SPECIFICATIONS OF BEACH HOUSE:
Accessed through the Waitakere ranges (Auckland's pristine regional water catchment area), Piha is a place of power and beauty, with a long beach of fine black sand and spectacular rugged coastline, and a small, environmentally sensitive community. A mecca for swimmers, surfers and picnickers in summer, in winter it is quite isolated, although surfing and fishing enthusiasts visit year round (with average winter daily maximum temperatures around 15 centigrade (60F); summer around 27 (80F)). There are surfing and local social events throughout the year. The property adjoins a wild-life sanctuary with bush-walks. Join in, or just relax and watch the world go by from the deck, or the fireside.
Sunny, sheltered north-west aspect, at the end of South Piha beach. Glass doors along front of house, polished wood floors, huge deck. Panoramic beach and ocean views. Grounds grass and mature native bush, frontage fenced. Off road parking. Redecorated and furnished 1998 - 2003.
The house is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds. In winter, leave the doors open and bask in warmth in front of the open fire, watching the storms rage over the sea, without a breath of wind! On a fine winter's day, sunbathe on the deck or in the sheltered garden! Unlike many beach spots, the garden is wonderfully lush and fertile, and the beautiful pohutukawas provide welcome shade from the heat of the beach in summer. Enjoy the delights of the summer's atmosphere from your own private vantage point. Walk out onto the soft sand, looking down to the rock pools at the end of the beach and out over the ocean and to North Piha.
Open plan living/kitchen with 3 double fold-out futon couches. Living room and main bedroom (with queen size bed) face onto beach. Nursery/dressing room with 2 single bunks. Second bedroom with double/single bunk set. 2 basement rooms with 2 single beds and double futon/couch. Sleeps up to 15.
Telephone, fax, TV, video, stereo, heated towel rail, water distiller, jug, toaster, food processor, microwave/grill, gas hob, electric oven/rangehood, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, BBQ, outdoor furniture, marquee, open fireplace, washing machine, dryer, hot shower, WC, hair dryer, pillows, duvets, crockery, cutlery, etc. (Linen, cot, baby barriers on request.)
Un-fenced deck, not recommended for crawlers or toddlers. Rain or delivered water, adequate but not unlimited.
Piha is famous for it's ecological beauty, but with that extra touch of everything you could wish for, not too far away. Our house is a secluded oasis, but within close reach of everything Piha has to offer. It looks out straight onto the best surfing spot in Piha, at the most sheltered end of Piha beach. During swimming season, the safe swimming area patrolled by lifeguards is a stone's throw away. A short walk to the lagoon and other pools for children to swim in year round. If you can drag yourself away from the house, it's just a short stroll around the beach to all of Piha's 3 excellent licensed restaurant/clubs, and a cool art gallery featuring unique original crafts through to works from some of New Zealand's leading artists (and their parties are not to be missed!) Pick up a hot gourmet pizza for the stroll back. Pam and Mike Jolly have a delightful cafe/craft shop up the hill, overlooking the beach, where Mike makes and repairs surf boards. There are world-famous wineries and more restaurants heading towards Auckland, open most nights, and in Auckland itself some of the best dining in the world - from great cafes to interesting bars to formal restaurants (examples). Newspapers, groceries and delicious home baking and delicatessen items are available between 9 am and 5 pm from the Piha Store at the North end of the beach. There is a post office and a small library with video hire. Full shopping facilities are available 20 km away at Henderson or Titirangi. Surf equipment hire and surf fashions are available up the road, and there is horse-riding and many other activities and places of natural, historical, and cultural interest nearby. To see just a few of the spectacular natural features on one walk, click on our link More snapshots - a quick walk around beach and south.
|Season||Weekly tariff NZ$||Comment|
|Mid December - end of January||$2500||Minimum 1 month booking*|
|October to April, and Easter||$1600-2000||Minimum 1 week booking*|
|Otherwise||$1200||$300 per night, minimum 2 nights.|
|Weddings and large parties||$1000||3 night flat rate, otherwise weekly rates apply.|
|*Our house may be available for lesser periods between bookings, but we cannot accept short peak season bookings more than a month in advance.|