Hanging out with fallow deer and a miniature pony on the beach may sound like a Disney film, but is actually a summer holiday possibility that’s just a thirteen minute drive away from the Tauranga CBD.
With right-on-the-beach accommodation options including cabins and camping spots, Pahoia Beach Stay provides a quintessentially Kiwi holiday, with the added bonus of an onsite petting zoo.
All of the animals are rescue pets and include dogs, ducks, pheasants, guinea fowls, chickens, turtles and Canadian goslings.
Your own pets are welcome at Pahoia Beach Stay and that includes the horse, as long as you bring your own fencing to protect the surrounding newly planted native trees.
The property is always evolving. Owner-operator Tracey Lankshear has been working on and upgrading Pahoia Beach Stay for the past six years with the help of volunteers.
“It’s a gentle beach that’s safe for kids to swim in and is perfect for kayaking; and we have kayaks available,” says Tracey.
The cabins, called Shell Hut and Crab Hut, are fully contained and can be rented separately or as one whole facility.
The Camo Hut is a cabin with a queen-size bed and a quirky extra room: a car completely decorated in camouflage, from its dark green exterior to the patterned mattress inside that sleeps one to two people.
It has its own kitchen, composting toilet and a new shower overlooking the duck pond.
Tracey says Pahoia Beach Stay is perfect for families with animal-loving kids, self-contained motorhomes and campers.
“Volunteer help on the property is always welcomed and appreciated.”