Larus Cottage: Bright & airy with great views

Bach or holiday home | Maketu | #29607

9.8/10 (17 ratings)
  • 4 people
  • 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. Miranada Shorebird centre is 2 hours drive away.

We are next door but your privacy assured, if needed we're handy for loans and local info etc.

Special conditions: Smoking outside only. Extra single bed available. Extra cutlery, crockery etc if you have guests. Two boogie boards available. 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

Availability & rates*

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  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $40.00 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.

  • Last minute bookings: 15% off for stays over the next 7 nights

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Peak season
05-Dec-16 to 01-Apr-17
$130/night $160/night
2 night minimum stay
Flat rate tariff
02-Apr-17 to 01-Nov-17
$120/night $150/night
2 night minimum stay
Peak season
02-Nov-17 to 05-Mar-18
$130/night $160/night
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (17)

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  • Larus Cottage is in a great location

    Larus Cottage is in a great location. The views over Bay of Plenty was stunning and a short 15minute walk to Newdicks Beach

    ggunaraj 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • Larus Cottage is a little paradise on top of Maketu's peninsula

    Larus Cottage is a little paradise on top of Maketu's peninsula. The view is fantastic, the house is very well equipped, bright and sunny and it's a very quiet environment as well. There are some lovely walks around. Watching the sunset every evening and looking at the sky full of stars at night is fantastic. A highly recommended place!

    Ben & Lol' 100%|4x Jun 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Great, appreciative guests.

    sheelaghl1 100%|16x

  • Great place to get away for the weekend

    Great place to get away for the weekend. Small, cosy, and very chic!

    Jeev1987 100%|3x Apr 2016

  • This is a very attractive little cottage with stunning views across Maketu

    This is a very attractive little cottage with stunning views across Maketu. Perfectly set up for this family of 4. A lovely style throughout and spacious gardens. Spotlessly clean too.

    JaneB176 100%|2x Feb 2016

  • the property was clean tidy and very well equipped for a small...

    the property was clean tidy and very well equipped for a small beach community this was the perfect property to stay in. the location was great for day trips.

    SandraWo6 100%|1x Dec 2015

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thank you - glad you were pleased with everything.

    sheelaghl1 100%|16x

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