This colonial style house is situated on an iconic beach on Great Barrier Island, off Auckland. Medland's is one of NZ's most beautiful and renowned east coast beaches, with great swimming, snorkeling and fishing. An isolated island, this is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where time slows down and everything runs off the grid. Take plenty of food for the trip, it strangely always tastes better when you are here, a good book and plenty of sunscreen.
The house is situated on Aotea/Great Barrier Island's Medland's Beach, which is considered one of New Zealand's most beautiful beach spots. The shoreline is approximately 100 metres from the house, and you can hear the hum and roar of the ocean. At certain times you will be the only person on the vast shore. It is quite an experience to be on the beach at night under the stars.
The property is perhaps the highest piece of land on the beach front, and there are ocean views from the verandah.
Staying at the house is akin to a 'retreat', though there are a few other houses along the beach. There is a camping ground near the lagoon at the north eastern end of the beach, and there is a children's play ground just along, too.
The house sleeps 2 couples in queen size beds, and there is a single bed for an additional person.
The island has no electricity power grid, and only about 1000 permanent residents. Accordingly, the house has a solar power system. It powers the fridge, lights, phones and laptop. When it gets dark, you can supplement this lighting set-up with the lanterns (solar) - but this isn't really necessary.
Also, the place is on (rain) tank water, which is drinkable with a newly installed filtration system. Water use should be done with the knowledge that during summer there is very little rainfall and while we have a 10,000 Ltr tank this is a limited resource.
Cooking is on a nice new gas stove and there is bbq, but please be aware of the local fire issues on the island (particularly in peak summer - fire bans often apply).
There is a internal shower and flush toilet and external cold shower and tap set-up at the front of the house. In addition there is a outdoor sink for cleaning fish (if you strike it lucky at shark alley).
If you feel like doing some hiking, research the tramp to the huts near Windy Canyon in the Island's interior. Some French people I met recently had done it over 3 days and loved it.
The whole house and garden are available for your use.
We have a property manager, to greet you on arrival, and to show you around the house.
The Island has no electricity grid.
The house is on tank water (drinkable), and the power system is solar, for the lights, fridge and small devices. There are also a set of speakers that plug into an ipod or similar device. The main stove runs off gas and there is also a webber charcoal cooker, but please be aware that this should not be used in peak summer season (when there is fire ban in place).
Please do not smoke in the house. It is timber, and fire is a big hazard on the Island.