The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

School House Bay, Kawau Island

9.4/10 (14 ratings) 60 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 (60)

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 We had a great stay and the location of the Schoolhouse is perfect for boaties. The house is rustic but purpose suited to a large crowd and the fireplace made it perfect for a winter stay. We very much enjoyed our stay - just wish it could have been longer! 

  • AmandaHa21
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 This property has a lot of character with a beautiful beach front setting. We were 2 couples in a large house which could handle more people. This bach would be great for a large Family gathering and we are hoping to get back there again next year. Thanks Michele for chance to share your bach. Brett and Lynelle Southey 

  • bretey978
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 Awesome. Loved the place - perfect for a group, right by the wharf and could go off the front lawn into the water. It is what it says - a bach. Not luxurious but has all you need for a great getaway. I have rated 3 stars for the ammenities but 5 stars for location and suitability for a group. 

 Fantastic stay, brilliant house, great location. The kids and adults loved it. So much room in the house and gardens and land one got bored. Will be back! 

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

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$200-$250 NZD per night

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