Inside Living
Outside Living



This unique luxury beach house is fully self contained set in a quiet private location, yet only two minutes from historic Russell village, shops and attractions. Fully furnished and equipped including all linen and towels ready to walk in and enjoy. Four bedrooms sleep up to 13 people. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the house and all facilities.


Bedrooms - 4  3 bedrooms in the front house section with a king size master, heated ensuite bathroom and sea views on a secluded wing. The large fourth bedroom doubles as a family room  / games room.

9 beds sleep up to 13 guests

For more details and configurations - refer Bedrooms

Bathrooms - 2  There are two modern bathrooms including a full en suite off the master bedroom. Showers have good pressure with detachable heads. Bath mats, towels and hair dryer provided. Both bathrooms equipped with heaters, heated towel rails and protected power outlets

Linen - quality linen, bedding, bath towels, bath mats, and kitchen linen supplied ready for you to walk in and enjoy. Beds are made prior to stay. More frequent cleaning, bed making and linen replacement can be arranged
Kitchen - Granite servery / breakfast bar. Fully equipped with dual dish drawer dishwashers, double door fridge/freezer, ice maker, chilled filtered water dispenser, thermo bake oven, gas cooking hobs, microwave, quad toaster, food processor, blender, mixer, sandwich grill, slow cooker, coffee grinder, coffee bodums etc. Cutlery, crockery and glasses with ample utensils, BBQ tools, baking and serving dishes for entertaining. Detergents, cleaning materials and kitchen linen provided. A big ceiling fan keeps the area cool in the summer and circulates heat in the winter.  Tea, sugar, pepper, salt, spices and some basic provisions provided. Additional fridge freezer in the garage for overflow food and beverage storage


Dining Options - Preference is usually to BBQ food with meals served on the deck table. Enjoy the million dollar views and romantic sunsets as you dine outside.  A 6-8 seat stone top dining table is provided inside. If you do not feel like cooking there are many fine restaurants in Russell or order take out. Refer Outside Living



Living - Open plan area features comfy leather sofas, solid timber floors and nautical theme with a Cape Cod feel. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors provide unobstructed views and easy access to the verandah, deck and beach. The large rear fourth bedroom doubles as a games room. Trampoline and beach toys for the children.

See Inside Living and Outside Living for full details

Verandah / Deck - The house is surrounded by a covered verandah with direct access from the lounge and the house bedrooms. This leads to the large furnished deck with classic Cape Cod chairs, sun shade, loungers and deck chairs. The deck leads directly to the beach. Enjoy unobstructed 180 degree views of the beach and bay. Sit back with a drink and watch the endless procession of boats passing as you listen to your favourite music from the deck speakers

  Large deck and entertaining area with BBQ

Barbeque / Grill - Stainless steel hooded BBQ with saucepan element.  Wheels permit this to be moved around the verandah to suit the wind direction (the house is sheltered from prevailing winds) or be close to guests on the deck. Overhead halogen spotlight ensures nothing gets burnt at night! Utensils and gas provided

Laundry - Automatic washing machine and auto sensing electronic dryer with ironing station. There is also a washing line at the rear of the house. Detergents etc. provided
Children & Infants - Two porta-cots, high chair, swing, bath and stroller are available to save the hassle and space of bringing these items with you. Children's books, DVD's and beach toys also provided. The creek next to the section provides hours of fun as does exploring the rock pools or using the trampoline

Tramplone for the kids Beach toys available for the young ones

Kayaks / Dinghy - Three Kayaks and a 10' alloy Dinghy (row boat) are available for guest use. They are light weight and easy to launch. Explore the nearby secluded bays, beaches, rocks around Tapeka Point, collect green lipped mussels or try some fishing off the beach. Life jackets and some fishing tackle supplied

Three Kayaks and Dinghy for guest use Lots to explore

Beach Access - private beach access a few steps away with no road or sand dunes to cross. Unlike most NZ beaches, the tide does not go out far and you can swim any time of the tide. See our Beach and Outdoor Living pages for more details of the safe sandy beach in front
Boat Ramp - A good all tide concrete boat ramp is just metres away. There is ample off street parking with a covered garage. The large grass area provides ample turning room and parking for boat trailers close to the house. beyond the ramp is a ski lane. Tapeka boat ramp is the closest launching point to the Islands

Tapeka Beach Boat Ramp

Fishing Equipment - there are some basic rods, hand lines and a tackle box available for guests. A tackle shop in Cass Street Russell has any other gear you may require and also hires complete fishing sets with bucket and bait - or they can arrange trips and charters
Fish Filleting Station - A stainless steel sink bench with water, drain and overhead light is located behind the house fixed at an ideal height. This is  must for any fisherman and makes preparing the days seafood catch easy. Some fishing tackle available or join a charter

