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Cosy small villas in Eco and Writers Retreat in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand
Rates from NZD $700 | Weekly

Guest House | Private Space
Available Dates:
From March 15, 2023 until December 31, 2024


The Ora Ora Retreat is surrounded by the Kerikeri River nature reserve and overlooks the Kerikeri Basin with the historical Stone Store and Mission House. Five villas are nestled within the certified organic permaculture gardens: Villa Rosella is a studio bungalow and Villa Morepork, Villa Kiwi and Villa Heron are cozy 1-bedroom bungalows suitable for 1 or 2 persons, while House Tui has 2 bedrooms for up to 4 persons. All Villas are fully furnished and self-contained. It's an ideal setting for a well deserved sabbatical or time-out for people who appreciate a peaceful and ecologically responsible life. Owners Inge & Rolf welcome short and long term guests at Ora Ora and offer any kind of assistance. It's a great place to get to know people in unfamiliar surroundings. Obviously, privacy is granted if preferred. Sauna, spa bath or oscillation massage can be made available at the natural Wellness Centre. Off-street parking is available. At Ora Ora we aim for the smallest possible footprint without much of an impact on comfort and luxury: solar hot water heater, photovoltaic panels with grid connection to produce most of electricity consumed, electric car and bikes, waste minimisation, recycling, energy saving, non chemical cleaning products, natural insulation, rainwater harvest with excellent filtration and wastewater treatment to irrigate the gardens with a large variety of vegetables, fruits and nuts, etc. Ora Ora is a perfect base to explore the numerous attractions of Kerikeri, Bay of Islands and Northland, and we can recommend many of the regional attractions we have experienced ourselves. Kerikeri town offers all we need, including shops, restaurants, vineyards, library, cultural centre, historical buildings, nature reserves, tracks, golf course, polytechnic, flying school, and lots of other useful opportunities. Kerikeri Airport (40 minutes to Auckland) and bus stop (4 hours to Auckland) are close, and your hosts offer complimentary pick-up. Ora Ora Retreat is surrounded by the historic Kerikeri River Nature Reserve with New Zealand's oldest wooden and stone buildings across the river. There is a direct access to the popular Rainbow Falls Track (one hour one way) to the 26m Rainbow Falls through "Lord-of-the-Rings" like forest. Numerous native birds are offering their chorus. Whether you are looking for a sabbatical place to recharge, relax, recuperate, re-link with interesting people, research the popular Bay of Islands and Far North, write or finish a book, a private villa at Ora Ora is an ideal location for a couple of weeks or months at an affordable price. If you don't have so much time available, don't hesitate to contact us for a different deal.

Private Space Offered




48 m2

Suited For

Property Type
Guest House

Comments: Fully equipped, self-contained cottage


From March 15, 2023 until December 31, 2024

Minimum Stay

8 Weeks | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: We also offer shorter and longer term stays at different prices - please contact us.


Private Space in a Guest House in Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

Closest University

Northtec Kerikeri

Nearby Universities
The University of Auckland

Quiet residential

Nearby Cities

Kerikeri | Paihia | Whangarei

Comments: Kerikeri River Nature Reserve, Historic Buildings, Cradle of the Nation, nature walks, restaurant across the river, organic permaculture gardens

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from NZD $700 Weekly

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: Free WIFI, electricity, water, linen, towels; final cleaning fee $150; Surcharges for double occupancy and shorter stays.


The home is not suitable for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available





High Speed Internet



Cable or Satellite


Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking


Wheelchair Access

Temperature Control

Air Conditioning






Comments: Wellness Centre with Sauna and massages (extra cost)


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Listing Owner

Member Since 2011

Trust Score (37)
Individual Outside of Academia

Listing Owner

Member Since 2011

Trust Score (37)
Individual Outside of Academia
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