The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

School House Bay, Kawau Island

9.4/10 (10 ratings) 56 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 (56)

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 Awesome location and unique house. We had an awesome holiday ! 

 Great old quirky house. Lovely location on the water. The kids loved soccer on the lawn and jumping off the wharf. Great to have use of dinghies and water toys. Plenty of space for running around and dining outside. A very enjoyable stay! Keen to visit another time. 

 The holiday home is perfect for large family group with modern open plan kitchen/dining to the front deck right at the wharf. We literally fishing/kayaking at front of the house and having dinner while fishing on the wharf. This is our 2nd time to stay at the house. Enjoy it very much! 

  • KathyL5
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 We loved the schoolhouse. A great location and a fantastic place with kids. Fully fenced and lots of activities. The house is a little run down but that adds to the charm. We will be back 

  • AnnaB333
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 Amazing place for a family gathering, the house had plenty of room for 3 families and the kids loved the water activities. The house had so much character and we are looking forward to another trip there before long. 

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$200-$300 NZD per night

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