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“Congratulations on publishing the 2015-16 edition of Organic Explorer. 

The book is a terrific collection of New Zealand eco travel experiences ranging from well-known major operators to hidden gems throughout the country.

It’ll be a great travel companion for anyone exploring New Zealand and wanting to hunt out the best eco experiences on offer. 

I wish you every success with your book”.
Kevin Bowler
Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand 

Opua Home

Opua Home
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The Opua Home was designed by internationally-renowned eco-architect, Graeme North for a family who are not always in New Zealand and who like to share their home with like-minded visitors.

Besides the delights of the architecture (which include a semi-circular earth brick wall which absorbs heat by day and releases it by night), the house is well-stocked with books, music, movies and all the staples a health-conscious cook would like to find in his/her pantry. It's a home, not just a house -- and it's yours for your holiday.

The house enjoys a spectacular view of the Bay of Islands and is nestled into native bush which adjoins Harrison Reserve -- the last remaining tract of coastal virgin bush in Northland. 

Below the house is a small semi private beach and there is a coastal track by which you can walk in to Opua one way or Paihia in the other direction.

The upstairs mezzanine living area is ideal for yoga, massages, or just luxurious unwinding.

A wood-burning fire heats the house and hot water in the winter; solar panels heat the hot water in the summer. The walls and ceilings are insulated with natural wool and the house maintains comfortable temperatures throughout the year. A tank collects pure rainwater for your delicious drinking pleasure. All timbers in the house are treated with natural finishes and we do not use pesticides or harsh cleaning agents.

The mattresses are high quality and the bathrooms are luxuriously appointed. Space and pleasant surprises unfold in every direction. Peaceful comfort and inspiration are what you will find here.
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