Divine character cottage set in a superb garden

Cottage | Karitane | #34878

9.5/10 (19 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Stroll via the Waikouaiti lagoon and bird sanctuary to the wonderful beach.
  • Beautiful character cottage set in a superb garden with hidden corners to explore.
  • Rest, relax, recharge in the beautiful surrounds - go on - bide-a-wee (stay a while).

Bide-a-Wee cottage is situated in Waikouaiti, a classic Kiwi beach town full of cute little cribs. Just half an hour north of the delightful city of Dunedin and set in this charming town we found the perfect wee cottage and didn't need much convincing to stay-a-while...

The front cottage is set in a magnificent garden section with mature trees and shrubs and showcasing incredible hedges. Little "rooms" have been cleverly created in the garden that just invite exploration. The cottage is enveloped by beautiful garden scenes befitting of a much grander home, but what the cottage lacks in size it makes up for in pure cuteness. Super cosy and just perfect for a weekend escape, Bide-a-Wee will make you want to stay more than a while, you may just find yourself plotting a sea-change to this enchanting part of the Otago coast. Boasting a beautiful bedroom with WIR and en-suite and generous living spaces incl. a fully equipped kitchen and two covered patios to catch the sun at different times of the day, the cottage is set up for pure relaxation. Cosy in winter, airy in summer and sumptuously appointed with furniture that has character, high quality bedding and linen and everything you need to make your stay perfect.

Situated very close to the Waikouaiti wildlife lagoon that is teeming with birds (you'll turn into an avid bird spotter instantly) you can walk via the lagoon that abounds in native plants right down to the beach. The walk is delightful and a hidden treasure in Waikouaiti. You may well have the long sweep of beach to yourself and it is the perfect spot to walk, talk and reconnect! Your dog will love it too and we welcome well behaved pooches.

Romantic weekend - escaping with your best friend - bringing the wee ones - just by yourself - you'll find that Bide-a-Wee is your perfect cottage escape and whether you want to sit in the garden - watch birds - walk the beach or even visit nearby Dunedin - we've found you the perfect spot to stay-a-while...

Special conditions: Strictly no smoking inside or near the cottage (on patios) and please dispose of butts responsibly. Well behaved dogs are very welcome but please be aware that the garden is not fully fenced so you either need to have a trustworthy pooch who doesn't wander or bring a long lead to tie them up if you're not at home.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • Living Room

    Combined living/sleeping area

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning FREE (included); Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
21-Jan-18 to 31-Jan-18
$165/night $165/night
3 night minimum stay
My Tariff
01-Feb-18 to 27-Mar-18
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 3 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
28-Mar-18 to 02-Apr-18
$250+/night $250+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
My Tariff
03-Apr-18 to 05-Feb-19
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 3 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
06-Feb-19 to 21-Apr-19
$150/night $150/night
2 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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (19)

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  • Lovely location, awesome garden, had everything you needed for a quiet weekend

    Lovely location, awesome garden, had everything you needed for a quiet weekend.

    PaulH617 new member Oct 2017

  • LOVED this holiday house, probably the best holiday house we have stayed...

    LOVED this holiday house, probably the best holiday house we have stayed in NZ. Ticked all the boxes and the owner was a pleasure to deal with, this is a house we will be returning to and the local area around the house was delightful with a fantastic beach and nature lagoon within a short walk from the house.

    gavian471 100%|5x Sep 2017

  • We loved our stay at Bide-a-wee

    We loved our stay at Bide-a-wee. The cottage is immaculately presented, generously and beautifully outfitted and very comfortable, warm and cosy. Surrounded by a gorgeous garden which put on a lovely autumnal display at the time of our visit. We would love to stay there again. Waikouaiti itself is a gem and has much to offer: the lagoon, a seemingly endless beach, great bric a brac shops! Just next to Karitane and very close to Dunedin. One of the best baches that we have stayed in. Many thanks!

    normki782 100%|6x May 2017

  • Full of character, peaceful and pretty with every comfort

    Full of character, peaceful and pretty with every comfort. We would love to come back.

    sheler672 100%|5x Mar 2017

  • The property is in great shape and ideal for a couple

    The property is in great shape and ideal for a couple. A 10-15 minute walk to the beach and nature reserve.

    RONB1322 100%|1x Mar 2017

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