Mulberry Grove Retreat

15 B Garden Road (Accessed Off Shoal Bay Road), Tryphena , Great Barrier Island
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

The private off the grid retreat, is situated ,within a 100 metres from the beach .Sea views through the Pohutakawa trees.Watch the Wood Pigeons and Kaka play.A stream is on the property with a small bush walk down to it. A modern architecturally designed kiwi Beach House ,with all weather conditions in mind . Alfresco style bedrooms opening onto covered deck , 2 bedrooms with Queen size beds ,with ocean views.Flat screen T.V wifi. Clean linen, and towels provided Within walking distance to Mulberry cafe,beach, 5 min drive to the Irish Pub, Grocery Store . Fishing rods , 2 man rowing dinghy with life jackets for guests to use. Stroll down the drive way to the beach on your door step, or wander over to the Irish pub for a meal and a drink. Your options are endless on the Barrier. We would recommend you stay at least a 6 to 7 nights, so you can relax and take in what the Aotea has to offer. Please get in touch if you have any questions about your Barrier stay.Children over 8 years old on request. ******************************************* *Feedback "we just loved the house, a lovely place to stay, we will be back" Mike and Wendy "we enjoyed our brief stay & will try to come back when we get time. The house was great - just as we expected" John and Tush " all good, we had a great time" Dave "just awesome, we could have stayed three weeks, the view was stunning, the beach on your doorstep was just awesome" Steve and Kate "We have stayed three times at the bach and loved each time, what an escape, we plan to come back again" Julian and Katherine " we loved the house so much , we will be back !" Dave and Sue ".....what an amazing stay, ....." Scott and Sally " We just loved the beach at the end of the driveway"...Scott and Sarah. "Its our fourth time staying at Barrier Bach!...." Bob and Christine ******************************************************************************************** The fine print! :-).................................................. You're about to visit a remote island, there is no mains power! This is what makes the Barrier so special. We have a small solar system that runs the fridge/freezer and the lights. You will have to charge stuff at the shop or cafe, cooking is by gas, as is hot water. So this means no hair dryers can be used!!!. *=all bookings minimum of two nights. Check in time 2pm, check out time 10am or by arrangement for late/early check in/out. The bach is very simple, we love it!, but its not a granite bench topped flash bach!. ************************************************* If you "book now" please ensure you make contact with us about keys etc for the house before you go! ************************************************* still need convincing..... Much of Great Barrier Island's coast is worthy of a cinematographer's attention. Origin of name: Maori called it Aotea, after one of the early migration waka. In 1769, Captain Cook sailed by and renamed it on account of the barrier it forms between Hauraki Gulf and the open sea. Population: 852 (2006 census). Where is it: 90km north-east of central Auckland, 19km north of Coromandel Peninsula, in the outer Hauraki Gulf. It's the fourth largest of New Zealand's islands with a land mass of 285sq km. Getting there: Take the Sealink ferry, with or without the car. Or you can fly, or sail your own boat there. The island's slogan: It's not that sort of island. Although it could be "Next Stop Chile". Fancy this: The Pigeongram Service started on the Barrier after the Wairarapa was wrecked off the coast in 1894. With no way to send word until the next boat arrived, the isolation was keenly felt and, 18 months later, the Pigeon Post, a world first, was in operation, Each pigeon carried up to five lightweight letters per trip, and the service flew until 1908 when a telephone line was connected from Coromandel. Most famous local: One of Al Capone's old cars worked out its last years on the island, operating as a taxi. Early industry: Gold, silver and copper mining, whaling and kauri felling all made their marks on the heritage of Barrier. The island was also the home of the country's first commercial bee-keeping operation. Biggest industries: Farming, fishing and tourism. Source of pride: The community, everyone is on board and everyone is on a board. If you live here you get involved. Town competitions: Barrier Blokes' Day is said to be a hoot. There are also fishing competitions, a golf tournament and the Wharf-to-Wharf Marathon in October is well run. Best reason to stop: Because you've probably never been there before. Best place for kids: Mermaid Pools at Sugarloaf. These natural pools fill at high tide, warming up in the daytime sun so, by low tide, they're perfect for a dip, or for hunting for crabs and little fish. Best place for a drink: Currach, the Irish Bar, at Tryphena. Claris Golf Club and the Claris Sports Club are also beaut for a bevy. Best food: Claris Sports Club, open Thursday to Sunday. Ang Sana Thai (bookings essential) is yum and in summer there's The Burger Shack on Sanderson Rd. Some of the posher lodges and B&Bs do fine dining. Great Barrier Lodge does delicious food and stunning views. Best flat white: Claris Texas Cafe or the Wild Rose Cafe on Mulberry Grove in Tryphena. Best museum: Medlands Museum. The Milk, Honey and Grain Museum in Claris, Gray's Museum in Awana and Young's Museum in Okupu, Barrier Museum on Kaitoke Rd. Make a day of it and see them all. Best Art Gallery: Aotea Community Arts Centre, near Claris airport, has something by every artist on the island - there are many artists on the island and lots of lovely galleries. Best walk: The walking is so excellent there's a festival each year - The best hike is up Mt Hobson, a four-hour round trip, and it's 621m high, so you need reasonable fitness. For a more sedate walk, Windy Canyon at the base of Mt Hobson is nice, although prepare for lots of stairs. The Kaitoke Hot Springs walk is gentle through beautiful bush, and you can wallow in warm water once you're there. Best view: From the top of Mt Hobson, also known as Hirakimata, which translates as "the mountain that is visible to the eye from a wide area". Best place to pull over: Sugarloaf, the ridge between Kaitoke and Medlands. There's a long stretch of white sandy beach there that you could easily mistake for paradise. Best facilities: The island is blessed with loads of long drops with views. One local gentleman boasts that, when horse treks pass his ablutions block, it adds another dimension to their tours. Best playground: The island's wonderful beaches. All you will need is your imagination. Best shop: The Island Emporium is the island's first, newest, and only department store. Quirky and super well stocked. Best swim: Okupu or Lion Bay. If you're lucky you'll see dolphins. Or Harataonga, where Survivor was shot. It's like a picture postcard. Kaitoke Hot Springs. Wildlife: Crayfish, kiwi, kereru and kaka are everywhere. Kaitoke bird sanctuary is bursting with life. Also excellent: Surfing, horse trekking and fishing are all good value. You should know: The island has no reticulated electricity. Locals use mainly solar and wind, so bring a torch. Leave unnecessary electrical devices at home. Fancy this: There are no ATMs, and although most outlets have eftpos, do bring cash. Practical advice: If you bring your car, give it a good wash when you get home, because the salt spray from the ferry will demolish it. Locals say: What took you so long? Visitors say: What took us so long?

