A NEW ZEALAND PRIVATE OCEANFRONT LUXURY

 
 
Northland estate rental - The house at Vara Prasada looks down on our beach
The house at Vara Prasada looks down on our beach
 
  • Per week $5,565
AUD Conversion (ESTIMATED)
Per week (AUD) AU$ 5,933
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Photos and Description of this Northland holiday estate
1 bedrooms, 2 bathrms, sleeps 2

Please take a video tour of Vara Prasada by clicking below, at links to more information

Seldom is the title 'World Class' bestowed upon a property but Vara Prasada, set 150 feet above the pristine waters of Doubtless Bay in New Zealand’s winterless north, will leave you feeling you have experienced something uniquely divine.

Leave your cares behind as you drive 1 kilometer down a tree-lined gravel road off the highway through a veritable feast of native forest, drawing you towards the crashing rolling waves of the bay below, and giving you complete solitude and calm, with no visible neighbors.

Inspired by a cultural blend of New Zealand, American and Thai culture, Vara Prasada’s American owners, Gary Rodrigue and Aaron Allbright, created for themselves an idyllic sanctuary from farmland they purchased in 2003. This is the first home ever built on this idyllic property.

Vara Prasada itself means sacred gifts in Sanskrit, and has given Gary, former vice-president of sales for IBM’s North Amercia Technology Division, and Aaron, a former University professor, a secluded paradise away from the daily stresses of life.

“This is a very spiritual house,” Gary said. “We tried to create a sanctuary of peace and harmony to fit in with the most beautiful and harmonious site we found while searching for our dream place on earth.”

Gary and Aaron fell in love with New Zealand when they first visited in 2000, and after seven subsequent visits over three years, found the perfect spot for their dream home in the country’s Far North region.

The 40 acre setting was chosen for its secluded location, offering a north-facing (sun facing for the Southern Hemisphere) position out towards the bay – with sun pouring through the large panoramic windows which stretch across the property’s entire northern side.

Total privacy is ensured – no houses can be seen from the property, with a 110 acre farm to the east and a 600 acre farm to the west, ensuring providing total peace and tranquility.

After interviewing seven architects, Gary and Aaron settled on an Auckland based architect who designed the Mudbrick Winery on Waiheke Island, to help them create Vara Prasada. They gave him a 40 page prospectus instructing him to create a home which would blend in with its environment and be designed to be ecologically sound and as aesthetically off-the-charts as the location.

The design of the 3750 square feet tone bedroom home was inspired by the pod-styled houses Gary and Aaron encountered while traveling through the Chiang Mai region of northern Thailand.

The property features a central Great Room with living area, dining area and kitchen, flanked by the master bedroom and bathroom to the west, including a master shower with views straight out to the bay. A library/TV room is situated in the eastern wing. The property also features an Italian-tiled patio and extensive kwila decking including a jacuzzi, an American barbeque and three outdoor gas heaters, and two outdoor and two indoor fireplaces.

Created to evoke a sense of calm and warmth, the property features 18 foot ceilings and large panoramic windows on all sides which bring in natural light throughout the year. This is coupled with 24 skylights.

“We created this house so every room would be on par for its visual appeal. Every part of the design was created to capture your senses, whether that be visual or spiritual,” Aaron said.

“We were always inspired by the Kiwi beach houses and the way they combine outdoor living with indoor living and we incorporated this concept into every aspect of the house. Even when taking a shower, the large glass windows transport you from indoors to outdoors.”

Flooring throughout the house is in French Beaumaniere limestone while the ceilings have been crafted out of Philippine mahogany, which tones in with the American cherry cabinetry and book cases which are used through the house. Sculptures collected by Gary and Aaron from their travels around the world adorn every room of the house, including two meditating Yogi statues from Bali which sit at the walkway leading to the front entrance.

Once construction was completed in 2004, Gary and Aaron engaged Kerikeri landscape and native forest specialist Rory Clark to help them plant 7500 native trees around the site.

“We wanted to create a feeling of anticipation, a feeling of an unfolding as you approach the house,” Gary said.

“There are gates, ponds, a native forest, which you drive through, statues from Bali and Thailand. The walkway, crafted from 100-year old recycled jarra beams, is a continuation of that, offering a sense of protection and peace.”

