The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Crab Cove

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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.

Dave Crabb
Mahinepua Rd, Mahinepua Peninsula, Northland

Tel: + 64 (0)9-405-0075
Cell: + 64 (0)21-804-889
Fax: + 64 (0)9-405-1176

Dave has created this cave-cottage mainly, I think, because he wanted to see the look on your face when you arrive. The cottage is literally woven into the hillside, the roof covered with grass.....

.... The ‘cave mouth’ opens onto a deck where two chairs have been placed as if with tweezers. Another few yards and you’d be plummeting down the cliff to your own rocky cove below. There is a path that descends more gently, if more slowly. The cove, leaned over by old pohutukawa trees clutching the cliff-face with talon-like roots, has kayaks for exploring the nearby sea-caves. Or one of Dave’s great pleasures is to take guests out diving or crayfish-hunting. Dave’s many hats of expertise include that of master-builder/architect…but he was also no less than NZ skateboard champion. If a thing’s worth doing….The cottage is a single open-plan room with a low bed looking straight out to sea. There is a blue-glass shower behind the scenes and a sauna. Small bottles of champagne sit in the fridge alongside the excellent breakfast provisions. If you can book Crab Cove stay as long as you can. No wife/husband/partner will be able to repay you elsewhere without spending their life savings. Simple yet sensational. (The instinct to call it The Crabb Cave of Crab Cove must have been hard to resist!)





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    No Credit Cards Accepted    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Beach-house Property    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    
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Rooms: 1 cottage with king, en-suite shower and sauna.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Breakfast basket provided.
Directions: From Kerikeri 40 mins. 18.8km north of Keri’ turn R, Matauri Bay. After 14.4km L signed Te Ngaere Bay – follow for 7km. R at Mahinepua Rd, over bridge and then immediately L. Electric gates, ask for code when booking. 300m turn R past Private Property sign.


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