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.


The patio of our new house, off Wharau Road in Kerikeri. The estuary and our barn in the background. We are aiming to move in on December 4.

NEWS Update - October 2017 ... We (Bill, Marilyn and Maya) have decided that after more than 20 years of great challenges, immense creativity, enriching people experiences and a wonderful productive and highly sustainable lifestyle here in Waharau, it is time for a change ... new friends, a new part of the country, and new ways of meeting the unique challenges facing us as individuals and as a country ... and planet ... as 2017 fades into 2018 and beyond.

We have sold our awesome earthy, organic place here, and have bought another on the Kerikeri Inlet in the Bay of Islands ... a very different, very modern house, but in a very similar rural, forested, seaside environment, close to a very vibrant country town. We wish Sione, Gemma and Katene immense success in the creation of their great new family homestead here, starting in early December.

Our timing has just proven to be impeccable: our country has also just made an historic choice ... to adopt a fairer, more representative system of government, and to be more responsible in terms of how we meet the immense challenges of rampant climate change here at home and in the world around us. As one of our more visible politicians told the country on October 19 (the 100th anniversary of Bill's mother Deanie's death), the brand of capitalism that has been driving New Zealand for the past 9 years has not actually been beneficial to the majority of New Zealanders. With a progressive government leading the way, we now can look forward to playing an active role in helping our country to become more equitable, more environmentally sustainable, more tolerant, and creating more opportunities for our people to work in creative & supportive enterprises, to be paid a comfortable living wage, and to be able to own a decent house. We are keen to rise to that challenge, and also to inspire others to get on board the train of positive, people-focused action.

We have a new opportunity to come together as one people to work for the common good, in the spirit of Barak Obama's "Yes we can" of 9 years ago, and Jacinda Ardern's "Let's do this" of today. 

Changing of the Guard at Tikapa Moana: New owners Sione, Gemma and Katene (far left) meeting the Pukekereru Lane neighbours on October 21. Also in photo: Steve, Lindsey, Hunter, Ria, Kiri, Wendy, Marilyn, Tony, Ann

Gemma making her first attack on the vege garden in anticipation of early summer bounties.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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