• French-styled cottage accommodation
  • Uninterrupted sea and landscape view
  • Secluded and private
  • Less than 15 minutes drive to Napier CBD and Ahuriri
  • Mission and Church Road Wineries only 6 minutes away
  • Cooking facilities, including BBQ
  • Bird-watch from porch
  • Laundry facilities at house
  • Sleeps 2, Queen-sized bed.
  • WiFi internet access

Tarrif: Double $160 nightly. Single $130. Rates reduced if staying more than 2 nights and also during off season.

  • House B&B: a double bed-sit with ensuite and private entrance. $100/night.


The 180° view over estuary, farmland and sea is unique to Hawk Hill Cottage, which sits on a small bluff, facing towards Napier City and the Pacific ocean. Looking east, the sunrises are sometimes spectacular yet always fascinating - just open the curtains, slip back into bed and see the new day arrive. These views are from your bed, your table, the bath and even the loo. In the distance, watch shipping entering the port of Napier or aircraft moving in and out of the airport.

Named Hawk Hill due to the commonly seen Australasian Harriers that hang on the thermals before you, the cottage affords a great vantage point for bird-watching. From the porch the many species of water fowl that live on the estuary below the cottage can be observed. Native revegetation is attracting Tuis, Bellbirds and other New Zealand birds to the area, and they bring with them their song. Binoculars provided will help you enjoy their activities.

The flavour of France

An easy stroll takes you from away from the main house to the cottage, which is nestled in an olive grove.

The cottage has been built in a Mediterranean French style; textured with thick plastered walls, heavy beams and authentic furniture, creating a charming and unique atmosphere. By night or day, relax in the even temperature and soak up the ambience of Provence.

It is a place where you can relax without effort. It is ideal should you wish to "get away from it all" yet be so close the all that abounds in the district. If you are travelling to Hawkes Bay, you are probably already aware of what the district offers the lover of food, wine and scenery. The Hawkes Bay Information website is a good source of information if you want to know more about the region.


The Cottage has a microwave and bench top oven for cooking, and a barbecue is available if you wish. Continental breakfast provisions are provided; sufficient for two days. A laundry is available at the house but ironing facilities are in the cottage.

The Cottage very comfortably sleeps two, however if a 3rd or 4th person is in your party, a private and comfortable bed-sit with ensuite may be available at the house.

Ample car parking for both Cottage and House B&B

TV and DVD player and WiFi internet access.

B&B guest room in house

Double bedroom in separate wing of house with; its own entrance has seating for two, ensuite ,TV, and tea making facilities. A private area is available in the house or enjoy the grounds and a view you won't forget. Continental breakfast inside or out, enjoying the special location. Photos by email on request.

from our cottage and B&B guest book

“Un petit coin de France en Nouvelle Zelande, quel Bonheur. Thank you for your warm welcome the cottage is at the moment the only place where we would be willing to live in N.Z. you have done an amazing job.” Audrey and Elliot, France. 24.8.08

“A peaceful haven here to rest. This cottage really is the best We've certainly found a little gem and hope to come here yet again” Alf and Meryl, Edinburgh, Scotland. 7.2.09

“A fantastic, beautiful place to chill out. We loved the privacy and of course the star of the show - the view. Itís not often that a place is better than the website shows.” Carol and Chris, Auckland. 1.3.09

“All the superlatives I can think of have been used already and all are fully justified. For once the word favoured by youth worldwide seems apt: Awesome.” David and Julia, Gloucester, UK. 6.3.09

“Our stay has been a highlight of our visit to N.Z. A charming very comfortable cottage, incredibly panoramic view, warm hospitality ... ” Sue and John, Toronto, 21.11.10

“Our second visit and it has been every bit as senic and memorable as our prior stay ...” Jack and Thea, Wellington, 21.12.10

“We have been travelling NZ for almost a month and this is the most chilled-out place we have stayed.” Andrew and Joanne. Aberdeen, Scotland. 16.2.11.

“Staying at the cottage has been a highlight of our trip to NZ. Rod and Margaret.”Perth, Australia. 11.5.11

“Un petit coin de paradis perche sur le colline avec un panorama superbe”Brigitte and Jeanpierre. Dijon, France. 10.11.12

“Hawkhill is lovely, I could sit outside and enjoy the views and sounds all day long”Kerry. Boerne, Texas. 29.10.12

“What as peaceful cottage, wonderful sunrise. Thank you for offering Napier's best lookout. Next time we stay for longer for sure.Joelle and Jen. Switzerland. 23.1.2016

Getting there

Full directions and a map will be provided to guests but getting there is easy. From the roundabout where Puketitiri Road and Prebensen Drive meet it is 5 minutes to the property. Uphill on Puketitiri Road right into Poraiti Road and drive 2.4 k to Ballantyne Rd. Hawk hill is the last house, number 148.


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