This is a 120 year old, two storey, historic homestead which is located right at the beginning (literally) of the Cape Brett walking track.
All you need to do is walk out the front door and onto the track!
The Lodge is also by far the best location available in Rawhiti if you want close proximity to Oke Bay (Kiri Te Kanawa’s favourite beach) and the track.
Her holiday house not far away. Click here to check out Kiri’s holiday house.
Oke Bay Lodge is in the process of being restored, so if you don’t mind some evidence of this around the place, you’ll be fine.
In spite of this, it’s very liveable. It has a new kitchen and three new tiled bathrooms. In total there are 2 new showers, a bath, mains pressure hot and cold water, 3 flush toilets, stove, microwave, two fridges, a freezer. 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.
It’s clean and dry. You’ll love the sun, the views, and the feeling of privacy and isolation!
It’s best described as a large-classic-kiwi bach, ideal for kids and large families who don’t want 5 star and who want to relax and not have to worry about damaging anything.
CAN SLEEP UP TO 23 PEOPLE!
In total, there are beds for 12 people at present. 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.
There are mattresses for a further 16 people (150mm thick and covered so they are not ‘budget’) for extras. If there are even more people coming to stay, there is a double airbed and a single airbed. We’ve tried to cater for 23 people (it’s very tight though!) since the DOC hut at Cape Brett only sleeps 23 as well. There are pop tents of anyone wants to sleep outside on the lawn.
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. Very cool!
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. We ask group to pay 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.
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 @ $35 Total $105 ; Walking track $30; DOC Hutt at Cape Brett $15; water taxi $50.
Sometimes tramper 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.