Sensational Summer Sailing


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Summer sailing is proving spectacular in the Bay of Islands.

Over 90 boats hit the start line for the annual Tall Ships Regatta.

For the Tall Ships Division it was a second-time win for Kerikeri’s Sofia and Slyvan Kuczera onboard Sylvia.  The 80ft steel ketch was built by their late father Bernard.

Another local vessel, Shanty headed home with three trophies onboard.  Jim and Terri Cottier, who have a remarkable skill-set between them, built Shanty over at Robertson Island.

Fastest around the track was the foiling catamaran MARWINGC32.  Team Marwin Racing is in the Bay of Islands for the summer, including former Olympian Sharon Feris-Choat and Flavio Marazzi, a four-time Olympic sailor.

The vessel is out on the water most days and it is quite a sight to see it in action.

Bay of Islands Sailing Week and The Millennium Cup

Racing continues this week with Bay of  Islands Sailing Week, 26-29 January 2016.  It is the super yacht race for The Millennium Cup.

With the likes of Kealoha, Janice of Wyoming, Silvertip, Tawera and Shamoun among the entrants, it  is shaping up to be a spectacular event.   According to, Owners and Skippers have nothing but praise for the Bay of Islands venue.  Among comments made are ‘picturesque venue’, ‘beautiful islands’, ’pristine diving’, ‘world class fishing’,  ‘beautiful anchorages’ and ‘amazing cuisine’.

A big welcome to all sailors and visitors.  Have a fabulous time in the Bay of Islands.

 View further details and keep up with Twitter/Facebook for the yachts at:

SOLD: Luxury Real Estate Bay of Islands


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Bay of Islands waterfront property – SOLD

This lifestyle property in the Bay of Islands has now sold.  Congratulations to the new owners who are set to enjoy a superb summer in the Bay of Islands.

Thank you for your interest and if you would like to be informed of the latest Luxury Real Estate property listings for sale in the Bay of Islands and Northland coast, please contact me on 0212 444 888 or email

Charlie Brendon-Cook
Coastal and Waterfront Specialist
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand
(Licensed REAA 2008)

Summer in the Bay of Islands


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Summer Bay of Islands

If you are fortunate enough to find yourself visiting the Bay of Islands on the north-east coast of New Zealand this summer, you can look forward to:

Exploring by water
The Bay of Islands is stunning from the water.  Whether you prefer sailing or a high speed adventure, there are boating trips to suit all tastes.  Over the summer months many cruisers of the world make their way to this region for a reason.  Why not join them by chartering your own boat to discover the best of the Bay of Islands – pristine beaches, beautiful waterways , fishing, diving, swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking – and all in a family-friendly, natural environment.

Tasting the local fare
Head to the Farmers Market or seek out the local suppliers such as The Russell SmokehouseMahoe Cheese and Matakana Chocolates.  Summer is a great time for a picnic on the beach or take shade beneath a pohutukawa tree.  Spend some time at one of the cafes soaking in the sun and don’t miss the coffee cart at Long Beach – what a view.

Toasting the view 
Dress for summer and head to the waterfront of Paihia or Russell for a sundowner and bite to eat.  Be one of the first to sample the new Charlotte’s Kitchen in Paihia, due to open any day now…  Enjoy the original watering hole of the bay – The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and the magical sunset views from the waterfront in Russell.

Stepping into nature
One of the best ways to experience the native bird and plant life is to take in a walk.  There are tracks along the beaches, coasts and into the Kauri forests.  Check out the information centres or the Department of Conservation website for walks in the greater Bay of Islands area.

Enjoy on-land activities with heritage trails and cultural centres, museums, cinemas, shops, artists, wineries, scenic drives and world-class golf courses such as Kauri Cliffs to experience.

Have a great visit and if you require any assistance with luxury accommodation or property for sale in the Bay of Islands this summer, please feel free to contact me on 0212 444 888 or email


Bay of Islands – Waterfront property for sale


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Luxury Real Estate Bay of Islands – Property for sale

Offered in time for summer
Edmonds Road Estate

This property presents as a tropical-style retreat. Established within the grounds of this waterfront estate are the main residence, separate caretaker’s cottage and beyond the barn/boatshed is a boat ramp for accessing the bay.

