Watercliff - The Nest

Watercliff - The Nest

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 Nest' is a cosy escape 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 an outdoor bath, lounge chairs, 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 View and The Getaway - 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 View? Check out the other cabins at Watercliff - The ViewThe Getaway 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 with a soak 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.


  • "

    It's not often you find places where so much thought and care have been put into every single detail. From the incredible setting to the design of the cabins and all the tiny touches in between, Watercliff exceeded expectations. We are Tauranga locals but felt like we were transported a world away.


    Alana Hawke - 16 Jul 2024

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    Absolutely loved staying at The Nest. From arriving at reception to leaving, everything was perfect. Evie was a great host too. Couldn't recommend Watercliff enough for an "off the grid" getaway with everything you need. Hope to be back again soon!


    Stefanie Grace - 25 Jun 2024

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    We loved our stay at The Nest, it felt like we had escaped the world for a few days. The cabin has everything you need and the property has lots of tracks to explore.


    Nika Van Wyk - 20 May 2024

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    It was warm and welcoming, the view was beautiful, and it’s a lovely getaway for couples. We also took some stuff back that inspired me and my husband for our house renovation.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

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    Stayed at The Nest and even though the weather was horrible, we had a wonderful time. Definitely have to point out the bathroom - the best I've ever seen!


    - 12 Mar 2024

    5 / 12

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    We had the most magical time at The Nest cabin at Watercliff. Such a unique and special spot. Take your food with you - you won’t want to leave once you get there!


    - 14 Feb 2024

    6 / 12

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    A beautiful spot to relax and unwind. Accommodation was lovely and very comfortable. Although it was just outside Tauranga, you feel as if you’re miles away.


    - 28 Nov 2023

    7 / 12

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    A beautiful, well-thought-out space - every detail was perfection. A lovely relaxing space, and we enjoyed a dip in the river, followed by wine in the outdoor bath. Absolute bliss! This will be a yearly getaway for us, perfect for couples wanting to relax and connect.


    - 15 Nov 2023

    8 / 12

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    What a great spot, everything was perfect.


    - 17 Oct 2023

    9 / 12

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    Watercliff was everything we were wanting for a much needed restful break from the hustle and bustle of busy life! The hosts were super lovely and helpful and they have done an amazing job creating such a wonderful place. The accomodation has been so thoughtfully designed with such attention to detail. We had such a relaxing time and would not hesitate to recommend to family and friends! We will be back!


    - 05 Oct 2023

    10 / 12

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    Awesome place to just get away and relax. Awesome host and very clean. Thanks heaps guys.


    - 02 Oct 2023

    11 / 12

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    Amazing from the get go. Friendly host, great setting and totally recommend to anyone seeking a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. They’ve nailed it. We’ll be back for sure.


    - 06 Sep 2023

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