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Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar

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Open plan living area opens onto the deck
Relaxing nautical theme with a Cape Cod feel and comfy leather sofas
Sandy ALL TIDE swimming beach and diving pontoon in front
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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
13 guests
3 nights minimum
Rental Home
Absolute beachfront. The beach house is at the gateway to New Zealand's famous Bay of Islands. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms sleep 2-13 guests. Panoramic beach and bay views with an endless procession of passing boats and romantic sunsets. Private access to a sandy all tide swimming beach with no road or dunes to cross. 4 Kayaks and a dinghy or swim to the diving pontoon in front. Located on Tapeka Point beach - just two minutes from historic Russell village with island boat trips, attractions, shops, vineyards, restaurants and nearby world class golf. The outdoor living and entertaining area is superb with a large furnished deck, loungers and a BBQ grill. A covered verandah surrounds the house with direct access from bedrooms and living area - all just a few steps from the secluded be...Absolute beachfront. The beach house is at the gateway to New Zealand's famous Bay of Islands. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms sleep 2-13 guests. Panoramic beach and bay views with an endless procession of passing boats and romantic sunsets. Private access to a sandy all tide swimming beach with no road or dunes to cross. 4 Kayaks and a dinghy or swim to the diving pontoon in front. Located on Tapeka Point beach - just two minutes from historic Russell village with island boat trips, attractions, shops, vineyards, restaurants and nearby world class golf. The outdoor living and entertaining area is superb with a large furnished deck, loungers and a BBQ grill. A covered verandah surrounds the house with direct access from bedrooms and living area - all just a few steps from the secluded beach. All linens and towels supplied ready to walk in and enjoy. The inside living area has high ceilings, comfy leather sofas and a nautical theme with a Cape Cod feel. Panoramic beach and sea views extend through floor level sliding glass doors. Lots of books, magazines, board games and DVD library. Air conditioned for year round comfort. Entertainment includes an Onkyo-Bose home theatre, TV, Sky Satellite TV channels, DVD player, AppleTV, media streaming and outdoor deck speakers. Free high speed WiFi covers the property. Fully equipped granite kitchen includes an ice maker, Nespresso machine, dual dish drawer dishwashers, oven, gas hobs, microwave, food processor, blender, toaster, serving dishes etc. Laundry with washer and dryer plus an outdoor line. The mature grounds have ample off street parking and room for children to play. Tapeka has the closest boat ramp to the Bay and renowned fishing location. Filleting station for the days catch, overflow / drinks fridge and bait freezer. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the beach house, watercraft and all facilities. Bedrooms - 1) Master on a secluded wing of the house with a king size bed, heated ensuite bathroom, TV, safe and sea views. 2) Queen and single with sea views. 3) Queen and king single bed with garden views. 4) Family bedroom / games room. King bed and three king singles. It also has AC, refrigerator, TV, DVD and BT sound system. Bedrooms have ceiling fans, heating and alarm clocks. Two portable cots, high chair, bath, swing and stroller for infants. Multi award winner including TripAdvisor Best Russell Vacation Rental and 5 star Excellence awards - but our past guest reviews say the most. This is the ultimate waterfront Kiwi beach house experience, the perfect home away from home and ideal base to explore the Bay of Islands and the Northland region of New Zealand. Can be combined with neighbouring Tapeka Bach (sleeps 3)More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Rates based on the maximum number of guests staying overnight during the stay. King master bedroom available only for 1-2 booked guests, Bedroom 2 with queen and single included for 3-4 paid guests, queen and king single for 5-6 and large rear family room over 6 booked guests. Additional non notified guests not permitted. Parties and functions not permitted where the total number of people on the property exceeds 20. Infants under two years not requiring a bed stay free of charge
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Clive R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2009
Interaction with guests
The owner personally communicates with each guest. A local agent will greet you at the house, explain the facilities and be on call. Other than that we leave you in peace and respect your privacy. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the beach house and all facilities
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Reviews (53)
Mandy O’Dea
Mandy O’Dea
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
I was a guest at this property for what was supposed to be a special family Xmas after a very hard year for us all. We paid over $1100 per night for what was supposed to be “absolute beachfront” with “unobstructed views”. The owner gave us 2 weeks notice that a new house had been put directly in front …over which he had no control. Liar! He is the owner of the house in front. He will have had months of notice going through consents etc but chose only to tell us 2 weeks out when we had booked all airfares etc. what choice did we have at that stage? We had our first 3 days of builders working skillsaws, nail guns etc and of course a view of the portaloo and rubbish skip. Exactly the sort of holiday you didn’t want to pay $1100 per night for. The owner will not respond to requests to discuss a discount for what was clearly not delivered as part of our holiday. He has a reputation around Russell as locals we spoke to seemed unsurprised by his disgusting behaviour. Clive is not to be trusted. Don’t deal with him.
Visited December 2021
Written February 11, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

