Yfanwen is a comfortable, very private and pet-friendly, fully equipped and serviced family home of 100 square metres (1000 square feet), complete with Wi-Fi, heat pump and MY SKY PLUS TV - including the movie and sports channels. It sleeps 6 comfortably and can accommodate more. It is the owners' alternative home.

We are near the Far North town of Russell in New Zealand's picturesque Bay of Islands, in the community of Okiato just across the water from Opua. Okiato is off State Highway 1 about 220 kilometers north of Auckland. The Russell Peninsula is part of a 'Land Island' nature reserve - listen to the Kiwis calling at night, and Pukakos and Tuis around you in the surrounding bush when you are staying in Yfanwen.

Yfanwen (pronounced "if-an'-when") is a New Zealand 'Lockwood' timber house, built back from a low cliff and adjacent to tranquil Pipiroa Bay. The house overlooks the Veronica Channel with views to the north as far as Paihia and Waitangi. The property is beachfront with 4.5 hectares (nearly 19 acres) of low hills and pasture, footpaths and two adjacent, shallow, safe swimming beaches. The home is safe for small children under supervision and is in general ideal for a family holiday. Pets are welcome at Yfanwen.

The photos are of Yfanwen and the 19 acres of bush, of which only a portion is shown here, and which gives great privacy. A pathway under the canopy leads for nearly 2 kilometres to Aucks Road, the main road between the Opua car ferry ramp and Russell. The Veronica Channel is overlooked by the house (hidden by bush in the lower view; it is to the left of the bright green patch on the left of the photo). The beach in the foreground is Pipiroa Bay.

We share beach, road access and walking track facilities with our good neighbour at Wairoro Park

Driving into Russell takes only 7 minutes and some of the good places are at Bay-time! - a work in progress and our own opinions; let us know if you want to put any forward!

Click here to download and print our 'Welcome to Yfanwen' in-house guest information sheet.

Owners and managers - Margaret and Tim Ridge
Phone (0064) (0)9 445 1899
or mobile (0064) (0)21 02740760
email Tim and Margaret


Pipiroa Bay
The house is shielded by trees at centre left