Number One House Boutique Bed & Breakfast and Apartment
Accommodation (big name - great place!) is a beautiful old villa with
its own beach, yet only 8 minutes from Auckland City centre by harbour
ferry or car. There are wonderful views of Harbour and Auckland City
with an exquisite sight at night.
A greeting service meets you at the airport. See your own country
flag flying at the front door!
Did we mention Jay's superb full cooked breakfasts- world famous in
Auckland is the place to start and finish your holiday, and no place
is more welcoming for your bed and breakfast accommodation. There is
just so much to do here... book 2 - 3 nights minimum at least.
We are certified KiwiHosts with NZ Tourism Board.
- Jay's breakfasts
- Delightful warm picturesque villa
- 200 degrees stunning harbour views
- Very close to city, restaurants, cafes, shopping, museums, etc
Guests will find an enchanting Hobbit House in the garden, and we are
breeding Monarch butterflies in summer.
We also have a 12 metre sailing catamaran! Either come day sailing or
even bare boat charter on Whiskers for a special holiday.
For those who would like a little self contained privacy with its own
entrance, and families travelling with children, have a look at the
Apartment - it is ideal for you.
We are not a small hotel - just a very friendly 'exclusive' homestay
- we take a maximum of 6 persons.
Each room has provided for your comfort:
- TV and radio
- Beach towels
- Fluffy bathrobes
- Pure cotton sheets
- Iron and ironing board
- Tea, coffee and biscuits
- A personal printed breakfast menu
- Private bathroom with shower and toilet
The Green Room:
See yourself in the four-poster queen size bed that overlooks
Auckland Harbour. Heaven! This large room has period Kauri furniture,
model yachts, axminster carpet - and a special ambience.
Tea, fresh plunger coffee, biscuits all complimentary. TV in room.
The Green Room has its own private bathroom with shower, toilet and
cast iron bath. A very romantic setting, lying in bed looking at the
exquisite lights of the city across the water.
The White Room:
An equally large room with a queen size bed. Polished matai floors,
table and lounging chairs. Tea, fresh plunger coffee, biscuits all
complimentary. TV in room. Own en-suite.
Self Contained Apartments:
It's beautiful - facing the lights of Auckland City across the
harbour, this self contained apartment is on the water's edge.
For a couple there is a double bed room with panorama windows on
two sides, and in the lounge is a queen size sofa bed, and a soft
couch for extra sleeping - you can comfortably have 4 adults or
parents with three children. There are duvets on both beds and soft
Enjoy the private courtyard with outdoor seating around a marble
table. There is a Hobbit House in the garden - and we breed Monarch
Butterflies for their beauty and fun.
We include all the basics food for continental breakfasts at no
extra cost (tea, coffee, jams and spreads, bread, milk, cereals,
butter, etc) - and to help you enjoy your holiday we will even do your
clothes washing for you! (small charge)
Very easy access to the beach, the ferry to the city, and to all
Walking distance to 3 very good restaurants, twin boutique cinemas,
New Zealand wine shop, fish and chip shop, delicatessen and hair
dresser. One mile away the shopping centre has 20 ethnic restaurants,
ATM banks, post office et al.
Other Features In Our Home:
- Ample car parking
- Washing and drying machines
- Continental or cooked breakfast
- Free email access and free local telephone
- Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit - all complimentary
- TV (should you require it), music, books and CD's etc
- Lounge overlooking the water, and toward the lights of Auckland
- Outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub overlooking the city lights (you can try
not to be romantic, but it's hard)
Hobbitton in the Heart of Auckland - Lord of the Rings fans, come and
visit a real Hobbit House!
Number One House has even more to appeal for you.
See the Hobbit House snuggled into the bank, on the path down to the
water. Rated by a visitor (who was a cast member of the 'Lord of the
Rings') as 'totally cool - very Hobbitish!'
An earthen roof over the top is already covered in plants, flowers,
and herbs for the table The house looks out onto the Waitemata Harbour (Maori
for 'sparkling waters') which lives right up to its name, as the morning
sunlight dapples through the pohutukawa trees.
If you write, paint or meditate, the Hobbit House is very U !!
Something else (yes, there is more?)... fancy wiling away an hour or
three? We have also just finished a two person swinging seat (complete
with drinks table of course) and overlooking the harbour.
Shall we tell you that there is also a Monarch butterfly breeding
program here, or should we just let you find out for yourself?
Looking for a special something?
