Peaceful semi-rural setting but near city

New Zealand - Auckland - Auckland, 20k, W

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Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,A quiet corner by the  pool in summer
A quiet corner by the pool in summer
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Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Main entrance
Main entrance
Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Open plan lounge
Open plan lounge
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TV end of lounge near fire
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Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Kitchen and breakfast bar.  Dining table separate.
Kitchen and breakfast bar. Dining table separate.
Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Guest bedroom in separate wing
Guest bedroom in separate wing
Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Guest bathroom
Guest bathroom
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Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,New Zealand,Auckland, 20k, W,Us in Konstance, Germany
Us in Konstance, Germany
  • Sleeping capacity5
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bathrooms2

Non-simultaneous Home Exchange

Simultaneous Home Exchange

Long-term Home Exchange

Hospitality Exchange Offered

Hospitality Exchange Wanted

Homesit Offered

Smoking Not Allowed

No Children Please

Car Exchange is offered/negotiable

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Our Home For Exchange

Description of the home we are offering for exchange

Members since 2011. We are planning further trips to different places around the world so are open to offers. For you information we have recently travelled to Holland, Germany and England so other places would be more attractive to us at this stage.

We are an active couple who love to walk and ride our bikes. Our hobbies include gardening, fishing, cooking, crosswords, films, books and travel. Our house is large and on one level. The pool is heated in summer. Although nestled between vineyards and orchards we are only 35 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes to the city centre and 5 mins from the train station. We are handy to both surfing and quieter beaches. The Waitakere ranges offer many walks among native bush and there are several cycle tracks handy. Farmers markets are nearby and there are a number to choose from. The islands in the Hauraki Gulf are very beautiful and well worth exploring, especially the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi. There are nice restaurants nearby

Type

House - single floor/ Main Residence


Amenities

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathroom / toilet wheel chair accessible
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Washer
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Microwave Oven
  • Extensive Grounds
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • View
  • Fireplace
  • Privacy / Seclusion
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Garage
  • Parking included
  • Private Pool
  • Terrace / Patio

Entertainment

  • DVD
  • Internet access
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)

Extras

  • Use of bicycle(s)

Setting

  • Rural

Neighbourhood

Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area

The Oratia Valley was settled by Dalmation migrants in the late 1890s and early 1900s. They planted orchards and vineyards, leading to Oratia becoming known as the fruit bowl of Auckland. A strong sense of community developed which continues today. We live in a completely private setting with an outlook to trees on the hill tops. It is very quiet here but only a 5 minute drive to the train station. Henderson shopping mall is about 7 minutes drive. There are many nice restaurants offering food of differing ethnicity within 25 minutes drive and several movie theatres also. If you train into the city then you can access concerts, plays and art galleries. The city has a number of jazz bars, many restaurants and a beautiful harbour basin where you can dine or just sit and enjoy the boats. Many people like to walk along the Viaduct basin on a summer evening and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the harbour.

Outdoor Activities

  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Cultural Events
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Hiking
  • Public Swimming Pool
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving / Surfing

Leisure

  • Park / Playground
  • Cafés
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

Cultural Activities

  • Concerts
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Theatre

Transport Nearby

  • Train Station
  • Car Necessary

Neighbourhood Services

  • Corner Shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket

Attractions

Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home

The Oratia Farmers Market sells a range of local produce every Saturday morning and the nearby night market in Henderson is a local hotspot for ethnic food.
Artisan Wines produces and sells wine from its own vineyard, and also has a restaurant.
The Packing Shed Gallery and Cafe is situated in the original packing shed of the Tara Orchards built in 1908.
“Just Plane Interesting” is a shop selling an eclectic range of antiques, curios and collectibles.
You are never far from a beach here. Piha, a world class surfing beach and Muriwai where you can get close to a large gannet colony, are within half an hours drive. Catch a train into Britomart and take a ferry to Devonport across the harbour, or travel further on to Waiheke to sample lovely locally produced wines and picturesque restaurants and beaches.
Enjoy many walks both beach and bush in the Waitakere ranges and visit the local Arataiki centre for information on these. This grape growing area offers many wine sampling options.

Our favourite restaurants


Cafés & bars


Special places to shop

  • St Lukes or Sylvia Park 20 minutes drive away
  • Parnell, Mt Eden and Ponsonby

Leisure and cultural activities


Walks or jogging paths


Health or fitness clubs


Interesting day trips


Our Preferences

Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules

Watering of plants required in hot months. This includes garden vegetables (this involves just turning an irrigation system on and off) and also potted plants. Guests are welcome to use vegetables from the garden. If you travel away for a few days do not worry about this. We are often away too!

Conditions

  • No Children Please
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Not Allowed
  • Plant care is needed inside
  • Plant care is needed outdoors

Car Exchange

  • Car Exchange is offered/negotiable

Home Exchange Type

  • Non-simultaneous Home Exchange
  • Simultaneous Home Exchange
  • Long-term Home Exchange
  • Hospitality Exchange Offered
  • Hospitality Exchange Wanted
  • Homesit Offered
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