Our philosophy is simple. It is for all our guests to relax and recharge in our little piece of paradise at Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach.
Do as little, or as much as you want, get lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of lapping waves and wake up to the calls of our native song birds. Come and join us – we’d love to meet you.
Flaxmill is owned by a New Zealand charitable foundation, Big Toe Foundation (BTF).
Over the past 10 years, the Trustees of BTF have developed the property with the core objective of providing a high-quality, commercially sustainable facility, that can be made available to NZ-based not for profit groups to use at a reasonable cost.
Our busy summer season provides us with the ability to offer reduced rates to these groups in the quieter times of the year. This is our way of giving back to those doing ‘good work’ in the community.
We welcomed our first guests under this programme in 2014. Since then, the facilities have been used by groups and organisations for conferences and courses, and by their team members for relaxing and recharging their batteries.
The current owners purchased the property in 2004 and for years it was run as ‘Flaxmill Bay Hideaway’ – a summer campground with basic cabins and cottages.
Since 2013 Flaxmill has been progressively developed into a private holiday park with 4 Cottages and 11 Houses nestled within landscaped gardens and a modern venue suitable for destination weddings, conferences and retreats.
The campground remains a welcome part of our summer family environment, however is smaller now with less than 40 family-sized sites spread out amongst the trees.
Flaxmill Bay Hideaway is operating as a seasonal campground, only open over the peak summer months.
Mercury, our first holiday house is completed. The central complex and amenities undergo refurbishment.
Flaxmill builds another 2 Houses (Ferry Landing and Endeavour) and the Cottages and Sleeper Cabins are refurbished to reflect our new standards.
2 Beach View Houses (Lonely Bay and Shakespeare) are completed along with the Function Venue. Flaxmill re-brands as a boutique destination wedding and conference provider.
We host our first guests under Big Toe Foundation's Not-For-Profit programme.
Purangi and Cathedral, our wheelchair and mobility friendly holiday houses are completed.
4 new houses are built at the same time across the rear boundary of the property taking our house total to 11. The Cottages are double-glazed, re-roofed and refurbished.