The Bush House
A peaceful, private and secluded rustic cottage, tucked away in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges on the edge of Auckland city.
The self-contained cottage offers a double bedroom and a smaller second bedroom with bunk beds. Comfortable lounge with a cosy fire place, heat pump/air con. and heat transfer system. Opening up onto a large sunny, mid-tree level deck. The property also boasts a fully equipped, open-plan kitchen and a bathroom with shower and bathtub.
Relax and enjoy the Tui, Piwakawaka and Kereru fluttering about their business in the native rain forest and listen out for the call of the Ruru (native owl) at dusk. You may even glimpse a pair of pāteke on the river that runs through the property, the endangered ducks were recently reintroduced to Matuku Link, the neighbouring wetlands conservation project. You may even be lucky enough to spot a pukeko (a large blue/violet bird with long orange legs and a red beak and frontal shield) on your drive through the property to your cottage. Two pairs of hawks occupy the air space above and bittern are often spotted in the paddocks.
Perfect for a quiet couple’s retreat or a base for the family, whilst discovering the area. Ideally situated for film crews and overflow accommodation for local wedding and corporate events venues. Visit Flaxmere House for corporate events and the best wedding experience out West!
Only 7 minutes drive from the cottage, you will experience the breathtaking, rugged West Coast beach of Bethells/Te Henga and Lake Wainamu. The experienced surfer/body border will enjoy the waves at O' Neills beach and a safe swimming spot for the family can be found between the flags on Bethells Beach, watched over by the Surf Life Saving Crew in the Summer months or walk the famous Hillary Trail (4-6 hour walk from Bethells to Murawai).
Cave’s, sea blow-holes, stunning coastal vistas, huge cliff tops, amazing West Coast sun rises & sun sets, Tuturiwhatu (NZ Dotterels) and huge sand dunes on your doorstep.
Visit the famous Bethells cafe for great food, coffee, ambience and live music sessions on Friday nights throughout the Summer season.
Take a “scenic” 24 minute journey along Scenic Drive, enjoying the stunning views of Auckland and Putamatekeo summit. This will take you to the wonderful Arataki Visitor’s Centre with much to discover and see. Just beyond this are the beautiful Piha and Karekare beaches and the vibrant & trendy Titirangi Village, with Lopdell House and the Te Uru Gallery, cafes and restaurants.
Go on an adventure to discover Muriwai beach’s renowned Gannet colony and take in the boutique wineries, Hallertau Brewery and an array of eateries along the way.
Enjoy lots of local activities: Golf at Waitakere Golf Club, Redwood Park Golf Club and Huapai Golf Club, Yoga, Crystal Mountain Cafe, Fun Park and Crystal Museum, Kiwi Valley Farm & Cafe, Tramping, Bird Watching, sand-boarding, Massage by Shelagh and Horse Riding.
The location is just a 33 minute drive from Auckland CBD and an 11 minute drive from Swanson Train Station.
Escape the stresses of modern life and wrap yourself up in a warm and cozy bubble away from it all, your comfort and privacy is our priority.
Please note that you will lose GPS Wifi 5 minutes before arrival. Free Wifi is available once on the property. The closest Superette is 7 minutes drive from the cottage and the nearest Supermarket is a 13 minute drive. So you may wish to bring your food and drink with you.
We can provide fresh free-range eggs (in season) for $6 per dozen and a loaf of sourdough bread or home baked bread for $8. Also, a fresh organic salad from the greenhouse (when available) for $5.
Check in time is 2pm and check out is 10am.
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