Hawkhill Cottage

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Winter Midweek Special

Book and stay for any 3 midweek (Sunday - Thursday) nights during June, July and August - and you'll only pay for 2!

Hawkhill Cottage


Hawkhill Cottage is located in a semi-rural area just 15 minutes from Central Napier.

The one-room (with bathroom) cottage has a distinctly Mediterranean vibe... Terracotta tiles, plaster walls, nestled amongst lavender, rosemary, olives and tall cypress trees - it's like you've stepped into a little corner of Tuscany in the Hawke's Bay.

With expansive views, the cottage looks East over the Ahuriri Lagoon, out towards Napier and the Pacific Ocean beyond. You can see from Cape Kidnappers through to Bluff Hill, Mahia and the Kaweka Ranges. The sunrise is sensational - and the sunset peaceful to sit and watch with a glass of wine in hand. The twinkling lights of Napier are spectacular at night.

Bird watchers will love the wetland birds on the lagoon, as well as the plentiful hawks, pheasants, quails, yellowhead, tuis, and woodpigeon who regularly visit the cottage and gardens.

The surrounding garden is lush and fruitful - and guests are welcome to help themselves to the citrus fruit, figs, feijoas, avocados, macadamia and walnuts when in season.

We rarely find a spot that is so close to a vibrant town, yet so tranquil. Enjoy the wineries, arts and beaches of Napier during the day - and retreat to your own little peaceful paradise at the end of it all. Perfect.

FROM $260 p/n

  • Sleeps 3
            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly
            Dog Friendly
      Dog Friendly

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


148 Ballantyne Road, Poraiti, Napier


Hawkhill Cottage is just 10-15 minutes from central Napier and the airport. Follow the Google Maps to the address and follow the arrival instructions you receive in your pre-arrival email to get to the accommodation. 

Note: You will receive a pre-arrival email with your host's contact details 5 days prior to your stay. If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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2. cancellation, date changes and severe weather warnings

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4. pets

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Hawkhill Cottage has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the kitchenette. There is a double electric element and barbeque for cooking and you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    If you want a break from cooking, both Misson Estate and Churchroad wineries are only 5-minutes away - or head to Napier (just 15-minutes drive away) for a selection of fantastic cafes and restaurants. 

    If you need to pop out for supplies, you'll find a supermarket in Napier, about a 15-minute drive away.

  • Things to do

    Hawkhill Cottage is a peaceful escape - and the perfect place to base yourself for exploring the Hawke's Bay region.

    With everything from Art Deco Tours to wineries, the Hawke's Bay Farmers Market to pottery and art studios - and floristry and cooking classes - there really is something for everyone.

    If you're keen to get active, bring your bikes! The Hawke's Bay cycle trail has a starting point 5 minutes away from Hawkhill Cottage.

    Those that wish to just relax and enjoy the peaceful vibe of the cottage will love watching the birdlife found on the lagoon and a range of natives that love to visit the surrounding gardens.

    There are plenty of board games to keep you entertained.

  • Your Hosts

    Katrina, Richard, their two daughters Amelia and Greta, Rubble the Golden Retriever and Chilli the cat are your hosts at Hawkhill Cottage.

    After enjoying an urban lifestyle for 15 years, in 2017 the family felt the need for a change of pace. The Hawkhill property was discovered on a holiday in Hawkes Bay - Richard's beloved hometown. 

    Driving to Hawkhill for the first time along the narrow country road, taking in the native birds, the toi tois, the fresh country air, and animals Katrina was reminded of her grandparent's lifestyle property in Ti Point.  Upon arriving at the Hawkhill property, the peacefulness, the beautiful views, the lavender, the warmth of the sun, took them back to St Emilion, a wine village in Bordeaux where they got engaged seven years earlier. They jumped at the chance to purchase the property and made the move from Auckland in January 2017. 

    Now, Monday to Friday, Richard is an Investment Adviser at Craig Investment Partners in Havelock North, while Katrina is a Chartered Accountant who spends half the week carrying out this role in Napier, and the rest of her time with the kids - and tending to the lifestyle property and lovely Hawkhill Cottage.