TRYPHENA HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Tryphena House is a unique, offgrid and iconic property right on the
water, boasting its own small private pebble beach with panoramic
views of Tryphena Harbour framed by Pohutukawa Trees. Formerly
Great Barrier Island's post office, Tryphena House was built in the
1920's on the Eyre Homestead and is nestled in a unique location
in Puriri Bay. Step off the deck, and a few metres to the bottom of
the garden and you'll find yourself in the ocean. Just a 2km along
the bay from Tryphena, the house is secluded but easily
accessible. The house is hosted by and belongs to Pete & Lucy. We
live onsite in a seperate wing of the house to guests. We are
involved with guests as much or as little as they want us to be. Some
love learning more about our lifestyle, helping themselves to our
gardens learning how to catch and fillet a fish from Pete. Learning
about the simple lifestyle is part of the charm of a Barrier holiday.
Other guests are self-sufficient, we are on hand for anything but
we leave them to enjoy their break.
We host up to 16 people in seven bedrooms, both double and bunk rooms. There are five queen bedrooms and two bunk rooms with sets of bunks all serviced by two toilets, one with a shower room. There are also two heated outdoor bath tubs and the sea is right at the bottom of the garden.
Water is a precious commodity on the island and we ask our guests to be careful, particularly through the summer months with water consumption.
The house is old but iconic to the Barrier, full of character, equipped with fresh bed linen and towels to make your stay comfortable. We take bookings for groups and, on occasion, couples.
The Kitchen and dining facilities are set in a huge room that looks out over the harbour. Facilities include a sink, toaster, jug, gas hob and fridge freezer with a beautiful sliding window to outside servery for the warm summer months. The large dining room table has panoramic views of Tryphena Harbour.
There is ample living space with sofa's, a pool table and open fire in a snug second lounge. (TV & WiFi available but most people like to make the most of our surroundings).
You'll have access to all our garden space, extensive decks, weber BBQ and brazier (if no fire ban is in operation).Plus our much loved two spectacular roll top outdoor heated baths sit mounted on a deck overlooking the bay for our guests. Lay back, take in the magical scenery and relax under the Barriers pristine night skies.
We are Pete and Lucy, we live onsite a separate self contained wing of the house (It huge!) and can be involved with you as much or as little as you need.
Gear for your adventure
Guests have free access to kayaks, paddleboards, fishing gear which can be launched straight off the front garden.
Arriving by boat
For those arriving by boat, there is safe anchorage right in front of the house. Please call to enquire, we can often find access to moorings too.
Right in Tryphena 2km along the coastal road:
Stonewall Store - A great selection of groceries
Currach Irish Pub - a great experience on a Thursday night
Pa Beach Cafe - Amazing baking, perfect for breakfast or lunch
Mulberry Grove shop, cafe and fuelling station
Getting to Us
Just 15 minutes from Tryphena Wharf, 20 minutes from Claris airport. We can point you in the right direction to arrange transport to us - Please just ask.
Parking is available onsite. Cars are available for rental on the island but should be booked in advance during busy periods.
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