A project over the last ten years was to create a sanctuary for thinking, writing, fishing and working at Great Barrier Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.   As mid-century modern afficianados, it seemed fitting that we play with a south seas island  ‘tiki’ theme. While off the grid, Great Barrier Island now enjoys cellphone coverage making it a perfect place for an executive retreat with a difference.

About the Tiki House

The kitsch, modernist take on  “tiki culture” symbolizes an escape from the confines of an often oppressive western world. When American soldiers returned home from World War II,  they brought with them stories and souvenirs from the South Pacific which had inspired them and gave them respite from war.  This contributed to the mid-century American explosion of tiki-mania which infused the hospitality, home design and even the music scene with a unique pop cultural aesthetic representing a unique and intoxicating way of life – simple, natural and exotic.

Take a break..

The Tiki House is rented out not just for holiday and short break accomodation but for executive retreats with a difference. This is not a luxury 5 star lodge but a creative haven.  Very clean and comfortable, The Tiki House presents an inspiring getaway location to either decompress or get your creative juices flowing.

Located on Medlands Beach Great Barrier Island, 5 minutes from Claris airport,  the two bedroomed house sleeps  5 comfortably and 7 at a stretch. (For extra accommodation, other local homes can be arranged).

There is a lounge/dining area for meeting/relaxing and another breakout area,  the focal point being a Tiki-themed bar . A simple kitchen features a gas stove and oven plus a fridge and freezer which will be turned on when you arrive and can be stocked with some essentials by arrangement. There is a vegetable garden to pick from over the summer months and an outdoor barbecue fireplace.

Linen and towels are all provided.  There is broadband wireless and cellphone coverage plus a landline.

If you are interested in renting The Tiki House  for your next team event (or holiday) please email me.   To find out more about Great Barrier Island, click here.