Rua Totara 1950s Bach Retreat

Perched on a sun-drenched hill, directly above Raglan Wharf

8.8/10 (24 ratings) 39 Guest Comments

#19108 - Raglan - Bach or holiday home - Listed Feb 2012


  • 4people (max)
  • 2bedrooms
  • 1bathrooms
  • kids
  • pets
  • smokers
  • Views of the harbour are framed by mature NZ natives and an abundance of birdlife.
  • 2 min walk down to delicious coffee, crafts, and fresh fish & chips on Raglan Wharf.
  • Lovingly designed in 1950s style.

Rua Totara meaning 'A pair of Totara trees'. This is the theme which runs throughout the property and into the interiors where you will find many 'pairs of things'.

This property is not your modern bach of today. If you need inspiration or some much needed timeout, then this is the place for you. Just 1hr 40mins drive from Auckland or 30 minutes from Hamilton city... Rua Totara is nestled amongst native trees on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Raglan Harbour.

She's been lovingly put together by designer, Kathryn Taylor, who brought this 1950s bach in 2005. Each item in the bach has been specially found, recycled and spruced up to create a true-to-life 1950s getaway. Rua Totara is made up of a series of small separate rooms which you walk between, under a covered veranda. This is one of the many little quirks which make your stay super unique and enjoyable.

Rua Totara has no mod-cons. This allows you to unwind immediately from city-life; relax on the deck, read a book, write some music or bake some cheese scones in the best oven you have ever used. You will find a great little music collection and an extensive range of books, both old and new.

This property is ideal for an artists retreat, couples, small families or a maximum gathering of 4-5 friends. There is an incredible garden spanning down from the property which has magical spots to relax, explore, read or play. Parental guidance is encouraged for the deck and garden.

She has plenty of sun in both summer and winter, where you can live with all the doors open or use one of the many woollen rugs available for outdoor sitting.

Rua Totara is the perfect place for artists to escape and she has become a favourite for many NZ musicians and writers to bunk down and enjoy the peace. This property is excellent for reconnecting with yourself, your family or just snuggling up to have those well-needed conversations with life, that we often don't make time for.


  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Washing machine


  • Bedroom

    Bedroom - Queen sized double bed

    1 x Queen bed

  • Kitchen

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • Studio Room

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

Service level

Linen: Linen can be supplied. Additional charge of $20.00 per person applies.

Cleaning: Cleaning provided. Additional charge of $60.00 per stay applies.


Cleaning (Required, $60.00 per stay) ; Bed Linen & Towels (Optional, $20.00 per person) ;

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Owner/Manager contact details will be provided by Bookabach once you've made a booking request.

  • 10% off for stays over the next 3 nights!

  • Stay for 7 nights and pay for 6 nights! Not valid for periods where last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Members with 10 stars or more get 10% discount on total rental. * Offer not valid in conjunction with any other discounts.

Special conditions

Smoking only allowed outside and butts to be collected. The deck and wild gardens require parental guidence for small children. Pets potentially accepted with prior approval.

Guest Comments (39)

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 What a beautiful spot! A well loved and respected bach. Super cosy in the middle of winter. Clean, nicely decorated, well presented and comfortable beds. Close to the best fish and chip shop on the wharf (5min walk down the pedestrian walkway at the end of the road) and a casual 20min dawdle (or 2min drive) along the coast to town. Would definitely recommend this place for a quiet retreat. 

 Everything was perfect. Location was stunning and the Bach was just beautiful. Thanks again! My parents loved their stay. 

 Lovely batch ! waking up with a sea view is soooo relaxing the 50's style ! 2 min from town walking .. we loved our time there 

 Lovely spot, very peaceful and amazing views. 

 Things we loved: the beds, the 50's feel, the view of the harbour. Things we quietly wished for: a simple reading lamp, bowls to eat muesli/salad/soup from. What we didn't enjoy so much: you would never know it from the photos or the description but the neighbouring houses are right up against this property like in a city suburb. This greatly compromises privacy - people staring from the large deck next door every time we went to the bathroom and there was constant noise from both sides. 

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