Kākā Ridge Retreat B&B - views, privacy Tāwharanui Peninsula Matakana

897 Takatu Road, Tawharanui Peninsula, Matakana
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About this Holiday House

Magnificent sea and native bush views an hour north of Auckland on the Tawharanui Peninsula. On a coastal ridge, Kaka Ridge Retreat is a two-room cottage offering you the ultimate in privacy and tranquility. We’re five minutes from Tawharanui Regional Park and only 15 minutes from the Matakana Village weekend farmers’ market, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and a cinema complex. Rest, seclusion and luxury are all yours on the Tawharanui Peninsula at Matakana. Soak up the morning or afternoon sun, enjoy romantic sunsets or star gaze to your heart’s content with no city lights to dim the Milky Way. Situated on a coastal ridge with sweeping views, Kaka Ridge Retreat is a hidden treasure. The 60 square metre cottage boasts a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom, a laundry, decks on three sides, an outdoor bath and a pretty cottage garden, and is designed to provide you with the ultimate getaway. The luxurious bedroom is French country chic with a super comfortable king bed and premium sheets to ensure you’re well rested. Your bedroom looks across a gently sloping lawn directly at a huge stand of covenanted native bush, home to many NZ birds. This is a bird lover’s paradise: tui, kereru, kaka, ruru, piwakawaka, kotare, kakariki and korimako often come to the edge of the decks and into the gardens. If you are lucky at dusk you will see a flock of kaka flying overhead or ruru in the trees catching their puriri moth dinner. From your living room you have a stunning view of the sea – a 180 vista including near and far islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Kawau seems only a stone’s throw away, while Waiheke and Rangitoto are visible in the distance. On a clear day, you can even see the Auckland Sky Tower peeping over the horizon. This retro styled room is relaxingly comfortable and includes a small dining area plus fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave / convection oven, nespresso machine, sandwich maker in lieu of a kitchen with a BBQ tucked under the veranda outside; everything you need for the delicious continental breakfast we provide, or to put together a simple meal. For dinner, we highly recommend you try one of the many wonderful local restaurants. A laundry and storage room off the living area provides facilities for washing dishes as well as clothes and generous supplies of additional towels and other items you might need. It’s a strange claim to fame but our visitors have said that we have the best “loo with a view” in New Zealand. The bathroom feels as though it’s totally immersed in the bush canopy. Kaka Ridge Retreat truly does offer an exceptional escape experience. It would be hard to better this coastal getaway, its expansive views, country location or its ease of access to all the attractions of the Matakana area.

Details and amenities

No kids
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 King(s)

Special Amenities

Magnificent close sea and native bush views, truly restful and secluded environment on a coastal ridge, one hour north of Auckland, on the Tawharanui Peninsula at Matakana, a bedroom, a living room, bathroom, laundry, decks on three sides, a pretty cottage garden, large native garden creating privacy from main house.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Fifteen minutes to Matakana Village which hosts a weekend farmers’ market, vintage market, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and a cinema complex. Many vineyards and art galleries in the surrounding area. Three km from Tawharanui Regional Park bird sanctuary and marine reserve. Goat Island is only 25 minutes away for snorkeling or viewing marine life from the glass bottom boat or clear kayaks.


Average Rating: 5
8 total reviews

Paul Gibson
This was a very lovely place to stay - John and Katherine were very welcoming - the cottage was nicely provisioned and very comfortable - the native reserve neighbouring was terrific with the bird habitat - and the sea view from the outdoor bath was spectacular - lovely and quiet and private
Karen Allchorne
We have to say, what a beautiful spot! Katherine and John are the best hosts. The studio is gorgeous, so comfortable we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s such a warm place to stay in the wInter time. We can’t recommend it enough, you won’t be disappointed.
My husband and I stayed at Kākā Ridge Retreat in January 2019, and our 2-night stay was just perfect! The place is stunning, it's only about 20 mins drive from a little local town with its markets, cafes and restaurants. However, you arrive to the retreat and you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere, among native bush with native birds singing day and night :)! The accommodation is stylish and luxurious, with a hint of retro feeling, it has everything you need and even a bit more... Katherine and John are super-hosts, attentive and accommodating. Total serenity and relaxation for the entire duration of our stay. We'll go back there for sure!
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$395 / Night for 2 guests2 Nights
All year
$395 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rate includes continental breakfast and cleaning.




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