A road linking the property to New Zealand’s State Highway 10 had to be created, as did electricity, phone lines and broadband internet. The property includes solar power heating with electric backup. A diesel generator is also on site for power backup.

This luxury retreat is the perfect New Zealand dream for a couple who wish to truly get away from it all and experience Paradise Down Under.

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Gary is former vice-president of sales for IBM’s North Amercia Technology Division, and Aaron is a former University professor and writer. His book about New Zealand is 'The Land Near Oz: Two Gay Yankees Move to New Zealand.'

Aaron Allbright or Gary Rodrigue purchased this estate in 2003

Gary and Aaron fell in love with New Zealand when they first visited in 2000, and after seven subsequent visits over three years, found the perfect spot for their dream home in the country’s Far North region, the winterless north.

This forty acres had everything they wanted: a secluded oceanfront beach with riparian rights, native forest, paddocks, complete quiet and privacy. It is like living on an island but minutes away from a charming village.

Nearest Airport : Kerikeri Airport or Kaitaia Airport at 20 Miles
Nearest Motorway : SH10 at 0.6 Miles
Nearest Beach : Private Beach on the property
Nearest Barpub : Mangonui Bars at 10 Miles
Nearest Golf : Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and Carrington Golf Club at 45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant : Mangonui Restaurants at 10 Miles

The 40 acre setting was chosen for its secluded location on the ocean and a golden and very private beach, offering a north-facing position out towards Doubtless Bay (sun facing for the Southern Hemisphere) – with sun pouring through the large panoramic windows which stretch across the property’s entire northern side.

This luxury home with sea views forever will have you under a spell the moment you arrive.

While the views are breathtaking, the wide beach below is a mix of champagne sand and rocky outcrops where you can truly forget your worries and spend endless hours fishing or swimming or lazing under the 600-year-old Pohutukawa trees on the edge of the golden sand.

Total privacy is ensured – no houses can be seen from the property, with a 110 acre farm to the east and a 600 acre farm to the west, ensuring total peace and tranquility.

Vara Prasada is approximately 4 hours north of Auckland by car—or an easy hop in a helicopter while you admire the iconic New Zealand coastline below!

Premier golf clubs and lodges such as Kauri Cliffs are conveniently nearby, as is the award winning Mangonui Village Fish and Chip Restaurant and the beautiful Coopers Beach and lovely Cable Bay.

This waterfront sanctuary may conjure up a scene 'From Here to Eternity' but this is for real.

The entire East Coast of the winterless Northland of New Zealand is composed of one miles-long unspoiled beach after another. This is also the famous deep-sea fishing area made famous by Zane Gray who built his estate in the nearby Bay of Islands. Vara Prasada leads you to the northernmost tip of New Zealand where two seas collide, the South Pacific and the Tasman Sea, churning together at Cape Reinga and Spirits Bay.

The nearby town of Mangonui is one of the two most charming villages in all of New Zealand, the other being Russell, just an hour away.

'The Endless Summer' had its New Zealand scenes just a few miles away at Shipwreck Bay near the end of Ninety-Mile Beach.

Now the Endless Summer can be yours...

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Changeover Day: flexible

Rental Rates for this holiday estate in Northland, New Zealand

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
NZ summer 2014
6 Jan 2014 - 31 Mar 2014
$6,265
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$5,565
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $2,500.00
Tax Rate 15.0%
Notes Cancellation policy:

If we re-book your cancelled dates, Full Refund Outside 90 days before arrival
90 - 61 days 25% charge for the cancellation
60 - 31 days 50% charge for the cancellation
30 - 14 days 75% charge for the cancellation
Less than 14 days 100% charge for the cancellation
Xmas New Year 2013-14 our cancellation policy: Contact Owner

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate rental in Northland, New Zealand

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Resort ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Garage ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Catering Available
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • naturist beach
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • surf fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
At Vara Prasada, you have virtually a private beach for Swimming....this is one of the most amazing swimming beaches in New Zealand....You can also collect the famous NZ Green Mussels off the rocks framing the beach and you can fish for snapper. This area of New Zealand is world-famous for deep-sea fishing and its long, undeveloped beaches. Snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayak rentals all nearby. Vara Prasada is 40 acres and gives you complete privacy and tranquility and beauty.

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