New Zealand - Perfect Beach Retreat for Families in the Bay of Plenty

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We're a family of five from the sunny Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. We plan to set off on our worldschooling travel adventure in May 2017, where we hope to be housesitting and swapping a lot of the time. We will be in Asia for a few months and then over to Europe around August 2017 for a year. Sometime in 2018 we will head to the Americas.

We have three sons - the 10 year old is incredibly thoughtful and loves chess and cricket, the 8 year old is the foodie and practical joker, the 4 year old just loves anything his brothers love.

Tony is handy with tools and home repair so we’re not fazed by household maintenance issues that might come up - in fact we have previously renovated three properties ourselves. We also have experience with maintaining swimming pools and spa pools and we both enjoy gardening.

Our home will be offered for short term rentals while we are worldschooling which means we will have the opportunity to arrange swaps as well. If you're interested get in touch and we'll see if we can work something out!

We don't have a huge list of requirements, however as we run an online business, reliable and fast internet access is very important to us.

Tony and Gloria

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Papamoa Beach, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Our home will be available for swaps from mid-April 2017 until end of 2018.
It’s also available to rent over the same period. We have it listed on our local holiday let site and the nightly rates vary from NZ$150 p/n in winter, to NZ$280 p/n in summer, with our peak Kiwi summer holiday rate being NZ$500-$600 p/n (this is from Christmas until mid-January). Please contact us if you are interested in renting as we will happily offer a discount to worldschoolers, especially for weekly / monthly bookings.
* Great outdoor living area with spa pool, and huge north-facing backyard
* Perfect location – an easy walk to the beach and close to everything
* Open plan living designed for summer enjoyment

Picture this… It’s a hot summers day so you and your family head out for the morning to Mount Maunganui – maybe for a climb to the top of Mauao or maybe for brunch at one of the many cafes. You then head back to the house, grab your beach gear and take a stroll to Papamoa Beach where you spend the afternoon building sandcastles and splashing about. When you are beach tired you head back to the house, get out the lazy afternoon nibbles and pour a drink! The kids entertain themselves in the backyard while you relax, knowing the yard is fully enclosed. Fire up the BBQ at some point to cook the evening meal while the outdoor play carries on. After the kids are all tucked in bed, you enjoy relaxing and stargazing in the spa.

This is a modest but lovely 4 bedroom family-friendly home designed for summer living, an easy 5 minute walk from the gorgeous Papamoa Beach in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

The open plan living area has 4 ranchsliders so has fabulous indoor/outdoor flow and easy access to the outdoor areas which feature a spa pool, gas BBQ and 10 seater outdoor table to enjoy those lazy summer afternoons. Fully fenced section with a huge, private, north-facing backyard perfect for kids with playhouse, sandpit, trampoline, basketball hoop, plus lots of sports gear.

Our street is a quiet cul-de-sac where kids are often found riding scooters. If you’re an active family then you’ll love the scenic cycle/walkway that runs through the reserve behind our street – there are sports fields, a playground and a skate/scooter park.

A short drive or bike ride away are the Papamoa East Shops which have The Pap House, a cafe and takeaways. In the other direction is Papamoa Plaza & Fashion Island and you will find anything else you need here (supermarkets, shops, bars, library, clothing stores).


* Bedroom 1 – The master bedroom has a super-king bed, a walk through wardrobe and an ensuite. This is a really sunny room that has a ranchslider giving access to the spa area.
* Bedroom 2 – A children’s room that has two single beds
* Bedroom 3 – A children’s room that has a set of single bunks (ie two single beds)
* Bedroom 4 – A quiet room at the other end of the house that has a queen bed (and an office desk perfect for digital nomads who are working and travelling).


* WiFi – unlimited ultra-fast broadband is included
* Cot available – please advise if you need this and we will set it up
* Bikes – we have a collection of bikes that you can use including 3 adults bikes plus various sized kids bikes (and a baby seat)
* Non-smoking


Papamoa is a coastal suburb of Tauranga, and has a 16km white sandy beach stretching from Mount Maunganui. The area is known for fishing and surfing and you can swim with dophins and witness orcas cruising the coastline.

Papamoa is only a short drive from the iconic Mount Maunganui, a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders. Soak in a pure, sparkling mineral hot pool, check out the boutique shops and local markets and people watch from one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants.

We are only 1 hour from Rotorua which is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing Maori culture.

Country New Zealand
State/Province Bay Of Plenty
distance: 18,152 Kilometers
Address Papamoa Beach, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand