The Library Bach - A special place people love!

On the estuary in Totara Ave, Golden Bay, 30 mins north of Takaka, 2 hours 10 from Nelson.

9.9/10 (80 ratings) 188 Guest Comments

#6755 - Pakawau Beach - Bach or holiday home - Listed Sep 2008


  • 5people (max)
  • 2bedrooms
  • 1bathrooms
  • kids
  • pets
  • smokers
  • 'The Library' is an award-winning bach and a sleepout (a small relocated country library).
  • Located by an estuary
  • Close to stunning beaches

“2013 Silver Winner Golden Piwa Awards" BEST IN HOSPITALITY!

'The Library' refers to the original bach on this property, a small relocated country library. This now serves as a characterful sleepout and sits behind the main bach which is located beside an estuary. The large section is quiet, bush-clad, bird-filled and has superb inlet and mountain views.

The bach is private and open plan - think designer retro-pacific styled tramping hut! Beds are in the loft and on the ground floor with no doors between. The bach's size, character and proximity to stunning beaches help make it a wonderful holiday destination for couples or small families.

Extra features include nearby migratory godwits and other wonderful bird life, including little blue penguins who are rarely seen but often heard and nest under the library sleep-out or wood pile. Plentiful cockles and pipi are a short stroll away at low tide. There are also a superb selection of natural history, children's and other fiction books, a large record collection, gas hot water and stove top, a trampoline, 3 kayaks, 1 bike, an outside bath and a composting indoor toilet.

The bach is a few steps away from a safe swimming beach and in 2006 won an NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture.

Please email me for more details.

For every night The Library Bach is booked, a $5.00 donation will be made to the Nelson ARK, a Charitable Trust. The Nelson ARK rescues unwanted and abused dogs and pairs them up with young people who are perhaps losing their way, for an eight week training course. This combination has proven to be truly transformative for the lives of both the young people and the rescued dogs, and has repercussions throughout the entire community. So far The Library Bach has raised over $3.000 for ARK. Find out more about The Nelson ARK on their website and which is unable to be referenced here!


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Canoe(s)
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • Trampoline
  • Washing machine


  • Ground floor

    1 x Queen bed

  • Loft

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

  • The Library sleepout

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

Service level

Linen: Bring your own linen.

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



Request a booking

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

  • 20% off for stays over the next 7 nights!

Special conditions

A minimum of four nights applies for bookings during NZ school holidays and a minimum of three nights applies for NZ long weekends. Otherwise a minimum of two nights. Rental is for a maximum of 4 adults. The charge for additional guests is $20.00 per night.
Smoking allowed outside only.
If you do not have the time or inclination to clean the bach before you leave, cleaning can be arranged for $50.00. Towels and
100% cotton sheets can be provided for $20.00 a bed.

Guest Comments (188)

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 Tranquility and Bird life! 

 Had a fabulous weekend shared with friends. Easy driving access to explore Whanganui Inlet and Wharariki beach. The fire filled the bach with its warmth as the sun disappeared. Just the right distance for a weekend away. 

 A perfect place for a winter holiday, lots to explore in the area. A well designed house for the lovely location, great views over both the water and (on our visit snowy) mountains. The fire kept us nice and warm despite the minus temps outside in the evenings! 

 This has to be one of the best places we have ever stayed (we book holiday homes at least 5 times a year). Beautiful location, quiet, tranquil and amazing view. The main house was perfect!! very clean, warm and had everything you could ever want to relax into a holiday. No TV was a huge bonus!! The composting toilet was great to experience, so easy!! Many little touches and thoughtful bits and pieces - you could never get bored!! Cannot wait to get back to this magic place :-) 

 Very quiet place for a good rest. And a hot outdoor bath, in winter, under the shooting stars is just amazing! 

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$125-$175+ NZD per night

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Things to do

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  • Hiking/Walks
  • Historical Sites
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
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