The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

Bach or holiday home | Kawau Island | #3262

9.3/10 (16 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) 2 Night minimum rental. 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
shoulder season
02-Dec-15 to 30-Apr-16
$250/night $250/night
2 night minimum stay

Reviews (62)

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  • robiys888
    new member Nov 2015

    Location, charm & big enough to accommodate 3 families & the dog.
  • richrr436
    100%|266x Oct 2015

    Fantastic location with lovely space and spaces to enjoy. Great having an open fire that never went out, keeping our water skiers happy. Feasted on freshly caught fish, family fun and solid sleeps. Thank you for sharing your house.
  • AmandaHa21
    new member Jun 2015

    We had a great stay and the location of the Schoolhouse is perfect for boaties. The house is rustic but purpose suited to a large crowd and the fireplace made it perfect for a winter stay. We very much enjoyed our stay - just wish it could have been longer!
  • bretey978
    new member Mar 2015

    This property has a lot of character with a beautiful beach front setting. We were 2 couples in a large house which could handle more people. This bach would be great for a large Family gathering and we are hoping to get back there again next year. Thanks Michele for chance to share your bach. Brett and Lynelle Southey
  • susaas996
    100%|2x Mar 2015

    Awesome. Loved the place - perfect for a group, right by the wharf and could go off the front lawn into the water. It is what it says - a bach. Not luxurious but has all you need for a great getaway. I have rated 3 stars for the ammenities but 5 stars for location and suitability for a group.
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