We (Bill and Marilyn) invite you to join us at Tikapa Moana Eco Spa Retreat set in our subtropical organic orchard on the tranquil Seabird Coast, just a one hour drive southeast of Auckland on the scenic route to the Coromandel Peninsula.

Our place is nestled between the magestic Coromandel and Hunua Ranges, on the sparsely populated western shore of Tikapa Moana (Firth of Thames), serviced by the lightly travelled and picturesque Pacific Coast Highway that follows the coast of the North Island (Auckland to East Cape). This is also the preferred entry point for cyclists targeting all or parts of the (mainly off-road) National Cycleway, with the Hauraki Rail Trail section starting just 6 km south of us.

Our Ecolodge is the utmost in relaxed, country accommodation. You can stay either in our rustic but quite luxurious Rammed Earth Abode (capacity 2-4), or our smaller but very cosy and private Gardener’s Retreat (capacity 2), both of which are close to the spa facilities.  

We offer you a unique wellness experience that seamlessly blends together our personalised private treatments (which includes Bio Energy Therapy, Watsu and Massage), our relaxing pastoral healing environment, the organic foods that we lovingly grow in our garden and orchard ... all of which add up to a truly affordable experience that is eco-friendly in every way.

  Lounge of Rammed Earth Abode as seen from kitchen out to patio (bedroom door at left).

Orchard Casimiroa Tree Marilyn

The fruitful abundance of our small organic orchard and our unique revitalising, holistic approach to living and therapeutic bodywork will all assist you to create your own personal sanctuary of wholeness, peacefullness and wellbeing.

You will find us a welcome escape from the busy-ness and stress of everyday life ... a place to truly relax and rejuvenate, and to experience rural, coastal New Zealand at its very best.

 Queen bedroom of the Rammed Earth Abode (just off the lounge in the above photo)

In addition to our covered outdoor hydro-massaging hot tub, we have an inviting indoor spa facility, housing our purpose-built 7 x 4 m fully  solar heated Watsu (aquatic therapy) treatment pool, massage room and far-infrared sauna, all with commanding views of the surrounding pastures and mountains.

International. Bill is fluent in Spanish and French, and also speaks some Portuguese, Italian, Maori and German. Most importantly, we both speak the universal language of warm, attentive hospitality.

NEWS Update - August 2017 ...the days are getting longer and the daffodil buds are about to burst. We are preparing the vege garden beds for early plantings of snow peas and greens in early September. Applying the summer/autumn batches of rich, wormy compost to the main vege patches, and getting the first seed trays planted and established on the big sunny kitchen window sill. We are planning some great new adventures for the year ahead, but focusing for now on the early spring tasks crying out for attention around the retreat and farm.

Link to May 2016 Issue of Tourism NZ magazine describing us as one of New Zealand's prime luxury wellness retreats:


 One of countless occasions at Tikapa Moana, sharing hopes, dreams and experiences with new friends and old.

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