Harbour views from the main living room
New age library in the forest
Hosted by Sue-Li
Sue-Li is the host.
11 guests
3 bedrooms
9 beds
1 bath
11 guests
3 bedrooms
9 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Stay in the hills overlooking Auckland City amongst a large collection of books, DVDs & misc. esoterica!

Spread out over 5 separate bed / living rooms!

Explore west coast beaches & bushwalks, local cafes & vineyards, or drive 30mins to the city!

The space

1. If your holiday needs any of the following you have come to the right place: plasma ball, Balinese xylophones, tarot cards, binoculars, a telescope, an abacus, large DVD collection of obscure kung fu movies and mainstream blockbusters, overwhelming amount of books on all sorts of topics but mostly Eastern spiritualism and weird hocus-pocus ...

2. We can sleep large groups (but be aware, there's only one toilet):
Bedroom 1: King size bed, with single trundle bed underneath
Bedroom 2: Double bed
Bedroom 3: Two single beds
Small living room: We have two foldout sofas that sleep one person each
Extra mattresses: We have 2 extra single foam mattresses that we can pull out of storage for you if you need them. There's space on the floor in both living rooms, to place these mattresses.

Guest access

You'll have the whole of the upstairs to yourself with your own kitchen and bathroom.

Laundry facilities (in the garage) and driveway, garden etc is shared between yourselves and Joy & Brian who live in the downstairs areas.

Our driveway can park up to 4 or even 5 vehicles, but in order to avoid blocking-in Joy & Brian's cars, your 3rd or 4th car may be better off parked across the road or on nearby Puketaha road.

Interaction with guests

Joy and her partner Brian are in the downstairs rear flat ready to answer any questions you might have. I'm (Sue-Li) mostly living about 30mins drive away, sometimes travelling overseas - but I'm always available on email if you have any problems or questions. There's also an elderly cat, Ishtar, who can often be found in the back garden.

Other things to note



Children are welcome, but please bear in mind that we do have a lot of knick knacks, balconies and stairs that may not suit younger kids. Have a look through our photos to see what I mean.


Our lovely forest setting unfortunately means that along with the treetop views and the native bird sightings, there are mosquitoes, especially at sunset and night time.

So when I lived there I was in the habit of keeping the glass doors and windows shut when it's getting dark and the lights are on. (In New Zealand it's not common to install bug screens on windows like it is in some other countries, perhaps because it's only hot for a quarter of the year.)

Also! There is a trick to having a mosquito-free sleep on hot summer nights in this house.

What I do is close the windows and doors, spray the room with bug spray (please ask us if you can't find it) and get the fan out (fans are in bedroom cupboards) for a nice, cool, bug-free sleep :)


We need to be careful about when we use the dryer - unfortunately our fuse box can't deal with the dryer being on at the same time as the 5 heaters in the upstairs guest space. So please restrict your dryer use to during the day when you don't need the heaters - or all the power in the building turns off and we have to call the power company to turn it back on!

In New Zealand, most houses (especially those built in the 1970s) did not have central heating put in, so it’s quite common for houses here to be heated with freestanding heaters. Some of our guests who are less familiar with NZ have found this surprising, so I shall describe the heating situation as below:

There is a freestanding oil heater in each living room and bedroom. Bathrooms have wall mounted heaters. There's no heater for the hallway or toilet.

You can leave the heaters going all day/night, we don't mind (but maybe set them to the lower setting).

We also have a wood burning fireplace, which we can help you with if you want.


I'm very keen to give people as accurate of an impression of the house as possible before they book. This house is from the 1970s. All the appliances are new-ish, the carpet is quite new and in good condition, but the shower wall is scratched, the sofa upholstery is damaged, the wallpaper, bathroom, light fittings etc are the originals from the 70s, etc.

In the words of one of our previous guests:

"The photos describing the house are as accurate as photos can be. They do not show the wear and tear a house has undergone. If you like clean and modern and chic, this place is not for you. If you like a quiet and peaceful place surrounded by new age books and with a large DVD collection to watch in the evenings, then this place is perfect."

Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
3 single beds
Common spaces
2 sofa beds, 1 floor mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 5PM
Check out by 10AM

Smoking is allowed outside on the balcony :)

Dinner parties would be okay!

If there are children in your party we may allow you to stay - please send us a message to let us know how many children and how old they are. (In the past we have noticed that guests with young children tend to block our tank and have a heavy impact on our water and power.)

We are on a septic tank system up here in the Waitakere Ranges which can only deal with toilet paper (even baby wipes will block it) so very important that those baby wipes, feminine hygiene products etc etc go in the bin and not in the pipes!

Overall we have a no-pet policy, but if you have a pet who you believe will be low-impact on the house, you're welcome to get in touch to discuss.

Our normal check-in time is 5pm, but if we don't have guests leaving that morning, we can be flexible about this and you can probably arrive earlier if you need to, please check with us.

A full guide to everything you need to know is available at the house, we can also send it to you before you arrive if you wish. This guide spells out a few more house rules such as leaving the house secure when you're out, and leaving things in a relatively tidy condition upon checkout - common sense stuff - any questions feel free to ask :)

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One flight of stairs
Pet(s) live on property - Brian and Joy have an elderly cat who usually stays away from guests, but she might come up to your balcony to say hello. You don't need to feed her.
Some spaces are shared - The driveway at the front of the house can fit 5 or 6 cars, but please don't park in front of Brian and Joy's cars, so that they can get out :)
Amenity limitations - Guests can only use the dryer if the heaters in the guest space are turned off - this is to prevent blackouts.


56 Reviews

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Mahesh User Profile
September 2016
House was kept warm on arrival. Has great views. Lots of books and video. Would recommend to others.

Dustin User Profile
October 2017
Accurate as advertised. Great place to hang out and seeing auckland from a distance. If you have time for books, then chill out here more often.

Tania User Profile
October 2017
Very spacious and comfortable place to stay. Beautiful views and lovely hosts. Would definetly recommend

Masina User Profile
September 2017
Spent the most wonderful week in Auckland. The house well suited our family of 6. It was nice and quiet, and Joy and Brian downstairs were very welcoming and helpful. We loved the house so much that next time we visit, we'll be sure to book with Sue-Li again. Getting around was pretty easy and there were alot of shops close by. Thoroughly loved it. Didn't get the time to browse through the many books, but the dvds and board games were a big hit with the kids. Recommend this place especially if you have a large family. Loved it!!!

Debra User Profile
September 2017
Gorgeous views across to Rangitoto, the harbour bridge and Sky Tower. Big house with lots of room for 4 adults and 2 children. More books than you can imagine! Plus located just where we needed it to be.

Cory User Profile
September 2017
Spacious and eclectic place. Book lovers won't know where to start, so many books. Fantastic views of Auckland day or night. Joy and Brian downstairs always happy to help.

Sheryl User Profile
September 2017
We enjoyed our weekend here - beautiful views and comfortable home.

Auckland, New ZealandJoined in January 2015
Sue-Li User Profile
Hi, I'm a 32 year old web designer. I've used Airbnb as a guest a lot, now I invite you to experience the top floor of my house in the hills above Auckland! My friend Joy and her partner Brian live in the downstairs rear flat and are happy to help if you have any questions…
Languages: English
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