Black Rocks Retreat

Black Rocks Retreat

Awhitu Penninsula, Auckland

Black Rocks Retreat is a one-hour drive from Auckland and 15 minutes from Waiuku on the Awhitu Peninsula.

Surrounded by farmland and rolling hills, the fully self-contained luxury cabin is set on the edge of Manukau Harbour - with stunning views across the water to the city of Auckland in the distance.

A beautifully styled bedroom has a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. The kitchen and living area open out to a superb alfresco living space, with a large deck and comfortable outdoor sofa to relax in the evening. A thoughtfully landscaped outdoor bath is the perfect place to while away an hour or two.

A short walk through farmland takes you to the beach where you can jump in the kayaks for a paddle around the shoreline, or just enjoy an evening stroll along the shore.

Watching the sunrise across the water in the morning from your bed, and hearing the seabirds on the foreshore will make you feel a world away from the city action. Black Rocks Retreat is a restful escape from everyday life.

FROM $390 p/n

Includes Kayaks

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 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.


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  • Eating and Drinking

    Black Rocks Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the kitchen facilities and BBQ provided. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Waiuku is just a 15-minute drive away. Your hosts recommend The Kentish Hotel (New Zealand's oldest licenced hotel), Shires Restuarant, Malt N Steel or Fitzy's for fish and chips.

    Waiuku has a New World Supermarket for stocking up on supplies.

  • Things to do

    With a restful water view, boardgames to play, kayaks to paddle, an outdoor tub to soak in, and farmland to wander - you'll appreciate the chance to just relax and take in the vibes right there at the property.

    A short walk through farmland takes you down to the beach. Enjoy a stroll at sunset.

    If you're looking to explore, visit the West Coast beaches or the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. The Awhitu Regional Park offers plenty of great walking - or if you fancy something a bit more sedate, try a tasting at Awhitu Wines!

  • Your Hosts

    Your hosts at Black Rocks Retreat are John Renall and Deb Dragt. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of 11 grandchildren. 

    John and Deb are the 4th generation of the family to farm the land, which is steeped in history. John's Great Grandfather Joseph Alfred Renall (Mayor of Masterton) moved to the property in 1906 with 8 of his children.

    John is a hay contractor, beef farmer and operator of large machinery - and Deb is in charge of hospitality, cleaning and taking care of the beautiful gardens on the property.

    Deb and John love the stunning views of the Manukau Harbour and its ever-changing moods, the rolling hills of the Awhitu Peninsula and the peace and quiet of rural living. Setting up a special glamping retreat to share this magical spot has been a dream of Deb's for years - finally realised with Black Rocks Retreat.

    Black Rocks Retreat is named for the black rocks that can be seen when the tide goes out, the result of a volcanic eruption many years ago.


  • "

    Had the most beautiful stay at Black Rocks Retreat. Stunning home with everything you need and more, beautiful views, the beach is basically at your doorstep, and not to mention the very lush bath. Loved it and didn't want to leave!


    Ashley Narayan - 16 Jul 2024

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  • "

    Beautiful setting and adorable cabin. With double glazing, a heat pump, and an indoor shower, it's perfect for that mid-winter getaway as well. Will be back, rain or shine!


    Renee Skilling - 09 Jul 2024

    2 / 12

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    Beautiful vistas, peaceful mornings, and plenty of birds and sunshine!


    Doug Sullivan - 01 Jul 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Black Rocks Retreat is the perfect reset away from the city. The views are spectacular, and the hosts were lovely. I would like to thank Deb and John for sharing their wonderful place with us! It is the perfect anniversary treat!


    Clara Noveda - 25 Jun 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    A perfect, peaceful, and tranquil place with stunning views and all the amenities. Exactly what we wanted for a weekend away. Thank you, Deb and John!


    - 30 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

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    We loved our very private and secluded stay at Black Rocks. From the setting to the outside bath tub, it was very relaxing and we will definitely be booking again!


    - 09 Apr 2024

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    Black Rocks Retreat is beautifully appointed with every detail considered to make the stay comfortable and relaxing. It sits on a lovely vantage spot to enjoy the fascination of watching the tides and the skyline of distant Auckland. Deb and John were a delight to meet, and we gained some insight into the history of the area.


    - 26 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

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    Fantastic stay.


    - 19 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

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    Lovely host, peaceful, beautiful home. Loved the outside bath and amazing view!


    - 18 Mar 2024

    9 / 12

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    Black Rocks Retreat has everything you need for an escape away from the city. Peace and quiet, amazing surroundings and an awesome setup.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    10 / 12

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    We loved our time here. Nice private setting with a private beach and kayaks, which was perfect to unwind. The outdoor bath was lovely too.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    11 / 12

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    Stunning spot to relax. Thanks to the fantastic hosts.


    - 28 Feb 2024

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