Cabin at Batley beach on the Kaipara Harbour

Cottage | Kaipara District | #34315

9.8/10 (14 ratings)
  • 3 people
  • Studio
  • 1 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Secluded cabin on a Kaipara Harbour peninsula
  • Overlooks the harbour - great for a cosy and quiet weekend.
  • Great beach walks, safe swimming at high tide, good fishing and nearby boat ramp

Secluded retreat at Batley, beside the Otamatea River, an arm of the Kaipara Harbour. Situated on a peninsula that's a sheep and beef farm and near historic Batley House, the cabin is protected from the prevailing south-west wind and includes everything you need for your stay - kitchen equipment, fridge, cooking facilities. You can enjoy coastal walks both up and downriver and it's safe and pleasant to swim around high tide. You can fish off the beach or the nearby point and there's a boat launching ramp nearby. The Kaipara Harbour is a snapper hatchery - we rarely come home without a feed or several. There's ample space to park your boat. Many people catch decent-sized fish from the beach.

The area is rich with history - the house, built in stages from 1866, was a store, post office, and boarding house. There were fish factories and a flour mill here and a church and school. Just upriver is Tanoa Marae - and a whole lot more historic yarns to be told. The area's story is told in Rae's book, 'Love at the End of the Road' (Penguin Books) and the farm has featured on Country Calendar and on Marcus Lush's 'North' programme - he's descended from the first settlers.

Negotiable: tent for extra guests; dogs if they meet certain conditions.

And you need to know this:

Cellphone coverage is patchy but possible - same with wifi.

The set up is like glamping or a camping ground - toilets are nearby and the shower is solar and in a special little tent. No problem if you enjoy camping or are prepared for this set up.

Batley is about an hour and 40 minutes from Auckland, 30 minutes from the Brynderwyn intersection on SH1, 18km from Maungaturoto, and about an hour from Whangarei, Dargarville and Warkworth.

Special conditions: Pets allowed with prior approval. Ideal for a couple - a fold out bed is available for a child or extra adult. One tent allowed with prior approval. Residents live nearby. Tent for solar shower provided. Public toilets 50m away. Water at an outside bench. Wifi at the house but it's not always on - please ask. Cellphone coverage is moody. Any questions or queries - please just ask.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)

Bed layouts

  • Sleepout

    Combined living/sleeping area,6m x 2.4m. Duvet and pillows provided. Bring own linen please.

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $10.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
02-Mar-17 to 02-Jun-18
$40+/night $50+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;

*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 (14)

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  • Tidy n comfy cabin with all your needs

    Tidy n comfy cabin with all your needs. Definately be back for another trip. Absolutely loved the country feel. Thank you rex and rae

    Blockz 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • a step above glamping, we found the please more than adequate and...

    a step above glamping, we found the please more than adequate and met our needs, I especially loved the touch of the book about the owners story in the cabin and I would of gladly sat in the peace and quiet and read all about the place as when you look closer you are surrounded in history, I need to go back and finish the story :)

    Lisami15 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • The property is beautiful - the cabin itself simple but perfect if...

    The property is beautiful - the cabin itself simple but perfect if you're used to glamping and/or bach style holidays. The water is great for swimming, if a little muddy by the mangroves. Good fishing if you've got a boat or a good knack for it!

    MhairiMackEv 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • Amazing place to relax and unwind

    Amazing place to relax and unwind. Want To go back already

    Sarahj 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • wonderful relaxing location with a sense of being back in time

    wonderful relaxing location with a sense of being back in time

    fionht23 100%|3x Jan 2017

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