The Schoolhouse Kawau Island

Bach or holiday home | Kawau Island | #3262

9.3/10 (20 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
29-May-16 to 28-Feb-17
$300/night $300/night
3 night minimum stay

Reviews (66)

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  • bretey978
    new member Apr 2016

    The property is a great size for a large family or a group of friends. We will definately be back next year
  • KarenDo8
    100%|1x Jan 2016

    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.
  • AnnaB333
    new member Jan 2016

    Great house and excellent location. It's the perfect place for the family
  • RobynCa
    new member Jan 2016

    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!
  • robiys888
    new member Nov 2015

    Location, charm & big enough to accommodate 3 families & the dog.
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