The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

Bach or holiday home | Kawau Island | #3262

9.2/10 (21 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • 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)
  • SKY TV ®
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • 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

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
High Season Dec/Jan/Feb
26-Oct-16 to 28-Feb-17
$300/night $300/night
3 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 (67)

Stayed here? Add a Review

  • Fantastic location and position, very sheltered and tranquil spot, and house caters...

    Fantastic location and position, very sheltered and tranquil spot, and house caters well for large family and friends. Kitchen is a bit short on some items, but overall works well. Lounge fire is great, and there is plenty of fuel nearby (collecting required).

    richrr436 100%|300x Jun 2016

  • The property is a great size for a large family or a...

    The property is a great size for a large family or a group of friends. We will definately be back next year

    bretey978 new member Apr 2016

  • Fantastic location and easy to get there

    Fantastic location and easy to get there. Plenty of space. Unfortunately we could not use the dingy as we could only find one oar. Kids enjoyed the kayaks though.

    KarenDo8 100%|1x Jan 2016

  • Great house and excellent location

    Great house and excellent location. It's the perfect place for the family

    AnnaB333 new member Jan 2016

  • We had an amazing weekend at the schoolhouse

    We had an amazing weekend at the schoolhouse. I almost don't want to give good feedback as would like to keep it a secret!

    RobynCa new member Jan 2016

From $300 NZD per night*
Select your dates for a quote

Traveller Protection

You are protected by our
Basic Rental Guarantee

More info

About the Owner/Manager, chrith104

Member since May 2005
Responds within 24 hours

Profile image
View profile
Open in Google Maps