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The Rock on Gibraltar — Guaranteed to be amazing

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New Zealander Justine Tyerman discovers it’s not far to The Rock on Gibraltar.

We stayed at The Rock on Gibraltar last week. It was surprisingly easy to get there, and did not require a long-haul plane trip from New Zealand to the other side of the world.

In fact, it’s just walking distance from the main street of Parnell in Auckland, New Zealand.

The luxurious four-bedroom, four-bathroom, three-storey abode – so named because the substantial concrete structure is located on Gibraltar Crescent – is one of Amazing Accom’s 3000-plus exceptional, hand-picked private rental vacation homes around the world.

Entrance to The Rock Gibraltar in Auckland

The Rock on Gibraltar is just a few minutes’ walk from Parnell’s elegant main street
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They are guaranteed to be immaculately-presented and generously-provisioned with only the finest linen, furnishings and homewares. That’s not surprising having met Amazing Accom founder Campbell Bevan, who is an absolute perfectionist.

Our family of six were in Auckland in the lead-up to our daughter’s wedding so a stress-free, streamlined, peaceful few days was imperative. The Rock is the third Amazing Accom property we’ve experienced and it far exceeded expectations.

From the impressive street-level grand entry foyer, flooded with natural light from a series of skylights, a broad tiled stairway leads downstairs. The light falls on a massive tapa cloth that hangs in the stairwell, one of many artefacts collected by The Rock’s well-travelled owner.

The Rock Gibraltar outdoor entertainment area

The semi-enclosed outdoor entertaining area at The Rock showing the fireplace and teppankayi table with the kitchen on the right and the home theatre on the left

The second level is dominated by a magnificent open-plan granite kitchen where no expense has been spared – appliances include a Gaggenau oven, induction cooktop and coffee machine, an Asko dishwater and Bosch fridge-freezer.

A butler’s scullery at one end of the kitchen is equipped with a wine fridge, pasta maker, waffle maker, kitchen whiz and drawers and shelves lined with cereals, mustards, relishes, sauces, spices, oils, health foods, pasta, breakfast spreads, and even a second iron.

Kitchen and patio

The kitchen opens onto a large patio with an open fire, teppanyaki table, BBQ and spa pool
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Well-equipped kitchen

The incredibly well-equipped kitchen at The Rock
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The Rock Gibraltar kitchen

The kitchen with the home theatre on the left. Sliding doors enclose the theatre when in use
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Generously provisioned vacation rental home

In all my travels, I’ve never come across a holiday home so generously-provisioned. And my husband Chris, an enthusiastic amateur chef, was delighted to have such a well-equipped kitchen at his disposal.

Chris Tyerman in the pantry

Chris is delighted to find everything he needs in the generously-stocked pantry

Adjacent to the kitchen is an eight-seater marble dining table and family room/lounge with a cosy fireplace, 42” plasma TV and a high-tech, built-in sound system, perfect for testing out the wedding dance tunes.

A home theatre with a projector and drop-down screen adjoins a study-library stacked with books and equipped with a computer, printer, fax and Wi-Fi. Wonderful spaces for a large family or group of friends to spread out, watch TV or movies, read, snooze, relax, listen to music, socialise, or just be alone.

Lounge at The Rock Gibraltar

The open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area at The Rock
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Family room-lounge

The family room-lounge with comfy couches, a fireplace and 42-inch TV
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Home theatre

The Rock’s cosy home theatre with pull-down screen and movie projector
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A lovely tiled guest bathroom on this level is very convenient when entertaining.

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the living-kitchen-lounge area open onto a large deck with an outdoor fire, BBQ oven, 10-seater teppanyaki table and spa pool, allowing seamless indoor-outdoor flow.

The three-burner BBQ is great for casual summer dining while the large open fire would be a boon in the cooler months.

Twin loungers by the reflection pool on the deck provide a tranquil place to relax.

The Rock Gibraltar patio table

The 10-seater teppanyaki table by the open fire with the kitchen to the left providing great indoor-outdoor flow
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The Rock Gibraltar vacation rental home patio

Sliding glass doors open onto an outdoor entertaining area with a large BBQ oven, open fireplace, 10-seater teppanyaki table, spa pool, loungers and a reflection pool
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Upstairs, the sumptuous master bedroom has a balcony overlooking the mature native trees of the Auckland Domain with the War Memorial Museum on the horizon in one direction and the landmark Skytower in the other.

The panorama is even more stunning after dark when all the city lights and the hilltop museum are brightly illuminated.

Master bedroom and balcony

The spacious master bedroom has a balcony with views of the city, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Domain
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Auckland Sky Tower at dusk

The view of the Sky Tower and Auckland city lights at dusk

A dressing room recessed behind the super-king bed has huge storage space and full-length mirrors, ideal for a bevy of girls preparing for pre-wedding parties.

Bride-to-be

The foyer of The Rock with the bride-to-be returning home from her hen party


Sampling wedding wines from Gisborne

Sampling wedding wines all the way from Gisborne

Pièce de résistance is huge Japanese-style bathtub

The master ensuite bathroom is most impressive. The elongated, granite-tiled space is bathed in sunshine and natural light thanks to skylights that run the length of the ceiling.

Back-to-back twin vanities with well-lit mirrors, a triple shower with monsoon rain heads and the pièce de résistance, a huge Japanese-style bathtub the size of a plunge pool, are outstanding features.

Master ensuite triple shower

The huge triple shower in the master ensuite with the master bedroom in the background
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Japanese-style granite bathtub

The Japanese-style granite bathtub in the master ensuite has a view of the Sky Tower
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Two other well-appointed bedrooms upstairs share a spacious tiled bathroom while the fourth bedroom is on the ground floor in a fully self-contained studio.

On this level, there’s also a large laundry with a commercial-sized washing machine and dryer, and off-road, garaged parking accessed by a code which opens a security gate.

Bedroom

One of four bedrooms at The Rock
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Bathroom

One of four tiled bathrooms at The Rock, all with custom-made granite vanities
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A few minutes’ walk up Gibraltar Crescent, you will find Parnell’s elegant main street, home to some of Auckland’s finest restaurants, fashion and jewellery boutiques, art and design galleries, beauty spas, delicatessens and homeware shops.

Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Domain are within easy walking distance, and nearby, there are some lovely hiking tracks through native bush.

The Rock is excellently-located for ease of access to the ASB Tennis Arena, Spark Arena, Auckland CBD and the Viaduct Basin. And it’s just 20 minutes by car to Auckland Airport.

The Rock on Gibraltar lacks for nothing. It’s a veritable home-away-from-home. The only thing missing is the monkeys!

Amazing Accom is my go-to website for luxury private rental accommodation these days. Far superior to hotel rooms for space, privacy and price… and always guaranteed to be amazing.

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The Rock on Gibraltar by Amazing Accom

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If you are travelling within the next 60 days or less, there are great last-minute deals.

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About Author

Justine Tyerman is an award-winning New Zealand journalist, travel writer and sub-editor with 18 years' experience in newspaper and freelance work. She has worked as a news reporter, feature writer, designer of an award-winning Newspapers in Education programme and sub-editor on local, national, business, education and international desks.

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