Bach or holiday home, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 5)
My grandfather first brought a house in Purakaunui in the 1920’s and it has been a family favourite ever since. I was brought up in Dunedin, taught at a local high school, went back to University as a young mum and trained as a clinical psychologist in the 80’s. Buying As You Like It was a childhood dream and we spent many years bringing it up to modern living standard and restoring its original features. After 20 yrs as a psychologist, I brought a country hotel in Naseby, Central Otago as a complete change. The goal was to restore the 1863 building as I had As You Like It. Now life is a bit more peaceful, living at Purakaunui and enjoying seeing people enjoy Purakaunui as I do.
Why barblm764 chose Dunedin
It is so unique.. a modest, charming and likeable house close to the water. So close it feels like living in a boat.. but not getting sea sick. As a child I always wanted this place... so intimately close to the sea and so easy to get back home to get warm and dry after a days adventures in the sand and sea. The only traffic is by boat or walking which makes for such a peaceful place, yet not isolated. I love the sense of history, getting a feel for how people lived a hundred years ago, but still enjoying some modern comforts.
What makes this House unique
Historic and unique to be so surrounded by the sea.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Please discuss with me first
Please discuss with me first.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
perfect spot to unwind
loved this property, we had 2 nights here and experienced wind, rain and sun, each bringing a new perspective to the amazing scenery. Beds were comfy and the property had everything we needed in the kitchen. I would highly recommend it.
Perfect spot to disconnect from the world.
Quaint accommodation for all 5 of us thank you for sharing- Definitely coming back
Very tranquil. Loved being so close to the water. Thanks for a great time.
Perfect location to relax in with the tempo of the day set by the tides. The cottage was clean and cosy and provided everything that we could have wanted.
As you like it
An iconic kiwi batch in a quiet peaceful location. A perfect place to relax.
This is a truly magical and very unique place: a beautifully restored, quirky collection of tiny cottages (main house plus main bedroom, toilet, tiny single bedroom and double bedroom all in separate dwellings), set right at the waters of the most heavenly inlet. It's so serene and beautiful, it took our breath away! We loved simply being in the place and spent much of our time there doing just that - but we also had fun kayaking the short distance to the totally secluded and unspoilt beach at the end of the inlet (where we spotted blue penguins on the rocks), as well as doing some longer excursions to see albatrosses fly at the Otago peninsula (awe-inspiring!) and to the beautiful, nearby Orokonui eco sanctuary, We spent six nights in As You Like it and really did not want to leave. Such a special place - we dearly hope we'll be back one day!
The Orokonui Sanctuary is 10 min drive away. Native birds including kaka and kiwis as well as native flora are kept here in a predatory free environment. You can watch the birds at the feeding stations and there are guided tours.
The Forsyth Barr Dunedin Stadium is also only 25 min drive away. Purakaunui can be an excellent place to stay, with easy access and parking on the non town side of the stadium, avoiding the traffic jams on the town side.
Dunedin itself is a charming city with a lot of Victorian architecture, great cafes and restaurants, an award winning farmers market and many beautiful artworks on the side of buildings. There is an emphasis on wildlife in Dunedin and its surrounds. The Otago peninsular is a favourite tourist destination for this, with an Albatross colony, penguins and a penguin hospital. The Monarch, a small tourist launch can take you outside the harbour entrance to view the rugged coastline, seals and sea lions, flying albatrosses and other seabirds. Sometimes porpoises join the excursion!
Walks along the beaches by Purakaunui reveal caves and tunnels to walk through at low tide. Cockle ( little neck clams) and mussel gathering is a favourite pastime of many visitors to the area.
Boating, kayaking and paddle boarding are also favourite pastimes in the sheltered bay and there is a slipway to launch sea going boats at high tide at Purakaunui.
Children love exploring the bay, finding crabs, limpets, sea snails and marvelling at the cormorants ( shags)and white faced herons fishing underwater. Pied 0ystercatchers parade the waters edge on the look out for shellfish which are slightly open. The sandbank is ideal for making castles and forts, playing frisbee or just running around on. Ducks sometimes swim up to the cottage to be fed and kingfishers fly by when startled. The occasional seal swims by fishing for flounder and an octopus knows how great the seawall is for a meal of crabs and snails.