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  1. Win 1 of 3 Kapiti Cheese Hampers for Easter!
    Win 1 of 3 Kapiti Cheese Hampers for Easter!

    Get your tastebuds ready for a tasty Easter! We have three Kapiti Cheese Hampers to take with you to the bach.... [More]

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  1. Children’s Attractions Around NZ
    Children’s Attractions Around NZ

    Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable.... [More]

  2. Kapiti Coast
    Kapiti Coast

    The long sandy beaches of the Kapiti Coast are a 40km drive from Wellington - but they're a world apart from the capital; spot rare native birds on Kapiti Island, play golf or explore the parks and nature reserves.... [More]

  3. Snow guide: Mt Ruapehu
    Snow guide: Mt Ruapehu

    Rising dramatically 2797m out of the Central Plateau, this vast volcanic beauty has two commercial ski areas and a friendly little club field.... [More]

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  1. A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines
    A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

    From schoolhouse to luxurious cottage - a tale of transformation at Kina Beach Vineyard.... [More]

  2. The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast
    The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast

    Wildside Lodge is a labour of love, a rustic, hand-crafted beauty which evolved through Dan and Kath Lane's philosophy and need for using resources that were locally available and free, or at least recycled and cheap!... [More]

  3. Golden Days at Big Bay
    Golden Days at Big Bay

    Fond memories of bach holidays at Big Bay in the 1940s - long drops, meat safes, sackfuls of seafood and a great community.... [More]

Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 Perfect for couples wanting a quiet weekend getaway. My wife and I came back to stay at Kotare Cottage again, and it was as wonderful as ever. We enjoyed the perfect, private and quiet setting, it felt worlds away from the city noise yet just a few minutes drive to Matakana village. Go early to the market Sat morning to get the fantastic fresh local produce, then head back to the cottage to prepare the feast and enjoy with some feijoa wine to top it off. Heavenly - we'll be back for sure! 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 We loved the cottage with its unique rural quiet location yet only 10 mintes car ride to Matakana.Its a foodie heaven with superb restaurants nearby.We swam and picnicked at so many choices of beaches everyday.Want to return as we stayed mid week n missed the Saturday markets 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 very private & amazing views. 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 Outstanding views, lovely private space and excellent proximity to all attractions without being in the main center of matakana. 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 Situated privately in a completely rural setting with beautiful valley views, Kotare Cottage is a relaxing haven set well off the road and elevated near the bush-line. Very conducive to peaceful relaxation. The Cottage is a good size for two people with a comfortable bed and everything needed for an enjoyable stay.The hosts are very helpful if any needs arise. We loved the location which seems central to many beach spots and only 5 minutes to Matakana. Highly recommend this one. 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany in Matakana

 Fantastic location and accommodation for couples and singles looking for a peaceful holiday with immediate access to Matakana, Omaha and the numerous beaches and attractions in the area. I could not recommend this place more highly.