A great effort form the October working bee saw the lawns, garden tidied up and gorse removed from the first part of the beach track.

The team at the latest Dacre Cottage working bee did a great job.


Mr and Mrs Dotterel are so proud of their eggs and are awaiting the arrival of twins. A pre-natal programme has been instigated by their extended family to ensure they get the best, Grandpa Dacre and crew have built a sturdy fence to ensure the visitors don’t make omelettes or upset mum and dad and Grandma FOOB has been patrolling the area, ensuring no dirty rat or other bandit can rob the nest. Obstetrician Bernie is checking their progress and directing actions.

Mr and Mrs Dotterel have requested as much peace and quiet as possible to allow mum and dad to focus on this delicate stage of raising their family.

They ask for all visitors to their home to please keep away from the nursery as the babies need their rest and to please also leave their woof at home, no matter how adorable the pooch is, as even the smell or god forbid the look of them terrify both parents.

 The extended family will keep you informed of the pending birth.


The characters in the story are:

Grandpa Dacre is the Dacre Cottage Management Committee who looks after the Historic Cottage, grounds and Karepiro Beach environment.

Grandma FOOB is the Friends of Okura Bush who trap the area and much more.

Obstetrician Bernie is the local bird expert who has been tracking the bird life in the area for years and years.


Mr and Mrs Dotterel were rather flustered by all the attention and it was agreed to give them better warning next time and they would be ready for a photo.


Dacre Cottage Traditional Christmas Lunch

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

 A three-course meal at the beautiful Dacre Cottage, just the way to start the Christmas season.

Music will start at 11am with lunch being served at midday and followed by games and music till 1.30pm

 How to get there;

You can walk over from Okura between 9am and 10am on the low tide or walk from Stillwater or kayak or boat in, we recommend wheels or an anchor for kayaks as you will be arriving around mid-tide and the high tide is at 4pm. If returning to Okura a boat will be available to take you back across the estuary from 2pm to 2.30.

 Cost: $20 per person, (primary school children $10, under-fives are free)

All funds go to help pay the legal costs for the Save Okura campaign.

There will be fundraising raffles and games to play so please bring along some gold coins to play.

Bookings are limited and there will be no bookings accepted after Wednesday the 28th at 7pm so please book early. A booking is not confirmed until payment is received in full.

Please book by emailing dacrecottage@gmail.com and pay by Direct Credit to

Dacre Management Committee 03-0180-0167915-00   Please put your surname as a reference.

Contact Peter Townend on 0274 529255 for further info or offers of help.


All costs are covered by Canoe & Kayak and the Roof Rack Centre, which will allow funds raised to support the ongoing community effort to protect and enhance this stunning area.



  • NOVEMBER 18th 
  • DECEMBER 16th


These are followed by a BBQ lunch and depart for home at 1.30pm.


  • Lawn mowing-Weeding
  • Painting
  • Barn and cottage Building maintenance
  • Track maintenance

Contact Peter Townend on 0274 529255 for further info.

Dacre Cottage Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th November 

Live music and a traditional Christmas three course lunch at the Historic Dacre Cottage will start of the Christmas season with
a bang.
Come and celebrate the outdoors and our early settler’s history with the lovely sounds of live music and help raise funds for the protection of the Marine Reserve and its surrounding Parks and land.
There will be raffles and games to play so please bring along some gold coins to play and support this great cause.

Music will start at 11am with lunch being served at midday followed by games and music till 1.30 pm

There are many ways you can get to Dacre Cottage on the day.
1/ Walk the lovely bush walk in from Haigh Access Road of East Coast Road (allow one and a half hours for this).
2/ Walk the coastal walk from Stillwater which has lovely views of the Weiti River (allow 45 to 60 minutes)
3/ From Okura Township, a ferry service will be provided across the estuary in privately owned dinghies (a donation would be appreciated to support the cause.) from 10 am to 10.30 am and then it is a 20 minute walk around the coast. The return trip will be from 2 pm to 2.30.
4/ The Yakity Yak Kayak Club will have kayak seats for 40 people who would like to paddle from Okura and return, these will be guided by club members (a donation would be appreciated to support the cause.)
To book your kayak phone Todd 09 476 7066.
5/ By boat, kayak, SUP is a great way of arriving, (the high tide is at 1.39 pm so the plan is to have you away before the tide
starts falling)

Location: Dacre Cottage, Karepiro Bay
Cost: per person, $20 all funds go direct to supporting the protection and enhancement of the Long Bay Okura marine Reserve and its surrounding parks. Children under 5 Free.

Bookings are essential

Please book by emailing dacrecottage@gmail.com and pay by Direct Credit to

Dacre Management Committee

Please put your surname as a reference.

 Please contact Peter Townend on dacrecottage@gmail.com or phone on 0274529255 during the day or after hours on
473 0797 if you have any questions or would like to help organising.

Cheers and thanks again.

Peter Townend
Chairman Dacre Cottage Management Committee
Phone 473 0797


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I am heading out to Dacre Cottage over Easter 2016 to have a relax and spend the mornings painting the barn, building a table, setting up the water tank and mowing lawns.  Afternoons paddling, boating, fishing (outside the Marine Reserve) and generally lazing about.  Evenings BBQ’S and a beer or two followed by cards.

If you would like to come and join in for a few hours or the whole weekend please let me know.

Cheers Peter

0274 529255

Come and help look after this great place.

Working bees are from 9am to 12 noon on Sundays (dates will be confirmed) and then a yummy lunch from 12 to 1.30pm.

We need heaps of keen volunteers to make this an easy job. The results of these working bees so far are 12500 plants have been  planted.  This will continue to restore the natural break between the future development on the Weiti Station and the wilderness setting of the Dacre Cottage, beach and reserve. Painting, lawn mowing, re-roofing the barn and re-flooring it, plus many other improvements. 

 Walk over from the end of Okura River Road when the tide is low or walk in from Haighs Access Rd or Stillwater, or come by kayak remember to bring a trolley or an anchor to save the carry up the beach.

A scrumptious lunch will be provided.

Please let me know if you are coming so we can cater for lunch numbers.  dacrecottage@gmail.com

Or call me on 0274 529255

Cheers Peter Townend