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XSPOT cliff-top eco-holiday apartment for two 4WD

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 2)

“2013 Gold Winner Golden Piwa" BEST IN ECO-FRIENDLY!

It's blissful! A relaxing adventure!

Looking for peace, quiet, solitude?

This light and modern apartment on Great Barrier Island provides just that, and has sweeping 270 degree panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf.

Walk in and become part of the view. Take a seat on the comfy couch or a deck chair and gaze at the ever-changing views over the water. Or amble a few meters through the long grass, sit down on a rock and relax, hear the waves break on the rocks below. Spot a sting ray.

The apartment is self-contained with its own entrance and hallway. It is attached to our home, from where we, if required, can assist with tips on things to do on island, and solar and firewood systems.

Keep an eye out for diving dolphins, whales working schools of fish, gannets graciously gliding past at eye-height and cray fisherman checking their pots.

You may occasionally have to check that your book is still in your lap and that your drink is still at hand, but you may completely forget about them, too.

Once you're totally relaxed, you could go and explore the island, or have a splash in the shared unheated swimming pool with views!

The unheated swimming pool with a view is available for a splash in summer.

This remote 4WD location is perfect for a honeymoon! Don't forget to ask about our Good Heavens stargazing special for couples!

The 80m2 apartment is spacious and has one master bedroom with ensuite and a walk in wardrobe to store your gear.

Book an extra few days if you are in doubt.. Most of our guests say they are sorry they didn't stay for longer. It is just soo relaxing.

4WD access only! Bring your own on the ferry or rent one through Claris rentals.

Travel to the Barrier by sea on the Sealink ferry, or fly with either Flymysky or Barrier Air. Helipad available close by.

Extras must be booked in advance and are subject to availability.

Special conditions:

This clifftop apartment has has amazing views but is not necessarily suitable for toddlers. They are welcome with tight supervision.

Our alternative power system is sturdy but cannot cope with an overload. Electric appliances creating heat (hairdryers, -straighteners, toasters, rice cookers, etc.) are very hard on our batteries. Please do not bring them. Phone chargers, etc. are fine.

Please leave the property as you found it or pay $100 extra for cleaning.

Extras: End Clean (Optional, NZ$100.00 per stay); Linen (included); Car Rental (Optional, NZ$90.00 per night); Maps of the island, with lots of great ideas for exploration (included); Private Dark Sky Experience on site, 1.5 hrs (Optional, NZ$250.00 per stay); Dining with the Stars for two, 2-2.5 hrs (Optional, NZ$350.00 per stay); Fishing charter, Hooked on Barrier (Optional, NZ$150.00 per person); Dark Sky Experience Group, Look up and Get Lost, Medlands or Tryphena (Optional, NZ$90.00 per person); Return Flight Auckland - Claris (Optional, NZ$240.00 per person); Barrier Bliss Package, Cosson Park Retreat, 3.5 hrs (Optional, NZ$350.00 per person); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About HildeH

Hilde came to Great Barrier Island from the Netherlands in 1999. She met Roger in the Irish pub, loved the man and the island and has never looked back. She has a background in hospitality management, but currently also makes a living translating on line and being a director of Good Heavens Dark Sky Epxeriences. In her spare times she loves to explore the island, go for walks, bike rides, swims, surfs and assist with sailing and surfing lessons for local school kids.

Roger has lived on the island since 1989. After a career in the family jewelry business in downtown Auckland, he chose the remote lifestyle that our Schooner Bay property offers. He runs an earth moving business and has reinvented himself in the last few years as a silver surfer. If you are a surfer too, make sure you ask him for some tips!

HildeH purchased this apartment in 2012

Why HildeH chose Auckland Region

We built this property ourselves. The land had been in Roger's family since the 70-ies, and having lived on the land since the 1980s, it took a while and a subdivision to live our dream and build our dream home on the cliff. The attached but fully self-contained apartment is where you will be staying.

What makes this apartment unique

The views are amazing! The XSPOT apartment is light, modern and clean. Nature is right on your doorstep, with gannets searing past the windows and kaka attacking the flax plants. There are often dolphins and whales to admire in the waves down below. The sunset happens in it's full glory. This apartment is very private and remote, and with its amazing solitude, is ideal for honeymooners and stargazers.


Auckland Region Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master suite - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
XSPOT is off the grid. Come and experience a house that is run on solar and wood and enjoy the guiltless comfort. At the same token, we ask our guests not to bring appliances with heating elements, such as hairdryers, rice cookers and toasters as they ruin our expensive batteries.


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XSPOT cliff-top eco-holiday apartment for two 4WD
average rating of 4.928571 based on 56 reviews

Great place! Great every single time we come.

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Great every single time we come... We'll be back Hilde!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Outstandingly beautiful property in a remote location.

  • 5 of 5

Outstandingly beautiful property in a remote location. The bach itself is luxurious, tastefully decorated, and superbly presented. Hilde has a background in hotel management and it shows in her meticulous handling of every detail.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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The Xspot website sums it up.

  • 5 of 5

The Xspot website sums it up. Absolutely fantastic. The only problem is that the views and location are so splendid that you really have difficulty leaving to explore other parts of the island. The property facilities are designed for two persons, but space wise a dozen people would have sufficient room to relax and watch the panorama. We have seen some quite amazing bâches but this one was the best.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What an amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place. From the second we walked in to the house, greeted by the warm afternoon light flooding the house and the sparkling blue sea beyond, we knew we were in for a special stay. This is the most peaceful, relaxing location, close enough to Tryphena if needed, but secluded enough to make you feel like you’re the only person on the island. The amazing sunsets from the deck are unforgettable.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location. One of the most peaceful and restful places we have stayed.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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This place is paradise.

  • 5 of 5

This place is paradise. Stunning views. Beautiful facilities. Viewed dolphins multiple times from the deck. Amazing sun sets. Couldn’t recommended any higher. It is a bit of a drive to get to down a long gravel road, so make sure you have a good 4WD and good driver.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Currach Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Tryphena Wharf
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Great Barrier Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Bob 'n Tipi's
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Schooner Bay

Great Barrier Island is one of 4 Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world. Private Dark Sky Experiences are available at the XSPOT at a great rate. The island has secluded beaches, a fantastic network of walking tracks and numerous natural and quirky places to visit. The island also has several galleries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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