Rua Totara 1950s Bach Retreat

Bach or holiday home | Raglan | #19108

8.8/10 (25 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
27-Nov-15 to 31-Dec-15
$125+/night $145+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
01-Jan-16 to 01-Feb-16
$145+/night $145+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $10/night;
3 night minimum stay
Peak season
02-Feb-16 to 31-May-16
$125+/night $145+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
Low season
01-Jun-16 to 22-Sep-16
$95+/night $115+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay

Reviews (40)

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  • pennyfo2
    new member Nov 2015

    The property is quirky and delightful. Brilliantly located for a walk down to the jetty for fabulous fish and chips. And it gets beautiful sunrises and sets. Had a very happy time there.
  • LucyD224
    100%|1x Jul 2015

    What a beautiful spot! A well loved and respected bach. Super cosy in the middle of winter. Clean, nicely decorated, well presented and comfortable beds. Close to the best fish and chip shop on the wharf (5min walk down the pedestrian walkway at the end of the road) and a casual 20min dawdle (or 2min drive) along the coast to town. Would definitely recommend this place for a quiet retreat.
  • Saskia19
    100%|2x Jun 2015

    Everything was perfect. Location was stunning and the Bach was just beautiful. Thanks again! My parents loved their stay.
  • combierv
    100%|3x May 2015

    Lovely batch ! waking up with a sea view is soooo relaxing the 50's style ! 2 min from town walking .. we loved our time there
  • nicord297
    100%|4x May 2015

    Lovely spot, very peaceful and amazing views.
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