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Swap ID: 08169A Beach House, RUSSELL,, North Island, New Zealand
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Type of Home: House
Preferred Swap Length: Short Term (up to 4 wks)
Open to any Destination: Yes
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Profile: Couple-Retired - Completed House Swaps: 25
DON and RITA are in their early 60's and live in Auckland, New Zealand.
We have been in business since our late teens.
Now, as Grandparents, we have decided to mellow, slow down, kickback and hope to travel more.
Our Summer House is situated in Russell, Bay of Islands, an easy four and half hour drive north of Auckland.
We are both non smokers and would not want any smoking in the house nor do we have any pets.
We would treat your house with the greatest respect and care and would expect you to do likewise.
Although we are pet lovers we would not like to have the responsibility for your Pets as we wish not to be tied to being back at feeding times.
Exchange vehicle available.
We are experienced Exchangee's.
Type: House, Bathrooms: 3, Bedrooms: 4, Sleeps: 6
About our House: This is our Summer House with our own private beach front and half acre of native bush.
Situated near Russell, in the Bay of Islands, it is a comfortable 4.5hrs drive north of New Zealands International Airport and largest City Auckland.
As this is our second home we have no problems in exchange and dates are flexible. We are able to bank future time.
By the way if you are into seafoods fresh oysters and mussels grow on the rocks at the bottom of the garden in a safe tranquil swimming Bay opening to the Pacific Ocean
Dolphins come into our Bay a number of times a year plus the occasional pod of orcas.
Seasons here are the opposite of what they are in the Northern hemisphere, with the best summer months falling in end October through to April.
The house built (mid 70's )of natural timbers and cedar is of 4 bedrooms; Two of the Double bedrooms have an ensuite ( WC & Shower ) and king size beds, the other two upstairs bedrooms each have 2 single beds and a shared bathroom. ( WC & Shower over bath )
The Home also has two lounges plus decks and BarBQ area.
Native birds inhabit the bush and you can hear the kiwi at night.
Also at night you can watch the Satellites going overhead in a fabulous southern hemisphere star studded sky.
Russell is a quaint quiet village, and was the first capital of New Zealand and one of the first European settlements.
Originally known as The Hell Hole of the Pacific the town is rich in history with a variety of shops cafes and restaurants that do not spoil the old charm.
Hours can be spent in the museum tracing the towns history from the first European settlers, whaling and marine history.
Even the headstones and musket holes at New Zealand's first church have a story to tell.
The old charm, history, modern facilities and access to many attractions make it the perfect base for a romantic stay, family holiday or base to explore the upper north island. with regular car Ferry services (NZ$18.00 return)to the mainland and Passenger ferries operate continuously during the day to the tourist town of Paihia where additional shops and attractions can be found.
The City of Whangarei is a 45 minute drive South and KeriKeri is but 25 minutes drive north.