Poripori homestead has a character that reflects its early 1900s farm villa history and through renovations has the comforts of a more recent building. Enjoy having your own space in a rural setting with Tauranga city a short 15 minutes away.
A three bedroom, two bathroom home is a great chance to just get away from things - but not too far. The three bedrooms have six bed spaces between them (2 queens and 2 singles), but we can have up to 8 people sleeping by using a couple of mattresses on the floor. While attached to the owners residence, you will have the privacy of a separate house as there is no 'through' access when guests are staying.
While in the country there is ready access to Tauranga city, just 15 to 20 minutes away. There is a large park 5 minutes away and we are within walking distance to a very large water hole on the nearby river.
You are welcome to have a walk in the grounds. Be aware there are some animals around. There may be electric fencing on. Help yourself to seasonal fruit off the trees - lemons, grapefruit, feijoas, plums, walnuts, macadamia nuts and avocado.
Tauranga has some great restaurants and Cafes - both in the city and at The Mount, if you feel like dining near the beach.
We are usually here for guest arrival (if not, we'll let you know and have key for you to let yourself in). Following your arrival, we will be about the place if you need help or want to chat, otherwise you can just get on with your break /holiday and do your own thing.
We love being here because it is rural yet close to town.
You will need your own transport as there is no public transport.
You are welcome to walk around the grounds of the house, help yourself to fruit on the trees if in season, and relax in the 3 bed house you are staying in or the patio at the front. So far children who have stayed have loved playing in and around the pool and grounds. If you would like to feed the chickens or sheep, then just let us know and we can provide you with some of their feed.
Interaction with guests
We like to be there when you arrive to show you the house and answer any immediate questions. After that you will probably see us about, looking after the grounds and so on. Although we don't want to intrude on your stay, if you would like to chat, we are more than happy to do so. When we have more than we can cope with from the garden or chickens, we will probably ask if you would like to have some fresh veges or eggs.
Guests may invite friends to the accommodation up to a maximum, including guests, of 10 people for social entertainment such as an evening meal. This accommodation is not intended to be a party venue Party is used in the sense of loud music, dancing, drinking Noise is to be minimised from 9.30pm . Please drink alcohol responsibly.
No glass of any description is to be taken within the fenced area of the pool.
Children are the responsibility of the parent/guardian and they must be watched while in the pool area.
Gates to the pool area must not be hooked back or held open.
Guests must ensure the gates shut after going through to enter or exit the pool area (these previous two points are a legal requirement in New Zealand).
The pool is available for the owners use at all times and is not exclusively for guests. The owners do not provide a life guard service.
We ask that the house is left clean and tidy. During the stay guests are responsible for cleaning. Cleaning equipment (vacuum, mop, cloths and detergent) supplied.
Guests have access to wireless internet - connection details are in the house manual. All internet access is to be conducted within the legal framework that applies to internet access in New Zealand, in particular, but not limited to no illegal downloading of music or tv/movies.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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Julian comes from NZ and Frances from Scotland, although she has also lived in Holland, France and Germany. We have lived in the Bay of Plenty since we moved here from living in the UK in 2004.
Poripori is a great place here and we bought it because we want to welcome guests to stay. We have both lived outside of the countries we were born in for significant times and enjoy meeting new people from all over the world. Between us we manage to speak English, German, Dutch and French.
We have three daughters - one still at school, and the other two working, studying and living in Europe. Just to make sure we keep busy we also have chickens, two dogs, a cat, and 4 sheep + or - lambs , depending on the time of the year. All are pretty friendly should you want to get to know them a little better.
We are pretty relaxed people and take others as they come. We respect people and, in turn, like us and 'our place' to be respected. Outside of providing accommodation, we both work in health and education.