The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

School House Bay, Kawau Island

9/10 (5 ratings) 51 Guest Comments

#3262 - Kawau Island - Bach or holiday home - Listed Sep 2006


  • 10people (max)
  • 6bedrooms
  • 2bathrooms
  • kids
  • pets
  • smokers

The orginal Kawau Island Schoolhouse built in the 1870's is a 6 -7 bedroom waterfront bach. It is rustic and guests need to be prepared to open up the house themselves, turn on water pumps and make up beds.

It offers a real kiwi bach experience on a large scale. The bach runs on a combination of bore water and pump water. The island does not have roads but has great walks and boating, swimming, fishing.

Catch the Kawau Kat, water taxi or private boat to the Schoolhouse bay jetty and walk straight into the Schoolhouse. Please be aware that this really is a kiwi bach - it is in a beautiful location and has heaps of room but it is quite basic in some ways. There is no cleaner available on the island and you will find the bach as the last tenants left it. Please leave it clean and tidy for the next tenants. We live 6 hours away and give it a good clean when we come up. You are welcome to use the duvets but you need to bring sheets and pillow cases and/or a sleeping bag. The lack of a cleaning service and rustic charm is reflected in the price which is good value for the size and location.

We limit numbers due to water issues. Maximum number of adult guests is 8.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Canoe(s)
  • Cot available
  • Dinghy
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • SKY TV ®
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine


  • Down Stairs 1

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Down Stairs 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Up Stairs 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • Up Stairs 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Up Stairs Bunk Room 1

    2 x Bunk bed

  • Up Stairs Bunk Room 2

    2 x Bunk bed

  • Up Stairs School Room

    1 x Single bed

Service level

Linen: Bring your own linen.

Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.



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

Special conditions

Conditions of rental:

1) 2 Night minimum rental.

2) Families preferred

2) Cancellations less than 2 weeks before rental will incur loss of deposit ( first night rental fees).

3) No cancellations less than a week from rental, otherwise full rental will be charged.

5)Change of rental date less than 2 weeks before rental will incur a $150 fee.

Guest Comments (51)

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 Such an icon at Kawau, loved staying here, so much character!! 

 Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay at the Schoolhouse - we loved it! Such a beautiful location, and the building itself has real character - not everyone's cup of tea with very steep stairs to the top level, but baby gates both top and bottom provided safety and the place was so well equipped and ideal for our two families. We enjoyed kayaking and the kids had a ball paddling at high tide and fishing off the wharf. We hope to come and stay again in future. Thanks again. 

 Very happy with facilities provided at schoolhouse and cost of accomodation 

 A truly beautiful spot, The Schoolhouse was lovely in all its faded grandeur though the kids did boil in the upstairs bunkrooms. Room for all of us...3 families and two grandparents. Fantastically located on the waterfront with the main jetty to jump off at high tide and to watch eagle rays swim about. We'd love the hedge to be cut down though, so you can watch the kids in the reserve and see the kids on the kayaks when you're having a glass of wine, without having to sit on the table. 

  •  Glad you liked it! The hedge is a privacy/ view issue . That reserve and beach are pretty busy midsummer but we do trim it - less now that our kids are a bit older 

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    • chrith104
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 When we arrived, our initial thoughts were that the Schoolhouse needed some TLC (and it does), but as our stay went on, we really did not care one bit. What a special spot! The weather was beautiful, the fish were jumping and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and didn't want to leave!!!!! Thanks so much to the owners for allowing us to share their little slice of heaven :-) 

  • RachelH30
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