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Luxurious Secluded Oceanview Designer Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Rongotai means 'Hear the Sea' in Maori language. It has been featured on New Zealand's popular show 'Home Front' and on the American Cable network House and Gardens show 'Extreme Houses of the World.' It has appeared in many magazines and was included in the international book, 'Houses of the World.' It is located on a mountaintop facing the sea with a 360 degree panoramic view.

Designed by renown New Zealand Architect Martyn Evans, Rongotai is shaped like a swallow. A complementary shaped garage faces it across a circular driveway. A helipad in the rear and landscaped grounds complete the complex. The house is built of steel and glass with three two-meter skylight domes over the kitchen, master bedroom and a guestroom. The night skies of this secluded area are spectacular. There is a Bose home theater and daybeds for reading or relaxing in the living room. Nautical stairs lead up to the crow's nest for a longer view for spotting yachts, dolphin and orca. There are three bedrooms in the main house each with a stunning view of the ocean and surrounding manuka forest.

The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, a study room with glass desk and broadband hookup, a whole room just for showering with two Philippe Starck fittings; one of which reaches outdoors to the deck and a toilet room with a Japanese Toto Washlet with temperature and pressure controls for rinsing and bidette functions.

The infinity pool gives the impression you are in the sea. There's a jacuzzi on the lower level with shower, sink and an outdoor loo with a view. Rongotai is so isolated, no one can see you here.

The garage has a bathroom, laundry and kitchenette combination and a sleep-out style bedroom. There are hiking paths near the swimming pool and the landscaping is designed completely with native trees and shrubs.

Birdwatchers will delight in the shearwaters, gannets, and other native birds. There are bird, fish guides and star charts with binoculars provided. At night you can hear the New Zealand Morepork (owl family) and sometimes even a kiwi call. A short walk to the beach or a 3 minute drive will take you to Tauranga Bay beach for swimming, walking or a visit to the dotterel sanctuary. There is a kayak school in the area.

Keywords: Private, Infinity Pool, Sea View, Isolated, Honeymoon, Bach, Panoramic View, bungalow, villa, architecture designed,

More Details

Glory Jasper
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2016

About Glory Jasper

We are a Japanese-American couple. We love New Zealand for the pioneering spirit of the people there, and the natural beauty that has been preserved. A favorite hobby is observing wildlife and it's there in abundance in New Zealand.

Glory Jasper purchased this villa in 1999

Why Glory Jasper chose Northland

We looked all over the world for this property. We wanted a house on a mountaintop overlooking a beautiful sea. We searched in Phuket, Thailand; Florida, USA; Ixtapa, Mexico; the Costa del Sol of Spain and found just what we were dreaming of in New Zealand.

What makes this villa unique

We love waking up to the view of the sea. We like to bird watch and dolphin watch from the house or go fishing in the nearby waters and coming home with an abundance of fish to cook up as bouillabaisse, curry fish head (a Singapore dish) or just grilled fish. We take early evening walks along the beach at Tauranga Bay to Butterfly Bay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Doing my yoga routine out on the deck is great.
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Far North District in Northland

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2) camp cots available, Baby Cribs (1) by special arrangement
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
An outdoor loo with the best view in the world


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

Luxurious Secluded Oceanview Designer Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

RONGOTAI - my favourite place in the world

  • 5 of 5

Rongotai is my favourite spot on the planet. As a cosmopolitan child of the North, I had the luxury of growing up under Northland skies alongside East Coast beaches. Rongotai gives me the opportunity to be once again enchanted by both.

The night skies, in particular, give me that sense of being totally encompassed by the immense expanse of the star studded sky, punctuated by the reliable blink of the Manganui Harbour entrance lighthouse (a sensation akin to night sailing). Another enchanting feature of Rongotai is the scope of panorama which includes views of the sun as it rises above the pastoral landscape - bucolic scenes of cattle on green hills - in the East and sets at dusk over the Manganui harbour entrance.

Apart from the powerful and exquisite scenery I enjoy the minimalist beauty of the house, complete with Phillipe Starke fittings, which unobtrusively complements its surroundings. The sensation on arrival is one of simple surrender to and total immersion in nature at its very best. Alas for me its hard not to wax lyrical as Rongotai exemplifies the environment in all its magnificent splendour – there’s simply no place I’d rather be.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

kayaking available nearby


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Far North District, New Zealand North Island

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr - 15 Oct
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Years
17 Dec - 6 Jan
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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Seasonal rates: April through October

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