Watercliff - The Getaway

Watercliff - The Getaway

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Watercliff is located along the banks of the Omanawa River, a 20-minute drive from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region. Start your journey with a welcoming 1km drive by your hosts along the river to reach your cabin in the Watercliff Jimny. 

Watercliff includes four luxurious and comfortable, self-contained and eco-friendly cabins. This cabin, known as 'The Getaway' is ideal for couples. The stylish, restful interior consists of a kitchenette, a modern bathroom, and a living space with a queen-size bed. Outdoors you’ll find a large semi-covered deck with lounge chairs, an outdoor bath, a dining area, and a BBQ. 

In the morning, open your automatic blinds to reveal the picturesque sunrise without leaving your bed. Once you're up, enjoy a stroll down the path through the native bush to a small waterfall, swimming hole, and secluded beach along the riverbank.

The seclusion of the site and its location in the beautiful native bush is peaceful and serene. Feel your worries fade away as you explore, relax and reconnect with each other - and the natural world around you.

Watercliffs other cabins are the couples cabins, The Nest and The View - as well as the family-friendly cabin, The Hangout.

FROM $280 p/n

  • 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.

Can't find availability for your dates at The Getaway? Check out the other cabins at Watercliff - The Nest and The View and The Hangout.


80 Lawry Lane, Omanawa 3171


Watercliff is 20 minutes drive from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address.

Please note that a vehicle transfer will be waiting upon your arrival and departure but if you wish to come and go from the cabin during your stay, you'll need to walk the 10-15 minutes back and forth to your car.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's 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

    Watercliff is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your kitchen. All the utensils you'll need for cooking and eating are provided.

    If you fancy a meal out, Clarence House Bistro has great fine dining. Alpino in Mount Maunganui is highly recommended by your hosts for the best Italian, Lloyds Deli and Avenue sell the best coffee and sandwiches by day and sourdough pizzas by night. Palace Burger is the perfect place to pick up a burger and head to the beach.

    Looking for a meal paired with a glass of your favourite? Bar Centrale has fantastic cocktails and Italian, and The Cider Factorie has amazing harbourside views. The Island (formerly known as the famous 'Papamoa Beach Tavern') is a great option, and The Rising Tide includes a unique pairing of local craft beers and delicious dumplings.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Tauriko, a 10-minute drive.

  • Things to do

    You'll find plenty to do on the property. Watercliff is a natural wonderland, with bush walking tracks and a river for swimming and kayaking. Or just wind down in the outdoor bath and relax at the cabin. Board games and a variety of outdoor games are provided.

    Feel like getting out and about? Mount Maunganui beach/The Mount is less than a 30-minute drive away. Glow-worm kayaking is another option. Waimarino Kayak Tours offers an evening trip up the Wairoa River. The McLaren Falls are spectacular, with plenty of walking tracks around the lake and amazing waterfalls to admire.

    A keen biker? Whakarewarewa Forest MTB Trails (also known as 'The Redwoods') are under an hour away, and highly recommended! Alternatively, Oropi Mountain Bike Park is only a 15 minute drive.

    Fabulous farmers markets are nearby for some delicious street food, local produce and nic nacs! The Tauranga Farmers Market is every Saturday morning at Tauranga Primary School and The Little Big Markets is every Saturday, at Coronation Park or Pāpamoa Pony Club.

    The nearest town is Tauriko, a 10-minute drive away. Tauranga is a 20-minute drive and Mount Maunganui is 25 minutes.

  • your hosts

    Watercliff is a family-owned business operated by Josh and Delia Harris and their son Lowen (who loves to dig as much as any toddler).

    Like most love stories, Watercliff began with a chance encounter; between Josh (recent civil engineer graduate) and Delia (a principal ballet dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet). Their shared love of the outdoors and exploring new adventures quickly turned into an off-the-grid farm wedding in the UK, and the beginning of an idea for a family-operated business in Delia’s New Zealand hometown.

    They returned to New Zealand where they could be close to family and raise Lowen on the family land, while creating something special for others to enjoy. Watercliff was created with the intent to take care of people, property, and the planet. A place to be kind and warm, to always tread lightly but focus on making an impact.

    Watercliff includes four gorgeous eco-friendly cabins - The ViewThe NestThe Getaway and the family-friendly cabin, The Hangout.


  • "

    Beautiful environment. Time without internet was a blessing in disguise that helped us appreciate each other and the scenery on a deeper level. It also had the added benefit of allowing our minds to rest and having the best sleep in a long time.


    Sebastian Meneses - 12 Jul 2024

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  • "

    The place was clean, quiet, modern, and had everything we needed for our two-night stay. Evie was really nice and helpful. It was a very peaceful place to stay, and I would recommend it.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Could not fault our experience. Beautiful place. We will be back.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    We stayed two nights at Watercliff and had the most amazing, peaceful, relaxing time. It really is a stunning location, hidden down in the valley - a perfect retreat away from it all. Evie was a great host, and our cabin was lovely and cozy with everything we needed - the outdoor bath on the deck was a huge bonus. Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay longer!!


    - 14 Nov 2023

    4 / 12

  • "

    Perfect getaway for our "me time." The only complaint was the weather, which did not cooperate the whole weekend. Josh and Delia were the perfect hosts. The cabins were clean and warm, and the outside tub was a luxury. Five stars.


    - 02 Oct 2023

    5 / 12

  • "

    Super relaxing place, facilities were amazing! The best part was the glow worms, waking up to seeing the beautiful native bush, and adventuring the property. Will definitely be recommending to everyone to stay here to unwind!


    - 28 Sep 2023

    6 / 12

  • "

    Watercliff is one of the most relaxing places I’ve stayed. Tranquil, quiet and just one night feels like you’ve been on a retreat for a week. So conveniently close to Tauranga yet feels a million miles away from anywhere once you’re there. Gorgeous little cabins, so comfortable and cosy. And high end furnishings. Not your typical bush hut! Hosts are super helpful and lovely to deal with.


    - 26 Jul 2023

    7 / 12

  • "

    The place was amazing, modern, very clean, peaceful and beautiful! My husband and I had a very relaxing stay at the Watercliff cabin. Hayley was an awesome host! She’s very accommodating and super friendly. I highly recommend this place to everyone. Will definitely come back in the future.


    - 18 Jul 2023

    8 / 12

  • "

    Was an amazing getaway and the hosts were friendly. Would definitely stay there again!


    - 18 Jul 2023

    9 / 12

  • "

    A very pleasant and helpful host.


    - 12 Jun 2023

    10 / 12

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    Our stay at Watercliff could not have been anymore perfect. Our hosts were extremely accommodating and friendly and our room was of such good quality and super clean. They put detail into everything and include the slightest touches that make all the difference. 10/10.


    - 31 Mar 2023

    11 / 12

  • "

    Watercliff was the perfect destination for our honeymoon, close to home but you wouldn't know it. It is truly a little piece of pure paradise! Loved the outside bath where we could soak amongst the beautiful scenery in the moonlight, while also listening to the Tuis.


    - 23 Mar 2023

    12 / 12

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