Awatuna Yurt

Awatuna Yurt


Awatuna Yurt is located on the beautiful Tutukaka coastline, about a 40-minute drive from Whangārei.

The yurt is located 100m from the road on a pretty corner of the 25-acre property. It's set near a stream, amongst mature Totara trees. Decking and boardwalks connect the kitchen, bathhouse and outdoor bath.

The interior of the yurt is stylish and restful. The timber latticework and creamy canvas cocooning its inhabitants ignite a warm glow feeling. The king-sized bed, along with a sofa, armchair and large jute rug create a spacious and comfortable sleeping and living space.

From the yurt, you'll hear the trickle of water over rocks from the pretty stream nearby, fringed by native bush and inhabited by tame and treasured tuna kuwharuwharu (long-fin eels). Rest in the shade of the Totaras, listen to the birds and enjoy the gentle breeze coming down the valley. And when you're ready, head to the beach. Beautiful, pohutukawa-fringed, Sandy Bay Beach is just an easy 10-minute walk away. 

FROM $330 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $40 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


The gate entrance to Awatuna Yurt is on Matapouri Road, Matapouri 0173


Awatuna Yurt is 40 minutes from Whangarei on the Tutukaka Coast.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with more detail on the location of the entrance on Matapouri Road, arrival instructions and your host's contact details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Awatuna Yurt is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook your meals using the facilities provided in the kitchen cabin. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, your hosts recommend Schnappa Rock Cafe and Wahi Restaurant in Tutukaka, a 15-minute drive away. Whangārei is a 40-minute drive away and also has lots of good eating-out options.

    The nearest supermarket is in Whangārei.

  • Things to do

    A stay at Awatuna Yurt is a chance to kick back, relax and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy an outdoor bath, visit the tame eels in the nearby stream or battle it out over a board game. 

    If you're feeling energetic, enjoy walking one of the many coastal tracks on or near the property. A walk from your yurt, in the valley to the top of the hill, will offer expansive views of the coast, and sunset to the west.

    Your hosts own Sandy Bay Horse Treks, a great experience for those keen to explore the coast on horseback.

    On a hot day, hit the beach - just an 800m walk from the yurt. If you're keen to try surfing, lessons and board hire are available at Sandy Bay Beach.

    If you'd like to try some watersports beyond surfing - game fishing, SUP hire and scuba diving or snorkelling are all on offer in nearby Tutukaka.

  • Your hosts

    Kiley, Dylan Pullman and children Paige and Sonny are your hosts at Awatuna Yurt, along with 8 horses and 5 dogs - Syd, Brownie, Bolt, Roxy and Bluey.

    Originally, the property was a dairy farm owned by Dylan's Grandparents and Great Grandparents. Kiley and Dylan and their children are the 4th and 5th generations to live on the land.

    Over the last 11 years, Kiley and Dylan have been reestablishing the native trees and plants that once would have covered the property. Of particular pride to the family are the kuwharuwharu tuna (long-fin eels) that thrive in their valley. They're an ancient species who have lived in the stream on the property for over 20 years. They are very much cherished and protected by the family who regards them as pets.

    Kiley's day job is her business, Sandy Bay Horse Treks, and Dylan works in landscaping contracting. They love their beach locality, the beauty and the warm climate of their Northalnd location.

    Setting up glamping on their land has been a dream for a long time and they look forward to welcoming you to enjoy it!

    Awatuna translates as 'eel stream' in Maori.


  • "

    The hosts of Awatuna Yurt have built an amazing hideaway to combine both luxury and simplicity of life. The yurt is so beautiful in decor and kitchen/bathroom so clever in design and build, plus incorporating the tōtara into the build. Tranquillity with the stream (plus tuna/eel) babbling past.


    - 18 Mar 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    The place is awesome. Was lovely in autumn but would be super cosy in Winter too. Can't fault it; we would absolutely recommend.


    - 18 Mar 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Great setting, beautifully presented.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Great place to relax and destress! Loved the setup and the fact that even being remote, it had everything we needed. Highly recommend.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Was the most beautiful stay ever. I have stayed at a lot of places before, and this is the first time I've thought I would 1000% stay here again.


    - 16 Nov 2023

    5 / 12

  • "

    We had the most relaxing time. Its such a special place, with everything you need and don't need for a great weekend away. Will definitely be telling everyone about it.


    - 24 Oct 2023

    6 / 12

  • "

    My partner and I stayed here for our three-year anniversary, and it was such an amazing and relaxing experience. Cosying up with a book, the outdoor bath, the setting - absolute bliss!


    - 28 Sep 2023

    7 / 12

  • "

    It was a great couples getaway to get a break from the city noise and lights. Even in Winter, the fire was a great addition and the yurt stayed warm until morning while you have a nice coffee.


    - 06 Sep 2023

    8 / 12

  • "

    Amazing location, amazing accommodation and facilities, the perfect place to escape everything for a few days.


    - 30 Aug 2023

    9 / 12

  • "

    Staying at the Awatuna Yurt was so peaceful and relaxing. It's a wonderful spot to settle down for a little while and take in the fresh air. Definitely recommend it to couples wanting to slow down and enjoy the scenery together.


    - 30 Jul 2023

    10 / 12

  • "

    Awatuna Yurt is a fantastic escape with incredible amenities. We will 100% be back to experience the quiet and peaceful stay. Draw a bubble bath under the stars, play games by the fireplace, or explore the beautiful surrounding area by way of one of the many walking tracks. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.


    - 24 May 2023

    11 / 12

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    Personally, I have never camped or tented, so this was just perfect. I would recommend it to anyone. Having the perfect company also helps.


    - 26 Apr 2023

    12 / 12

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