Looking for a unique getaway?
Come stay in the Pirateship Treehouse "Hinemoana" out at Tanglewood Retreat. Set back from the road and surrounded by nature and the sound of native birds, our treehouse is a true gem. Tanglewood is a short drive to the surf beach Muriwai and only 5 minutes to Waimauku township.
The Treehouse itself boasts a double bed in the cabin and a small entertaining area in the back of the ship. Modern shared bathroom and shower facilities below.
Hinemoana - The Story
Everything in the Pirateship Treehouse has been built out of recycled materials, lovingly put together by Brenton, Riccardo & Aaron.
We found our beautiful Hinemoana as a shell for $700 on Trademe. Originally named Polaris, she was bult in Cornwall by Pearn in 1935 and, after fishing in the English Channel (and Wales during WW2), was converted to a pleasure boat in the ‘50s by the Torquay Coroner Col H G Treasure. An English engineer saw her at Torquay in the mid ‘50s and relocated his business to Australia on the ship when he went. Australia didn't suit and he moved to NZ and used her until he died and she has had three owners since. When we came across her, she was not much more than a rundown shell, but she had great potential and we were super excited to give her new life.
We used leftover wood from my fathers house to build up the sides of the boat, and upcycled kauri for the cabin inside. A mast found on the side of the road in Waiheke and a wine barrel, burnt and roughed up to become the birds nest, an old copper map that Peter had hidden in his winecellar made up the table. It was so much fun collecting portholes and pirate memorabilia to line the ship.
Stacey found set of spiral stairs in a neighbours driveway in Muriwai when she on the way back from a surf and left them a note in their letterbox asking if we could buy them. All the pieces have fallen together in a beautiful way to create the space that we now have. And we couldn't have done it without the vision of our full-time Pirate and Carpenter Brenton, or his trusty first mate Riccardo.