Batley & Tanoa
Historic villa, unspoilt beach & Maori history
Just 25 minutes away it's a great drive to the beach at Batley and the historic Tanoa settlement.
At Batley Rex and Rae Roadley live at the end of the beach in a magnificent two story colonial house on their family farm. The Roadley family have farming on this peninsula for over 100 years.
In the late 1800s the Batley house was a hotel, post office, general store and kauri gum trading post. There were two mullet canning factories in the bay and small cottages along the flat land by the beach, long since fallen down and faded away.
Rae Roadley has written a fascinating local novel that is an excellent and very well written historical account of both Maori and settler history told from inside the community as well as Rae discovering farming live and of course finding Rex! Love at the end of the Road (2011) is a great read and gift. Copies of Rae’s book are available at www.raeroadley.co.nz and there’s a copy at the hotel for guests & visitors to enjoy.
Tanoa is a harbourside Maori community with a marae and church. The church was built in 1870 by Rev William Gittos, a Methodist missionary.