Rua Totara 1950s Bach Retreat

Bach or holiday home | Raglan | #19108

8.7/10 (33 ratings)
  • 4 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Views of the harbour are framed by mature NZ natives and an abundance of birdlife.
  • 2 min walk down to delicious coffee, crafts, and fresh fish & chips on Raglan Wharf.
  • Lovingly designed in 1950s style.

Rua Totara meaning 'A pair of Totara trees'. This is the theme which runs throughout the property and into the interiors where you will find many 'pairs of things'.

This property is not your modern bach of today. If you need inspiration or some much needed timeout, then this is the place for you. Just 1hr 40mins drive from Auckland or 30 minutes from Hamilton city... Rua Totara is nestled amongst native trees on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Raglan Harbour.

She's been lovingly put together by designer, Kathryn Taylor, who brought this 1950s bach in 2005. Each item in the bach has been specially found, recycled and spruced up to create a true-to-life 1950s getaway. Rua Totara is made up of a series of small separate rooms which you walk between, under a covered veranda. This is one of the many little quirks which make your stay super unique and enjoyable.

Rua Totara has no mod-cons. This allows you to unwind immediately from city-life; relax on the deck, read a book, write some music or bake some cheese scones in the best oven you have ever used. You will find a great little music collection and an extensive range of books, both old and new.

This property is ideal for an artists retreat, couples, small families or a maximum gathering of 4-5 friends. There is an incredible garden spanning down from the property which has magical spots to relax, explore, read or play. Parental guidance is encouraged for the deck and garden.

She has plenty of sun in both summer and winter, where you can live with all the doors open or use one of the many woollen rugs available for outdoor sitting.

Rua Totara is the perfect place for artists to escape and she has become a favourite for many NZ musicians and writers to bunk down and enjoy the peace. This property is excellent for reconnecting with yourself, your family or just snuggling up to have those well-needed conversations with life, that we often don't make time for.

Special conditions: Smoking only allowed outside and butts to be collected. The deck and wild gardens require parental guidence for small children. Pets potentially accepted with prior approval.


  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    Bedroom - Queen sized double bed

    1 x Queen bed

  • Kitchen

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • Studio Room

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning $60.00 per stay (required); Bed Linen & Towels $20.00 per person (optional)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 7 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Mates rates: 10% off for members with 10 positive reviews from other Owners/Managers

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Peak season
01-Jun-16 to 31-Dec-16
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay

Reviews (48)

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  • MissTara33
    100%|1x May 2016

    Perfect location - easy access to town and the wharf. Beautiful views, stunning on a rainy Sunday morning. I found myself spending a lot of time on the deck. The unusual layout is a plus in my opinion - Nothing like something a little bit different :) The only wee issue I had was getting in/out of the drive - wasn't expecting it to be so steep, and my little manual vehicle found reversing out of it quite challenging!
  • pamela72
    100%|3x Apr 2016

    The 'bach' is a teeny set of separate rooms, so not for everyone. However, we enjoyed it's quirky retro feel, the great location (set up the hill from the wharf) and the views of Karioi mountain and the harbour. Would definitely recommend for one-person artist or yoga retreat. Go off-grid and salute the all-day sun with some yoga or sketch the views on the deck.
  • enni__
    100%|5x Apr 2016

    A very unique and charming place with soul-soothing views. The neighbours were quite close and a bit noisy at times (and lacking in parenting skills) - so if you're looking for absolute peace and quiet then maybe not the right choice, but overall we had a lovely time. Such a handy location, full of beautiful details, interesting books and so cosy... it kinda has a hipster cafe vibe, like Crave in Kingsland (Auckland) :)
  • johnnn147
    100%|4x Feb 2016

    Old style bach and a good base for Raglan. Would not suit if one wanted an indoor social area, but perfect for us.
  • magsss204
    100%|13x Feb 2016

    It was a challenge not having TV , easy to manage without the dishwasher or microwave (for a wee while, anyway! ). The harbour views were fabulous and the quirky layout an adventure with two wee girls. Comfy beds and really quiet. The great fish n chip shop was just around the corner.
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