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New Zealand, Bay of Islands Rahimoana Villa

Dramatic copper roof, floating above three-metre sliding glass walls

Rahimoana is Maori meaning sun god over the ocean and the 300 degree views of the ocean and islands from this stunning four bedroom villa, will soon make you see the reason for the name. The villa sits on a 45 acre private headland and as well as boasting a Porsche Cayenne for use in the local area, it also has a private beach and private native bush walks. It is hard to tear yourself away from the jaw-dropping views and the property is an extraordinary marriage of environment and architecture. To take full advantage, the bedrooms are on the four corners flowing directly onto granite balconies, flanking the beautiful living, kitchen and entertaining area.   more...

The property is set on the Eagles Nest peninsula, a 75 acre tract of private land with pristine coastline to explore. Working closely with groups such as the Kiwi Foundation, the owners have worked hard to create an area free of introduced predators such as stoats and domestic cats. As a consequence, the peninsula has become a haven for indigenous birdlife that had previously been threatened with extinctio9n including the Brown Kiwi and its even rarer cousin the Weka. You are actually more likely to see the Weka near your Villa, because whilst the Kiwi are nocturnal, the Weka are active during the day although they are timid. Another real favourite is the Blue Penguin or Korora – these are the smallest of the penguin species and the Maori name Kororareka means sweet penguin.

There are many stunning local sites and one of the best ways to see them is by helicopter. The most popular trips are out to 90 mile Beach, Cape Reinga and the Waipoa Forest. If you enjoy the helicopter ride, why not try heli-fishing, flying in to your own perfect spot, or visit one of the five easily accessible local golf courses. Boats also feature heavily in this bay of 144 islands, but the pace is up to you, from sail boats to the Mack Attack, a catamaran designed to break the round New Zealand speed record. For a gentler pace the wild water swims are beyond compare and in the summer months, swimming with wild dolphins is a truly unforgettable experience.

The villa is set on the 75 acre peninsula of SLH property Eagles Nest.

4 bedrooms / up to 8 people
Price from
NZD 44,985 for 3 nights
Open Seasons
All year
  • Family friendly
  • By The Beach
  • {Honeymoon Romance
  • Private Pool
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Architectural icon overlooking
the stunningly beautiful Bay of
Islands, 40 kilometres from
Bay of Islands Airport

60 Tapeka Road,
Russell 0202,
Bay of Islands,
New Zealand


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  • Best local fine dining restaurant – What could be better than your choice of meal cooked to your taste right in your own kitchen or on your own barbeque. Your chef can discuss the menu with you and make suggestions based on the freshest local produce and some of the finest suppliers in New Zealand
  • Best casual restaurant – Russell was the first capital of modern New Zealand and The Gables is reported to be the country’s oldest restaurant. With plenty of waterfront seating, it is the perfect spot to catch the famous Russell sunset beneath native pohutukawa trees.  Fresh cuts of locally produced lamb and beef, plus seafood dishes based on the catch of the day are a speciality
  • Best restaurant for lunch – New Zealand is well known for its fine wines. If you fancy trying a wine you are unluikely to g=find in your local supermarket, then visit the Marsden Estate in Kerikeri. Annual production is around 5,000 cases and 85% of wine sales are through the vineyard and restaurant. Take in a tasty lunch stop while you are there
  • Best patisserie – Newport Chocolates – you have to try their panforte biscuits – dark chocolate, nuts, fruit, manuka honey and spices …. quite simply delightful
  • Best place for a sundowner – Anywhere on the Eagles Nest Peninsula, the beach or it is hard to beat you very own deck overlooking the stunning Bay of islands – so don’t worry about the car, pop a cork or get your private catering staff to mix up a cocktail or crack you open a bottle of craft beer and drink in that view.
  • Best local bar – There are many small establishments selling craft New Zealand beers and wines, so wherever you decide to stop, be sure to try one New Zealand original.
  • Best nightclub – The Bay of Islands is not really a nightclub sort of a place, and once you have seen the views and scenery, the day time is the play time in this area.
  • Best place for a picnic – The Eagles Nest Peninsula beach, just metres from your villa
  • Notable local cultural events, festivals or celebrations – Music is another important aspect of the area and there are many small local venues.  In august the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues festival has artists playing at locations in Paihia, Haruru Falls and Russell If country rock is more your thing, then the festival for you is in May
  • Must see – The view from the air – departing directly from the grounds, there are a number of exclusive helicopter options visiting areas such as Cape Reinga, 90 mile beach and the Waipoa Forest Many have tried heli-skiing, but what about heli-fishing – trips can be arranged right from your door to some of the most beautiful spots in the region where you will be the only people fishing that particular spot.
  • Must do – A yacht charter – try the beautiful 42 foot classic single mast sailing yacht Vigilant, which has been based in Russell for over 30 years
  • Must try – This area of Northland has many vineyards producing medal-winning wines – your concierge will be happy to make a recommendation if you have a particular favourite variety. As well as the superb seafood, why not also try a local cheese – highly recommended are the Very Old Edam and Mahoe Blue from Mahoe Cheese – the cheese is produced from their own herd of Friesan-cross cows whose milking sheds are right next to the cheesery
  • Hidden secret – Every beach of every cove in the bay – charter your own boat and find your own special spot. It sounds like a cliché, but few would argue once they have tried it for themselves.
  • Best time to visit for the weather – December to February
  • Best time to visit to avoid the crowds – June to August


Rahimoana Villa is an award winning four en suite bedroom villa offering 300 degree Bay of Islands views. Features include security gates, heated 25 metre infinity lap pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, private gymnasium, high tech office, WiFi internet, home cinema system, cable television, iPad, 100 inch movie screen, iPod docking stations in all bedrooms, air conditioning, barbecue, full kitchen and mini bar. The Villa also benefits from a private 44 acre headland, its own beach and native bush walk trails. During your stay you are free to use the Porsche Cayenne in the local area or mountain bikes if you prefer. Villa size: 950 square metres

Services & Facilities



  • Beauty/massage therapist on request
  • Concierge service
  • Personal trainer on request
  • Private butler on request
  • Private chef on request



  • 25 metre infinity lap pool
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen for guest or professional use
  • Mountain bikes
  • Movie theatre lounge
  • Office
  • Porsche Cayenne for use in the local area
  • Private beach
  • Private bush walk trails
  • Sauna