Our spectacular lightning! Sometimes it strikes over the islands out at sea or even further away, lighting up the distant horizon like explosions. Other times it is directly above us and slashes down our entire five meter high windowpanes. That’s when the thunder is so loud it is terrifying.
Cathy is fond of 1960s furniture with slender legs; the can chair came from an Upper Hutt second-hand store.
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A good bach should always have…A couple of hammocks and a tree for shade.What’s your best BBQ meal?Jacket potatoes in foil and corn cobs in their husks can’t be beaten. Cooked in a bed of embers, they epitomise the taste of summer.What do you do in the evenings?We listen to music, moreporks and watch the night sky, of course not every evening, but surprisingly often.What do you do on a wet day?We bake, read, play cards, surf the net.
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday Shoulder Season 30-Apr-18 to 30-Apr-18 $275+/night $275+/night For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Low Season 01-May-18 to 31-May-18 $225+/night $225+/night For up to 4 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $15/night; 2 night minimum stay Public holiday weekend 01-Jun-18 to 03-Jun-18 $400/night $400/night 3 night minimum stay Low Season 04-Jun-18 to 05-Jul-18 $225+/night $225+/night For up to 4 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $15/night; 2 night minimum stay Shoulder Season 06-Jul-18 to 21-Jul-18 $275+/night $275+/night For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Low Season 22-Jul-18 to 31-Aug-18 $225+/night $225+/night For up to 4 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $15/night; 2 night minimum stay Shoulder Season 01-Sep-18 to 18-Oct-18 $275+/night $275+/night For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Public holiday weekend 19-Oct-18 to 21-Oct-18 $400/night $400/night 3 night minimum stay Shoulder Season 22-Oct-18 to 30-Oct-18 $275+/night $275+/night For up to 4 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Spring 31-Oct-18 to 30-Nov-18 $315+/night $315+/night For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Peak Season 01-Dec-18 to 25-Dec-18 $400+/night $400+/night For up to 6 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay New Year 2018/19 26-Dec-18 to 06-Jan-19 $800/night $800/night 7 night minimum stay Peak summer season 07-Jan-19 to 28-Feb-19 $500/night $500/night 2 night minimum stay Peak Season 01-Mar-19 to 31-Mar-19 $400+/night $400+/night For up to 6 people.
Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $25/night; 2 night minimum stay Default Tariff 01-Apr-19 to 18-Apr-19 $500/night $500/night 2 night minimum stay Public holiday weekends 19-Apr-19 to 22-Apr-19 $450/night $450/night 3 night minimum stay Default Tariff 23-Apr-19 to 30-May-19 $500/night $500/night 2 night minimum stay Public holiday weekend 31-May-19 to 02-Jun-19 $400/night $400/night 3 night minimum stay Default Tariff 03-Jun-19 to 30-Jul-19 $500/night $500/night 2 night minimum stay
Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $125.00 per stay (required)
Most of the neighbours are from Auckland, says Grant: “They hop in the car on a Friday night… go back on Sunday night. For us, it’s a 10-hour drive so we always stay a minimum of 10 days.”
We’d recommend Driving Creek Café. It is 35 minutes away, but features a sheltered verandah that overlooks a semi-tropical garden. It’s vegetarian, staffed by young international travellers and the food has never disappointed us.
Cathy has relied on colour to create mood and the feeling of distinct rooms within the open-plan living areas.
“There is nothing between you and the end of the bed and the view,” Grant says.
For a start, there’s the drive required to reach their Tuateawa property from their Wellington home – a 10-hour car journey, the last section on a winding gravel road.
Grant Lawrey and Cathy Leniston’s bach faces Great Mecury Island, also known as Ahuahu. The home is known as a “split box bach” because of the divide in the roof, which helps with rainwater collection.
“If you run out of milk, you have to have black coffee till one of your neighbours is going to town, 40 minutes away,” Grant says.What do you love about the spot that you’re in?We love our views; the panorama of sea, sky and surrounding native bush. The ever changing ocean keeps us enthralled.What’s the first thing you do when you get to the bach?We put the kettle on and walk straight out onto the ‘jetty’ deck.What are your bach rules?Leave the city behind. Leave the bach as you found it.How do you encourage guests to feel relaxed?We dawdle through the day with long lunches and siestas. Then it’s off to the beach for a late afternoon swim.
*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.
Tuteawa Bay offers kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and high-tide swimming.
Special conditions: Each stay incurs a $120 charge for quality linen, towels and exit clean so you have nothing to do but relax, refresh and enjoy. WIFI is not unlimited as unfortunately we can’t get this in the bay & hence we request that guests limit their use of it. No parties or events We are on tank water, please conserve water. Firewood supplied during winter & replenished subject to availability. Smoking strictly outside. Max two boats per group unless otherwise agreed due to parking restrictions
The dining room overlooks tui, bellbird, ruru and even the odd rifleman, which flit between the branches of the pohutukawa tree. The table is a TradeMe find.
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If bach ownership were a sport, the Grant Lawrey and Cathy Leniston team could claim a “most dedicated player” award.
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We most enjoy kayaking when the sea is calm and clear. Often we startle eagle rays or fish basking in the shallows.
After looking at $700 spouting systems for their bath, the couple commissioned metalworkers in Lower Hutt to custom-build and chrome-plate a pipe; it cost $150.
Not the cook but the outlook from the kitchen bench distracts from the chore.
Come and stay at The Cottage in Ruffins Bay for an unforgettable and magical experience. This sublimely cool beach house has all the makings of a beach front retreat that will ensure that you, your friends and family create memories that will last a lifetime.The cottage shares the bay with only 6 other houses which gives you the space and privacy to relax and unwind during your holiday.Step outside the front door and have Ruffins Bay beach just metres away from you. Perhaps launch your boat at the private boat ramp or enjoy using the large beach front lawn for a picnic or game of cricket . The beach is really safe for swimming and kids have so much space to run around. As the sun goes down, the deck is the perfect place to be for happy hour and spending some quality time with those who you have come to Ruffins Bay with.The house boasts 4 large bedrooms with luxe linens and comfy beds, a modern kitchen, large open plan living and dining and wonderful indoor / outdoor flow complete with an expansive deck that is perfect for soaking up the view, and cooking your catch of the day on the BBQ. There is also a modern bathroom and second lounge area which is a great place to send the kids to hang out if you want a bit of peace and quiet.To top things off there is a dishwasher, full laundry facilities, bluetooth audio, Sky TV and WIFI, however the cottage is the type of place where you put your phone away, forget about the chores and enjoy a kiwi holiday the way that they used to be.There are also two sit on kayaks plus life jackets that guests can use to explore the beautiful bay.Coromandel Town is only five minutes drive away for fantastic Restaurants, Cafes and Shopping. The cottage has been in our family for three generations and we love to share the very special Ruffins Bay experience so please come and stay!We have a port a cot and high chair available for guest use.
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Decking on both sides of the house allows the owners to duck out of the wind.
Cathy uses the orange-trimmed caravan as a studio for her landscape design; it is stocked with plant-related books.
The couple slowly added carefully selected pieces of art to the house, starting with a photo of their beloved pohutukawa.
8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 5 Beds 1 Bathrooms Kids ok No Pets No smoking Best Hospitality 2013 Description Stunning location right on the beach front in a private bay Located in an amazing private private bay Fantastic location for a holiday, create memories that will last a lifetime
But the long journey is worth it when the destination is an architecturally designed glass and timber home on the north-eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. It sits on a remote headland backed by forest park and a kiwi sanctuary, with a rough track leading down to a stony bay ideal for kayaking and high-tide swimming.
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