bring these with you to the island. The water supply is drinkable.
Additionally an in house caterer can be arranged subject to bookings and availability.

This can be confirmed and menu provided at the time of booking.
Entertainment and Activities

The cottage is less than 40 metres through grassland to a secluded swimming beach,with many other beaches and coastal walks within easy reach. There are a number of world famous surfing spots along the East Coast of the Barrier,one of which is in front of the cottage. For the keen anglers there is good fishing within minutes of the cottage and fishing charters can also be arranged. If you wish to explore further afield, the Mount Hobson (Hirakimatā) summit and Kaitoke natural hot springs are worth the walk.

Phone and internet

There is a landline in the cottage,(an extension from the Beach House)  and wifi for internet access,  Mobile phone coverage on the island is very limited and does not extend to this property, therefore don't rely on cell phones for communication on Great Barrier Island although the house has good 4G coverage.

There is a washing machine provided for your use. Because of the restrictions on the use of power, there is no electric dryer.
Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island, also known as Aotea lies 56 miles northeast of New Zealands largest city, Auckland.
With only 800 permanent residents and no electrical grid or public water supply system, this mountainous 110 square mile land mass remains mostly rugged and untamed.
Its dense bush,rare fauna and flora, and spectacular white beaches are still undiscovered ,even by many New Zealanders.
The formation of dramatic coastal dunes and bluffs, as well as the survival of native forests, deep bush and Maori archaeological remains, make it an extraordinary place for hiking, fishing,diving surfing, and animal watching. Or, if you're feeling lazy you can sit back and bask in the peaceful, pristine landscape.
If you want to know more about Great Barrier, tours or travel, check the following links;