With a superior degree of privacy and location, Edmonds Road Estate will impress. Features include:

  • Exclusive and waterfront location, approximately 1.99 hectares
  • Ron Sang architect-designed main residence, separate cottage
  • Well-appointed kitchen; Gagganau oven, gas hob
  • Quality finishes; slate, sandstone, jarrah, teak, copper
  • Pool, spa, Aqualink pool system, outdoor entertaining, fire pit
  • Established gardens; natives, exotics, citrus orchard, olive grove
  • Barn/boatshed, concrete boat ramp, mooring available for transfer

Contact me for further details and an appointment to view:
Charlie Brendon-Cook
0212 444 888
Coastal and Waterfront Specialist Bay of Islands

Luxury Real Estate (Licensed REAA 2008)


Property for Sale: Long Beach, Russell – Luxury Real Estate, Bay of Islands


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Long Beach, Russell
With sun-drenched sand and blue water views, Long Beach is a magnificent spot.  There are a limited number of properties at Long Beach, with some tightly-held for generations by those familiar with the outstanding qualities of this location. Property is a mix of bach-style homes and more contemporary, luxury coastal residences.   There is a limited number of sections yet to be built upon.  Given market indications, it could be the ideal time to consider the following:

Seaviews, Long Beach, Russell
Designed by renowned architect Robert Railley, this beach house offers three levels of coastal living with expansive ocean views.  Further details: Seaviews, Long Beach
Long Beach Russell property for sale

Architect-designed by Tim Hooson of Jasmax, the contemporary concrete beach house captures sweeping ocean views to showcase an idyllic location. Few properties achieve such sense of seclusion and privacy with this degree of beach access.  Further details: Property for sale Long Beach

Long Beach Land
Given the obvious qualities of these land parcels and the enduring attractions of Long Beach, there is significant potential for developing one or more luxury homes in this elite, beachside pocket. To be sold individually or together. Two sections, approximately 1,530 sqm & 4,290 sqm subject to title.  Further details: Land for sale, Long Beach

For further enquiries on property for sale at Long Beach, please call me on 0212 444 888 or email
Charlie Brendon-Cook
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand
(Licensed REAA 2008)

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Bay of Islands Walking Weekend 2015


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Bay of Islands Walking Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th October, 2015

The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend is proving popular, so here’s a reminder to book your favourite walks and accommodation for this year’s event.

See Bay of Islands Walking Weekend for details.

With the days getting longer as we head into Spring, it’s also a good time to start with some warm-up walks.  The beauty of these walks is you never know what you may experience.  Walkers out at Elliot’s were treated when a southern right whale appeared out of the blue last week.  There is a walk for everyone, with island walks, coastal paths, historical trails, even winery stops.  With many trees in bloom, there are native birds aplenty and stunning scenery over the coastal landscape.

After a great day’s walking, enjoy a sundowner at The Duke before heading back to one of the area’s luxurious lodges or hotels.

If I can assist with your luxury property requirements in the Bay of Islands, feel free to contact me on 0212 444 888 or email

New Zealand Luxury Lodges for sale


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The Bay of Islands has vast appeal as a tourist destination and with forward bookings for the 2015/16 season filling in, indicators for accommodation providers are for a great summer ahead.

Right now appears to be a fabulous time in the market to secure a luxury lodge.
By purchasing at this time of the year, new owners can prepare for a seamless transition before summer.

If you are considering a change of lifestyle or are looking for great potential business opportunities, here are three of the finest New Zealand Luxury Lodges currently offered for sale*:

Flagstaff Lodge
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Occupying a large corner position in the heart of Russell, this highly-acclaimed boutique lodge includes a classic villa with four spacious guest suites, a separate two bedroom residence and a purpose built spa treatment room. View further detail of Flagstaff Lodge and Day Spa.

