Rata Cottage

1A Rata Road, Devonport, AUCKLAND
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Rata Cottage is truly a home away from home and can be described as ‘absolutely charming’. Nestled at the end of a long private driveway, the home and its lovely garden are a delightful surprise. The quiet and peacefulness of the surroundings is immediately evident, and lush native gardens encircle the property. Everything about this home and property is pleasing to the eye. That this lovely home is warm and welcoming goes without saying... A cosy outdoor patio with its glass roof and tensioned awnings enables you to either have the full el fresco feel with all the blinds rolled up, or block out the breeze or inclement weather by rolling them down. Comfortable outdoor furniture makes this a great spot to take an afternoon nap in the sun or read a book, and the 6-burner BBQ makes this a perfect area for entertaining in all weather. The spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and living area has a simple elegance and is charmingly appointed with its comfy furniture and eclectic native artwork. And you’ll certainly enjoy preparing meals in the modern well designed kitchen with all the modern easy to use appliances any chef would be happy to cook with. A fireplace adjacent to the kitchen/living room provides cosy winter warmth and there’s always plenty of firewood on hand. The master bedroom has French doors which open out to the gardens and the surrounding native trees providing a delightful backdrop to the distinctly appealing decor. The second bedroom has one entire wall of windows which makes this a very light and bright room. Each of the three bedrooms is furnished with style and supreme comfort in mind. The ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom is a special feature with its French doors and bi-fold windows which brings the garden into the bathroom and will transport you to an exotic spa as you soak in the luxurious bath. The master bedroom has a queen bed and the guest room has a Californian King which can convert to two king single beds. The third bedroom is a single room. High quality bedding and linen has been used in all the rooms to maximise your comfort. A separate well appointed bathroom, which combines the laundry, services the rest of the home. The owners of this enchanting property have ensured maximum enjoyment of the gardens and outdoors, and aside from the outdoor living room/patio, French doors also lead out to another terrace area from the living room allowing you to bask in the late afternoon sun while you sip your coffee or glass of wine. The property has plenty of space, and off street parking for your cars.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Air Conditioning
Electric blankets
Heat pump
Food processor
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
iPod Dock
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor Shower
Wood stove

