Kawau Beach House

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - MATAKANA -

Step off the ferry in Vi­vian Bay and take a deep breath. Look down into the clear wa­ter and imag­ine your cell phone sink­ing to the bot­tom. It feels good doesn’t it? You won’t be need­ing it here. A good book, an ap­petite and good com­pany (if you feel like it) are the Kawau Beach House es­sen­tials.

This beach­front prop­erty of­fers three types of ac­com­mo­da­tion de­pend­ing on bud­get and needs, with rooms start­ing at about $350 and reach­ing $650 for beach­front deluxe. The large wa­ter­front deck over­look­ing the beach feels ex­clu­sive and there are loungers for ev­ery­one. Pre­fer na­tive bush to sand? The rooms nes­tled in the bush are bliss­fully quiet. The only alarm is the lo­cal tui. Be pre­pared for stairs.

The on-site restau­rant of­fers break­fast, lunch and din­ner but book­ings are es­sen­tial. With no roads on the is­land, pop­ping out for din­ner isn’t as com­mon as on the main­land. We rec­om­mend or­der­ing a plat­ter and a glass of wine and soak­ing up si­lence. No noise, no traf­fic, no pedes­tri­ans – and some­times no peo­ple. Our favourite spot is the end of the wharf where there are match­ing chairs. Where else can you catch a fish from a sun lounger?

Vi­vian Bay, (09) 422 8850, kawaubeach­house.co.nz

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