A home away from home, private fully self-contained, upper level apartment. located where the urban area merges with the protected natural environment. It is surrounded by fine native NZ rainforest, with bird-life, waterfall, stream, 3 min to cafes.
City-Bush Retreat is a home away from home, located where the metropolitan urban area merges with the protected natural environment of the Waitakere Ranges. It is surrounded by fine native NZ rainforest, with bird-life, tinkling waterfall and stream. City-Bush Retreat is a very special place and it’s a privilege to be able to make this corner of paradise available for you to enjoy.
City-Bush Retreat unites the uniquely New Zealand architecture of the “The Group Movement” with the best of modern amenities maximising sun and views. The Group was known for their provocative calls for a specifically New Zealand architecture and for their modern houses, often characterised by exposed timbers, natural wood floors, open-plan interiors and what was then a new attention to indoor-outdoor living that is now part of the typical New Zealand life-style.
City-Bush Retreat is tastefully decorated and appointed, offering low-key luxury with an exotic look and feel, enabling you to explore local New Zealand character without sacrificing the fine comforts of home. It is decorated with original New Zealand glass art, pottery and painting. Just across the road there is access to a walkway that meanders for three kilometres (1.8 miles) through native rainforest with views out over the Manuaku Harbour and Waitakere Lakes.
A Slice of Heaven
It is no accident that in the language of the Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Titirangi means “Edge of Heaven”. Whether your visit will be oriented towards the city, family, the outdoor environment or all these, guests often tell us it is the green, quiet, agelessness of the natural rainforest that they remember most vividly: the sounds of the birds, the waterfall in the stream, or the total surprise of having a Kereru (large native Wood Pigeon) skim the deck and perch almost within touching distance on a Nikau Palm, even as you sit there enjoying your breakfast on the deck! These wonderful birds are now fully protected, but they were once a delicacy for Maori. (The photo is just 3m (12ft) from the house.)
Accès des voyageurs
The apartment is fully self-contained with quality amenties: all bedding, towels, toiletries, soap, cleaning materials.
And fully equipped with modern appliances and kitchen utensils for cooking and eating.
The laundry (automatic clothes washer, clothes dryer, tub, laundry provisions) is shared with the downstairs apartment.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Entirely up to our guests. You are totally private in the apartment and on the decks which surround two full sides for indoor/outdoor living. If a guest want's to talk, or needs information or help of any sort, we are totally willing - love to talk! Contact is by simple text, call, or just come down the path to the underneath apartment (fully separate, private & sound proof incidentally).
Perfect location for walking (the Hilary Trail starts just a few minutes from here), photography and bird watching.
Also golf, tennis beaches are nearby.
City-Bush Retreat has just listed on Airbnb, though we have been operating full-time since 2008.
Please have a look at our web (EMAIL HIDDEN) for more information and our actual cancellation policy.
City-Bush Retreat is a quiet, private, fully self contained one bedroom apartment suitable for a couple, single or two singles (if two beds are required we place an additional single bed in the open-plan area of the apartment (surcharge applies for this extra bed)
We send you a Terms and Conditions statement prior to confirmation of booking.
Basically, in keeping with the retreat-like atmosphere, it is a not suitable for parties or entertaining (other then casual day visitors)
Not suitable for children or baby-sitting little ones.
I travel extensively with my Wife Fran. We are both Career Consultants. We work with clients from many different places - mostly adults who wake up thinking "There's got to be more to life than this!" There is. We help them find it.
We hike too. In fact that is one of our life passions. Max's other passion is photography and Fran's is people and places.
We also own and operate City-Bush Retreat - a classy, boutique apartment on the edge of the rain forest 20 minutes from downtown Auckland. It's a delightful, quiet and private place in an extraordinary environment and we have been enjoying sharing it with guests since 2008. When we are in Auckland we stay in the completely separate downstairs apartment.
And we are publishing a book about our career work. More to come.