Larus Cottage: Bright and airy with great views

Bach or holiday home | Maketu | #29607

9.9/10 (50 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Kids
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Larus Cottage is restored with 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.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 2

    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 (52)

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  • Beautiful Cottage with an amazing view

    Beautiful Cottage with an amazing view. Everything you need for a home away from home! Would definitely book this cottage again!

    IrisP427 100%|1x Dec 2018

  • Great place for peace and quiet

    Great place for peace and quiet. Beautiful views. The owner,, Juliann is really nice. Enjoyed my stay, highly recommended, will come back. Thank you Juliann n Sheelagh

    Marjorie Moana B. Nov 2018

  • This cottage was great such a nice relaxing place

    This cottage was great such a nice relaxing place. The cottage was very clean and had every thing we needed. Would highly recommend this place.

    Sharyn B. Nov 2018

  • We had a wonderful stay here - great location to base yourself...

    We had a wonderful stay here - great location to base yourself while exploring the local BOP area. The cottage had everything we needed & was very clean & tidy. Thanks Julian & Sheelagh :-)

    waka2018 100%|2x Oct 2018

  • 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

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