Bed layout

1 Super King(s), 1 King(s), 1 Single(s)

Special Amenities

Rata Cottage is just one minute’s walk from beautiful Cheltenham beach, and less than five minutes drive from Devonport, one of the gems of Auckland’s North Shore. Cheltenham beach boasts a long stretch of gorgeous white sand, perfect for that early morning or evening walk, and is a safe tidal beach. It has a boat launch, and numerous inviting picnic spots set back from the beach. Cheltenham Beach is only a 15 to 20 minute walk from the ferry terminal in Devonport, and downtown Auckland can be reached via a 10 minute ferry ride, or 20 minutes by car. Devonport itself is a historic seaside village and has a charming and relaxed ambience. Its unique heritage and quaint village atmosphere includes a wonderful range of unique specialty shops, cafés and restaurants.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Walking: if you relish a good walk, you’ll love the climb to picturesque North Head and neighbouring Mt Victoria. The views of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city are breathtaking. North Head contains an extensive collection of military tunnels which are fun to explore, but you will need to take your flashlight if you intend exploring. Cycling: cyclists can enjoy the Takapuna cycle path starting in the Devonport area, and located on a side street off Lake Road. Devonport village will delight you and apart from its numerous cafés and shops, has several art galleries which you’ll enjoy browsing through. Devonport houses quite an arty community and you’ll find a range of fabulous pieces ranging from glass art, ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery. As you take a pleasurable stroll around the village with its beautifully renovated Victorian villas make the most of your choice of the many outdoor cafés, or pick up some delicious brioches and tasty snacks from the Stone Oven Bakery and have a picnic in Devonport’s adjacent park – the kids will love the playground. Take a ferry ride: one of the most easy and relaxing ways to enjoy Auckland’s beautiful harbour is taking the ferry from Devonport into the city. The ferries depart every 30 minutes and the journey only takes 15 minutes. You can go into the city for the day and have a look around, take in some shopping, and then take the ferry from Quay Street back to Devonport. Masonic Tavern: established in 1866 the Masonic Tavern is Devonport's only original tavern. It offers traditional Kiwi fare, and great fish and chips, from Wednesday through Sunday. You can eat indoors or outside and sample some of the 17 New Zealand beers on tap. There’s live music every weekend, and this spot features some of the best harbour views in Auckland. Sample the local cuisine: there something for everyone in Devonport and this includes traditional Kiwi cuisine, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Japanese, and Italian. Takapuna: take a 10 minute drive to nearby Takapuna, a delightful beachside city which includes good shopping, a stunning beach, and a multitude of cafés and restaurants. Takapuna also has a lively local outdoor market on Sundays, from 6.30 am to 12 noon in the Central Car Park between Lake Road and Anzac Street. Museums Devonport Museum: in 1978 half the old Presbyterian Church was moved to Mt Cambria Reserve and became the Devonport Museum. The Museum houses records and photographs of early Devonport and offers a comprehensive display of items that have been in daily, domestic and social use over the past century. It’s located on 31A Vauxhall Road and is open Saturday and Sunday, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Naval Museum: the Navy museum houses a collection of memorabilia relating to New Zealand's naval heritage. It is a celebration of the Navy in New Zealand, although the main emphasis is on the Royal New Zealand navy. Amongst the treasures on display are medals and uniforms, as well as a large collection of photographs depicting the Navy through the years. The museum is open daily between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm. Beaches and Reserves Devonport Beach is only minutes away from the Wharf and is a lovely place to sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of Devonport scenery as well as viewing Sky-city and various Auckland shore areas. Cheltenham Beach is only one mile away from the ferry terminal and can be seen from the top of North head. Strolling along King Edward Parade you will pass the Devonport Yacht Club, the Masonic Tavern and the cricket green. There’s a fully licensed restaurant on Cheltenham beach, and at the northern end, at Vauxhall Road, there are shops, takeaway and cafés located nearby. Torpedo Bay is a small bay found just before North Head. It was named after the naval torpedo boat housed here in the early 1920s. French explorer Dumont d'Urville landed at Torpedo Bay in 1827 and the memorial to the arrival of the Tainui canoe from Hawaiki about 1300 AD can also be found there. This is an excellent bay to swim at during high tides and a popular place to launch boats. Windsor Reserve is the site of the formation of the New Zealand squadron of the Royal Navy in 1862. The 1924 War Memorial is adjacent to the Library. Outside the Devonport library is a memorial statue dedicated to the grateful remembrance of the men of Devonport who gave their lives in the Great World War 1914-1918. Mt Cambria Reserve is an attractively landscaped garden in the remains of Mt Cambria volcano which was quarried for scoria from 1883 to 1985. This beautiful reserve is located next to the Devonport Museum on 31A Vauxhall Rd. It’s an ideal location for walks, runs, and picnics with friends and family. Narrow Neck Beach is situated on the outskirts of Devonport, this smaller beach features a boat ramp for launching small craft, and is popular with sailing enthusiasts and locals alike. With parking close by, a children’s playground, on site barbecue facilities, and a small shop, Narrow Neck is the perfect destination for family picnics. Narrow Neck is 5 minutes drive from central Devonport by car or bus. The bus 813 can be taken from outside the ferry terminal.


Average Rating: 5
2 total reviews

Becs Munson
This cottage is gorgeous in every way! Location, furnishings, very clean and tidy, comfy, delicious bread for arrival, all amazing. Host and communication all good too. Thanks so much, would definitely stay again.
Response from Owner
THANKS BECS It was a pleasure to have your family there at the cottage. It was left perfectly so thank you for that as well. Rata is a special spot huh? Pleased all was tickety boo! :-)
This is an absolutely gorgeous three bedroom cottage, one street back from the beach with wonderful view of Rangitoto. The cottage was so lovely and comfortable and the very friendly and helpful owners provided everything we needed for our stay including fresh bread and fruit etc, beach towels and more. Thanks for a wonderful stay, we will definitely recommend it to friends.
Response from Owner
Thanks Natalie and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking such great care of the house and leaving it so tidy. All the best with your alterations. 😊



Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
1 Jan - 31 Mar $550 / Night for 2 guests$357 Nights
1 Apr - 31 May $550 / Night for 2 guests$355 Nights
1 Jun - 30 Sep $550 / Night for 2 guests$355 Nights
1 Oct - 31 Dec $550 / Night for 2 guests$355 Nights
Rest of year$550 / Night for 2 guests$355 Nights
1 Jan - 31 Mar
$550 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 7 Nights
1 Apr - 31 May
$550 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 5 Nights
1 Jun - 30 Sep
$550 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 5 Nights
1 Oct - 31 Dec
$550 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 5 Nights
Rest of year
$550 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 5 Nights
Rates are for 2 people.
Extra guests are charged at $35 per person per night.
Rates include all your linen
If you stay includes a public holiday then please ask as rates may vary.


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