Historic Seaside Cottage

Purakaunui Inlet,Dunedin

9.7/10 (55 ratings) 275 Guest Comments

#491 - Purakanui Inlet - Bach or holiday home - Listed Feb 2001


  • 5people (max)
  • 3bedrooms
  • 1bathrooms
  • kids
  • pets
  • smokers
  • Absolute waters edge with great indoor/ outdoor living. A surf beach a short row or walk away.
  • Sea, sand,fish, birds, tides, walks and sunsets
  • Historic

Restored 140 yr old cottage on the very edge of the sheltered Purakaunui inlet, just a scenic 25 min drive from Dunedin.

Although still faithful to it's historic roots, there are the home comforts of a full modern kitchen and bathroom.The rooms are tastefully decorated and cleaned and maintained to a high standard. There is electric heating in every room as well as open fire and coal range. Electric blankets are on the beds except for the trundler in main house.

As featured in Life and Leisure Magazine, Jan, 2009. The cluster of four little buidings known as "As You Like It" since the 1930's, is a 100 metre walk down a path along the waters edge.

You can just sit on the deck and watch the fish just a metre away, or watch the sunset over the water, dig for cockles, fish off the deck or the rocks, walk along the ocean beach or row or canoe around the inlet. It's a great bird watchers spot- shags ,tuis, fantails, bellbirds, oystercatchers, woodpigeons, whitefaced herons, kingfishers, etc. Dinghy or canoe are available and normally moored by the cottage. The white sandy beach can be accessed at low tide by walking across ankle deep water, or by canoe. At full tide the entire bay is full of water

Outings can include a visit the historic pa site, Motutapu and it's secluded beach, or the Orokanui Sanctuary, 5 min drive away. The new Dunedin Stadium is only 20 min drive away.

It is also a great base to visit Dunedin's attractions , Port Chalmers is 10 min drive away, with designer clothes and jewelry shops as well as coffee bars and restaurants. Eating out options include the Carey's Bay Hotel overlooking the fishing village beside Port Chalmers, or Fleur's reknowned Seafood restaurant at Moeraki. The unspoilt coastal settlements of Seacliff and Karitane are a short senic drive away.

There are many walks around the township and the boatsheds, along Purakaunui beach, around the inlet or to Longbeach.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Cot available
  • Dinghy
  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV


  • Main house

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Roll-away bed

  • Merry Wives of Windsor Cottage

    Bedroom - A separate double bedroom with coved ceiling, views over the water.

    1 x Double bed

  • Midsummer Nights Dream

    Bedroom - A small single bedroom with French doors opening onto a grassy area, opposite the Merry Wives of Windsor.

    1 x Single bed

Service level

Linen: Linen supplied and included with rental.

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


Linen (Included) ;

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

  • Stay for 6 nights and pay for 5 nights! Not valid for periods where last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Free use of dinghy and kayaks.

  • Free Wifi Broadband Internet

  • Free local phone calls

Special conditions

Note that each bedroom-and the bathroom -are in separate cottages. The single bed in the main house is a trundler stored under the double bed. The buildings are clustered together and there are only a couple of steps between each cottage. Security lights light the way.
Please discuss bringing pets with us. Complimentary Clothes washing available nearby.

Check-in time after 2pm, check out by 11 a.m.

Guest Comments (275)

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 LOVED this beautiful house on the inlet. So peaceful, yet entertained all day with birds and walks and the occasional friendly neighbour out walking. Every comfort was provided and the bed was extra comfortable in the master bedroom (just us two, so didn't try the others, hut they looked cosy). We had a chilly Otago anniversary weekend, but we were lovely and warm in the cottage. We will definitely be back! 

  • KatieJay
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 Wonderful quirky cottage(s) right in the Purakanui Inlet. Can't beat the location or the old NZ charm. Tiny rooms with loads of character. Gorgeous sunsets and fresh clams for dinner right off your front porch. And if you're lucky, you might get to meet the local octopus. 

  • Boston Mollie
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 This property is a special historic building on an even more special site. In fact unique. It is an experience to stay there in itself without all the potential activities it offers. I found myself putting down my book and just looking - you have the continual play of light, weather and tides right on your doorstep. Plus we swam, paddled, rowed, fished, cockled and walked. We didn't want to turn the TV on and have commercials intrude on such a special, timeless world. 

  •  Beautifully said! 

 Exquisite location , gorgeous house - we are now regular visitors Love love love it 

 A small piece of paradise -- the property is well taken care of, all of our needs were met with how the house was equipped, and we valued the privacy and quaintness. The owner have given much TLC to making this bach a GEM. 

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$160-$195+ NZD per night

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Things to do

  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Walks
  • Historical Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming