Larus Cottage: Bright & airy with great views

Bach or holiday home | Maketu | #29607

9.9/10 (48 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Near beach. Great view of Bay of Plenty and Mt Manganui. Faces the sunset.
  • Historic village. Several good walks nearby (maps provided).
  • Pleasant rolling country for biking. Swing in nearby park.

Larus Cottage is newly restored. It has a modern kitchen, new furniture, gas hob, washing machine, dishwasher, 40 inch TV + DVD player. Warm - heat pump and double glazing, fully insulated. Linen is provided. Good children's toys and puzzles and sandpit

The cottage layout is simple, bathroom/laundry and two bedrooms off a long kitchen, dining, living room. The view across the tree tops to the estuary and the Bay of Plenty is outstanding. When there's a sunset you'll see all of it - wonderful light on the water reflecting the colours of the sky.

The three beaches within walking distance are Maketu (10 mins away) and Nedwicks beach and Little Waihi both about a 20 mins pleasant walk.

Maketu and Little Waihi estuaries are seasonal home to thousands of birds often including a few rarities. NZ dotterel, red and black-billed gulls, white-fronted terns nest on Maketu spit in good numbers.

Maketu village offers a pleasant restaurant right on the beach, a fish and chip shop and our famous pie factory. There's a store and a children's playground. The fishing is good at the mouth of the Kaituna and from the beach. Kite-surfing is popular on the estuary

Roydon Downs farm offers bush stream swimming, water slide, glowworms, tracks. 20 mins drive.

Te Puke offers shopping, coffee shops, a golf course, a swimming pool, library and a good cinema.

Nearby cruise ships venues are Comvita (honey) and Kiwi 360 (kiwi fruit). Both offer tours, restaurants, shops.

It's 40 mins drive Mt Maunganui (hot pools, The Mount), Tauranga (art gallery, shops). Rotorua is an hour's drive (thermal attractions, Wingspan raptor centre, the extensive Redwoods mountain bike trails, lakes, bush walks). The Kaimai range is laced with tramping tracks. Tour boats leave from Whakatane for the active volcano, White Island. Miranda Shorebird centre is 2 hours drive away.

Special conditions: Smoking outside only. Extra single bed available. Extra cutlery, crockery etc if you have guests. I prefer NZ visitors to use internet banking if possible.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Boat ramp
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    Queen bed, block-out blind. Large wardrobe

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 2

    2 single beds, can combine to make a queen. Block-out blinds, wardrobe.

    2 x Single bed
    1 x Split Queen


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $50.00 per stay (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 (48)

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  • The location of Larus cottage is superb

    The location of Larus cottage is superb. Incredible view and sunset. Private yet close to the beaches and village. The cottage has been very smartly done up and was lovely and clean.

    AmritaM7 100%|3x May 2018

  • Perfect, simple practical layout, fabulous location, 10 mins walk to beach but...

    Perfect, simple practical layout, fabulous location, 10 mins walk to beach but set in beautiful quiet surrounds. Stay here you will love it.

    williambryant 100%|2x Apr 2018

  • Such a beautiful, very immaculate and cosy cottage

    Such a beautiful, very immaculate and cosy cottage...loved everything about it!....Had the full kitchen facilities, and close to everything...short drive to Maketu landing where your can buy Maketu pies...(only dairy), there’s a fish and chips shop and Beachside cafe..absolutely loved our stay here!....

    GrannyHale 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • The property - both house & garden - was immaculately presented with...

    The property - both house & garden - was immaculately presented with a cozy, tidy cottage with beautiful views, native flora and fauna, and fruit trees abounding. Location was second to none. We felt handy to all the spots we'd hoped to get to - beaches, fish and chips, famous Maketu pies and local spots like Newdicks Beach. Maketu was a super handy spot to enjoy the Bay of Plenty while also being removed from the bigger centres, allowing us free to enjoy a true getaway. Highly recommended.

    kitam88 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • The Bach was immaculate

    The Bach was immaculate. Not a speck of dust anywhere ! Very comfortable with all the necessary housey equipment. Awesome location with fantastic view.

    davidke5 100%|7x Feb 2018

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