Our home is in a semi-rural location, Whakatane to the west, Ohope to the east. Walk 10 minutes and enter the Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway.
A must see, the unique live off shore volcano, White Island. Come!!!
Whakatane is the Sunshine Capital
Come and stay in our private, clean, spacious room with queen size bed in our rustic totally solar powered house in beautiful Whakatane. (tent space available by arrangement).
We will design your stay according to your needs: Standard bed and breakfast, as per pricing ;for additional or reduced pricing as per arranged between parties: Just a room; tent space on front lawn for extra guests...you tell us when you book. Our basic price includes breakfast: Cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread, butter, spreads, milk, coffee, tea.
The Room: Has a rural, leafy green outlook. The generous room has a queen size bed, with a small private bathroom with toilet and shower, an area to hang clothes and a vanity for personal care. Extending into a lounge area with couch and arm chairs, free to air TV, set of draws for clothes storage and small fridge, electric kettle, cups, jug and glasses. Linen and towels are provided for you.
The hosts: We are an easy going couple in our late 50's who love living in Whakatane and are happy to share any local knowledge or tips with you. We also have a dog, Tex and at times a bee hive ( this is placed well away from the house, please let us know if you have any allergies). We grow vegetables and have a number of fruit trees.
If there is anything else you would like to know please get in touch!
Communication is the key.
The room: clean, with open bright living space; outdoor area, we will provided a BBQ for outdoor eating if required; internet, iron; a free car park.
Please ask as we may be able to offer what it is you need e.g. fishing gear, bicycles .
Interaction with Guests
If other services are required: e.g. directions, transport; fishing gear, please feel free to ask us. We live at the property so are around most of the time.
Communication is the key.
The area: Located in a semi-rural area a 20 minute stroll to the west will take you to Whakatane township, walking 25 minutes to the east is beautiful Ohope beach . Walk 10 minutes up Burma road and enter into the Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway that includes three major scenic reserves - Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ohope Scenic Reserve and Mokoroa Scenic Reserve.
The walkway is accessible to most people, regardless of fitness level because it can be undertaken in sections or as a 16 kilometre round trip. The total trip can be completed in 5 to 7 hours. White Island tours are available, bookings for various tours and fishing charters are available through the Whakatane Information Centre a 5-minute drive. There are tennis courts at Ohope Beach and one court at Otarawairere.
Local shops: Whakatane town centre is within 20 minutes walk where you will find various retail shops, 2 hotels, restaurants and takeaway bars, 2 Supermarkets and local shops (i.e. dry cleaner, pharmacy etc.). A 25 minute walk to Ohope beach with a café, restaurant, dairy, gift shop and art gallery.
Transport: A regular bus service operates between Whakatane, Ohope, Kawerau, Opotiki (to Motu Cycleway) and Tauranga. Buses between Ohope, Whakatane and Tauranga operate Monday to Saturday. Buses between Whakatane and Opotiki and Whakatane and Kawerau operate twice weekly. Pick up a timetable from the Whakatane Information Centre.
Other Things to Note
We can do extra meals, cost depending on requirements.This would need to be arranged prior to arriving .
We don't believe in having too many rule's, but our basic outline is to respect the property, the people in it and the neighbourhood. We also appreciate if you clean up after your self(s), conserve power and water as we are self sufficient, and please feel free to ask us if you have any questions. No smoking indoors, an area outdoors is available if needed.
What a fantastic place to stay ! This is a little peaceful oasis and Jude was a wonderful host.
The studio was welcoming spacious and well appointed.
Our breakfast was the best - a veritable feast of healthy delicious produce.
We could have stayed longer !
We had our batteries recharged before the long drive around the East Cape.
Jude have truly enjoyed staying two nights in Jude's home. She is a fabulous host, very lovely and warm-hearted. The whole house is self-contained and has a fantastic garden. Jude's breakfast was a dream. I would love to stay again at Jude's place!
Jude was a fantastic host - really friendly and helpful. The room was lovely, very cosy and private and the breakfast in the morning was great. It was a wonderful place to break our journey and my husband and I felt incredibly refreshed as we continued our drive along the Pacific Coast highway.
Hosts were very warm, friendly and welcoming ! The space is very inspiring and cozy. I loved the eclectic feel and the thoughtful touches, such as coffee and tea, and even some fresh herbs were provided!
The breakfast Jude served was absolutely great, featuring garden grown fruit and veggies.
Just 3kms from the beach, this was the perfect place to stay for surfing.
a wonderful warm welcome from Jude who made sure I had everything I needed
Even cooked me some eggs for breakfast!!
The breakfast was filling and nutritious, delicious thanks
Lots of walks not too far distant
I went to school nearby, found the town of Whakatane and Ohope to be warm friendly Whaka has a nice feel, some good eateries and watering holes and if you are into fishing from beach or boat, this area is wonderful
Airy suite attached to the main house , with modern private bath, very comfy bed, and eclectic furnishings. Sunny and warm outlook adjacent to rambling eco-garden. Good high speed Wi-Fi. Jude provided tasty scrummy organic cooked breakfasts (or continental style if you prefer) in the room, and Jude was sympathetic to my finicky diet. Jude and husband are very hospitable , and we had good chat over a glass of wine. Some road noise from the nearby highway which maybe distracting if guests are expecting to sit quietly in the garden , but quietens down at night , and with the windows closed (nights were chilly) no sleep disturbance. Driveway entrance is a bit obscure and needs care as it is steep with a tight bend. Care also needed exiting the driveway onto the main highway with fast traffic in both directions. Overall nice experience , and don't forget to pat Tex the friendly old black Lab!
The room is huge and very homey, I had a really good dream. Jude is very lovely, soon I will have a garden like hers.
My husband Graeme and I both love where we live, growing vegetables, fruit and with plenty of DIY projects waiting in the wings. I enjoy cooking, hiking and making stuff...., Graeme loves fishing and more fishing....We have hosted WWOOFers and enjoy meeting people, finding about all the different ways people see this world. Please come and enjoy Whakatane.