Arcadia LodgeArcadia Lodge RussellDW-150416_D862447 Arcadia LodgeThere is nowhere in the Bay of Islands quite like Arcadia Lodge. The property comprises a beautifully presented lodge and separate owners’ cottage set in gardens complete with water views.  View further detail of Arcadia Lodge.

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This is an exceptional location and offering just north of the Bay of Islands.  With two luxurious homes on the beachfront, there are superb options for new owners.  To experience this property is to understand what an incredible place it is.  An absolute pleasure to view.  Do not miss this one.  View further details of this stunning beachfront retreat.

*These properties may incur GST

For a confidential discussion and market insight, please call me on 0212 444 888 or email

Charlie Brendon-Cook AREINZ
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand
(Licensed REAA 2008)

Lifestyle: What’s on this week in the Bay of Islands


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Days at Sea
Photographer Dean Wright is showcasing a selection of his marine photography at this latest exhibition – Days at Sea.
Where: Kaan Zamaan Gallery
(now at 4 Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri, opposite the cinema)
When: 10-16th July, 2015

Russell Birdman
A weekend festival for the entire family, the Russell Birdman runs over three days – 10th, 11th and 12th July, 2015.
A highlight is the big jump from Russell Wharf, starting 2pm Saturday.  For the full programme of this fabulous festival see Russell Birdman.

The Old Packhouse Market
Take your empty basket and fill up on gourmet produce at The Old Packhouse Market.
Where: 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
When: Saturday 8.30am – 1pm

The forecast is for a great weekend, enjoy.

If I can assist with your luxury property requirements, please feel free to call: Charlie Brendon-Cook 0212 444 888

Bay of Islands Lifestyle: Long Weekend


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Long Beach May 2015Winter is nearly here and what a great way to welcome in the change of season with a visit to the Bay of Islands for the upcoming Long Weekend.  With luxurious accommodation, award-winning restaurants and breathtaking scenery, the Bay of Islands is a fabulous destination at any time of the year.

Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely lunch, some sailing, fishing, dolphin spotting on the waterways or to warm up with some exercise, there are some great activities and events from which to choose.

Fitness Fun – Explore Paihia 1/2 Marathon is on 31st May, 2015. What a magical course for a walk or run.  There is a 12km level of entry for those wanting a shorter course or go for the 21km.
If you prefer to stroll with a golf club in hand, it’s a superb time of year to experience the golf courses in the region including Bay of Islands Golf Course at Kerikeri, Whangaroa, Waitangi Golf Course or Kauri Cliffs.

MusicThe Royal Bash will see various talented performers take to the stage on the Village Green in Paihia, this Saturday 30th May.

Spa – Book ahead for a relaxing treatment at Flagstaff Lodge and Day Spa or Living Nature.

Gourmet – Sample and savour local fare at The Old Packhouse Market in Kerikeri.  This is one time you will want to go shopping on an empty stomach so as to have room to enjoy the fresh, baked and homemade produce.
For a warming sundowner, why not sit by the fire at The Duke of Marlborough or watch the sunset from The Gables. If winter has you thinking of a good hot curry, eat in or takeaway at the Spice Route in Russell or select from the blackboard specials at Wharepuke in Kerikeri.
The Bay of Islands winery trail will surprise with quality wine and spectacular scenery.
Stop at the roadside stalls for fresh mandarins, lemons and limes at this time of year.  Two of New Zealand’s finest chocolate producers are conveniently located in The Bay with Newport Chocolates in Russell and Matakana in Kerikeri.

If I can assist with your property requirements over the weekend, please feel free to call me on 0212 444 888.

Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend,
Charlie Brendon-Cook
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand
(Licensed REAA 2008)








Luxury Real Estate Bay of Islands: Russell Property Sold


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Russell Property Sold

Congratulations to the vendors and new owners of this charming cottage nearby the harbour in Russell.

Thank you for your interest and if you would like to be informed of the latest Luxury Real Estate property listings for sale in the Bay of Islands and Northland coast, please contact me on 0212 444 888 or email

Charlie Brendon-Cook
Coastal and Waterfront Specialist
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand
(Licensed REAA 2008)


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