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“The dream made reality”
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Romantic secluded outdoor bath on deck
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Romantic secluded outdoor bath on deck
Private deck with outdoor area Totally secluded log house surrounded by native bush.
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Romantic secluded outdoor bath on deck
Private deck with outdoor area
Totally secluded log house surrounded by native bush.
Sea & bush views from Fern Ridge
Bush walk to waterfall
BBQ on wheels to move any where you need to be on deck
Front deck opening double french doors
Outdoor dinning area
Open plan
Open plan
King room with ensuite shower
Queen room with ensuite & bath/shower
Queen room ensuite
Open plan
Open plan
Sun loungers
Outdoor area
Relaxing & enjoying the view
Fern Ridge Hideaway front entrance
Private 1 km gated driveway to Fern Ridge Hideaway
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Northland Region, North Island

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dewdrop20...
Scotland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The dream made reality”
Reviewed 8 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

It is very rare to find places like Fern Ridge, a vision fully realised, to be shared with others. Erin and John, the creators, are just as rare, their passion and ingenuity imbue the place and make you fall in love with your surroundings as much as with the beautifully designed house.

This area of Northland is ignored, maligned, and little visited, which is a puzzling oversight, but also a great opportunity to experience authentic Northland life without the kitschiness of mass tourism that you get in places like Paihia or the smugness of Russell. This side is more spiritual and far more spacious than the Bay of Islands, the people are more interesting, and the wildnerness of the Mangamuka ranges is awe-inspiring. Ahipara Beach and Ninety Mile Beach are wild and open but excellent for swimming and surfing at both low and high tide. This coast is where you feel the transition of the soul between worlds, as in the Maori legend. And the outside bath at Fern Lodge is where your body will feel it, as you lie there with a glass of wine and watch the changing light over the green Mangamukas all the way to the coast. Time stops. You discover peace and magic. It was very hard to leave after a week of this.

Things to do, if you do leave the house (our favourite days were staying in, cooking, and listening out for birds - kiwis at night: visit the antique shops in Kaitaia and Awanui (largest collection of Japanese swords in the Pacific); walk in the Kauri forest, shop in Bell's Grocers in Kaitaia (great veges and meats), visit Mangatete Potteries on Route 10 east of Kaitaia (Mac & Maureen Lewis), buy tasty olive oil on the way to Doubtless Bay from Lady Di's olive grove (it's the name of the woman), and visit the two wineries on the way to Ahipara beach.

But above all, let John take you out fishing, if he is available, as you'll be hard pressed to meet someone who is more in tune with the bush and the beach than him; an amazing and authentic person with unique charisma. Erin has provided all the finer touches in the house, including delicious NZ organic cosmetics, the softest robes that'll ever touch your skin, and the tap water is very tasty, direct from a spring.

Erin and John have created something peerless here: a perfect harmony of nature, culture, and comfort, and I can see us coming back in the years ahead, for a top-up.

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Liked best: house design, outdoor verandas, and location in bush
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Tony D
Inverness, United Kingdom
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“A luxury off-grid paradise full of generosity”
Reviewed 8 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

You are completely free and cosseted in Fernridge. Magnificent views look far into the distance from its carefully positioned balconies. There are all kinds of unexpected luxuries (oils, soaps, the softest robes and sheets, tasty water) and a well stocked kitchen. The generosity of our hosts John and Erin was incredible. We were brought fresh fish and soup everyday so we ate like kings. Fern Ridge is magnificent log-cabin, built out of John and Erin’s love for bush and sea and it is done such with abundance and off-grid eco-care Being there was a great experience and by far the highlight of my NZ accommodations. Hopefully, I’ll make it back.

We also stayed in the Bay of Islands and I preferred the beaches and characters of the far north. There is actually more to see here. A definite five stars.

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Bokes1
Kaitaia, New Zealand
1 review
“Perfect solitude and stunning in every respect”
Reviewed 1 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Provided that you want peace and quiet, happy to bathe on the veranda rather than in one of the two ensuite bathrooms and love views that are to die for then this is it. With its own artesian spring fed water supply, electricity from its own turbine and its own eco disposal system it is perfect for those who love the environment.
The most luxurious cabin I have ever been in, dressing gowns, slippers, spa oils, and a semi stocked food cupboard with those things that you don't need much of but cost a bomb when you add them all up.
Bring food for the BBQ etc with you as the nearest shop is some 25k away.
As of our hosts who designed and built this piece of heaven they are delightful and if you'r lucky John may either deliver you fish or take you fishing.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

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Liked best: The view and the outdoor bath
Liked least: Not being able to stay there for a month
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 18-24
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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

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Liked best: Stunning Views
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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