Esther's Cottage, Waimarama

58 Airini Road, Waimarama, Havelock North
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Enjoy Waimarama in this large, self-contained beach holiday home with breathtaking views along Waimarama surf beach to Cape Kidnappers. Built new in 2011, with 5 bedrooms sleeping 10 on two levels, the home features a large open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area opening onto a deck overlooking a reserve and the beach. It has been designed to cope with the bustle of family groups and yet it also suits a couple or two looking for a quiet retreat. The two dining tables with inside/outside options make it ideal for a small business retreat. Please note this in our family holiday house, not a commercial enterprise and we wish to treat our neighbours with respect so this is NOT A PARTY HOUSE. The two upstairs bedrooms each open onto a balcony and share a large bathroom with shower, bath and toilet. One of these rooms has twin king singles combining to a super-king double bed. The other upstairs room is a queen. The ground level has three inside bedrooms plus an enclosed veranda room. One has twin singles combining to a King double. The next is a queen double. The large bunk-room has three double bunks plus a roll-away single (i.e. sleeps six singles). The veranda room can be enclosed or open to the sounds of the sea and has a standard double bed. It has a more rustic camping feel. The main ground level bathroom has an accessible shower, bath and toilet. Stay cosy in winter with double glazing, a woodburner and new heatpump installed 2021.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen provided
No smoking
Accessibility: please enquire
Heating & cooling
Air Conditioning
Fire place
Heat pump
Cot Available
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor Shower

Bed layout

2 King/Twin, 2 Queen(s), 3 Double Bunk(s), 1 Double(s), 1 Trundler bed(s)

Special Amenities

Set two houses back from absolute beachfront with views over a grassy reserve, the beach, the ever changing Puhokio stream mouth and Cape Kidnappers in the distance. The reserve becomes an extension for kids to run amok, play volleyball etc. Esther's Cottage replaces the original World War 1 period classic bach purchased by our family in the 1920s. It has hosted generations of the immediate family, relations and friends. In replacing it we have tried to keep some of the original character while bringing in more modern comforts to make it a year-round retreat. This includes plenty of veranda space overlooking the beach and an enclosable veranda area so you can sleep in the semi-open, listening to the surf when the weather suits. A hot water outside shower is heaven after a session on the beach. SMART TV internet connected. No SKY sorry so you'd need MySky account. High speed fibre (50mb up / 30mb down) and WiFi. Mobile coverage is also pretty good for portable hotspot working from your own device.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

The vast Waimarama beach is the main attraction, offering swimming, fishing, surfing, skimboarding and endless walks. If you have your own boat there is a charged and a free beach launching area at the south end of the beach. Kontikis are also workable northwards up the beach. The Puhokio stream estuary in front of the house is a fun kids' fishing spot where bait-catchers can keep little kids entertained for hours. The Karamea walk skirts the rocky coast to the south to the volcanic "Red Island" outcrop, accessible at low tide and taking a 1/2 to full day return. Waimarama Maori Tours offers an authentic insight into local heritage and indigenous Maori culture. Maraetotara Falls (15 minutes drive inland) is a lovely streamside swimming hole with a rope swing and dam-jumps for the brave. This Maraetotara loop drive also offers amazing views over limestone outcrops down to the coast and connects to Mohi Bush Walk and Wairunga 9 hole farm golf course. For foodies, within 20-30 minutes drive there are world-class winery restaurants, roadside orchard, berry and vege stalls, Rush Munro's ice cream garden and the weekly farmers market. At Waimarama itself, the local store sells most essential supplies and does great fish & chips. For more adventure, Hawke's Bay has some of the best easy cycletrails in the country including coastal, riverside and winecountry trails. For singletrack mountainbiking, Eskdale MTB Park is about 50 minutes to 1 hour's drive north past Napier, (you need to join HB MTB Cub on-line for access). There are also some advanced MTB trails and walks on the side of Te Mata Peak, closer at Havelock North. The lookout here is a must-do providing the iconic HB view. Splashplanet in Hastings is a summer water park with other rides making a great family day out. Also try Birdwood classic lolly shop and sculpture garden near Havelock North, the National Aquarium and HB Museum Theatre Gallery, Art Deco Walks and Marine Parade in Napier which includes an extensive skate/scooter park.


Average Rating: 5
23 total reviews

Tania B
We had a fantasic break away in the MacIntyre's beautiful family bach, a home away from home. Had everything we could possibly need for our week long stay, lovely and clean and lots of space with great proximity to the fantastic Waimarama beach, so grateful you make your home available for others to enjoy.
Mandy Pedersen
Loved the vista from the open plan living room. Plenty of room for guests to relax indoors and outdoors. Very pleased with the ample resources for cooking and dining. Thanks MacIntyre's.
Jen C
What a fantastic property. We used this for a group of 9 ladies for a Mum’s getaway but would be great for families as well. It was perfect in every way. Practically beachfront, with easy access to the beach, views from upstairs and the deck. Close to the shops if you need anything. The house has everything you need. So well thought out and everything is labelled with easy to follow instructions. What a fabulous holiday home. Thanks for having us. We’ll be back. Jen & co
Response from Owner
Thanks Jen for the lovely feedback. C19 has seen more kiwi friend groups and families escaping to Waimarama outside the usual peak summer holiday which is awesome to see. Glad you had a nice time and hope to see you back.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
1 Apr - 30 Nov $450 / Night for 6 guests$502 Nights
22 Dec - 30 Jan $600 / Night for 6 guests$505 Nights
Rest of year$500 / Night for 6 guests$502 Nights
1 Apr - 30 Nov
$450 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 2 Nights
22 Dec - 30 Jan
$600 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 5 Nights
Rest of year
$500 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 2 Nights
NOTE: Linen hire and cleaning is now included in the rates.
Minimum stay 2 nights at all times except for Waitangi Day, ANZAC, Easter, Queen's Birthday & Labour Weekends which have minimum 3 night stay; and Christmas to late January has minimum 5 night stay unless there is only availability for shorter stays. Any booking that includes Boxing day must commence on or before 24 December.
The "Rest of Year" (April-October) rate excludes Waitangi, Easter, ANZAC, Queens Birthday and Labour Weekends which are $600 per night for up to 6 people plus $50 per extra person.
Booking & Payment Policy:
When the client wishes to confirm a tentative booking, we will email a brief rental agreement.
The booking is confirmed on acceptance of the rental agreement and receipt of a deposit of 50% of the total booking cost, due within 3 working days, otherwise the dates are released.
The balance is due two weeks before the booked arrival date, therefore any booking made within 2 weeks of the stay requires 100% payment.
The booking will be cancelled if the balance is not paid by the due date, in which case the following cancellation policy applies.
Cancellation policy:
50% of the total cost of the booking will be charged if cancelled within:
• 45 days of a stay during 24 Dec – 30 Jan or Easter
• 14 days of a stay during any other time.
If cancelled within 7 days of a stay then 100% of the total cost of the booking will be charged.
All refunds will be subject to a $50 administration fee.

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