The Sanctuary Retreat -LAST MINUTE 10% DISCOUNT

Bach or holiday home | Kai Iwi Lakes | #23933

8.1/10 (16 ratings)
  • 8 people
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Close to Trounson Kauri Park, cycle and walking track, glow worms and kiwi walk.
  • Adventure Tower for the children, Infra red sauna, deck with views of the hills and river.
  • Tennis rackets available, kids rainy day indoor games room, check on availability of bikes and Kayak

The Sanctuary Retreat Holiday Cottages offers you modern clean accommodation in a tranquil setting. Situated on the tourist route between Waipoua Kauri Forest and Trounson Kauri Park, it is the ideal place to stay. You will easily find us in the historic village of Donnellys Crossing.

Wake up to birdsong and the babble of a nearby brook. Take in the picturesque sunsets and the vista of surrounding hills and forest. During the day, enjoy the many nearby activities. A hidden cycle track known to locals is minutes from your accommodation. Just up the road is Trounson Kauri Park with its well manicured walkways, audio stories of the park and visual displays to give you an understanding of the mighty Kauri trees that inhabit the area.

Waipoua forest with famous Tane Mahuta, the areas oldest kauri, is just a few minutes away by car. Borrow The Sanctuary's kayak and head for a glorious day at Kai Iwi Lakes. Take a short trip out to our wonderful west coast beaches. Climb to the top of Maunganui Bluff for breath taking views of the ocean or Motor bike/4 wheel drive from Baylys Beach or Glinks Gully to Pouto.

You can make The Sanctuary Holiday Cottages your base and enjoy day trips ranging in time from 20 to 45 minutes to places like Opononi (former home of Opo the dolphin), Omapere or the Hokianga harbour. Take the rarely travelled scenic route direct from The Sanctuary to Kaikohe and visit Ngawha Springs in just over an hour. You may choose to spend a day enjoying the history of Dargaville, visiting the Lighthouse museum, the Kumura Box or just wandering through a NZ town that takes you a step back in time. There are numerous walk ways just minutes from our doorstep if you are keen on out door exercise.

At night you may wish to meander along the road and explore the glow worms or take a torch and go on a kiwi walk at Trounson Kauri Park. Then again you may just want to kick back and enjoy our onsite sauna. The choices are numerous.

Special conditions: No Drugs and Alcohol. Pets may be allowed, please enquire.


  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 3 - 2 singles

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 4

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat rate tariff
28-Oct-16 to 31-Dec-16
$70+/night $70+/night
For up to 1 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $20/night;

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (16)

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  • Awesome place to stay! Quiet and cosy! And so spacious! We loved...

    Awesome place to stay! Quiet and cosy! And so spacious! We loved it that much that we didn't want to leave! Will definitely be back!

    MariaLotonoaR 100%|2x Mar 2016

  • Location its a little bit hard to find, but the property was...

    Location its a little bit hard to find, but the property was clean and nice. Would reccomend it to my friends.

    alimnatasha 100%|1x Mar 2016

  • Simple house, very tidy

    Simple house, very tidy. Close to kauri park and 30 mins from the beautiful kai iwi lakes. Horses were on the property and a very friendly dog, lovely for the kids. Nice quiet get away :-)

    alisar442 100%|1x Mar 2016

  • The property was as described and clean and tidy

    The property was as described and clean and tidy. It is quite remote and you must take dirt roads to get in which can be hairy at night!

    Madridables 100%|4x Mar 2016

  • Nice big house away from the hussel of the big city and...

    Nice big house away from the hussel of the big city and lovely place to stay, me and my cousin thoroughly enjoyed staying there, getting back into nature and away from the internet and TV, we even got to see a wild kiwi which was a bonus. Thank you Wendy and Grant for letting us stay.

    mcvanz 100%|2x Feb 2016

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