Iona Studio

2 Iona Road, Okupu, Great Barrier Island
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

The house sleeps 2 , it has a super king size bed and a fold out couch. Set in native bush on Great Barrier Island , with a sea view to the west. It is 15 mins walk from a beautiful swimming beach , Blind Bay. It has a natural fresh water pool 5 mins walk into the forest. It is 10 mins drive to Kaitoke surf beach , shops and air port and hot pools track. The house has 2 big private sunny decks , a claw foot bath with shower, oven and stove top elements and griller. The toilet is a new flush toilet. There is a flat screen t.v and D.V.D player , 40 Litre electric fridge with ice tray , stereo , and lights . The house power is 12 volt from solar power , there is a small inverter for charging cell phones and lap tops. There is good cell phone reception but no wifi . It is available for short term rent all year round . It has a kent fire place with wet back. The hot water is also solar and gas heated , so it never runs out. It is a newly built house warm and sunny with a big skylight , ideal for an artist or writer. Have a look at photos on flickr to see the amazing beaches and hot pools.

Details and amenities

No kids
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Gas heating
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Fire wood supplied
Wood stove

Bed layout

1 Super King(s)


Average Rating: 5
4 total reviews

A beautiful bright house surrounded by lovely lush bush. A floating deck juts out into the trees and would be wonderful to lounge on in the summer. We had rain but even so, any sun that appeared came shinning through the generous windows and warmed the place up (the fire place helped at night, so good!) The amenities are basic but more than enough and are what you should expect for self-sustaining island living!(I only write this to avoid disappointment for those who may expect more). Check it out!
An amazing place to rest up Deborah catered for me very last minute and picked me up from the wharf and kindly took me to this airy, light, open, simple, extremely clean and obviously loved, in all the right ways, studio. She gave me details of all the local walks and nearby treasures and explained how the eco-systems of the home work, which will be novel for many but to be embraced by all - many a useful lesson and it was a delight to have so much natural light flow in (and so much warmth) that I didn't need to even look to turn lights on. Neat books, an unbelievable comfy bed and lovely artwork - all embedded in a thick forest, by the beach. Suited me perfectly and will come back again.
Deborah is a great host, she was really helpful organising a night at the backpackers first as I booked last minute. The place is tranquil and restful and has everything you need for a few days. NB there is no fridge and you need to take salt water ice in with you or take a camp fridge don't know how that would go in summer but it was ok once I found the ice at the fishing shop. The house is really warm and cosy no heater or fire needed and the surrounding bush and beaches are beautiful. I stayed for 3 nights it is safe and secure. The eco toilet was a bit of a shock as I didn't realise I would have to empty it each day? So if you are ok with no flush and no fridge you will love it. I will be back as all the great stuff about no frills living is worth the extra effort, it reminds you what simple living does for the soul. Byo tea towels FYI. And boil the water (didn't see that note until the end) so will bring a filter jug next time. All the locals are lovely and friendly and hiring a car for a couple of days is well worth it. Have a meal at the local sports and fishing club everyone is very welcoming. For fresh organic fruit eggs and vegies they will deliver if you contact them ahead of time, Caity Endt is the owner great to visit as well.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
All year$130 / Night for 1 guest$201 Night
All year$650 / Week for 2 guests1 Week
All year
$130 / Night for 1 guest
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 1 Night
All year
$650 / Week for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Week
The weekly rate is available from 1st June to August 31only .For the rest of the year the nightly rate applies .


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