Watchman House - Karekare

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About this Holiday House

Located atop the iconic Watchman's Ridge at Karekare beach, this house provides an authentic west coast experience. A family home designed in the 1960's by landscape architect Harry Turbott, this unique house is made from reclaimed kauri and other native timber. It features an open plan interior. The spot has expansive sea views that encompass the surrounding coastal hills. A separate secluded studio nestles against the house overlooking the dunes and ocean. Whether you are in need of a quiet escape, a base for local tramping expeditions or that classic holiday at the beach, Watchman House has something for everyone. It is just a 7-minute walk to the water’s edge. This is a west coast big surf beach with exhilarating summer swimming. The beach is patrolled weekends by the surf life-saving club (Labour weekend to Easter) and all week during the summer holidays for those who want to get on a boogie board or take a dip. Multiple surf breaks are found along this coast. Karekare is a great location to hunt swell, with Piha right next door and Bethells Beach further north up the coast. Watchman House is an ideal base for trampers to explore the Waitakere Ranges. It is close to the recently opened Comans and Ahu Ahu loop tracks and an easy walk to the Karekare Falls. Come and explore the fabulous natural environment. There is a cafe, dairy, art gallery and EV charging station at Piha (10 mins drive). The nearest supermarket and petrol is in Henderson (30 mins drive). Access to this secluded home is a 2-minute walk uphill on a well graded and formed path from your car. One queen bed and one single bed are located in the main house with the other queen bed in the studio. The kitchen has an oven, gas stove top, dishwasher, fridge and fridge/freezer. Spark mobile coverage only. Wifi broadband is available. There is a TV screen that can be connected to devices by HDMI cable. No parties please.

Details and amenities

Kids: please enquire
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Washing Machine
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture
Wood stove

Bed layout

2 Queen(s), 1 Single(s)

Special Amenities

Limited Spark coverage but no other mobile coverage. Broadband Wifi available. TV screen that can be connected to other devices by HDMI cable.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Local activities include swimming, surfing, walking. Cafe, art gallery and dairy at Piha (10mins drive). EV charging at Piha Cafe. Nearest supermarket and petrol at Henderson (30mins drive). No public transport.


Average Rating: 5
6 total reviews

Daniel & Rosemary Smith & Eagles
Great house, loads of character, superb for all year renting. Prime location. We had an awesome time.
Response from Owner
We recommend Rosemary and friends as they were great guests. They left the house very clean and tidy.
Laraine and Gary
We loved staying here last autumn and couldn't wait to return in the summer. Karekare is stunning and thanks so much for allowing us the opportunity to stay in your wonderful house. Spectacular views, great reads, very comfortable with lots of personal touches.
Response from Owner
Laraine and Gary where fantastic guests. They were very respectful of our family holiday home and left it very clean and tidy.
Fiona Lamont
We loved this amazing home and appreciated the lovely touches of flowers and fresh cut herbs and veges. We kept warm with the log fire in the evening. We had dramatic weather including wind and rain for our stay but enjoyed every wild moment. I really loved the spectacular Coman's track which is starts nearby. We appreciated the well organised information provided by Christopher and Angela. Thank you for an amazing stay in Watchman house.
Response from Owner
Hi Fiona. Its great that you enjoyed your stay and it was great having you. Thank you for leaving the house so tidy.
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
1 Nov - 31 Mar $220 / Night for 5 guests2 Nights
Rest of year$195 / Night for 5 guests2 Nights
1 Nov - 31 Mar
$220 / Night for 5 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rest of year
$195 / Night for 5 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
Discount for extended stays by negotiation.




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