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Upstairs Balcony

About Us

This orchard property was purchased by Mary’s great grandfather in 1910. It was among the first apple orchards to be planted in this area, commonly referred to by locals as “The Bluffs” or “Moutere”. “Moutere clay” was and still is, well known for producing quality apples.

The property no longer exports fruit but there is still a large block of producing apple trees. It is managed by Murray and Mary although Mary also has an off property job.  Kereru House was the home of Mary’s late parents, David and Anne Austin. It was Anne’s hard work and inspiration that created the stunning garden around Kereru House – we are trying our best to maintain it up to her high standards!

We have also retained Anne and David’s enclosed vegetable garden and keep it well stocked for tenants and our own use. Nearby trees of quinces, persimmons, plums, citrus varieties and of course apples are all available in season for our tenants to help themselves.

We hope tenants will enjoy walking around our orchard and interacting with our Highland Cattle. These are mid-sized to small animals that enjoy having their photos taken and love being hand fed oranges and apples.  Our other four footed resident is our dog Coco who we adopted after she was found abandoned.

Accommodation & Facilities

  • Cooking Facilities
  • Outdoor Breakfast area upstairs
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Conservatory


  • Breakfast room
  • Private Balcony
  • Exclusive Adjacent Bathroom
  • King Sized Bed

Upstairs Bedroom

  • 2 Single Beds/Super King
  • Exclusive Downstairs Bathroom
  • Beautiful Views

Downstairs Bedroom

  • Satellite television
  • Victorian Fireplace
  • Outside Balcony


A self contained house with a generously equipped kitchen, lounge and separate dining area, two double bedrooms each with its own adjacent bathroom, an upstairs “breakfast” room and a separate laundry. Breakfast provisions provided.


Quality bed linen including changes of linen from the linen cupboard (help yourself)

Bath towels, beach towels, face flannels and basic toiletries – with spare towels available if needed

Washing machine and clothes dryer


Drinkable tap water. Water source is our own underground bore.

Complimentary seasonal vegetables and fruit available from the adjacent garden and orchard

Satellite TV, DVD, CD player via a “surround sound”, home theatre system. Music CDs and DVD movie selection. Small library of fiction and non fiction books.

Gas coal fire (cosy open fire in a Victorian tiled fireplace) lounge/sitting room

Heat pump downstairs

Separate office with internet connection and telephone land line

Hair dryers

Two upstairs balconies (off a bedroom and breakfast room)

One downstairs balcony (off the lounge) and a glassed in porch (off the dining room)

A stunning outdoor barbeque area includes an easily operated gas barbeque and outdoor furniture. This area has amazing views across the bay but includes large lattice style doors which can be closed if the sea breeze becomes too chilly.

All artwork in Kereru House is by local artists. Information about each artist is included in the information folder.


Complimentary stocks of basic condiments:

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

Soya sauce


Balsamic Vinegar






No children sorry, because of the proximity of the cliff. No animals. We operate a smoke-free policy although guests are welcome to smoke outdoors.





A recycling bin is provided in the laundry (under the tub) for glass/cans/plastic, clean cardboard/paper). Organic and food scraps are taken across the road to the neighbour’s pig. (The neighbours raise one pig a year for a hospice raffle in addition to one for their own needs).



We encourage cold machine washing. A freestanding laundry rack is available for clothes drying and there is an outside clothesline – to save using the clothes dryer.

Torches are provided beside the beds to save leaving lights on during the night. Most light fittings have eco bulbs. We encourage guests to turn off the lights when not in use.

Garden includes a large number of plantings to attract birds. The bird life around Kereru House will amaze you. NZ native Tuis, Kererus and Fantails all come to feed on a regular basis.

Eco dish washing liquid is available to encourage guests to wash their own dishes rather than use the dishwasher.