LozzaDunedin
LozzaDunedin
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Please be warned that this house is NOT Beachfront and does NOT have unobstructed views. The owner advised us 2 weeks before our visit that he had moved a new house in front of this beach front property however his photos failed to show the Huge New House and were taken from the only angle that is still unobstructed. Our Holiday was ruined by the news of skill-saws and nail guns from the many labourers who were on site for the first 3 days of our holiday..DESPITE the Owner promising that there would be no workmen on site during our stay. We have asked for 3 nights compensation ( which goes no way towards compensating us for this lost holiday) and the Owner is refusing to reply. DO NOT stay here.. it is way overpriced at $1120 per night and the property is completely MISREPRESENTED ! Will post photos and videos on their Facebook page and here.
Visited December 2021
Written December 29, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jack L
Jack L
1 contribution
A genuinely special place, right on the beach, with everything you need for an amazing break. The house is spacious, comfortable, and very functional. The fishing nearby is absolutely world class. Tapeka Del Mar is the ideal base for a Bay of Islands holiday.
Visited November 2020
Written November 30, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Queen
Queen
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Best View, Best Location, Best House Beach. This is by far the Best Vacation I have ever experience in Russell. What are you waiting for... Book it you won't be disappointed I'll Promise you that🥰.
Visited November 2020
Written November 23, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

terri s
terri s
1 contribution
Thank you to our wonderful host . When you walk in you immediately feel incorporated into the view. Even in winter the sun streams in and if you don't wish to use the kayaks and dinghy provided you feel part of the action on the water and beach at your feet. The house configuration is perfect for families or a couple and every tiny detail is thought of without losing the kiwis bach feel. We chose to golf at Waitangi and walk to Russell through the bush and eat at the Duke in front of a roaring fire. Highly reccomend you spoil yourself at Tapeka del Mar.
Visited June 2020
Written June 26, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gwen H
Gwen H
8 contributions
Tapeka Del Mar is a very pretty house in an absolutely stunning location right on the beach. The house is located a short drive from the beautiful historic little town of Russell where there are plenty of eateries and basic groceries can be obtained. Car ferry crossings to Opua on the mainland are frequent and fast (NZ$13 one way) and there are so many ways to fill one's time here. I agree with a previous reviewer that the cleanliness of the property was not as good as expected - the kitchen sink/tap/dishwasher had to be cleaned before we could use it. Other than that the property was well set up for family use. The steps up to the door were difficult to negotiate because there is no handrail. Also, the sofas are very low and difficult to get out of if one has mobility problems - a higher/firmer chair with arms would be a helpful addition to the furniture for older or more infirm visitors.
Visited May 2019
Written May 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Peter V
Peter V
11 contributions
We booked Tapeka del Mar from Australia for my son's 50th birthday celebration (he was already in NZ) - 7 adults and four kids under 11. Clive, the owner happened to be there when we arrived and gave us a remarkably comprehensive briefing about the house. Everything was absolutely as specified in the promotional material (with many extras not usually included in a rental property). It felt absolutely comfortable and welcoming from the moment we arrived. If all burners lit on the barbecue I would give it 5 stars, so I must post 4 star (although I reckon 4.5 would be closer to the mark).
Visited January 2019
Written February 5, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Trip319994
Trip319994
Thank you so much for the review. We are thrilled your 11 family members enjoyed the stay but disappointed the BBQ failed us on the 5th star! We have since repaired it and hope to welcome you back in the near future
Written February 7, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Philippa C
Philippa C
2 contributions
We are a family from Australia, elderly mother and four adult children, holidaying together for the first time in 44 years. The house is spacious and light. The owner has thought of everything to make it comfortable and easy. John walked across the lawn to the beach for his daily swim each morning - no need to drive. The owners are most approachable and advised us where to go for the roast lamb we craved on mothers' day! The house has an open deck with a barbecue of course, and where we sat and sipped wine. 5 kayaks are provided and we paddled to Russell, a lovely little place about a km distant by sea. Our stay was enhanced by the close antics of a pod of dolphins when we went out on a sailing boat. Such a lovely, happy place to stay, and we would love to go back.
Visited May 2018
Written May 22, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

KNicole
KNicole
Te Puna, New Zealand4 contributions
I had family visiting from the UK so wanted to take them to Russell, we saw the pictures of this Bach online, and it had everything we needed for 7 people. The place is amazing, views were outstanding. My only negative would be that for five stars I didn't think it lived Upto that. It wasn't cleaned to a five star rating, the toilet seat was broke in the main bathroom and dirty and there was mould on the curtains and there was an abundance of flies, some of the rooms did smell abit musky too. But I tried to look past this while I was there because it was about spending time with my family and I do recognize that it is a well used Bach, lots of visitors passing through. Just think maybe I would give a 3star for cleanliness. 5star for location, house and view. As there were samples of room to roam about in. Thanks 😀
Visited February 2018
Written April 11, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

rhorse2018
rhorse2018
Whitianga, New Zealand2 contributions
Great house for a family. Our grandchildren particularly enjoyed having their own room away from the adults. The house was very well equipped. The beds were comfortable. Being so close to the beach was great and swimming and jumping off the pontoon was enjoyed by all. Highly recommended.
Visited February 2018
Written April 11, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Ceiling Fans
Central Heating
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Garage
Highchair
Internet Access
Business Travel
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Ocean Views
Patio
Playground
Private Yard
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Stereo System
Stove
Swingset
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Trampoline
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
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About the neighborhood
Tapeka is a small community of mainly holiday homes and retirees on a peninsular with water either side. This is a quiet location with no passing traffic noise as the road ends at Tapeka. The area is very secure and safe for children to wander nearby. Russell township is just a 2 minute drive or 20 minute walk. Close to facilities but quiet and isolated from noise and people. The sandy Tapeka Beach is right in front or 100m down the road is Rocky Beach, a stony beach looking out to the islands with access to fishing rocks around Tapeka Point and a coastline to explore.
Getting around
A car is recommended. Passenger ferries operate from Russell wharf to Paihia. There are superb walking tracks and bike hire in Russell. Tapeka del Mar is ideally situated as a base to explore Northland's many other attractions
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar

Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar is able to accommodate up to 13 guests. See all property details.

Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar has 4 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Bay of Islands Beachfront - Tapeka del Mar must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.