Like to just go for a sail? Can do - or - how about combining a
wonderful time on the water with a learning experience?
There is no extra charge for the sailing school, but if you are
inexperienced come sailing for the day, and extend your horizon in many
ways. Learn navigation, boat handling, sailing techniques, raising and
lowering the anchor and sails, learn to steer, learn to appreciate the
wind, boat safety and rules of the road at sea. Not only that - but a
good lunch with wine and beer is included.
Our yacht, Whiskers, is a fibreglass 37'0 (12 metre) sailing
catamaran built in Cornwall, UK. I have refurbished her, inside and out.
She is wonderful to sail, as safe and steady as a ferry boat, plus
has superb accommodation - two queen size cabins and two full double
size cabins, plus a full size galley. She is a go anywhere - do anything
boat - and she is on the marina now in front of the house.
Whiskers is available for 24 hour charters. Please contact us for
rates and other details.
Places to see include:
Home to New Zealand's youngest volcano. The hike to the summit
rewards you with stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf. This 800 year old
volcanic island of 2310 hectares is included in the Hauraki Gulf
Maritime Park, the ranger living at Islington bay. The island is a
prominent landmark from every direction, rising to a three cone shaped
Next, you'll come to Waiheke Island, home to some of New Zealand's
best wineries, where you can wine and dine in superb style among the
olive groves. Besides beautiful white sandy beaches, the island boasts
a range of local crafts, potting, weaving, leatherwork and art.
This island has had an interesting history down the years, as
firstly it was a home to manganese and copper mining, then in the late
1800's the Governor, Sir George Grey made the island his retreat. The
home is now a Historic Home museum. The island is though, a very
popular spot with may sheltered anchorage. Kawau Island has many safe
A gorgeous blend of local craft shops, cafes, restaurants and award
winning wineries. The coast is blessed with golden sandy beaches and
Great Barrier Island:
Is 32km (16 miles) in length and with a permanent population of
less than 2000 is the 'must see' for cruisers. Over two thirds of its
area is public land and there is an extensive network of walkways and
tracks, and much of Great Barrier is heavily forested. The island has
historical sites such as great kauri dams, while the golden sandy
beaches and native bush walking tracks make it an outdoor paradise.
Although there are a number of bays, along the Whangaparoa stretch
of coast, they hold limited appeal to the yachtsman. With the
exception of Hobbs Bay on the southern side of the peninsular this is
home to the Gulf Harbour Marina. There are a number of limited
visitors' berths available, pre-booking is advised.
A beautiful island that is now a bird sanctuary that welcomes
visitors, and you are guaranteed to see many rare birds. This is a perfect
lunch time stop on your way home.
10 Days - Typical Itinerary:
- Day 1 Arrive in Auckland- stay at No 1 House
- Day 2 To Islington Bay - walk to summit of Rangitoto Island
- Day 3 Visit Waiheke Island, Oneroa beach, then to far end to
anchor - 20nms
- Day 4 Te Kouma Harbour on Coromandel peninsula- wonderful
- Day 5 Visit Coromandel then to Great Barrier Island (Tryphena) -
- Day 6 Great Barrier Island (Port Fitzroy) - 13nms
- Day 7 Sail or walk and enjoy Great barrier
- Day 8 Kawau Island - 30nms
- Day 9 Motuketekete Island and Gulf harbour
- Day 10 Auckland via Tiri Tiri Matangi- 25nms
Brian was born here and Jay is from UK and has been in New Zealand
for 20 years. This fun couple (your hosts Brian & Jay) - sail
yachts, ride motorbikes, bush walk, travel regularly and drink champagne
and New Zealand wine.
Brian is an offshore delivery skipper, each year taking yachts to and
from the South Pacific islands and beyond.
Jay was accounts manager for a marine safety company before being
full time with Number One House. She is responsible for a (live in)
granddaughter (Isabella Mercedes), and an itinerant husband, both of
whom she handles with grace and charm.
They can arrange almost any activity - from exploring an island
volcano (extinct), sailing in a real Americas Cup boat, helicopter
rides, overnight sailing trips, island trekking, vineyard tasting and
quad bike hire - not to mention jumping off the harbour bridge!
And after all that rushing around, they will recommend you finish off
your day in the romantic outdoor Jacuzzi - with New Zealand wine of
Their boat is a 38' (12m) classic keel yacht, complete with a
certified skipper is moored outside, ready to take you out on the
harbour and the wonderful 'Hauraki Gulf'.
They are very proud of their house and its views.