Oke Bay Lodge

This is a 140 year old, two storey, historic homestead which is located right at the beginning (literally) of the Cape Brett walking track.  Start by clicking on the picture of the Lodge on the left of the screen, and then watch a video.

All you need to do is walk out the front door and onto the track.

Oke Bay Lodge photo of the Lodge-3

The Lodge is also by far the best location available in Rawhiti if you want close proximity to Oke Bay which is Kiri Te Kanawa’s favourite beach.

Drone shot of two beaches Nick photoSM2

This shows the beaches on both sides

North side of the lodge

Her holiday house not far away. Click here to check out Kiri’s holiday house.

Oke Bay beach

Oke Bay beach

Oke Bay Lodge has a new kitchen and three new tiled bathrooms.

downstairs bathroom off kitchen

One of the bathrooms downstairs

slipper bath photo

The slipper bath in the upstairs bathroom

In total there are 2 new showers, a slipper bath, mains pressure hot and cold water, 3 flush toilets, stove, microwave, two fridges, a freezer and two open fires.  The new kitchen has all the essentials (in terms of pots and pans, bowls, glasses/cups and cutlery), phone (from which you can make unlimited toll calls to national landlines, but not calls to cell phones or international calls please), wireless broadband, boat ramp down the road, a proper mooring outside the lodge for a boat, sky TV via the internet, auto washing machine etc.The 

It’s clean and dry.  You’ll love the sun, the views, and the feeling of privacy and isolation.

The kitchen

It’s best described as a character large-classic-kiwi bach, ideal for kids and large families or reunions and weddings.

In total, there are beds for 10 people at present. Extras can sleep in tents on the big font lawn. Upstairs there is a double bed in two rooms, a queen in another, and a set of bunks in another. Downstairs there is a set of bunks in one room, and a couch that unfolds and turns into a comfortable double bed in the lounge.

Enjoy the open fires during winter. These use bio fuel so there is no mess or fuss with wood. On the those mid-winter days, the Lodge will be toasty and cosy!

The SPECIAL feature of this property is that there is a beach on both sides (an Isthmus) so you’ll get breathtaking views. If it’s windy on one side, you’ll get perfect tranquility on the other.

Oke Bay showing track in relation to Lodge

Oke Bay is world class with incredible diving, safe swimming and fishing and it’s only one minute from the Lodge.

Take a swim before or after your tramp.

Dolphins frequently visit this bay, so if you strike it lucky, you’ll be swimming amongst them.


There is off street parking for up to 8 cars. To do this, you’ll have to be organised and plan carefully where each car will park on the available space.

You’ll also have no neighbours as a trust owns the land on both sides.  The house sits in a sun trap pocket of native bush.

The Lodge is 3 hours from Auckland (i.e. It’s 2 hours from Auckland to Whangarei, and 1 hour from Whangarei to Oke Bay).

When you stay at the Lodge, you’ll have it all to yourselves, even if you are a small group.

Cost for larger groups 

To stay at the Lodge varies.  It depends how many are in your group.  Click here to find out about costs.  You’ll be asked for a $500 bond which is refundable at the end of your stay.

On top of the cost of staying at the Lodge, the walking track is $30. To stay at the Doc Hutt at Cape Brett is $15.  The water taxi to take you from Cape Brett back to Oke Bay Lodge on the Sunday is $50 per person with a minimum charge of $250. The Oke Bay part of the Cape Brett track is private land which costs $5 to walk. 

All up for a Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night scenario the cost per person in a group of 20 would be as follows: Oke Bay Lodge.  3 nights @ $100 per person per night  Total $300 ;  Walking track $30; DOC Hutt at Cape Brett $15; water taxi  $50. Oke Bay walking fee $5.

TOTAL: $400 per person.

Sometimes trampers don’t want to tramp from Oke Bay to Cape Brett with their packs.  In this case, the trampers set off on Saturday morning for Cape Brett.  They leave their packs on the back deck of the Lodge. These are picked up by the boat during the day, and delivered to the Cape about 4pm on Saturday, which is about when the trampers would arrive there if they have been walking all day.   To have your packs delivered in this way would be another $50 per person (i.e. $182.50 + $50 = $232.50) , with a minimum charge of $250.

The DOC Hutt and walking track fees are half price for children under 15.

To book the Lodge and water taxi, phone/text Julian on 0274764430 or email Julian@esisite.com

To book the track and Cape Brett Doc Hut, click here.

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Author: Julian Batchelor

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