Dramatic views of Tory Channel and the West Head

Bach or holiday home | Queen Charlotte Sound | #24343

10/10 (12 ratings)
  • 14 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets


  • Stunning view of Tory Channel entrance and the Cook Strait. Boat or water taxi access only.
  • Exquisite diving and fishing at your fingertips
  • Whaling and WWII historical sights

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.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Vehicle available
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bunk Room

    2 x Bunk bed
    1 x Single with rollaway bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Sleepout

    2 x Bunk bed
    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • 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. Stay for 7 nights for the price of 6 nights ONLY in the low season

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Low season tariff
27-Jun-17 to 31-Oct-17
$220+/night $220+/night
For up to 13 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $22/night;
High season tariff
01-Nov-17 to 30-Apr-18
$290+/night $290+/night
For up to 13 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $22/night;
Low season tariff
01-May-18 to 27-Sep-18
$220+/night $220+/night
For up to 13 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $22/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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (12)

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  • 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

  • amazing- stunning view, well set up with everything you need

    amazing- stunning view, well set up with everything you need. Whole family enjoyed it and a lt of this was due to the hosts family being so welcoming and friendly as well.

    richardGa5 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • We loved the 1960's look of Gunyah

    We loved the 1960's look of Gunyah. Watching the ferries pass by and reminiscing with one of our group about living on this farm in the 60's made it all extra special. Great tour guide for our visit to the Paua Business too. We hope to return!

    RuthR532 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • Great place to visit and stay and highly recommend to all, we...

    Great place to visit and stay and highly recommend to all, we have rebooked for a weeks holiday already and cant wait to come back

    JeremyRy1 100%|3x Oct 2016

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