Kukuwai Lodge - A Peaceful New Holiday Home

Bach or holiday home | Raetihi | #26077

9.4/10 (38 ratings)
  • 8 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Warm and cosy - double glazing, very well insulated, brand new wood burner with wetback and cooktop
  • Two en-suite bedrooms, each with shower, toilet and vanity mean no more queues for the bathroom!!
  • North-facing with mountain views from the deck and all main living areas

This is the ideal, quiet location for a small group of family or friends. It is a wonderful place to relax after a busy day cycling, walking or canoeing in the two nearby National Parks in summer; ski-ing, snowboarding or climbing on Mount Ruapehu in the winter.

Kukuwai Lodge, completed in 2014, has been specially designed to be the ideal set-up for a holiday home and to be perfect for the climate on the Central Plateau in summer or winter. The house has natural timber internal walls throughout, which make it feel very cosy and welcoming. It is cool in summer, but lovely and warm in the winter, having big north-facing windows.

For skiers and snowboarders, a 10-minute drive takes you to the start of the mountain road to the Turoa ski-field, or a 30-minute drive to Whakapapa village. At the end of the day, there are drying facilities in the lodge for wet gear and ski boots.

This area is a fantastic, unspoiled region of New Zealand that has much to offer for anyone who loves the outdoors. Raetihi is the perfect location for exploring the Central North Island cycle tracks of The New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Whanganui River is the gateway to the Whanganui National Park by canoe, inflatable raft or jet-boat and the historic ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. For the less adventurous, there are magical drives through the National Park to Whanganui River at Pipiriki or to the spectacular picnic sites on the Manganui River at Ruatiti.

In the Tongariro National Park, there are many spectacular walks, including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Mount Ruapehu Crater Climb. Ohakune has the Old Coach Road which runs through to Horopito, while in nearby Tokaanu there are hot thermal springs on the southern edge of Lake Taupo.


  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • SKY TV ® - BYO decoder
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Double bed


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning $70.00 per stay (required); Linen $20.00 per person (required)
  • 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. Excludes school & public holidays.

*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 (38)

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  • The Kukuwai Lodge is a nice, well presented and cosy Lodge

    The Kukuwai Lodge is a nice, well presented and cosy Lodge. I really enjoyed staying here

    WikH1132 100%|1x Oct 2017

  • Warm, clean house, great place to stay for a trip up the...

    Warm, clean house, great place to stay for a trip up the mountain. Games and books for entertainment when the weather not so great. Will stay here again, thanks

    paulpe77 100%|18x Oct 2017

  • The house itself is absolutely perfect

    The house itself is absolutely perfect. It would be nice to see some landscaping, but not essential to a pleasant winter stay.

    DebbyM36 100%|2x Jul 2017

  • Wonderful, warm, nice and quiet plc with great neighbours and views

    Wonderful, warm, nice and quiet plc with great neighbours and views . Packed with books, movies and board games when you need to stay in or when you come home. She even had a pantry, kitchen and laundry area full of the daily essentials. Close to Turoa ski Field Nice quaint town especially those keen with historic exploration Close to Ohakune town also filled with historic museum and nice carrot park play for kids and I site

    TEACHM 100%|2x May 2017

  • Lovely lodge

    Lovely lodge. Both bedrooms have ensuites, which is great. Nice kitchen and lounge.

    joshgrossnz 100%|4x Feb 2017

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