BAY OF ISLANDS
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.