Peaceful, private and stunning views

Bach or holiday home | Mahakipawa Arm | #27500

9.4/10 (111 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 7 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


A relaxing, tidy, waterfront, sunny, property with stunning views of Mahakipawa Sound and surrounding bush clad hills from the extensive sunny deck, living areas and main bedroom.

An original 50's Kiwi bach, which has been modestly upgraded, yet retaining its charm. Drive on access with parking for several cars and only a 10 minute drive to Havelock for top up supplies.

The more recently built, sunny sleep out (4th bedroom), can accommodate the extra family or teenagers. It has even been used as a recording studio for home grown band 'Little Oceans' (Check out the soundtrack on youtube for 'Eyes Closed' with visuals from this bach!).

Steps (steep) lead from the garden to the water at high tide. At low tide there are plenty of alternative beaches and rivers within close proximity. The mud is fun too!!

The outdoor, wood fired bath, is a perfect way to end the day and gaze at the unpolluted night sky. (Please be aware that during some hot, dry summers there may be a fire ban across Marlborough, in which case the fire under the bath cannot be lit).

There is a boat launching ramp at Moenui and an all tide, commercial ramp in Havelock (see photos). The bach has a mooring available.

An abundance of local adventures and exploration - hike or bike the extensive Link Pathway from Moenui and other world class tracks, sea kayaking, Mail boat cruise, wine tastings, Omaka Air Force Museum, good coffee and green lipped mussels from the various Havelock cafes. In winter check out Rainbow ski field.

Ideally located for local events such as Mussel Festival, Omaka Air Show, The Grape Ride and Whites Bay Enduro.

This central location makes it easy to explore Nelson (1hr) Picton (35mins), Marlborough Sounds, Nelson Lakes, Richmond Range and much more.

Special conditions:

Spark phone coverage in Moenui fluctuates, but best to assume no coverage

Deck and section not suitable for unsupervised small children

Wheelchair access is good to the house, but bathroom facilities unsuitable and 2 step split level between living and kitchen (have had a wheel chair bound guest staying, who made it work)

Some pets may be accommodated by prior arrangement

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$75.00 per stay); Linen (Optional, NZ$15.00 per person);


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

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Queen 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 (116)

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  • Fantastic bach

    Fantastic bach. Comfortable and clean with everything you need for a great holiday in an awesome location. Especially enjoyed the views and the use of the kayaks.

    janibs838 100%|5x Jan 2019

  • Theres just so much good stuff to say about Penny, the house,...

    Theres just so much good stuff to say about Penny, the house, the view, everything, so it’s easier to just mention the bad stuff. We hated leaving. I even threatened to lock myself to the deck. The average to poor phone reception turned out to be the best thing. The kids stayed off their devices and we played cards and board games. One of the best holidays ever and I’m lucky enough to have had lots. We still miss the house, the view and the weather. We found our paradise. Thanks so much Penny.

    stewsh788 100%|6x Jan 2019

  • Fantastic spot

    Fantastic spot. We had a lovely time enjoying the view, deck and garden. Well equipped house with everything you need including a great games cupboard!

    amyon356 100%|4x Jan 2019

  • Fabulous outlook, lovely well-equipped bach

    Fabulous outlook, lovely well-equipped bach. The deck and grounds, toys and DVDs were terrific for our children!

    ChristineMa40 100%|1x Jan 2019

    Owner/manager responds:

    Very welcome guests who left the place so clean and tidy. Thank you for great communication and looking after the place. Our neighbours, to whom you are related, are pretty awesome too!! Always welcome back and highly recommend.

    Moenui_Retreat 100%|110x

  • We loved our stay at Penny's Bach

    We loved our stay at Penny's Bach. The property was very well kept, clean, and organized. The kitchen was kitted out with everything we needed to make our meals and the beds were cozy and comfortable. Penny has put a lot of thought into the finishing touches that make her Bach so special. We just loved the big deck, beautiful view, fruit trees, and outdoor bathtub. The kayaks on the property were in great shape and we enjoyed paddling around the sounds from the bach private ocean access. Penny has a lot of info. about the surrounding area prepared for guests and we really appreciated this. If helped us find some of the highlights of the Havelock area and vineyards. Thank-you so much for such a perfect holiday. We would love to return again soon!

    Jennifer M. Jan 2019

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