Dave Jeffery - Licensed Salesperson (REAA 2008)

Resident Salesperson on Kawau Island, New Zealand.

Imagine hopping in a rowboat to visit friends - or taking a walk over a bush-fringed track to get to a neighbour's barbeque, or just sitting in silence, listening to keruru crashing through the foliage, weka digging up your garden and tui outwarbling any other songster around. Imagine this is available to you just 30 minutes by ferry from Sandspit, a coastal settlement 45 minutes by carNorth of Auckland. 

Kawau Island is that place and given that it's 90 per cent privately owned, it's neither exclusive nor difficult to get a foothold on this historically-rich island. In its time Kawau has hosted them all – Maori, miners, farmers, a New Zealand governor, dignitaries, top brass, zebras, monkeys and more recently, the holidaying hoi polloi when Dominion Breweries ran Mansion House and surrounds as a pub. Now, although only 48 permanent residents live here, Kawau is mostly enjoyed by the 250 families who have holiday homes on the island, and since the residential property sizes range from .05 ha to 40 ha (1/8 to 100 acres), it doesn't feel in the least like a suburb of Auckland. The island offers everything from architecturally designed masterpieces with pools and tennis courts, to bush baches and sections waiting for inspiration. Bush and water views are a given and it's not hard to find a place with no other houses in sight. 

So what will you do here? You will time travel to a not-so-distant past. Kawau is the place to come for a Swallows & Amazons summer. The tiny 5 x 8 km island is mostly car-free with just two short roads but there are plenty of boaties, kayaks, dinghies, little coves and swimming beaches as well as numerous wharves to jump off. Twitchers will love spotting fantails, sea birds, silver-eyes, grey warblers but even non-birders will be captivated by the kookaburras, rosellas and wekas who have made the island their home. 

Of course you could just come here to do nothing but relax on the deck of your new holiday home and stare at the deep blue-green sea and shifting light on the hills and marvel at how close yet how far this rustic haven isfrom the city. 

'Introduction to Kawau' Deal
You now have the chance to investigate and fully understand why Kawau Island works so well for many happy holiday home owners, by staying a night at Kawau Lodge and spending time with your hosts Dave & Helen Jeffery. 

Day 1:
Drive to Sandspit, just 10 minutes from Warkworth and park in the safe car park just before you reach the main wharf. You will be collected from Sandspit wharf and taken on a boat tour of the settled coastline of Kawau Island. At the completion of the boat tour you will check into Kawau Lodge and relax with a bottle of local Matakana wine, while perusing the listings of Kawau properties currently on the market. Enjoy dinner with your hosts who will be happy to answer any questions that may have arisen during the day. 

Day 2:
After a leisurely breakfast on your deck overlooking the Cove, Dave will take you to inspect any properties that are of interest to you before transferring you back to Sandspit. Total cost only $250 per couple or $200 per individual and this includes the boat transfers, dinner, bed and breakfast at the lodge, and the complimentary bottle of local Matakana wine. 

To book your stay and embark on your Kawau Island Experience contact Dave or Helen at Kawau Lodge