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Embracing Spring at A Deer Cottage: Fun in the Sun and more....

Updated: Oct 27, 2023



As the enchanting season of spring unfolds in the serene hills of Kaukapakapa, Auckland, New Zealand, A Deer Cottage undergoes a remarkable transformation. The garden bursts into a vivid tapestry of colours, and our once-dormant trees burst forth with new life, infusing the air with the sweet promise of renewal. This time of year is a rollercoaster of emotions, a delicate dance between the joys of new beginnings and the poignant reality of life's fragility.


One of the most heartwarming sights of spring is the emergence of our cherished Indian Runner ducks, who seemingly appear out of nowhere, proudly leading their adorable brood of ducklings. This year, a delightful surprise awaited us when one of our heritage white hens paraded her newly hatched chicks, a sight we hadn't anticipated, especially considering we had recently bid farewell to our five roosters.



However, this season of rebirth also brings a poignant reminder of life's delicate balance. Every spring, I find myself grappling with a profound sense of loss. The same earth that generously bestows new life can just as quickly reclaim it. The sorrow of burying nine baby ducklings found huddled together after a particularly burly night, or discovering the tender loss of six chicks that didn't make it back to Mumma hen serves as a poignant reminder of the intricacies of existence.


In addition to these offerings, Te Kani and I have been diligently preparing for a new and exciting addition to A Deer Cottage. We're getting ready to transport a charming sleepout to our property, which will soon be transformed into a serene shiatsu room. It's a part of our vision to offer shiatsu massage and ginger compress treatments to our guests, as well as to our neighbours and the wider community.



Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique that utilises pressure points to promote relaxation, healing, and overall well-being. When combined with the application of a hot ginger compress, the experience becomes even more invigorating and restorative. Both Te Kani and I have embarked on this journey of learning and healing, having attended a few retreats at A Deer Cottage to deepen our understanding and practice.

We're drawn to the lifestyle that embodies calm, healing, and restoration. Our aspiration is to share the therapeutic benefits of shiatsu with those who visit A Deer Cottage, providing a unique and rejuvenating experience.


In the midst of this vibrant season, our guests have embraced the delightful offerings at A Deer Cottage. Last weekend, the warm weather invited them to dive into the crystal-clear waters of our swimming pool. It was the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and relish the stunning vistas that surround our tranquil retreat in the hills of Kaukapakapa. The laughter and splashes filled the air, serving as an early reminder that summer is just around the corner.



For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, our spa pool has been a popular choice. A dip in the warm, bubbling waters as the sun gracefully sets over the horizon is an experience that embodies serenity and renewal.


Our Mexican chimera has also played host to the creation of mouthwatering pizzas, as our guests revel in the Al Fresco dining experience on our property. Overlooking the breathtaking Kaipara Harbour, it's the perfect way for guests to unwind and savour the company of loved ones in a little piece of paradise right on our doorstep. To make this experience even more special, we provide our guests with a bottle of wine, a perfect companion to enjoy the area's beauty and the unique experiences we offer.




And if New Zealand's unpredictable weather decides to make an appearance, our cozy retreat awaits with a selection of indoor games, providing a delightful way to spend time together and create lasting memories, even when the weather doesn't quite cooperate.


As we celebrate the joys of spring and prepare for this exciting addition what we have at A Deer Cottage, we look forward to sharing this new chapter with our wonderful guests. For Te Kani and I, it's all about creating unforgettable experiences, and we can't wait to welcome you to our little piece of paradise. Spring is a time of transformation and rebirth, where nature's beauty intertwines with life's fragility, and we're honoured to share these moments with you.


If you're eager to join us and create cherished memories at A Deer Cottage, you can book your stay now through our website. Simply visit here to check availability and secure your spot in this tranquil oasis.


Additionally, we invite you to follow us on our journey and stay connected through our social media channels. You can find our YouTube channel here, Facebook here, and Instagram here. By following us on these platforms, you can stay updated on our latest news, experiences, and enchanting moments that we love sharing with our extended A Deer Cottage family.


Until next time, take care and embrace the beauty and wonder that each season brings. We can't wait to see you on your next visit to A Deer Cottage.


With aroha Angela & Te Kani 🦌❤️🦌
















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