Cottle Hill Creek

Cottle Hill Creek

Kerikeri, Northland

The Ark at Cottle Hill Creek is just 5 minutes from Kerikeri village and just over 3 hours drive from Auckland. With just a short drive to many of the Bay of Island and Northland sights - it's a great spot to explore this stunning region from.

The Ark is a unique and beautifully decorated, floating house boat. It sits peacefully in a corner of a small private lake on a 16 acre property. The Ark is docked alongside a wharf where a nearby willow tree provides a cool outdoor living space - and a tranquil place to BBQ, sunbathe, read, relax, or enjoy a cool drink on a hot day.

Inside is a small but perfectly formed space with a luxurious open plan and well equipped kitchen, dining, and lounge area, and bathroom.  An incredibly comfortable queen size bed is accessed via a ladder in the loft.

The Ark is a beautiful and unique accommodation experience. It's off grid, self-sustainable and provides an escape from the stresses of the city.

Row or kayak on the lake, take a peaceful walk through the native bush, bird watch, discover swimming holes, or say hello to the animals.

During open fire season, guests are welcome to collect wood and build a fire in the pit outside The Ark. Pioneer cast iron cookware is provided to enjoy a unique outdoor fire cooking experience.

There is an array of birdlife to enjoy! Sometimes you can spot wild turkeys, peacocks, quail, and pheasants around. There are also many beautiful native birds such as fantails, tui, and kererus to be seen.

FROM $270 p/n

Children aged 7+ only

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      Child Friendly
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            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times. 

address
 

71a Cottle Hill Drive, Kerikeri 0293

directions
 

Cottle Hill Creek is just 5 minutes from Kerikeri and just over 3 hours drive from Auckland. Follow the Google Maps directions to get there. 

Cottle Hill Drive is located off State Highway 10. The Cottle Hill Winery is at the bottom of the hill and we are located at the top. If you take the hairpin turn by the letterboxes of 71a and 71b (a kangaroo letterbox, hard to miss) drive past 73 and keep on the driveway that splits off to the right. You’ll know it’s the correct one when you see the lake. Just follow the driveway down to The Ark and Careena and Chris will meet you there to show you around.

Cottle Hill Creek

Cottle Hill Creek Location

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WHAT ARE THE BED AND BEDDING ARRANGEMENTS?

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IS THERE POWER?

IS THERE MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION?

WHAT SORT OF HEATING IS THERE?

IS Cottle Hill Creek CHILD-FRIENDLY?

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

HOW PRIVATE AND REMOTE IS THE CAMPSITE?

WHERE DO I PARK MY CAR?

CAN I HAVE A CAMPFIRE?

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ARE THERE ANY SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS?

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            Eating and Drinking

    Eating and Drinking

    Cottle Hill Creek is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the gas hob or BBQ and facilities provided in your private galley kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Kerikeri is a 5 minute drive away and is filled with delicious places to eat out. There are some nice takeaway spots, lots of great cafes (Santeez Gluten Free Café for their coffee and ginger slice is recommended!), and fantastic restaurants such as Wharepuke and Ake Ake Winery.

    There are three supermarkets close by, Countdown and New World in Kerikeri, and Nosh in Waipapa. If you're staying on a weekend - treat yourself to some culinary treats from The Packhouse Market in Kerikeri on Saturday, or pop in for some fresh fruit and vegetables at the Kerikeri Farmer's Market on Sunday.

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            Things to do

    Things to do

    Kerikeri is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the Northland region.

    Kerikeri village itself, offers a quaint cinema, boutique shops, and lots of great cafes and restaurants. Cottle Hill Winery is less than a minute down the road and is open for tastings 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.

    The Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is 3 minutes away, and another well-known kiwi business, 'Living Nature', a natural skincare and cosmetics factory shop, (which also houses a beauty clinic), is just around the corner.

    Get a taste of history with a vist to The Stone Store and Kemp House (11 minutes away), and Rewa’s Village - just 12 minutes away.

    Charlie’s Rock, an amazing swimming hole, is 12 minutes drive.

    Each Saturday there is The Packhouse Market in Kerikeri which offers local culinary treats, crafts, and more. And on Sundays, there is the Kerikeri Farmer’s Market for fruits and vegetables.

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            Your Hosts

    Your Hosts

    Careena and Chris will be your hosts while staying in the Ark at Cottle Hill Creek.

    Chris is a New Zealander, originally from Christchurch, and Careena is Australian, who grew up in Malaysia and Singapore, and moved to NZ when she was 18. 

    From when they were a young couple, Chris and Careena have had a dream to live a self sustainable lifestyle, and be more in touch with nature. They're now finally realising it with the beautiful property at Cottle Hill Creek. 

    Chris and Careena moved to Kerikeri from Auckland in November 2016 and loving the lifestyle and everything that the Bay of Islands has to offer.