Details and amenities

Kids: please enquire
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

2 Queen(s), 2 Queen(s)

Special Amenities

Everything is on your doorstep. Come and explore or just relax

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Tryphena, fishing, walking, cafe, irish pub........medlands......kauri dams.......


Average Rating: 5
7 total reviews

Mike Scott
We would very much recommend this property. We slept 3 adult couples and found the layout with the large deck framing the lovely seaview's excellent. There were kakas in the trees everyday and banded rails sneaked on to the deck looking for crumbs. A lovely peaceful retreat ina beautiful setting.
Great base for your GBI Adventures. Ample parking for boat, great fishing to be had close by and good ramp/beach for launching 30 seconds along the road :) :) :)
Bach is well located and comfortable. However, WARNING: Linen included means bed linen ONLY which we were only told about a week from our stay. We also had to agree to a list of terms and conditions - also only told about a few days before our stay and well after we had transferred all the money. Both these things should be made clear before ANY money has changed hands. Ensure that you have clear directions to the bach as it is not in Garden Rd and there is nothing on Shoal Bay Rd to indicate where it is. Despite these we enjoyed our week on the Barrier although the solar system is not adequate for the size of the bach..
Response from Owner
Hi GranNo1, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback. I'll reply to each one of your points. 1. No towels provided?. We simply can't supply towels for guests, sometimes we have up to 8 people staying at the Bach. Because you booked so far in advance l didn't send you the standard booking sheet that states bed linen only provided. So , sorry about that. To be fair we did have a conversation a week before you left for the barrier to say we didn't provide towels. 2. Terms and conditions?. Yes we ask all guests to agrree, that they will look after the house. I don't think this is unreasonable and we have never had any other guest complain . 3.Directions?. Holiday insist we have the actual legal address. The house has access off Shoal Bay road. The directions clearly say that house is accessed via Shoal Bay road. I give all guests detailed maps of how to find the house from the airport and from the wharf. I'm sorry you had difficulty finding the house. 4. Solar system? As the holiday website clearly says this is not a flash Bach, it says clearly the house has a small power system. The system is more than capable of running the house lights and the house fridge. The oven and hot water are gas powered. I'm glad you had a nice stay and thanks again for posting feedback.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
3 Feb - 8 Feb $350 / Night for 4 guests$504 Nights
9 Feb - 30 Mar $275 / Night for 3 guests$503 Nights
28 Dec - 6 Jan $500 / Night for 4 guests4 Nights
Rest of year$500 / Night for 4 guests4 Nights
3 Feb - 8 Feb
$350 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 4 Nights
9 Feb - 30 Mar
$275 / Night for 3 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 3 Nights
28 Dec - 6 Jan
$500 / Night for 4 guests
Min. stay: 4 Nights
Rest of year
$500 / Night for 4 guests
Min. stay: 4 Nights

A cleaning fee $50




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