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  Tidesong Garden & Bed & Breakfast

AddressBeasley Rd,R.D. 1 Onerahi, Whangarei, We are just 30 minutes drive east of Whangarei. Click on the web site for map.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone(+64) 9 436 1959 Mobile 027 77 64 991
Contact PersonHugh and Ros Cole-Baker
HoursBy arrangement
Garden Size3.2ha wedge-shaped property. Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
PriceWe ask for a donation which goes to TEARFund
Brochure Available?Yes
Food AvailableTeas, coffees and home-cooked meals available by arrangement. The wood-fired outdoor pizza oven, can be fired up for lunches and dinners.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingMany areas around the garden to sit and enjoy.
Wheelchair AccessSorry,no
Dogs AllowedRing beforehand
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationOur Bed & Breakfast accommodation is just 20m from the shoreline, surrounded by native forest (containing some rare coastal species) and landscaped garden. Check web site for further details.
WeddingsTidesong has been venue for two weddings.
Plant/Other SalesSmall crops of proteas and daffodils are produced on the property, which are starting to become more prolific as the plants mature.
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesActivities at Tidesong:
We are situated on Te Araroa, the New Zealand Walkway. It crosses the estuary (low tide) just in front of Tidesong.
Advice on the crossing, and accommodation and refreshments available.
An extensive garden with trails to explore and bush.
outdoor bath, under the tree ferns
Watch sheep being shorn
Garden games including lawn golf, chess and kubb (a Swedish type of skittles)
A haven for bird-watchers, with many bush and sea-birds
View wetlands restoration projects
Near to an olive orchard with an oil pressing operation
The Taiharuru Estuary is great for many activities such as:

Coastal Snorkelling
Exploring the mangrove world
Nearby Beaches:
There are numerous beautiful and uncrowded sandy beaches just a few minutes drive from Tidesong. These vary from surf beaches to quiet sheltered estuaries. There is plenty of opportunity for swimming, fishing, walking or just relaxing.


The Garden

A boardwalk around the coastal point at Hugh and Ros Cole-Baker's Pataua South property has added a whole new dimension to appreciating their land.

Ros says the walkway allows a new view of the garden and coastal cliff that was never accessible before.

Guests at Tidesong Bed and Breakfast can meander around the garden and then head down to the boardwalk that incorporates an existing jetty.

The circuit leads to a large flat area at the bottom of the garden that has a lake, a mini-golf course with lots of fun obstacles and hazards, and a chess set that has plant pots as its pieces.

The path then cuts through a bush area and leads back to the house.

With trees covering a large proportion of the property, bird life is always present, with tui, kukupa (wood pigeons), riroriro (grey warblers), rosellas and kingfishers.

The Gardener

Ros and Hugh bought the 3.2ha wedge-shaped property 11 years ago, following a dream of living on the coast. They had come from a sheep and beef property at Titoki. The 18-year-old house has been built to look as if it is from a much older time, with gabled windows, in its setting among mature totara trees. Ros and Hugh belong to the Taiharuru Catchment Care Group that is working to protect and restore the riparian edges of the estuary, operating a native tree nursery and planting as sites become available. "The native plants include mairehau which apparently is quite rare. We've put small signs on the plants to help our visitors." Ros says she has always loved the coastal marine environment, and they enjoy having school and other groups share the area. Donations to the garden are given to TEAR Fund. which is an overseas aid group. "We are members of the Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter, which really made us take a look at what we were doing. Spreading knowledge through schools and other groups is one thing we can do."
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The house is relatively new, but is built in a timeless style that produces a feeling of charm and peacefulness, with its encircling trees and warm welcome within.
A place to relax
"What a find! Delighful, comfortable accommodation. Hugh and Ros Cole-Baker were wonderful friendly Hosts and the property just what you need for a relaxed time. Breakfast exceeded our expectations. Can highly recommend it for people wanting to get away from 'it all'." - Ellen, UK
We have garden games including lawn golf, chess and kubb (a Swedish type of skittles) and many activities for the children.
Spring colour for us food for the Tuis
Our extensive garden allows plenty of space to wander and relax, with many quiet places to sit and reflect while the children play
Tidesong is situated on the shores of the Taiharuru Estuary. Water, mangroves and native forest.
The little red boat on the pond.
Vireya's love our climate.
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