Piwakawaka is set on half an acre covered partly with native bush.
About Phillipa Buchanan
In November 2015 Cap'n Buck and Pippy sailed into the Bay of Islands. Home again after many years sailing in the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Previously from Auckland, by April 2016 a lovely family home in Russell has become their home base. Not quite finished with the sailing life, they will return each summer to spend time aboard their now smaller yacht and offer this lovely house as a holiday let. They have worked hard to achieve their goal to make sure guests can have a comfortable and really enjoyable stay. They hope you will love this house as they do. The tranquility, the birds, the sunrises and sunsets, Russell and its surrounds. Happy holidays all...
Phillipa Buchanan purchased this House in 2016
Why Phillipa Buchanan chose Russell
As soon as we saw this house and its location, we fell in love with it. A quick walk across the quiet cul de sac takes us down to the closest beach where our boat sits on its mooring. Many glimpses of the sea all around us remind us of where we are at all times of the day and night when the lights of Paihia or Russell close by, twinkle through the trees. Years of sailing prepared us for this lifestyle with a special connection to the sea and the peace and tranquility it brings to life. This is the harbour which welcomed us home from our travels and this is where we want to be now. We are frequently delighted with the birds which are abundant in our garden and come very close to the house. Keruru (Native pigeon) feast on our sprouting hibiscus plants in the spring, wild quail and barberry doves are never far away, except for when our native weka pays a visit and all other birds scarper from their territorial behaviour. Raucous brightly coloured rosellas compete with our native Tui for the background sound and cheeky Piwakawaka and finches flicker around the garden close by where we walk in their never ending search for insects we disturb along the way. But most exciting of all is when we hear kiwi calling to each other at in the small hours if one happens to be awake. We love to hang out at home or enjoy the ambience of the local Pizzeria, Indian or Thai not to mention the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel and other delightful places to eat. Movie nights in the Town Hall are a special treat when we take an ice cream from the 4 Square and head for the back room where the movies are shown. Alternatively a rugby match on the big screen gives us a good excuse to spend an evening in the bar at the Duke of Marlborough.
What makes this House unique
Recent upgrades to the kitchen including a new dishwasher, convection microwave, oven and gas cooktop make it a great kitchen to prepare food in despite its vintage. We installed an oils/spice drawer right beside the cook top and useful implements are placed nearby for convenience. Two out of the three bathrooms have been upgraded this year and the changeover to gas mains pressure delivers hot water (eventually) in abundance. Off street parking provides for 3-4 cars or room for the boat trailer to make use of the boat ramp 700 metres away. Cross the road and make your way down the (best kept secret) track where you can walk along exclusive little Taiaruru beach if you time it right at half outgoing tide, or turn left and head along the rocky coast until you come to the end of Te Wahapu Road and the island reserve you will find there. Alternatively take an 8 minute drive into Russell and visit famous Long Beach - one of Northland's most beautiful swimming beaches. Take a walk along here and an early morning coffee from the coffee van parked underneath the tree. Knock it back as you stare out at the beautiful Bay of Islands.
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Great home, great location!
Beautiful home! Lovely hosts. Exceeded our expectations in all the best ways. Couldn’t ask for a better stay. The beds were comfortable, the home was spacious and clean. The gardens were also beautiful. Easy access to the beach. Short drive to the little town of Russell. We would definitely love to return for a longer stay.
We really enjoyed sharing Piwakawaka with this lovely group who treated the house like their own home and left it like they found it. It was such a pleasure for us to meet them. Our sincere thanks for the great review.
A beautiful, tranquil home.
A great layout for families with teenage or older children in a tranquil setting. Home beautifully prepared for our arrival. Everything available for cooking for a household and great amenities. Good selection of in home entertainment. Close driving distance to Russell town, Opua ferry and Omata and Paroa Bay wineries. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for sharing your home. Wished we had a longer stay.
Beautiful place with plenty of space for several couples/families tucked away from...
Beautiful place with plenty of space for several couples/families tucked away from busy Russell but within close enough distance for everything you need.
Beautiful large house just minutes from Russell township.
Beautiful large house just minutes from Russell township. We loved that we could have 2 families there and not be stepping on each others toes!
Lovely property. Spotless, great location close to Russell. Great big garden. Lots of (clean) beds.
Piwakawaka is in a wonderful part of the Russell area, away from the town drama, but close enough to
Piwakawaka is in a wonderful part of the Russell area, away from the town drama, but close enough to duck down for what you need. Lovely neighbourhood, and wonderful bush and wildlife.
Te Wahapu Peninsular enjoys a microclimate due to its north facing aspect sheltered from cold southerly winds. Peaceful and quiet yet 8 minutes by car to Russell Village, many opportunities exist for exploring the coastline, fishing or tramping from this location or driving to other beaches and walking tracks in the area. A walkway from Russell Village traversing mangroves and kauri forests along its way to Okiato ferry landing, crosses Te Wahapu Peninsular 1.5 km from Piwakawaka.
Steeped in New Zealand history, a visit here offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in its interesting past, from Russell Village Museum and Pompalier House to the old Whaling Station at Whangamumu and many places in between.
Opportunities are offered by local tour operators to go sailing in the beautiful Bay of Islands, deep sea fishing, dolphin watching cruises, island visits, swimming and snorkelling. Local vineyards offer wine tastings and fine dining or just a casual pizza if that is your preference. The village itself is home to a very good selection of restaurants, where you can dine on the foreshore and enjoy the seaside ambience.