COUNTRY CHARM: Tranquil self-catering cottage

Cottage | Otaki | #22131

9.3/10 (147 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • French Doors open to private sunny lawn
  • Nestled in mature trees and surrounded by paddocks. Tui, Fantail and Silvereye.
  • Close access to Otaki Forks & River. Borrow the bikes to explore or take the golf clubs for a swing.

Rural Bliss.

Private rural self-catering cottage accommodation in the heart of Hautere right here on Te Rauparaha's Coast - 6km from Otaki.

Experience a simpler way of life: picnic, swim, fish, tramp in the Tararua foothills & absorb the rich history of the Otaki Gorge.

Light, fresh & quirky, the cottage offers a traveller's respite, a romantic interlude, or an opportunity to taste the local produce, oils, breads & wine.

The Totara Grove is 10 mins from Waikanae Metro rail head; 25 mins from Paraparaumu Airport & only an hour's drive from Wellington or Palmerston North.

Check the bus timetables Waikanae to Otaki:

Pick ups and drop offs from Otaki i-SITE negotiable.

Shop till you drop at Otaki's popular Outlet shopping precinct - Pumpkin Patch, Hunting & Fishing, Icebreaker, Kathmandu, The Merino Outlet; find exquisite treasure at Planet Retro. Lunch at local cafes; visit the Rangiatea Maori Church; take the golf clubs for a swing.

Borrow the bikes or walk the riverside trail to the beach where the Felixstowe and City of Auckland were shipwrecked in 1878; search for treasure at heaps of Otaki locations; join a scrumptious cooking class with Ruth Pretty or visit her kitchen shop - whatever your choice, the Totara Grove is a little bit of peace and quiet away from the urban bustle.

Set among mature trees on a small farmlet, the cottage has its own private deck & lawn with a brazier & outdoor table, chairs & hammock.

Sheep & cattle graze up to the surrounding fences. The paddocks & trees are home to pukeko, ducks, rabbits, kereru, kotare, tui, fantails, & rosellas.

The Cottage has a fully self-catering kitchen with oven & fridge, Laundry, with Double Bed & a Single mattress on the Mezzanine.

Guests from Canada said: "This place is a little bit of paradise. We found Totara Grove to be very quiet, well off the beaten track with great, rustic charm."

A perfect place to relax...

Special conditions: Cooking: In consideration of future guests we respectfully request that you do not cook curries, shellfish or other smelly or greasy foods. We reserve the right to charge you for extra cleaning and any loss of income due to the cottage being unoccupied. Smoking: Allowed outside only. Damages/Loss: Any damage/loss caused by you could result in costs of repair (and any insurance excess) being charged. Please note that: A $10.00 fee applies when you use our port-a-cot.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Cot available
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Double bed

    Combined living/sleeping area,Brand new Sleepyhead Capriccio Plush bed

  • Single Mattress on Mezzanine

    Combined living/sleeping area,Accessed by ladder - not for the faint-hearted.

    1 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen.
  • Extras: Public Holiday Surcharge FREE (included); Extra person $POA (required); Dog/s $POA (required)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat rate tariff
25-Feb-18 to 31-Dec-18
$90/night $120/night
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Jan-19 to 25-May-19
$95+/night $120+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $20/night;
2 night minimum stay

*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 (152)

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  • The cottage was super cute, tranquil and private

    The cottage was super cute, tranquil and private. It was lovely listening to the native birds, and the location is close to Otaki forks walk and lots of other relaxing things to do.

    SophieDa3 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • very friendly hosts like good neighbours nearby if required but not in...

    very friendly hosts like good neighbours nearby if required but not in your face

    BruceRe8 new member Feb 2018

  • Great space and location to either Otaki forks or the nearby coast

    Great space and location to either Otaki forks or the nearby coast

    AllisterLu1 new member Feb 2018

  • Really enjoyed our stay, property was lovely and very handy to a...

    Really enjoyed our stay, property was lovely and very handy to a party we were attending only thing I would say is the shower wasn't fantastic.

    PaulaBu3 100%|15x Nov 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Hi Paula. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay. Regarding the shower, the cottage (and our house) is fed by a low pressure, trickle feed water supply to a header tank, so may not be the high pressure system that you are used to. I will check it out to make sure there is no problem as no one has mentioned it previously. Thank you. Pip

    PipS1572 99%|149x

  • The cottage is in a lovely private setting

    The cottage is in a lovely private setting. Beautifully done up in side. A great place to relax in.

    geraan465 100%|4x Nov 2017

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