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Detlef & Carol Davies
180 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Bay Of Islands
New Zealand

p: +64 9 407 3874
m: +64 21 146 4237 - Detlef
m: +64 21 0298 5584 - Carol


“A truly restful and relaxing site. The setting and garden are wonderful. The Kiwi sightings are the icing on the cake. Thanks for everything” (E & PD, Maryland USA)

“Fantastic place with amazing Kiwi sightings and lovely hospitality” (MJ, Sweden)

“Many thanks for outstanding kiwi walk and your wonderfully kind hospitality” DF, New York)

“Wow that Kiwi!” (RS, Nelson)

“We 4 from Hamburg and Berlin had a wonderful time here in this beautiful house and garden. But best of all was our big Christmas present, Kiwis on our night walk. Thanks a lot to Carol and Detlef. We hope to come back and see you all again.” (GD, MD, JB, JB, Germany)

“A lovely place to stay, lovely hosts who took us out to see the Kiwi which was a magical experience” (J & DC, West Sussex, England).


Birders Rest is located on the outskirts of Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand in a scenic riverside setting. It has 2 self-contained units, one double and one twin; both have en suite bathroom, small kitchenette and access to sunny rear deck, garden and swimming pool.

As our name implies, we have a keen interest in New Zealand’s birds and our speciality is our night tour to see North Island Brown Kiwi.

We also run tours to see other special New Zealand birds and can advise on other birding localities further afield and help to plan birding itineraries throughout New Zealand. Our guests come from all over the world.

Large Unit:

  • Queen size bed
  • Small kitchenette with 2 ring hob, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery and a variety of utensils, pots and pans, tea, coffee, milk, etc.
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, hand basin and toilet
  • Dining table and 4 chairs
  • Large wardrobe
  • Access to rear deck, garden and swimming pool
  • Outside table and chairs

Small Unit:

  • Two single beds
  • Small kitchenette with 2 ring hob. Fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery and a variety of utensils, pots and pans, tea, coffee, milk, etc.
  • Bathroom with shower, hand basin and toilet
  • Small wardrobe
  • Access to rear deck, garden and swimming pool
  • Outside table and chairs
  • Large north-facing window looking out over native bush

Guest Room:

There is a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom upstairs in the house which we are sometimes able to use for guests.


We offer a ‘continental’ breakfast including a variety of cereals, fresh fruit salad and yogurt, citrus fruit in season straight from the garden, toast with marmalade, jam and honey, hot and cold drinks.


Although we do not do evening meals, there is plenty of choice of restaurants and takeaways in Kerikeri, just 5 minutes drive away.

Directions from Auckland

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From Auckland International Airport follow signs to Auckland and then to the Northern Motorway (signposted Whangarei). This will take you over the spectacular Auckland Harbour Bridge. Stay on the motorway until it ends at Puhoi, c.40 kms north of Auckland. The last stretch is a toll road for which the toll is payable either online, at the BP services near the Stillwater exit or at the end of the motorway past the tunnels. As an alternative you can leave the motorway at Orewa and take the free but longer way up State Highway 1.

The main road north then becomes State Highway 1, follow it northwards through Warkworth & Wellsford to Whangarei. The road skirts Whangarei to the west and continues north to Kawakawa.

Just before Kawakawa the road divides, turn left into the town, this is the continuation of SH1, (not straight on to Paihia). Continue through Moerewa, then the road divides at Pakaraka, turn right onto State Highway 10, signposted Doubtless Bay. Carry on to a roundabout where the airport is left & Kerikeri is right.

...via Kerikeri town

Turn right at the roundabout & go straight through the town centre of Kerikeri. There is a one way system taking you left, right, right again & left & you are then in 2 way traffic again and MacDonalds will be on your right. After 200 metres go straight on at the roundabout then at the next roundabout go left onto a new bypass signposted ‘Waipapa’. At the next roundabout go right towards Opito Bay & Riverview. Go left at the next roundabout (you are now in Landing Road) and after a straight bit you wind down to a one way bridge.

...via Waipapa

Go straight on at the roundabout (not to the town centre) and carry on to Waipapa. In Waipapa take the right turn to Kerikeri, go straight on at the first roundabout (after c.5 kms) and when you get to the second, turn left into Landing Road. After a straight bit the road winds down to a one way bridge.

...once on Landing Road...

100 metres past the bridge turn left into the driveway with the 5 green postboxes. Follow through to number 180, (up a short hill) you will see the number 180 painted on a rock.

Arriving in Kerikeri by Air or Bus

There is a small airport in Kerikeri (Bay of Island Airport) and there are up to 5 flights a day from Auckland with a journey time of c.40 minutes. There are up to 4 buses a day from Auckland, taking c.5 hours to Kerikeri.

If you are coming by air or by bus, we offer a courtesy pick up.