Craftsman built house provides stunning retreat

Bach or holiday home | Dunedin City | #12467

8.9/10 (129 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Nau mai! Haere mai! Craftsman built home in 4 acres of garden and revegetated native bush gives you all the home comforts in a stunning rural seaside setting. (The dawn chorus is outstanding!)

Situated in Broad Bay, 'Waiata Manu' offers you opportunities to re-energise amid the tranquil surroundings of bush, beach and sea. Or you can explore the best of the recreation and wildlife opportunities this beautiful area offers.

The house is owner-built on four levels to reduce impact on the site and boasts a solid wood kitchen and 2 log fires for heating (one in the kitchen-dining room, one in the large living room).You can enjoy stunning views from extensive decks and indulge in the ready made library and board game selection. The house was furnished using the finest of pre-loved items to reduce our environmental impact. (Check out the Crown Lynn and Temuka collection!). Firewood is grown on the property and you are asked to replace what you use from the woodshed.

One bedroom has a Queen bed and loft bed above. The second bedroom has 2 divan beds with loft bed above. The mezzanine above the main living room has a pull out sofa bed with extra queen mattress (under Queen bed) for added comfort. The house can sleep a total of about 8. There are several spare single mattresses and there are plenty of spare duvets and pillows. The bathroom is on the kitchen level and boasts a full length bath, also a shower, basin and separate toilet.

Walking tracks from the back of the house allow access to views of Aramoana and the open ocean from the firewood plantation at the top of the section.

Please note that this is a work-in-progress and 3 of the internal staircases have handrails but no vertical balusters and so this may make the house not suitable for very small children.

Enjoy the stunning location, appreciate the flora and fauna, relax in comfort in our superior decor, value the aesthetic and let us know how we can make it even better.

Nau mai Haere Mai

Special conditions:

When driving on Otago Peninsula do not assume your GPS shows actual roads! Download our instructions for detail on routes.

Driveway is a challenge for some, but no problem when you keep your speed up. Turn around at top.Do not bring towing vehicles up without inspecting the drive first.

House is on 4 levels so there are stairs! House is a work in progress so vertical balusters are not yet present on 3 flights of stairs.This may be an issue for young children.

Usual reply within 48 hours.

NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave; Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom one

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom two

    3 x Single bed


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*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (187)

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  • The place was comfortable but rough outside

    The place was comfortable but rough outside. The wooden steps feel pretty unstable to walk on. Also there isn't much space for a car to turn to get out easily. We enjoyed the point of difference and being among the trees but it could use a bit of a freshen up.

    Brigid M. Jan 2019

  • Was a bit confused in start, when found house inside the bush,...

    Was a bit confused in start, when found house inside the bush, but surprised when came in. So nice and warm house. Want to spend some time at winter there. All was good and thank you very much!

    Anton V. Jan 2019

  • This home is tucked away in an overgrown garden

    This home is tucked away in an overgrown garden. When you find your way to the entrance and open the door you are pleasantly surprised. We found this place to be a perfect haven to relax and recharge in. It is delightfully decorated and the wood fire provides a cosy atmosphere in which to snuggle up and read a book..The bath is deep and is set in a window looking out to the garden greenery. This home is a clearly much loved holiday retreat which the family are taking time to renovate. I would highly recommend it. If we return to this area we will definitely be rebooking.

    Nicola G. Jan 2019

  • The outdoor area was very unkempt and overgrown, it made a poor...

    The outdoor area was very unkempt and overgrown, it made a poor first impression. The deck off the living room was incredibly slippery, not safe. Inside, the property was tidy, clean and nicely laid out, with good facilities. There was an excellent book selection and plenty of DVDs to choose from. This property would be majorly improved with some pruning, which would open up the view of the harbour, and with some exterior maintenance.

    Mary K. Jan 2019

  • Interesting place to stay

    Interesting place to stay. Driveway quite steep. Turning around with a truck was interesting. Wish linens were included. Overall nice place.

    Jesse K. Dec 2018

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