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Aimeo: Cottage with character, charm, and sea views in the Bay of Islands

Okiato, New Zealand
  • House1076 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

2 bedrooms + bathrooms, 2 min from an almost private swimming beach, bush walks

From Aimeo Cottage, you will have a spectacular view of the Veronica Chanel and Waitangi with the Treaty Ground and the golf course.

This holiday home has 2 comfortable dbl, bedrooms with their respective bathrooms, located in the upper part of the house. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and a comfortable living area with bookshelves, a TV (Sky), a DVD player, a video, and a stereo unit.

From here and from the master bedroom, you can see the sail boats coming from and go to Paihia and Russell, the store from the international marina Opua. Sometimes, dolphins can be seen from the breakfast table. The master bedroom is equipped with 2 king beds that you can be transformed into a super king bed. The second bedroom has en-suite bathrooms, 2 king beds, and garden view.

It is completely separated at the bottom of the studio and usually inhabited by me.

I will be pleased and able to welcome you.

For golfers: generally and especially here in the north of New Zealand, there are almost deserted golf courses, so no waiting or registrations are necessary. There are about 10 'green fees' around us (a half day trip).

I have 2 sets available for my guests.

Seglersparadies: The Bay of Islands with its 144 islets beat sailor. Sail boats can be rented per day or week. It is similar to the dinghies available in Russell and Opua.

If you do not want or cannot sail by yourself, there are daily trips, with modern sailing boats, monohull, Catamaran, Trimaran, or the traditional vintage 'Tucker Thompson.'

You will enjoy the famous the 'Cream Trip' and 'Hole in the Rock' trip with good comments and sightseeing on the sea.

Hiking and Maori culture: There are many short and more challenging trails (Bush Walks) located in the immediate vicinity.

In Waitangi (New Zealand birthplace, you will find the Treaty House, in which the Maoris people, in 1842, passed the land to the English people). You can learn a lot about the Maori culture, the Treay House, and large war canoe.

In an evening, Maori dances are performed, and typical Erofen food is served.


Annie Hormann

Member Since 2010
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english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Annie Hormann

In 1974 my husband and I set sails from Berlin to reach 1990 this peaceful paradise here in the North of New Zealand , Bay of Islands. In Tahiti ( Moorea) we had a 15 years stopover. I managed a resort hotel and my husband showed guests rorm all over the world the islands per boat. We have put anchor down here and would be happy to accommodate you in our house.

Annie Hormann purchased this House in 1990

Why Annie Hormann chose Hikurangi

After sailing between islands half around the world we were happy to settle here in Russell, Okiato. On top of the hill overlooking the Bay of Islands. The shortest way to come to Russell, Okiato is per car ferry. So you get the feeling beeing on an island again. There is a road which takes you along the coastline, very spectacular, but winding and 1 12/2 hours longer. From the house you can reach a swimmming beach ( almost private) or bushwalks within 2 minutes. The Waitangi Int. Golfcourse is about 1/2 hour away.

What makes this House unique

Very quiet in a cul de sac road, breathtaking view to the Bay of Islands, bushwalks and swimming form your doorsteps 7 min. drive to romantic Russell township with supermarkets, med. center, cinema, internet cafe, restaurants, galleries and museum, churches.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 2 King beds
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 2 King SGL
      • The master bedroom is equipped with 2 extra long twin beds, which can be transformed into a super king bed. The second bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and as well 2 King SGL beds. Linen for either single, double or Super King is provided.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Sink
      • Both bathrooms have a shower, the master bathroom also a bathtub. Both with washbasin, and Toilette. And both have heating facilities.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Ocean View
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Budget


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      I do yur laundry for $ 3 per laundry bag.
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Kitchenette
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Kitchen
                          Refrigerator and Freezer, Pots,Pan, Glasses, Disches . Salt, Pepper and some other spices, Oil and Vinegar , Papertowls for the first days
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Cooking with Gas, Baking electric
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Enjoy your view from the Dinner table!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Radio
                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Golf
                                      1 set of golf clubs
                                    • Golf Clubs
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          grosser sicherer Parkplatz fuer Auto und Boot


