If you are after an idyllic island holiday in the Hauraki Gulf without the mayhem of the now very busy Waiheke Island, this special house on the beautiful Rakino Island is just the place for you.
This Queenslander bungalow boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke and Rangitoto Island.
This house was the first ever to be brought across to the island on the barge in the 1970s, so its location on the island is one of the best.
The house has a 'shabby chic' feel to it on the inside, from the white washed wooden floors, chandeliers in every room to the many unique artefacts placed around the house from the past and current owners. The Queenslander design of the house also allows you to enjoy the view and outdoor living comfortably rain or shine.
The main house has 2 bedrooms inside and the 3rd bedroom is a large sleep out at the back of the house. There is also a TV in the lounge with all SKY TV channels available including sports.
Guests can cook outdoors by wood fire oven and enjoy dining Al Fresco with the outdoor dining/living area. There is also a full kitchen inside with a new gas stove with a gas oven.
There is a regular ferry service to Rakino from downtown Auckland, as well as from the North Shore through the summer. This service can be downloaded from Belaire ferries website. Also, there are water taxis that have regular runs, or can be specifically hired. These run from Auckland and Waiheke. We can advise you further about the water taxis.
There are no shops on the island, so all provisions need to be brought with you onto Rakino.
There are 3 kilometres of road and the beaches are within a short walk.
The house is an eco house, as Rakino is andquot; off - the - gridandquot;. We do have a solar power system but we ask all guests to keep power usage to a minimum, and to make sure all power appliances such as the TV are switched off when not in use. Solar power systems cannot cope with toasters, heaters, hair driers or straighteners, fans and so they cannot be used. The house runs on tank water, and although there are two large tanks, please be conscious of water usage.
NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave; Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);