Best View, Best Location, Best House Beach. This is by far the Best Vacation I have ever experience in Russell. What are you waiting for... Book it you won't be disappointed I'll Promise you that.
Thank you to our wonderful host . When you walk in you immediately feel incorporated into the view. Even in winter the sun streams in and if you don't wish to use the kayaks and dinghy provided you feel part of the action on the water and beach at your feet. The house configuration is perfect for families or a couple and every tiny detail is thought of without losing the kiwis bach feel. We chose to golf at Waitangi and walk to Russell through the bush and eat at the Duke in front of a roaring fire. Highly reccomend you spoil yourself at Tapeka del Mar.
Tapeka Del Mar is a very pretty house in an absolutely stunning location right on the beach. The house is located a short drive from the beautiful historic little town of Russell where there are plenty of eateries and basic groceries can be obtained. Car ferry crossings to Opua on the mainland are frequent and fast (NZ$13 one way) and there are so many ways to fill one's time here.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the cleanliness of the property was not as good as expected - the kitchen sink/tap/dishwasher had to be cleaned before we could use it. Other than that the property was well set up for family use.
The steps up to the door were difficult to negotiate because there is no handrail. Also, the sofas are very low and difficult to get out of if one has mobility problems - a higher/firmer chair with arms would be a helpful addition to the furniture for older or more infirm visitors.
We booked Tapeka del Mar from Australia for my son's 50th birthday celebration (he was already in NZ) - 7 adults and four kids under 11. Clive, the owner happened to be there when we arrived and gave us a remarkably comprehensive briefing about the house. Everything was absolutely as specified in the promotional material (with many extras not usually included in a rental property). It felt absolutely comfortable and welcoming from the moment we arrived. If all burners lit on the barbecue I would give it 5 stars, so I must post 4 star (although I reckon 4.5 would be closer to the mark).
We are a family from Australia, elderly mother and four adult children, holidaying together for the first time in 44 years. The house is spacious and light. The owner has thought of everything to make it comfortable and easy. John walked across the lawn to the beach for his daily swim each morning - no need to drive. The owners are most approachable and advised us where to go for the roast lamb we craved on mothers' day! The house has an open deck with a barbecue of course, and where we sat and sipped wine. 5 kayaks are provided and we paddled to Russell, a lovely little place about a km distant by sea. Our stay was enhanced by the close antics of a pod of dolphins when we went out on a sailing boat. Such a lovely, happy place to stay, and we would love to go back.