                                            • marina
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • museums
                                            • nude beach
                                            • playground
                                            • rain forests
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • luaus
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • For children under 5 years old not suitable. Smoking is allowed outside. In a separate, private building, there is a washing machine with drying room. I do your laudry for $3 per laudry bag.. In closet next to the bedrooms , you will find bed linen, towels, beach towels, and tablecloths. Aimeo Cottage is especially suitable for long term renters because of its good facilities and amenities. My last guests stayed half a year. I will be pleased and able to welcome you here.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely property with everything you would need.

                                                              Carole C.

                                                              Annie was a great host. The house is great and very comfortable. It has a beautiful view and a lovely balcony to sit on. If you are a walker you can go on the track to Russell. It's 4 sections and they are 35 mins each. You need to be equiped and maybe get someone to drive you back. We did the first part and enjoyed it. The car ferry is very close but allow for delays in peak season. We preferred Long Beach for swimming. Overall we would recommend Annie and Aimeo Cottage and we all enjoyed our week long stay. Jan 2018.

                                                              5 stars are not enough!!!

                                                              christine s.

                                                              Annie's lovely cottage is everything you want for your stay at the Bay of Islands - and then some: it is spacious, clean, and decorated with Old World charm. The view over the Bay is fantastic and the neighborhood is quaint and quiet. If you enjoy cooking your own meals (like I do) you will appreciate the well appointed kitchen. Not only can you seat 10 people at the dinner table - you have enough plates to serve a 5-course meal ( not to mention the professional knives - sharp, thank you Annie!). My husband and I stayed for a week (in the middle of winter) and enjoyed every single day. Russell is only a 10-minute drive away and the ferry is just around the corner. Oh, and Annie's bread is to die for - make sure you get a taste.

                                                              We can only recommend the place and would definitely come back - Thank you for a wonderful week, Annie!

                                                              A Dream Holidy House

                                                              annie H.

                                                              What a great house, the owners house, she moves on her boat or to a friend, so every thing you want is there, in the kitchen even an poached egg boiler, wok, mixer, breadmaker etc. living space with lots of books to read , info about NZ and TV, sky and a magnificent view to the Bay of Islands. Two bedrooms with extra large comfortable beds, a deck with sunshine from early morning till sunset. Birdsong and tranquility at the same time. Short walk to a small swimming beach, 8 min drive to Russell where we enjoyed culture,good food and Long Beach.

                                                              The owner has a studio on the ground level, which she uses from time to time and we were happy to get a lot of information about what to do and see, great service!!!!

                                                              We will recommend this place to all our firends and hope to be back again one day. Thanks again!!!!

                                                              Wir hatten hier drei schöne Monate und haben uns wie Zuhause gefühlt!

                                                              Sybille H.

                                                              Schöne Wohnung, gut eingerichtet, sehr nette Gastgeberin und zuverlässige Internetverbindung haben uns im Aimeo Cottage eine tolle Zeit garantiert- Danke an Annie!

                                                              Ruhige Lage mit traumhaftem Blick

                                                              Almut K.

                                                              Wir haben 6 Tagein diesem Haus gewohnt . Die Zeit war eigentlich viel zu kurz war. Das Haus ist komfortabel ausgestattet. Es ist alles vorhanden, was man braucht. WLAN und Sky -TV runden die Ausstattung ab. Die Lage ist ebenfalls besonders erwähnenswert - ruhig und mit Blick auf die Bay kann man wunderbar relaxen.

                                                              Die Fähre ist auch super schnell erreichbar, so dass man den Nordteil gut erkunden kann.

                                                              Auch das selbst gebackene Brot von Annie ist empfehlenswert und ihre Tipps für die Gegend sind ebenfalls prima. Wenn man in der englischen Sprache die Feinheiten nicht so beherrscht, hilft Annie als native "Deutsch-Speakerin" gut mit ihren Tipps weiter. Alles in allem war die Zeit dort wundervoll. Dnake kommt jetzt aus Deutschland, da wir zurück sind.