Mooring - The private mooring in front can be seen from the house. It has a 4 ton foundation suitable for vessels up to 15 metres long and has a draft of 5 metres at low tide. An all tide boat ramp is at the beach only 100m from the house. The beach also has a marked ski lane. This is the closest launching point to most Bay of Islands destinations making Tapeka Del Mar the perfect base if you are bringing a trailer boat or have a charter launch / yacht

Guest Yacht on Mooring Mooring with 5m draft




Home Theatre

Tapeka Del Mar has the most advanced audio-video entertainment system offered by any NZ accommodation provider. The system comprises an Onkyo home theatre with Bose surround speakers, HDTV, Sky satellite decoder, Blu-ray/DVD player. AppleTV and iPod dock. Outdoor deck speakers can play a different sound source. Gadget lovers can WiFi stream music and media from Smartphones and Tablets via AirPlay and Bluetooth. Download free Apps to control the system (or turn it on the old fashioned way!). You can even listen to Internet radio stations. With the beach and the views watching TV should be a low priority but there is nothing like relaxing on the deck listening to your favourite music.

Master Bedroom - LCD TV. iPod-iPhone dock with alarm clock radio and cordless telephone

Rear Bedroom - LCD TV, Sat TV, DVD player and stereo with MP3 memory stick and cable inputs

Music and DVD libraries provided

All Bedrooms have iPod/iPhone alarm clock charging docks and WiFI coverage


Video Recorders and Digital Cameras

HDMI and mini HDMI inputs are provided for the connection of digital cameras and video recorders. AppleTV permits video and photos taken on iPads and iPhones to be wirelessly reviewed on the TV


Books and Magazines

Relax with a Book, magazine or fishing guide from our wide selection.



Board games, family DVD's, children's beach toys, books, infant swing and a trampoline. Lots of activities within sight of the house.








Satellite channels include all New Zealand TV channels + CNN, BBC, Fox News, ESPN, Discovery,  Sky News, Disney and more


High Speed Wireless Internet

Free Broadband Internet access is available with WiFi (802.11b/g/n) coverage of the entire property.

Laptop available on request for overseas guests. With Internet, telephone and ample meeting areas Tapeka Del Mar makes an ideal corporate retreat for team building and strategy planning

Telephone - with cordless handset, free local calls, 800 numbers and Internet access. Jacks provided for modems. Calling cards and low cost pre paid cards (available locally) can be used for long distance and international calls. Cellphone signal strength is good on all networks

Restaurants / Provisions - if you do not feel like cooking, Russell has a large selection from historic hotel dining to world class restaurants plus bistros, cafes, ice cream parlour, fresh Fish 'n' Chips and pizza - or take the passenger ferry to one of the many eateries in Paihia. Locally farmed oysters can be purchased direct from the Oyster farm at nearby Orongo Bay or you can sample the wine at Omata Estate, a local vineyard with commanding hill top views on the road to the car ferry. There are 2 grocery stores, bakery, liquor and services locally in Russell

Gardens - Mature gardens with many native plants and trees provides a natural, colourful setting with total privacy from the access road. Ample room for ball games and to watch the children play. Quail and ducks from the creek often pay a visit

 Mature Gardens

Catering / Special Services - from airport greeting to rental car, catering, chef, pre-stocked provisions, boat charter from the beach, personal fishing guide, golf - nothing is a problem. We have the travel industry contacts and local knowledge to make your stay more enjoyable

Dive Tanks - can be refilled in Russell at the waterfront 4 Square grocery store

Fuel - there is a petrol station in Russell open 7 days and self serve 24 hour Caltex and Mobil Diesel and 91 petrol pumps on Russell wharf. Visa or MC required with PIN. Additional diesel pumps and waste removal facilities are at the marina in Opua
Wedding Facilities - Russell and Tapeka is a popular wedding and honeymoon location. NZ's oldest church is in Russell and a local Justice of the Peace is available to marry you on the beach reserve. There are many low cost accommodation options for guests nearby and several reception venues

Wedding ceremony at Tapeka Beach reserve

Awards - Tapeka Del Mar was one of the first New Zealand Vacation Rentals to be reviewed on TripAdvisor.com It has since been awarded Best Russell Vacation Rental and 5 Star Excellence awards. We were also one of the first holiday homes to be accredited and rated by Qualmark - the official New Zealand quality rating agency


Responsible Tourism - To protect New Zealand's clean green image and maintain it in the future, we fully support sustainable tourism through energy efficiency, recycling, conservation, the environment and supporting our local community. We have received an Enviro Silver award for our efforts   

Relax with a wine and watch another romantic sunset at Tapeka Del Mar


Amazing 180 degree views of the beach and Bay

Unobstructed panoramic view from the property with an endless procession of passing boats


This is the ultimate Kiwi "Beach Bach" holiday home experience and the perfect base to explore Northland's many attractions


Check the yellow links on the left at the top of the page for more information about the bedrooms, inside and outside living areas








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                                                       Absolute beachfront luxury holiday home accommodation near Russell in New Zealand's Bay of Islands

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