Surrounded by two acres of Pohutukawa and Nikau forest with streams and walking tracks, the Cottages are a special place, nestled between the forest and the water’s edge. At full tide the water is lapping only metres from the deck and you can watch the sun setting over the harbour.

There are three cottages and a boathouse on the property, two of cottages have been fully renovated and are available for rent – Sunshine Cottage and Moose Cottage.

Sunshine Cottage has one bedroom with a Queen size bed, bench seating that doubles as beds for kids in the dining room, a full kitchen, bathroom with washing machine, woodburner, outdoor bath and a large deck overlooking the water. A perfect spot for watching the sunset over the water and star gazing at night.

Moose Cottage is a studio Cottage with a kitchenette, ensuite, woodburner and outdoor bath. This cottage is located on the waters edge, and is completely private from the Sunshine Cottage.

We are planning to renovate the third Roadman’s Cottage into a bunk house for kids.  This is still a work in progress.

This picturesque holiday location is perfect for couples or small families, sleeping 4 adults and 2-3 children.  The cottages are vibrant, cosy, and filled with island history. The sheltered tidal bay is ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding and safe for children to explore.

The Cottages are located within walking distance from the Shoal Bay Wharf, where the car ferry arrives on the island.  A concrete driveway provides for easy access to the property by car.

Sunshine Cottage

  • Full kitchen
  • Indoor fireplace
  • One bedroom with a queen bed
  • Squabs for small children to sleep in the dining room
  • BBQ
  • Outdoor bath
  • Large deck with outdoor sofa and chairs
  • Spark mobile reception

Moose Cottage

  • Kitchenette
  • Bathroom
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Outdoor bath and shower
  • Outdoor lounging chairs
  • Queen bed
  • Indoor seating and dining table
  • Spark mobile reception

Boathouse outdoor kitchen

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Shaded picnic area
  • Paddle Boards
  • Kayaks
  • Boat ramp

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Sunshine Cottage- $350 per night
Sunshine Cottage + Moose Cottage - $500 per night

Peak - 20 December to 28 February - Min 5 night booking.
All Other Times - Min 2 night booking.

Please note: There is a one-off cleaning/linen fee of $80 added to all bookings.

Go Great Barrier Island

Alice’s Seaside Cottages are part of Great Barrier’s unique settler heritage. Named after Alice Borich (nee Blackwell) a descendant of one of Barrier’s original settler families.  Alice grew up on the island and the Cottages were the place where she lived for many years with her husband George.  Alice loved the Barrier, spending time at the cottages tending to her gardens and fishing in the Bay.  The Roadman’s Cottage dates back to the 1920’s, it was originally built for the Roadworkers who came to work on the island. Moose Lodge was Alice and George’s first “Bach”, it was built by Alice’s father Adam Blackwell in the 1940s.  Sunshine Cottage is the newest of the cottages it was built by George in the 1960s with more space and mod-cons for Alice and George to enjoy their retirement.

We purchased the cottages in 2017 and have spent the last few years restoring the cottages and spending time in the bay.  We have enjoyed hearing all the stories of Alice, her prolific vegetable gardens, fishing prowess and the summers that many locals spent holidaying at the cottages, cooking scones in wood ovens and swimming in the bay.