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23 Kupe Road
Coopers Beach
Mangonui 0420
New Zealand

+64 (0)9 406 0344
+64 (0)9 406 1537

About us


Sails is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, enjoying a particularly peaceful and tranquil position. The gardens are outstanding and have featured in a garden walk. In addition to the many varieties of native trees, shrubs, flowers and some wonderful succulents, there is a magnificent stand of proteas, hydrangeas and majestic Norfolk pines. The garden also features some charming sculpture plus pebble and flagstone paths as well as a pretty sundial, with its mosaic of pebbles and shells.

Garden at Sails Sails from the air
Coopers Beach from Sails

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Where we are



Coming from the Bay of Islands on State Highway 10, pass the turn offs for Mangonui township and then, after the fire station, turn right into Kupe Road - we are at the very bottom.

Coming from Kaitaia and Awanui on State Highway 10, pass the Coopers Beach Shopping Centre, and the beach access, and we are the first turning on the left. Here is an enlarged view of the map.

Sails garden and Coopers Beach

History of the house

When the Knight family purchased the property in 1986, it was beginning to show its age. Since then, they have tamed the garden and rebuilt the house.

They have also, with the blessing of the authorities, planted native trees and shrubs over the foreshore reserve which runs between the house and the sea. This has created a seamless whole with the gardens. There is a pathway from the home, through the gardens, and right on to the beach. The name Sails was chosen to reflect Cliff and Jennifer's love of the sea and also the magnificent sight of the flotillas of craft often to be seen sailing in the bay.


Guest comments


"Excellent location, location, location. On the beach, or at least just up the bank from the sand. A few trees and a descent is all the separates you from the ocean. You can hear the waves all day long. Immaculate gardens tended by Jenny. (Sub)Tropical paradise Friendly hosts Halfway between Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga Cozy deck with BBQ Contemporary flat screen television Great picture window from the master bedroom Fabulous internet access, for such a remote location." - Paul

"Very comfortable, quiet, well presented accommodation in beautiful garden setting close to the beach. Great views over beach and bay. Would definitely stay again. Highly recommended." - Ron

"If you look for well presented accommodation, with a sea view from your bedroom and the deck, beautifull garden that separates you from the beach, sound of waves at night and regular walk along the sandy beach covered with pohutakawas and of course two friendly and helpful hosts (Cliff and Jennifer) then Sails is the place to go to getaway from busy city life. Thanks for making us feel home and look forward to being back." - A & I

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