The SpaceA large room which has a single bed and a Queen size mattress. It is budget because we have just moved into this house and so are still working on the rest of the house as well as on the property. Bathroom + your room are tidy and spacious.
Kawakawa is home to the famed Hundertwasser toilets but also has a high Maori population + is only 10 km from the Bay of Islands coast. Our house is in a quiet street and a 5 min walk through a park into the centre of the town which has mini-markets, a chemist, restaurants + take aways, library, garages, and so on. Northland's heated swimming pool is only a 3 min walk up the street. The drive way is very steep but there is plenty of free parking on the street. There is no wheelchair access but we will assist guests if they need help with carrying luggage from their car or assistance with walking.
It depends on what you want. You can arrive until midnight (and later if prearranged) and the room is beside the front door, so access is easy. Breakfast is possible either in your room, on the deck or in the kitchen. No strict departure time unless we have other guests arriving. The large guest room has a Queen size bed and a single bed , a desk, wifi (+ you can borrow a laptop to use in the bedroom. It runs on XP), and you have access to the rest of the house as much as you wish - although at the moment it is in a bit of chaos with stacked boxes, clothing and young children. The bathroom (with toilet + shower) is shared. There is a lock on the door. There is an extra charge if an extra change of linen is required during your stay. We have 3000m2 section (mostly steep/swamp with some trees) and the guests are welcome to explore any of this as well having free access to the deck which overlooks this. There are tables and chairs on the deck. Smoking on the porch or the deck is fine as long as you do not throw cigarette butts into the garden.
We are artists ( (URL HIDDEN) + senbyscul(URL HIDDEN) designers + translators, who have lived in the Netherlands for the past 25 years and we have just bought this place, so we in the midst of making it look charming. The guest room is comfortable and quiet and features original paintings + prints. We have traveled extensively throughout Europe + Asia and are happy to give advice about where to go in Northland. In particular we can give some insights into our Maori indigenous culture as well as historical locations. We generally would leave the guests to do what they want and they can use the kitchen or deck as they wish but we expect that they will be off exploring the Bay of Islands coastline, forests and activities in the area. We do not provide an evening meal unless arranged. Breakfast is an extra charge. When you make your booking specify what type of breakfast you would like. Toast, muesli or continental style. More is here (URL HIDDEN)
The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs a steam train through the middle of the town of Kawakawa Fridays to Sundays during the summer months 10 km towards Opua. Soon the connection with the coast will be complete, but in the meantime the stories of the history of the area (Maori + colonial) are worth the hour long journey through stunning scenery. More: (URL HIDDEN)
More well known are the toilets made by the famed ecologist and artist, Hundertwasser. This was his last artwork and only architectural wonder in the southern hemisphere. Open for use 24 hours a day More: (URL HIDDEN) The Kawiti glow worm caves are 10 km south of Kawakawa. The historic Ruapekapeka pa (with forest walks) is 20 km south of Kawakawa. Bicycles can be hired in Opua and Paihia for the cycle ways along the coast.
The drive way is very steep and there are 6 steps to the main door. If you are alone and need assistance walking we can help. It is a quiet relaxed town, lovely for a stroll and the spirit of the place is something unique.
There is public transport to Kerikeri (30 min north) + Paihia ... more to be added with links and details. Guest AccessYou can check in and out when you please if bookings allow for this. The bathroom (with toilet and shower) and kitchen, living room and the deck which overlooks the 3000m2 property we are working on turning into something interesting. You are welcome to the garden and grounds but we assume that you would spend your time at the town attractions (the steam train, the Hunterwasser toilets, the kawiti caves, the Ruapekapeka historic Maori pa), the bays of islands coast, the nearby forests or historic sites. Interaction with GuestsWe leave the guests to themselves but they are free to use any of the rooms and meals are only supplied if arranged. We work at computers in the living room sometimes or on the property outside or in the gallery in the town. We have a broad knowledge of Aotearoa | New Zealand and the website (URL HIDDEN) has some suggestions and more information. The NeighborhoodKawakawa is 10 km from a stunning coastline, 5km north of Maori run glow worm caves, 20 km north of the historic Ruapekapeka pa and is located in the centre of a number of historic sites. The town has a steam train that runs down the middle of the main street and one day will be completed to reach the coast. Getting AroundA list of public transport options will be added soon, including details of the walking and cycling tracks. There is free ample parking on the street next to our house. The bus stop is a 5-10 minute walk up steps from our house. Other Things to NoteJust send a text or an email with your request and we will respond. We are New Zealand born and have traveled extensively and we speak Dutch, German, understand simple Persian and slow French, and are happy to accommodate those whose for whom English is a second language.