About this listing
Absorb yourself in nature, choose to soak up the peace and serenity of country living while making the most of nearby sea escapes and city conveniences.
We offer TWO rooms as BNB accomodation.
We, (John and Philippa) welcome each new hosting experience at Over The Rainbow, as a chance to welcome people to the Waikato and our piece of paradise.
Our wish is for all heartfelt people to stay with us and enjoy the magic of our energy-efficient, wheelchair friendly home.
Our aim is to create an ideal place to retreat to no matter what your circumstances are and re-charge your batteries before setting off on your next adventure.
We have TWO lovely rooms available in the main house. Please see what suits your needs.
‘Are you on your way somewhere en-route?’
‘Do you wish to be central to a wide range of tourist attractions?’
‘Are you attending a celebration, conference or would like to grab your breath, to catch up with family and friends?’
We offer fabulous accommodation, a wonderful welcome plus free WiFi and can help you plan where your travels will take you next.
Did you know that we also offer retreat packages which are holistically orientated and have a holistic feel. One one basis or couples and you get great food, nurturing, peace and space to work through your issues. You can check out my website called lady rainbow heart for more information under RETREATS this will give you an idea of the extensive services offered. ALL accommodation bookings are still made through AirBNB.
STUDENTS ON PHILIPPA'S COURSES:
We offer a 10% discount off you accommodation once your course is confirmed. If you wish to share a room with another student and happy to share the bathroom facilities, then the accommodation cost is halved between the two students.
Package if you have been unwell and need the reassurance of staying where you can be kept a closer eye on, although not practicing now Philippa has the knowledge of being an ex nurse/midwife for that extra tlc.
Part of feeling nurtured while you are on holidays means having access to great food – while you are with us you will enjoy a yummy, breakfast which includes cereals, toast and a selection of usual teas, herbals and fresh plunged coffee, this is included in your room charge or for $10 extra a full breakfast.
We eat mostly home grown fresh vegetables and organic, free-range meat and fish.
We offer packed lunches and evening meals so please tell us your requirements and we can cost this for you.
Please advise about any DIET REQUIREMENTS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE so we can cater correctly for you eg: vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, high-carb, low-sodium, low-sugar and low-dairy diets.
The Garden room
Sleeps 1-2 and has a spacious queen bed in a bright garden room with a patio overlooking a rural view at the sunny east end of the property.
The Red room which sleeps
Sleeps 1-2 – Has 2 single beds.
The garden is beautiful and has flat areas to sit, walk, and play in with the Waipa river flowing at the back of the property.
There is one large sunny toilet/shower room for the guests. We offer the toilet /shower exclusively as we only rent out one room at a time (unless a group, students or family requests both rooms then you share the toilet/shower between rooms 1 and 2)
Since we have an Eco home there are a few more rules – the water system does not tolerate chemicals, so we supply eco products, shampoo, conditioner and soap and ask that everyone refrain from using phosphates and SLS ingredients. We are on tank water so shower times have to be kept shorter (Dec- Mar). Any questions please ask as we would like to make your stay a pleasant and happy one.
Being rural the property is not fenced, so you must maintain safety of yourself and any children at all times especially on our steep drop off to the fast-flowing river are considerations. Please ask if you have any questions,
Pip and John your hosts
You have your own front door and key, your room, use of your own guest lounge area and communal dining table, the patio and garden.
Interaction with Guests
We love interacting with our guests and assisting you with local attractions and getting the most from their stay.
We, John and Philippa, can choose to relax in our separate 'apartment' at the west end of the home (to give you privacy you have your own guest lounge area). Please note that during the day we utilise the main area and we cook in the main kitchen. We enjoy mingling with our guests and are flexible and will fit in with your being around to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Please consider the following: Our animals are part of our family - the two cats make our house a home – so if you leave your bedroom door open they will assume you are allowing them to sleep on your bed. Our little dog is just as friendly and happily have you tickle her tummy for hours.
Cafes and restaurants are on your doorstep with the Whatawhata Lizard Café ( and soon the new Village shopping area which is being constructed as we speak), the local pub and takeaways. Dinsdale has an amazing array of little shops and take outs too and then into the main street of Hamilton – Which boasts over 70 restaurants in Hamilton there is something to suit everyone.
Shops and entertaining areas available for everyone, and NZ’s largest shopping mall at The Base.
Surf and relax at the local beach is found at Raglan, only 25 minutes from us over the hills and it’s a left-hand break beach (one of the worlds few) and even has black sand, it’s a super cool place to chill out with the locals.
The Bridal Veil Water Falls are spectacular and walk at the Arboretum with lovely walks just 5 minutes up the road.
We are 15 minutes drive from Hamilton City center and Raglan Surf beach is 25 minutes drive.
A vehicle is highly recommended for this rural location. We understand this is not always possible, so for your convenience we are happy to collect takeaways foods for a small fee.
There is a 15 walk to the local bus stop – which offers 3 bus routes a day, each way between Raglan and Hamilton.
The tiny Whatawhata community offers you two cafes and a petrol station for basic food stuffs, which is a 25 minute walk.
Hamilton is spread out, so our local shopping centre of Dinsdale, west Hamilton is 12 minute drive.
Other Things to Note
Our location offers you the convenience of being local to Hamilton’s main events. Everything is accessible with a vehicle.
Hamilton is looked on as a small city by world standards but we offer culture, sport and events relevant to the environment we live in.
Our Hamilton Gardens attract people to its wonderful arts festival, guests also seek accommodation for local rugby games and cricket matches. Hamilton takes pride in the Field Days which is a huge agricultural event that attracts international guests. Everything is accessible with a vehicle.
Happy people are welcome to apply, who love bees and are environmentally savvy.
We live on an eco-friendly rural property so there are certain rules to be mindful of:
•Property is not fenced
•Property backs onto a fast flowing river, native plants line the bank but it is a steep drop to a fast flowing river
•Enter the trail down to the river is at your own risk
•Parents/caregivers are responsible for children at all times
•Individuals are responsible for themselves at all times
•No disturbing or approaching the beehives which are in a cornered off area of the garden, beside the cottage
•You are provided with ECO bathroom products (Eco shampoo, conditioner and soap) or please check with us before using your own bathroom products for suitability - as the property has a special septic system that cannot take chemicals
•Washing machine available in the main house for a small fee
•Mindful use of water is required as water that is used is purified rain water and all waste water is recycled
•No smoking is permitted in the cottage or on the deck but you may smoke in the garden.
•Alcohol is permitted but would ask you to respect the space, also that music be kept to a moderate level. We ask for respect for all our guests comfort. Thank you.