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Incomparable Ocean & Island Views. Walk to the Beach.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Custom built holiday home perched on Paku Hill with incomparable views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline and offshore islands. Spacious, protected deck to watch moonrises and sunsets. Trail from the house leads to long, sandy Ocean Beach, ideal for swimming, good snorkling along the reef & surfing when conditions are right, a morning jog or basking in the sun. Enjoy a hot outside shower with a 180 degree view. Walk along the estuary one kilometer to the town of Tairua with shops & services. Or closer to the wharf and ferry, dive shop, charter fishing and our favorite restaurant - 'Old Mill.' House is open and airy with local wood floors, cabinets and detailing, open beam ceilings, modern kitchen, carpeted bedrooms, fireplace for chilly nights, and a deck large enough to spend most your time. The master suite takes the entire upstairs with views all around. Very quiet, romantic & peaceful setting. Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula has a Maritime climate with year round activities. Excellent fishing and diving and we enjoy our own catches of crayfish (lobster) and paua (abalone) and snapper often. Kayak in the estuary or to nearby Motuhoa Island. Most days we find we do not need to, or want to drive anywhere. Besides all the ocean activities there are local walks & trails, biking, or take the 10 minute ferry to Pauanui. There are easy drives to a multitude of unique & beautiful beaches, and to a host of other activities such as exploring the old goldmines in Broken Hills, wine tasting in Mercury Bay, thermal bathing at low tide at Hot Water Beach ,or a visit to the giant Kauri trees. Just a two + hour drive from Auckland airport.

Keywords: vacation home, beach bach

More Details

Laurel Brier
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2018

About Laurel Brier

We are Hawaii residents who designed and oversaw the building of this home in 1998. Rob is a contractor in Hawaii and I am a vocational counselor with the State of Hawaii. Daughter Andrea (age 30) is in a PhD program at the University of Auckland and 28 year old son Lucas is an arborist/ farmer/hunter/fisherman/surfer living on the Big Island with his new bride, Mallory, his surf and business partner and nurse by profession.

Laurel Brier purchased this house in 1998

Why Laurel Brier chose Tairua

We honeymooned in New Zealand in 1976 and have been visiting ever since. We spent a good part of 1999 in Tairua with our children enrolled in the local schools. Tairua is the other paradise we live when we have the chance.

What makes this house unique

We swim, surf, fish, hike, bike, read, snorkle, jog, walk to town and rarely drive when we are in Tairua. We will go to Hot Water Beach and hike to Catheral Cove and ride the bikes to Pauanui and take the ferry back to Tairua. We usually take one big drive to visit another area. In November 2012 we hiked the Heaphy Trek and the Abel Tasman. In March 2011 and 2013 we spent time in the Bay of Islands and the Kauri forests, in April 2010 we did a several day bike ride in Otago and hiked the Kepler Trek. It is now May of 2015 and the whole family just returned from a two month stay in NZ. We toured the north and south island hiking the Kepler and Queen Charlotte Track and the coastal walkway around Cape Reinga. Lucas showed Mallory the magic of Aotearoa for the first time.


Tairua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Incomparable Ocean & Island Views. Walk to the Beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Stunning views. Great location.Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time here. We didnt want to go out for dinner but cooked each night and enjoyed the view.Every window has an amazing vista! Very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous property, gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5

This home was absolutely fantastic. The location, the views, the amenities, everything was wonderful. We would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to New Zealand. The Coromandel Peninsula was a great place to spend the end of our trip. Loved the singing of the Tui birds in the trees, and the view from the kitchen window made cooking (and cleaning!) a true joy. Gem of a home.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best view ever!

  • 5 of 5

The scenery from the house is as fabulous as the pictures show - stunning! We stayed five nights at the start of our vacation after flying in from the U.S. The amenities and home layout are really nice and the property is close enough to town to get groceries or go out to eat and day trips to areas north on the peninsula are convenient.

