Watercliff - The Hangout

Watercliff - The Hangout

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 Hangout' sleeps up to four people, making it ideal for families or four adults. The interior is fresh and stylish. You'll find a kitchenette, a modern bathroom and a generous living space with a queen-size bed. An adjoining room has a king bunk bed.

Large glass sliding doors lead out to a spacious semi-covered deck with lounge chairs, a four-person dining table and a BBQ. 

Watercliff is a fantastic place for families looking to reconnect with each other and the natural world. Embrace the opportunity to disconnect from technology - and explore! Take the kids down the path through the native bush to the river and discover the waterfall, swimming hole, and riverside beach. 

Watercliff has three other cabins on the property, sleeping up to two per cabin, The Nest, The View and The Getaway. Ideal if you're looking to bring the extended family along for the break!

FROM $280 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

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 Hangout? Check out the other cabins at Watercliff - The NestThe View and The Getaway


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 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.


  • "

    Great stay and Evie had exceptional communication and service.


    Wikus Vermeulen - 09 Jul 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Enjoyed the bush trail from the carpark to the cabin. Great relaxing setting and Evie was a very helpful onsite manager. The coffee was excellent!


    Jeremy Ginsberg - 07 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Watercliff is an amazing place to reconnect with nature. Our daughter didn’t want to leave the place.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Our beautiful and cosy little Hangout accommodation was set in an incredible spot in the midst of nature. Birds, the sound of the small stream, abundant vegetation. Bliss! Thank you!


    - 16 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Everything is perfect.


    - 09 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    Everything was great! Beautiful place, very clean cabin, amazing scenery. Fantastic drive and initiative on being sustainable with adopting solar energy. Can't wait to come back! Thank you!


    - 01 Apr 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    A great place to disconnect totally and be immersed in the Kiwi wild! Nice little picnic spots and a wonderful place for stargazing at night. Be sure to get what you need before going in to fully enjoy your stay!


    - 12 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

  • "

    Awesome hospitality and great accommodation and getaway.


    - 14 Dec 2023

    8 / 12

  • "

    The perfect accommodation if you want to be in the middle of nowhere and see glowworms at your own pace. We had the place to ourselves. Will definitely stay here again.


    - 21 Nov 2023

    9 / 12

  • "

    We had the best stay at Watercliff and would highly recommend it. The hosts were lovely, the accommodation was pristine, and it was in the most magical setting. We will definitely be back!


    - 24 Oct 2023

    10 / 12

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    I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Josh and Delia for creating an exceptional haven for families like mine. The facilities are top-notch, the service is outstanding, and the support is unparalleled. Our time here has been a true healing journey, surrounded by the beauty of nature and tranquility. Thank you for making this place a cherished retreat for families seeking solace and connection in a green and peaceful environment.


    - 11 Oct 2023

    11 / 12

  • "

    A great place to getaway for a few days.


    - 06 Sep 2023

    12 / 12

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