Upcoming Events:

Dacre Cottage Traditional Christmas Lunch

Sunday 20th November 

The volunteer committee puts on the annual Xmas lunch to bring the local community together and to raise funds to help pay for the ongoing maintenance of the grounds and Cottage.

Bring along a load of one and two dollar coins for some great raffle tickets and funny games and help raise a few extra dollars for this great bit of New Zealand's heritage.

We have several surprises planned so keep your eyes open. 

Prizes for the best period costume.

Treasure hunt for the kids.

 Location: Dacre Cottage, Karepiro Bay Time: 12.00 noon

High Tide: 12.49 pm 3.3 m
Options to get to the cottage:
Kayak - boat - walk

Walking options:
A dinghy will be transporting people across the Okura Estuary from the end of Okura River Rd to the sand bar from 10.30 am until 10.45 am 

Return walkers to Okura will have access to the dingy from 3.30 to 4pm and after that with the low tide at 6.56 pm it will be an easy walk back across from 5.30pm pm onwards (up past your knees).

The dingy and Captain and will not be available outside these times due to other commitments in arranging the day, so please do not turn up late. You will get wet feet getting in and out of the boat and the walk to the Cottage from the sand bar takes about 20 minutes.

Walk from the end of Haigh's Access Rd (off East Coast Rd), allow 1.5 to 2 hours, the new track is very easy to walk.

Walk from Stillwater allow 1 to 1.5 hours. 

Cost: per person, Kids under 5 free, Primary and Intermediate school students $10, all others $20.
Lunch will be a huge spread of food that will make your mouth water, just like a Xmas dinner of years gone by.
Any profits raised this year will help in the protection of the Estuary from further urbanisation and pollution. 

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

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