Earthbridge

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812 Maratoto Rd Hikutaia

Earthbridge

  Eco-Bed & Breakfast   

Located in the Southern Coromandel Ranges

 

ABOUT

Welcome to Earthbridge, a private rural delight hidden in the scenic Maratoto Valley. Lovingly handcrafted, this peaceful haven offers an Inspirational artistic space. Breathe in fresh country air, soak up the quiet & relax into our all natural retreat. Cosy wood fire in winter, or the sun capturing conservatory all year round. Ease into wonderfully soft cotton sheets. Enjoy organic coffee & milk, leaf tea & local ingredients continental breakfast. 2 hours drive from Auckland airport.

 

OUR COTTAGE

The 90 square meter cottage includes two rooms with queen beds separated by a cozy library. Hundertwasser inspired tiling in both bathrooms adds a vibrant air. Wood, earth and stone features create a feeling of being close to nature. Our eco cottage is off the grid a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Wood fires, underfloor heating and a sunny conservatory keep the cottage cozy at all times.

 

OUR SERVICES

Bountiful Breakfast

 

Organic milk and yogurt to compliment homemade muesli, and home preserved fruit. Fresh bread, homemade jams and honey , plus free range eggs round out a healthy delicious breakfast.    

Vibrant Garden

 

Parts of our extensive fruit tree filled organic gardens are available to explore. For those staying longer we are happy to host a tour.Our gardens are based on a permaculture design philosophy. We endeavor to have fresh fruits and vegetables all year round.   

"a seed sown is a field harvested"

River Access/Guiding

 

A ten minute walk gets you to the Maratoto river. As it gurgles its way down the valley it provides many private swimming holes for your enjoyment during the hot summer months. 

For those staying longer we offer  levels of guidance into the wilds.

Private Conservatory

 

Adjoining the cottage is a sun drenched sheltered conservatory. With large windows and clear roof, the sun stays in and the weather out. Wide  elevated views of the subtropical rain forests of the north island make this the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Cozy Library

 

Our cozy library has comfortable seating for two. With an extensive range of books for your reading enjoyment and views down the valley. 

Outside Bath

Wood fired, fits two snugly. Cast iron bath with a wooden floor to protect your posteriors. Warm your soul while gazing up at the milky way. Perfect end to the day.

Destress, join the slow cook movement.

 

GALLERY

1/5
 

THINGS TO DO

Mountain Biking

 

Just off the Hauraki Rail Trail, rideable access for e-bikes and the fitter riders try #intothemaratoto to add a challenge.

Ride the 20 k return to find cafe coffee.

 

Summer swimming
 
Summer brings river pools within walking distance. Warm flowing clear clean water warmed on river rocks. Many enjoy finding these hidden delights.
Outstanding Landscape Features
 
Maratoto Rock stands up above the valley -the basalt core of an old volcano, reminiscent of times old and flashes of LOTR.
Historic Sites
 
Old gold mine relics and tunnels, mostly all covered by time and the lush New Zealand Forest. Our Valley offers an insite into that time.
Walking/Exploring
 
Rain/Cloud Forest
Lush, botanically diverse.
Waterfalls, Giant Ferns, Palms and delicate orchids all feature in their way.
Tracks start behind the cottage.
Rock Climbing
 
Bring your own gear base your team here.

GUEST REVIEW

Lin-Jing

April 2018

I had the most unforgettable experience here at this solar/turbine/water powered place. The photos do not do it justice because the place is stunning. The house is situated quite high which gave us a wide view of the mountains, and their organic breakfast was so delicious. Best accommodation I’ve been to so far on airbnb and would most definitely come back again. 10/10

 

OUR STORY

After a mid life change in 2001 we traveled, arriving with a young family we set about creating a new place to be. After lots of thinking, planting, building and many many new friends we settled in the Maratoto valley. 
We are proud to work with nature, we have a spring fed water supply from a protected rain forest. Permaculture and organics feature in our daily lives. We are self sufficient in many fruit, vegetables and meats. Also the many plants we grow, we sustainably harvest which brings a natural balance to our diet. We are off grid generating all our own electrical and heat requirements from solar water and wind.
Philosophically we are at the green end of the scale. University trained in botany, ecology and horticulture we had spent many years building towards our current eco-sustainable lifestyle, a move away from our production horticulture background.
 
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