The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Ara Roa

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Paul and Susanne Olsen
Harambee Road, Taiharuru, Northland

Tel: + 64 (0)9-436-5028
Cell: + 64 (0)21-293-5981
Fax: + 64 (0)9-436-5028

Susanne and Paul add a surcharge for one-night stays at Ara Roa and you’ll kick yourself all the way back down the mountain if you have to pay it! The cottage is at the very top of a kilometre of exciting driveway… next stop heaven. Time to wheel out some of the big-gun adjectives: magnificent, awe-inspiring, breath-taking.....

.... That sort of thing. From the deck the world is laid out below you, miles of grassy hills and fields, until the mountains finally drop into the sea. The muffled roar of distant surf wafts up the mountain and envelops you. I sat staring until darkness forced me to evaluate my living quarters. Given the token price put upon it I suggest you try and book in for a year. Everything is hard to get out of… the bed, the bath, the shower, the beanbag in front of the Sky-linked telly. Walls are enlivened with colourful pieces of art you want to walk off with (like the blue fish sculpture in the main bedroom). Mod cons include a complex series of spotlights, phone (mobile coverage is perfect), very functioning kitchen, hi-fi, video, board games. Kayaking in the estuary sounds great, sting rays commonly seen. Or cockle-fossicking. Or next-door’s farm is a big hit with kids. This is a fantastic find and may well be difficult to get into. You will thank me (and the wonderful Olsen family of course!) if you do.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Horses available    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 guest house: 2 bedrooms sharing 1 double bath and separate shower. There's a separate studio apartment with 1 king and en/s shower, close to the main house for more guests if required.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catering so bring your own breakfast etc. Dinners can be arranged with a bit of notice: $60 - $90. Breakfast provisions provided with high season rates.
Directions: Ask when booking.

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