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Incomparable Ocean & Island Views. Walk to the Beach.

Tairua, New Zealand
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Custom built holiday home perched on Paku Hill with incomparable views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline and offshore islands. Spacious, protected deck to watch moonrises and sunsets. Trail from the house leads to long, sandy Ocean Beach, ideal for swimming, good snorkling along the reef & surfing when conditions are right, a morning jog or basking in the sun. Enjoy a hot outside shower with a 180 degree view. Walk along the estuary one kilometer to the town of Tairua with shops & services. Or closer to the wharf and ferry, dive shop, charter fishing and our favorite restaurant - 'Old Mill.' House is open and airy with local wood floors, cabinets and detailing, open beam ceilings, modern kitchen, carpeted bedrooms, fireplace for chilly nights, and a deck large enough to spend most your time. The master suite takes the entire upstairs with views all around. Very quiet, romantic & peaceful setting. Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula has a Maritime climate with year round activities. Excellent fishing and diving and we enjoy our own catches of crayfish (lobster) and paua (abalone) and snapper often. Kayak in the estuary or to nearby Motuhoa Island. Most days we find we do not need to, or want to drive anywhere. Besides all the ocean activities there are local walks & trails, biking, or take the 10 minute ferry to Pauanui. There are easy drives to a multitude of unique & beautiful beaches, and to a host of other activities such as exploring the old goldmines in Broken Hills, wine tasting in Mercury Bay, thermal bathing at low tide at Hot Water Beach ,or a visit to the giant Kauri trees. Just a two + hour drive from Auckland airport.

Keywords: vacation home, beach bach


Laurel Brier

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Laurel Brier

We are Hawaii residents who designed and oversaw the building of this home in 1998. Rob is a contractor in Hawaii and I am a vocational counselor with the State of Hawaii. Daughter Andrea (age 30) is in a PhD program at the University of Auckland and 28 year old son Lucas is an arborist/ farmer/hunter/fisherman/surfer living on the Big Island with his new bride, Mallory, his surf and business partner and nurse by profession.

Laurel Brier purchased this House in 1998

Why Laurel Brier chose Thames-Coromandel District

We honeymooned in New Zealand in 1976 and have been visiting ever since. We spent a good part of 1999 in Tairua with our children enrolled in the local schools. Tairua is the other paradise we live when we have the chance.

What makes this House unique

We swim, surf, fish, hike, bike, read, snorkle, jog, walk to town and rarely drive when we are in Tairua. We will go to Hot Water Beach and hike to Catheral Cove and ride the bikes to Pauanui and take the ferry back to Tairua. We usually take one big drive to visit another area. In November 2012 we hiked the Heaphy Trek and the Abel Tasman. In March 2011 and 2013 we spent time in the Bay of Islands and the Kauri forests, in April 2010 we did a several day bike ride in Otago and hiked the Kepler Trek. It is now May of 2015 and the whole family just returned from a two month stay in NZ. We toured the north and south island hiking the Kepler and Queen Charlotte Track and the coastal walkway around Cape Reinga. Lucas showed Mallory the magic of Aotearoa for the first time.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Beach View
                Big view of entire Beach from the deck and dining area. Trail walk, 5 minutes to the beach
              • Near The Ocean
              • Ocean View
                180 degree view of ocean and off shore islands from house and deck
              • Rural
              • Village
                lovely walk from the house along trails and the estuary to the one street town


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Telephone
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator


                              • Dining Area


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • not suitable for children


                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            40 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Fabulous house and location with sweeping views of the beach below Paku Hill and the Pacific Ocean!

                                                            Corine and Bruce C.

                                                            It was wonderful every morning to come into the kitchen and dining room and see the glorious vista! The place was well located to places to visit on the coast - Hot Water Beach, Cook’s Beach, Cathedral Cove, Sailors

                                                            Grave and Whitangi. Easy to get to restaurants like the Old Mill and the Marina Bar and Grill. Very comfortable home to stay in with all amenities!

                                                            Stunning views, awesome place to stay

                                                            adrieene m.

                                                            Pacific Vistas is an amazing place to stay. The view is stunning. The house is well equipped and very clean. Raewyn the property manager was super helpful giving us info on places to visit. We will definitely be back.

                                                            Adrienne & Tony

                                                            Stunning views. Great location.Amazing house!

                                                            Lynn W.Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

                                                            We loved our time here. We didnt want to go out for dinner but cooked each night and enjoyed the view.Every window has an amazing vista! Very comfortable.

                                                            Gorgeous property, gorgeous location


                                                            This home was absolutely fantastic. The location, the views, the amenities, everything was wonderful. We would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to New Zealand. The Coromandel Peninsula was a great place to spend the end of our trip. Loved the singing of the Tui birds in the trees, and the view from the kitchen window made cooking (and cleaning!) a true joy. Gem of a home.

                                                            Best view ever!

                                                            Mary Jo S.

                                                            The scenery from the house is as fabulous as the pictures show - stunning! We stayed five nights at the start of our vacation after flying in from the U.S. The amenities and home layout are really nice and the property is close enough to town to get groceries or go out to eat and day trips to areas north on the peninsula are convenient.

                                                            There were 3 of us together and it wasn't clear to me from the pictures about how much seating was in the living room - there is one couch but there's also a sort of alcove with a U-shaped cushioned bench and pillows so that was good news.

                                                            There's no housewide heat, but there is a wood fireplace, which we didn't need to use. There are also towel warmers in both bathrooms and both bathrooms in addition have a wall heater so that was great. The downstairs bedroom also has a portable heater. We were comfortable during our stay.

                                                            There's a small porch area by the front door (not pictured) with just enough room for an Adirondack chair that we enjoyed and took turns sitting in and listening to the tui bird calls. Currently there are no Adirondack chairs or any other chair with back support on the big deck overlooking the water, so don't assume there is based on the pictures. There is a picnic table with two backless benches and a 3rd bench over by the windows. The only current possibility is to temporarily bring out a straight back kitchen chair, but that's also not really comfortable. Just an FYI so you won't be disappointed.

                                                            This was only my second time using Homeaway and my first overseas use so I was inexperienced, plus I wasn't clear on how to use my cellphone overseas either. There's a note on Homeaway, "Door code, wifi, and check in info — all in the HomeAway app" so I got the app and thought that info I needed would eventually appear there - which it didn't. I wasn't expecting an email with details so wasn't concerned when I didn't get one. There was some missed communication which got worked out, but NOTE - look for an email from the owner with directions and to provide the local property manager contact info. Make sure you get that! Then contact the property manager and make sure you have confirmation they know you're coming and you know how to get in the house!!!!

                                                            Once the original communication issue was resolved, both the owner and property manager are very helpful and kind and I don't hesitate at all to recommend this property and would go back in a heartbeat.

                                                            Incomparable views indeed!

                                                            Magda C.

                                                            There was no exaggeration in the photos and descriptions of the breathtaking views. The place is very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.


                                                            Tairua, New Zealand

                                                            wineries, diving, fishing, surfing, thermal bathing, hiking, swimming

                                                            Rates & Availability

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                                                            Cleaning Fee

                                                            One night's deposit required to hold reservation. Non refundable. Balance due month prior

                                                            40 Reviews
                                                            Exceptional 5/5
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