About us

About us

In 2007 Fernhill Cottages was established, filling the need for quality short-term rental or short term accommodation. Motels are often not the best option for families in between houses. We can provide base while you find a permanent home or employment, or take the time to settle in for those new to the country. We created Fernhill to welcome families. 

Our accommodation is excellent for Holiday makers who want self-contained accommodation from which to enjoy sightseeing, as well as commercial visitors seeking temporary local accommodation without the excessive add-on business costs of a motel.

Fernhill Cottages is a place where guests can come straight from a wearying flight to a welcoming fully equipped home. The Kitchen will be stocked with groceries and  there is a playground for the kids.  Guests often make friends among others staying here.

Children enjoy the playground set in scenic grounds, and if your family includes pets then they are welcome too. Our goal is to provide you a base where all your domestic needs are taken care of while you get on with the business of enjoying your holiday or establishing your new life.


When we booked our stay at Fernhill I wasn't really sure what it would be like, as soon as we arrived we were totally blown away by what a great place it is. The pictures really do not do it justice. It was far more than we expected in every way.

The cottages were lovely, spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed. Every mod con was there including the broadband connection and sky TV which made all the difference for us. Hubby could watch TV and I could still run my business and answer emails.

The beds were comfortable with quality linen, plenty of towels and everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel at a fraction of the cost. There is nothing I can think of that hadn't been thought of, right down to the dishwasher and full size fridge and freezer.

It was so relaxing to return to the apartment after a day working and sit on the secluded deck and watch the night fall and hear the sounds of the bush. I would without hesitation recommend Fernhill to everyone and it is my pleasure to leave feedback on such a top class place. Without doubt we will be back again. Thanks for providing such a peaceful haven to return to after a hard days work.
Debbie & Wayne Williams
(New Zealand)
A totally positive experience with no complications - we were pleasantly surprised with fantastic service and every effort imaginable has been made to make immigrants arrival in a new country a positive experience - from organising our transfer from the airport, to having our rental car waiting for us when we arrived at Fernhill, and our cupboards stocked with basic family foods. The standard of the accommodation was so comfortable that we ended up staying for two months. We could not have had all this for the price anywhere else in New Zealand - worth every penny spent.

Huge safe & secure grounds with majestic views, a play area for kids with exciting areas to explore. All amenties are close by and Auckland city is just a short trip away. One cannot put a price on this - a ideal enviroment for adults too, to meet new friends.

The Owners truly understand the fears apprehension and stresses that families experience when immigrating. They have endless knowledge which they willingly share with everyone. They made our arrival in New Zealand such a positive experience - nothing was ever a problem and assistance was always given without a moments hesitation. We will always have very fond memories of our first few weeks in New Zealand.

We highly recommend a stay at Fernhill, or any of their other properties - whether it be a week or a month - it will without doubt be a positive experience!!! You too might be sad to leave there - just like we were.
The Olzen family
(ex SA)