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The Pad

Designed for 2 guests, there is also a mezzanine with 2 singles beds for extras!

Absolutely waterfront and casually chic, The Pad at Driftwood is a spacious, self-catering holiday cottage with a comfy queen bed and private master suite, there is also a mezzanine floor with 2 single beds which is open plan. The Pad sits above our working boat shed for intimate views over the private cove. Enjoy total privacy inside or unwind and watch the sunset, boats, swimming horses, and jumping fish in the bay from your balcony. At night, stargaze from the beach or listen for our resident Kiwi from the sofa.

The Pad at Driftwood is one of just two-holiday cottages that share 110 acres of a stunning private peninsula, sandy coves & native bush with our family home for an intimate, private, and nostalgic getaway right here in our beautiful New Zealand. 

Designed with relaxation and romance in mind, The Pad has all the conveniences of home, including the following:

  • Huge Dvd library and HDMI connection to plug your gear into for Netflix

  • Entertainers kitchen for 2!

  • Marble tops

  • Gas stove

  • Fridge/ freezer 

  • Dishwasher

  • Nespresso Machine and starter pods

  • Full laundry

  • Whisper quiet AC

  • Dressing room

  • Great water pressure

  • Fabulous artesian well water on tap

  • Beach towels

  • Wallace Cotton linens

  • Velvet carpet in the living areas

  • Private deck

  • Bbq

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Queen bed with New Zealand made Wallace Cotton linen provided. Comfy throws & plenty of beach towels.


MTB trails, twin all tide boat ramps, riding lessons & treks. BYO boat, fishing & dive gear, SUP, bikes, horses. It's all on your doorstep!


Switch on with smart TV, WiFi, cell coverage & Netflix. Switch off with books, magazines, sea views & native bird song.


Self-catering with BBQ, laundry & full kitchen with pantry basics & Nespresso. We recommend a stop in Kerikeri for groceries on your way here.

Is it better to travel than to arrive? Robert Louis Stephenson thought so! Your journey to Driftwood starts with a pitstop in Kerikeri to provision for your visit - trust us, you won't want to pop into town once you arrive.


Next, journey through some of New Zealand's most breathtaking coastal farmland. The last 15 minutes is unsealed but you do not need a 4WD to get here. Take it slow and enjoy the view. Your adventure starts here.

We love being out on the water and have safe moorings and a ramp at Driftwood. We encourage you to bring your boat and explore. Russell is just 10 minutes blat across the bay for dinner at the famous Duke of Marlborough hotel or be at the Black Rocks in minutes.  


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Leave the world behind & escape to paradise. Learn more about what to expect from your stay.



Experience the ultimate nostalgic Kiwi getaway, with just the right splash of luxury.


Our Story

We are passionate about our coastal lifestyle. Read about how we found our paradise.

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