There were 3 of us together and it wasn't clear to me from the pictures about how much seating was in the living room - there is one couch but there's also a sort of alcove with a U-shaped cushioned bench and pillows so that was good news.

There's no housewide heat, but there is a wood fireplace, which we didn't need to use. There are also towel warmers in both bathrooms and both bathrooms in addition have a wall heater so that was great. The downstairs bedroom also has a portable heater. We were comfortable during our stay.

There's a small porch area by the front door (not pictured) with just enough room for an Adirondack chair that we enjoyed and took turns sitting in and listening to the tui bird calls. Currently there are no Adirondack chairs or any other chair with back support on the big deck overlooking the water, so don't assume there is based on the pictures. There is a picnic table with two backless benches and a 3rd bench over by the windows. The only current possibility is to temporarily bring out a straight back kitchen chair, but that's also not really comfortable. Just an FYI so you won't be disappointed.

This was only my second time using Homeaway and my first overseas use so I was inexperienced, plus I wasn't clear on how to use my cellphone overseas either. There's a note on Homeaway, "Door code, wifi, and check in info — all in the HomeAway app" so I got the app and thought that info I needed would eventually appear there - which it didn't. I wasn't expecting an email with details so wasn't concerned when I didn't get one. There was some missed communication which got worked out, but NOTE - look for an email from the owner with directions and to provide the local property manager contact info. Make sure you get that! Then contact the property manager and make sure you have confirmation they know you're coming and you know how to get in the house!!!!

Once the original communication issue was resolved, both the owner and property manager are very helpful and kind and I don't hesitate at all to recommend this property and would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incomparable views indeed!

  • 5 of 5

There was no exaggeration in the photos and descriptions of the breathtaking views. The place is very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW! Amazing! Breathtakingly AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

Unforgettable experience our stay at the Pacific Vista home in Tairua. The entire time all we could do from keeping our jaws from dragging on the floor was to keep saying, "WOW!" Seriously, amazing, breathtakingly beautiful!

After a week of flying and driving the entire central to lower part of north island, we were so happy to have stayed our last days at Pacific Vista. It was really hard to leave the house to go anywhere. Though we did manage to drag ourselves out to explore the drives to the Coromandel coast, Hahei beach, Hot Beach, and the cute town of Thames. Fortunately, the weather was too cold for our wanting to go in to the ocean, even if it were hot water! A little sprinkle of rain here and there, didn't seem to bother most, as there were a number of people enjoying the ocean. Even so, the thought of returning to our beautiful house on Mt. Paku warmed our hearts and soothed our souls. We enjoyed great breakfasts at the Old Mill at the harbor down the hill on the days we did venture out. Interesting how the tide comes in and out, never saw anything like it. There were a couple of places to have dinner in town, but we chose to use the well appointed kitchen, with new convection oven, as well as the barbecue grill on the expansive deck (with a picnic table and benches that add a nice touch for entertaining) for grilling steaks, mint lamb burgers and fish/shellfish purchased from the local butcher in town. Honestly, if you're looking for peaceful serenity and R & R you will not be disappointed staying here. Oh, and did I mention the sunrises? Simply gorgeous! Really, I Can't wait to revisit Pacific Vista. As others have said, the price for what you get, would be hard to beat!! Thank you for having and sharing this beautiful home with us fortunate tourists. It is Truly a gem of a place.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

Ocean views from all parts of the house were stunning.

Really enjoyed going to sleep listening to the sounds of the ocean below.

Local beach is a short walk away or if you're lazy like us a quick drive down to the bottom of the hill.

Found it very difficult to leave the place for the planned excursions elsewhere.

Overall a quiet, spectacular place to have a break. We will certainly be going again.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
800 Metres
Tairua to Pauanui
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Old Mill
Nearest Ski
500 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Ocean Beach
Car: recommended

wineries, diving, fishing, surfing, thermal bathing, hiking, swimming


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & linen fee $150

One night's deposit required to hold reservation. Non refundable. Balance due month prior

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.