The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

Bach or holiday home | Kawau Island | #3262

9.1/10 (28 ratings)
  • 8 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 11 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


The orginal Kawau Island Schoolhouse built in the 1870's is a 6 -7 bedroom waterfront bach. It is rustic and guests need to be prepared to open up the house themselves, turn on water pumps and make up beds.

It offers a real kiwi bach experience on a large scale. The bach runs on a combination of bore water and pump water. The island does not have roads but has great walks and boating, swimming, fishing.

Catch the Kawau Kat, water taxi or private boat to the Schoolhouse bay jetty and walk straight into the Schoolhouse. Please be aware that this really is a kiwi bach - it is in a beautiful location and has heaps of room but it is quite basic in some ways. There is no cleaner available on the island and you will find the bach as the last tenants left it. Please leave it clean and tidy for the next tenants. We live 6 hours away and give it a good clean when we come up. You are welcome to use the duvets but you need to bring sheets and pillow cases and/or a sleeping bag. The lack of a cleaning service and rustic charm is reflected in the price which is good value for the size and location.

We limit numbers due to water issues. Maximum number of adult guests is 8.

Special conditions: Conditions of rental: 1) 3 Night minimum rental between 1 November and 1 April 2) Families preferred 2) Cancellations less than 2 weeks before rental will incur loss of deposit ( first night rental fees). 3) No cancellations less than a week from rental, otherwise full rental will be charged. 5)Change of rental date less than 2 weeks before rental will incur a $150 fee. .


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Canoe(s)
  • Cot available
  • Dinghy
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • Toddler safe
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Down Stairs 1

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Down Stairs 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Up Stairs 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • Up Stairs 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Up Stairs Bunk Room 1

    2 x Bunk bed

  • Up Stairs Bunk Room 2

    2 x Bunk bed

  • Up Stairs School Room

    1 x Single bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen.

*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 (74)

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  • Very nice location

    Very nice location. Good place to spend the weekend

    RMoran 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • Amazing historic building in a great location

    Amazing historic building in a great location.

    lrotherh new member Mar 2018

  • Love the property and location

    Love the property and location. The old schoolhouse is a wonderful rustic old building with lots of charm. The location is perfect, right on the beach with lovely views. Perfect for a 20min kayak across the harbour to the Kawau Boating Club for lunch or for lovely walks around the island and through to Mansion House. Thanks for a great weekend.

    RichardHe9 100%|3x Feb 2018

  • An amazing spot for relaxing and so much to do

    An amazing spot for relaxing and so much to do.

    AnitaTaylor 100%|2x Jan 2018

  • Kawau Island is awesome the wildlife including the friendly weka and Kereru...

    Kawau Island is awesome the wildlife including the friendly weka and Kereru and wallabies were a hit with the kids. Original, rustic property perfect for a getaway location stunning.

    soevao 100%|2x Oct 2017

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