Dramatic views of Tory Channel and the West Head

Bach or holiday home | Queen Charlotte Sound | #24343

10/10 (15 ratings)
  • 14 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 8 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets


Boat or water taxi only access to the island ensures your peace and privacy for those who wish to get away from it all.

The Arapawa homestead, or Gunyah as it is also known, is the original house built in 1945 by Joe and Patty Perano as their retirement home. Refurbished in keeping wth the original 1940s character, the homestead is a fully equipped, private and cosy.

The front bedroom is furnished with an antique walnut bedroom suite that includes a double bed with feather duvet and a single bed for an extra guest. Warm and pleasant, this room offers dramatic views of Tory Channel and the West Head. Suitable for children and visiting friends, the second bedroom contains two sets of single bunks with duvets. This room features stunning ocean views. The sleep-out contains a queen size bed with a nearby shower - very handy first thing in the morning! The sleep-out also doubles as a laundry and is equipped with double concrete sinks, a washing machine and a clothes dryer.

The bathroom inside the house has a comfortable bath, from which you can admire an etched glass depiction of the Tory Channel entrance showing both an underwater scene and a view of whalers above the water. The bathroom has a separate toilet.

Gunyah has full amenities with all you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen contains a number of modern appliances, including a microwave oven, fridge/freezer and bread maker, and the living area has a wood burner a TV, stereo and CD player.

Special conditions:

Tarrif | Gunyah - Arapawa Homestead Minimum stay 2 nights

Summer Season (November - April inclusive)

$260.00 per night up to 5 people | $15 per night each additional person

Off Season (May - October inclusive)

$190.00 per night for up to 5 people | $15 per night for each additional person

Off Season Special - Stay 6 nights and get a 7th night FREE.

Dinghy and mooring are included in Tariff. One nights payment confirms your booking. All prices include GST.

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$120.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bunk Room

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    2 x Single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Narrow single bed

  • Sleepout

    1 x Queen bed
    2 x Single bed


Maybe booked

*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 (15)

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  • A wonderful spot that suited our group (2 families) really well

    A wonderful spot that suited our group (2 families) really well. We enjoyed the old-school feel of the house, with its awesome floral carpet and green kitchen cupboards etc, and you could sit for hours in front of that view. Heaps of good walks, fishing, kayaking, great paua farm tour, Smokey the Friendliest Horse in Existence... Only downside was very soft bed in main house that also has footboard (problematic for tall people). The sleepout bed is really good though. Loved Gunyah - you must go!

    cathch669 100%|21x Jan 2018

  • Fantastic property with amazing views

    Fantastic property with amazing views. Loads to see and do in this area. Well worth a visit to the whaling station. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.

    annaic782 100%|5x Sep 2017

  • Arapawa Homestead ticked so many boxes for us! Fantastic secluded location, surrounded...

    Arapawa Homestead ticked so many boxes for us! Fantastic secluded location, surrounded simply by nature and history. The homestead itself is a fantastic period home with stunning views of the Tory Channel. Rain or shine the island has a lot to offer. Would love to go back!

    AngelaE3 100%|2x Sep 2017

  • Same as above

    Same as above

    Treez82 100%|1x Mar 2017

  • A few of the words we used to describe our stay, in...

    A few of the words we used to describe our stay, in our nightly diary.....stars, sunshine, sunrise, history, paua culture.picket fence, pohutukawa, weka, stunning, beacons, ferries passing. A most memorable stay and we all hope to return for a longer stay.

    PatriciaBu3 100%|1x Nov 2016

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