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1 / 19 Open plan lounge through to dining and decks

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 3 / Apartment
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1  Sleeps: 3  Type: Apartment
City-Bush Retreat: Self-catering private apartment
TripAdvisor property ID 3820548

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Book this 1 bedroom apartment in Waitakere City today! A total of 3 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a deck, air conditioning, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 15 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1190, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 04, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Frances H.
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Calendar last updated:
04 Aug 2017
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Waitakere-city Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Staffed property
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Fax machine
  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet

Property Features

  • Parking
  • Secure parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Private garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (15)

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“An exquisite apartment in paradise”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2015

City Bush Retreat is a perfect paradise! The location is superb: easy access to Auckland via road or train; set in the beautiful bush with wonderful mountain walks on the doorstep, close to pretty little beaches; and the village of Titirangi up the road with great cafes, galleries and shops. The apartment is supremely well-equipped, comfortable, spotlessly clean, and has easy parking. Three sets of double French doors onto the deck 'invite' the bush into the apartment in a tranquil and magical way. The deck is also a great place to do yoga, read a book, or have a BBQ. Can't speak highly enough.,,

“Fantastic, enjoyable and just like coming home.”

Reviewed 28 Mar 2013

Francis and Max were great hosts we could'nt have asked for better. Their apartment was fantastic.Everything anyone could ask for,Peace Comfort, Space and such great hosts! City-Bush Retreat was just like coming home. Beautifully furnished, with every conceivable convenience. A large and beautiful deck, with such a lovely view,Native bush, birds and sounds.We will be back, we loved being there.

“This is a beautiful and peaceful apartment.”

Reviewed 25 Mar 2013

Frances and Max are very gracious hosts who provide a beautiful and peaceful environment with all the comforts of home. The apartment is furnised with love and care. The front deck is an amazing place to relax, watch the bird life and listen to the running creek below. Thank you for your hospitality.

“A Serene and Magnificent Hideaway”

Reviewed 28 Jan 2013

This wonderful apartment, just minutes away from auckland, is our favorite hideaway for settling into New Zealand life following a grueling 14 hour flight from our home country. There is nothing the hosts won't do to ensure a comfortable and warm welcome and ongoing stay (including a fresh supply of "basics" and treats in the refrigerator and cupboard). Situated very privately at the top of an upscale home, this apartment is very tastefully decorated and has all the modern conveniences needed for a "home away from home". When we visit City Bush, we like to eat in and dine out in equal proportions. The small village of Titirangi, within walking distance, or a 5 minute drive from City Bush boasts a few excellent restaurants, or we travel the 20 minutes to the viaduct downtown or to Ponsonsby to take in some of the excellent fare offered by those areas. But we find it truly difficult to leave this accommodation once we arrive. It is the perfect place to unwind. It literally feels as though you are in a "cabin in the woods". Surrounded by the lush, local vegetation (including a commanding view of an ancient kauri tree) and the ongoing sounds of birdsong, it is a perfect retreat.

“A blissful time - peaceful, beautiful, welcoming and cosy - eco-”

Reviewed 30 Sep 2012

This was my second stay at City-Bush Retreat, and I look forward to returning again. If you enjoy nature & art, yet also like a little luxury, you'll love it too! Max and Frances are very welcoming and helpful. They were always available if I needed anything, yet not obtrusive; I was private. I was able to settle in, relax and enjoy myself thoroughly. The apartment itself is beautiful, with art on the walls, use of native woods and good design throughout. The views from the apartment & deck into the tree tops of the surrounding bush are beautiful, and the calls of native birds mixed with the sound of the nearby stream make the stay a complete joy. I enjoyed the sights, sounds and scent of the surrounding bush, while on the deck, and when walking down to the stream and little waterfall, then on to the kauri tree. Birdwatching, star spotting, looking for glowworms at night on the drive... One is immersed in peaceful native bush, yet it is easy to reach Titirangi village (shops, cafes, petrol station) and other local centres. There are walks near the apartment such as to/along Exhibition Drive (with views of the harbour) and it is just off Scenic Drive for access by car to the Waitakere Ranges and beyond. Also easy for auckland by train (via Glen Eden) and the airport by car. Very comfortable bed, ample storage/hanging space. Lovely shower/bathroom. Kitchen/dining/living room area well appointed. Excellent welcome pack of food from a pre-booked breakfast shopping list. There is an interesting selection of books, plus a small pair of binoculars, CD player, packs of playing cards and games available, as well as TV. Outside, great deck area with table and chairs. Big treat: it was late winter, Max provided a constant supply of logs for the fire, so I also had the delight of evenings next to the log fire. Nb: There is also heating if you do not feel like a log fire. I recommend City Bush Retreat very highly! Thanks, Max & Fran for giving me a lovely holiday.

Response from the owner Thanks IE, so glad you enjoyed a little eco-luxury at City-Bush Retreat again – just in the last few days it has been confirmed that the 700 year old Kauri Tree, “The Grandmother Tree” is listed in the Auckland Cultural Heritage Inventory! We are delighted that this magnificent tree now has the long term protection it deserves. Thanks again! Frances and Max

“Absolutely Perfect!”

Reviewed 27 Apr 2012

It's hard to say what's most appealing about City-Bush Retreat, the gorgeous place itself or Max and Frances, it's charming hosts. The residence is spacious and full of light, nicely appointed with everything you could need and lots of special touches like a welcome note, start up groceries and a personal hello from Max and Frances on arrival. We used the fireplace and grill every day and while it was a little too chilly to dine outside, we thoroughly enjoyed the wrap around terrace with lovely sounds of the waterfall in the background.One of the highlights of our stay was an evening walk guided by Max to show us the local wildlife, glow worms twinkling along the bank of the stream. Beyond the comfort of the living spaces Max and Frances went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed and checked on us periodically for updates to our needs. We very strongly recommend that if you visit the auckland area you make a point of staying at City-Bush retreat, a genuine home away from home!

“Home from home comforts in an idyllic bush setting”

Reviewed 7 Mar 2012

The service was first class from the provision of initial supply of basic food requirements, to the facilities for laundry and Internet access. This was our second visit to the City Bush Retreat and it reinforced the impression of comfort and homeliness we experienced on our first visit. The bush location together with proximity of Titarangi is ideal. The location, cleamliness and hospitality of the owners were the best features of the City Bush Retreat.

“Can we buy it? Fantastic and a short drive from our son, his wi”

Reviewed 26 Feb 2012

I really cannot fault Fran and Max who were marvellous hosts. The flat is beautifully appointed, comfortable and secluded overlooking a typical New Zealand bush garden which even has a great Kauri towering up in the middle of it. Titirangi is a fun, rather alternative community. Fantastic bakery, next to the art gallery. If you need a wonderful massage, reflexology or other similar treatment, go to Willa at Soul in the village (road to Huya beach). Fran did a shop for us of basic provisions which she put in our kitchen ready for our arrival. The weather was very wet and quite cold but we were warm and cosy with a wood burning stove, heaters and an electric blanket. Titirangi is near the wonderful west coast beaches - Piha, Bethels etc. Trains into town are a few minutes down the road and take about 35 minutes to the ferry terminal.. Go to Waiheke Island and visit and eat at one of the many vinyards.

“Rugby World Cup stay”

Reviewed 1 Nov 2011

Really enjoyed our stay - everything we wanted plus more. House equipped to v. high standard. Very quiet location for relaxing with good access to auckland by car and esp by train. Good eating and shopping a v. short drive away.

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