Our listing (and pricing) is based on guests travelling as a couple. You'd have a cozy bedroom with a double bed, a private bathroom with shower and bath and a small sitting room which opens on to a large deck and outdoor kitchen and garden. Each morning, we will provide you with everything you need to make a delicious breakfast in our private outdoor dining area. This will include cereals with fresh local fruits (in season) and materials to make yourself a full cooked breakfast if you want to.
Our house is in a quiet street 3 minutes walk to the beach and less than 10 minutes drive to Takaka, our main town. We're only 30-60 minutes travel to the Abel Tasman National Park on one side, and Kahurangi National Park on the other, with the beach and bay in front. No children or pets please.
We live up one end of the house, and will respect your privacy. In addition to providing you with breakfast, there are tea and coffee making facilities in your private lounge. There is also a large deck and outdoor kitchen for guest use. We do not provide evening meals but you are welcome to use the barbeque on the deck. Golden Bay has a great selection of cafes and restaurants to suit any taste. We will provide you with a guide to the local eateries.
This is not an empty sterile holiday home - we love Golden Bay and live here permanently so know the area well. You as our guest set the level of interaction to suit your personal preferences.
From the feedback we've had, our guests especially like two things about our place. First is the bath - great for a hot soak after a long day hiking. Second is the outdoor food preparation, barbque and dining area. When the weather is great, there's nothing like breakfast, lunch or even dinner in a comfortable and relaxing outdoor setting.
No pets please, and smoking outside the house only. The house has NOT been made safe for children or infants, so no guests under 14 years old please.
Enjoy travelling and birding, good food, cafes, walking. I'm an ex-professional photographer- 40 years experience but now semi-retired and working part-time in my wife Janet's conference organising company here in New Zealand. We travel as much as time and budget permits, my favourite destination is Australia where I have an adult daughter living in Melbourne. I love birding in Australia and intend spending as much of my retirement as possible enjoying the beauty of the Australian landscape and wildlife. I'm a firm believer in the redemptive power of wild spaces. Most of us don't spend nearly enough time out in them.