                                                              Mit dieser Wahl haben wir einen Volltreffer gelandet! 5 Wochen lang haben wir uns ausgesprochen wohl gefühlt und unseren Aufenthalt mehr als genossen. Dieses Haus verfügt über sehr viel Charme, ist außerordentlich gut ausgestattet und besitzt einen traumhaften Blick auf das Meer. Von Annie, der Besitzerin, wurden wir mit allen erdenklichen Informationen versorgt, der großartige neue Barbecue-Grill, mit dem sie uns überraschte, war ein weiteres Highlight. Vom Schlafzimmer und vom Wohnbereich genießt man den Meerblick den ganzen Tag über - unser Lieblingsplatz war die Terrasse, dort haben wir die schönsten Stunden verbracht und die Schiffe beim Ein- und Auslaufen in den Hafen von Opua beobachtet. Die Bibliothek in Annies Haus verdient diesen Namen wirklich und die CD-Auswahl ist ebenfalls sehr umfangreich. Je länger wir in dieser wunderbaren Gegend unterwegs waren desto überzeugter waren wir von der Lage unseres Ferienhauses und wenig überraschend planen wir schon den nächsten Aufenthalt dort.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hallo Gabi und Erwin,

                                                              Ich hoffe, ihr habt euch wieder gut eingelebt zuhause und der Fruehling zeigt sich in aller Pracht mit bunten Blumen und duftenden Baeumen und ertraeglichen Temperaturen.

                                                              Hier ist es herbstlich geworden kurz nach dem ihr abgeflogen seid, Ahorn kleidet sich in weinrot, Wisteria in gold , und die einheimischen Baeume bleiben gruen. Die Wassertemperatur ist immer noch 20 Grad, und an sonnigen Tagen sieht man mutige Touristen am Long Beach schwimmen.

                                                              Vielen Dank fuer die Bewertung und ich freue mich, dass ihr wieder kommen moechtet.

                                                              Bleibt gesund und munter und spart mal schoen......

                                                              Alles Gute,



                                                              Okiato, New Zealand

                                                              Okiato (The first capital of New Zealand), a quiet secluded peninsula, a subdivision of Russell, 9 km away Russell is not only an idyllic small harbour, but also romantic and historical place. Before colonization, it was an important trading port for ships and whalers. The bullet holes from the recent conflict between Maori people and Europeans are still visible on the walls of the first Christian Church of New Zealand. Today, it is a resort with about 1000 permanent residents from all over the world. There is an interesting museum, dedicated to Captain Cook and the Maori culture. Pompallier House was the first Catholic mission, printing, and old customs station. Today, there is a police station, galleries, cafés, restaurants, small supermarkets, and a port for sailing, as well as motor boat trips in Bay of Islands. Russell is also famous for the deep sea fishing charter (Zane Grey). In the Sword Fish Club, you can watch the giant Taxidermy fish. Boat Club and Yacht Charter


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Die angegebenen Preise sind in fuer 2 Personen und der Euro Preis nur ein Anhalt, wegen der Umtauschpreisschwankungen. Bitte erfragen Sie bei mir besonderen Tarif fuer laengeren Aufenthalt und fuer extra Personen.Sollten Gaeste nicht ueber FEWODirect zahlen, bitte ich den Betrag in NZ $ auf mein NZ Konto zu ueberweisen. Danke Im Falle einer Kuendigung innerhalb von 30 Tagen vor Anreise ist der Gesamtbetrag faellig, wenn ich das Haus nicht wieder vermieten kann .Bei Kuendigung von mehr als 3 Monaten vor Anreise, bekommt der Gast die Anzahlung minus 10 % zurueck. Bei Kuendigung von 60 Tagen vor Anreise sind 50 % der Gesamtgebuehr zu zahlen.

                                                              11 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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