Magazine-featured Strawbale home by the Tukituki

Bach or holiday home | Havelock North | #35236

9.7/10 (22 ratings)
  • 8 people
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking
  • Best Quirky 2016


  • Stunning views of the Tukituki river, minutes from wineries, cafes, cycle trails, pristine beaches
  • Separate games room with pool table and table tennis table, trout fishing, fabulous picnic spots
  • Totally private, summer dining under the olive, ultimate winter relaxation in front of the open fire

We are on the sunny side of the Tukituki river, overlooking the most picture perfect part of the valley with views downstream to Horse shoe bend and upstream to Mt Erin.

It's a peaceful and private location with mature trees and places to explore on the 24 ha (60 acres) property. We have fruit trees including figs, olives, apricots, plums, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, mandarins, passion fruit etc that guests are welcome to pick from when in season.

This is a family farm house ideally suited for outdoor living and entertainment in the summer under the ancient olive on the patio or the expansive deck alongside.

In winter, the house comes into its own with the half-metre thick lime washed walls providing unbelievable insulation. At this time of the year the inside of the house comes alive with atmosphere. There's no better place than in front of the huge open fire place to curl up with a book, break open a pack of cards or watch a movie on Netflix or Lightbox.

All the house is available for use.

This is a well-loved, lived in, rustic family home. It's designed for country living so while we expect guests to treat it with respect, we don't expect guests to tip-toe around frightened they might leave scuff mark on the timber floors or lime washed walls.

It's a house to enjoy not be prissy about. There's no better place for a group of friends or families to get-away or for a special romantic hideaway for couples.

Our house overlooks a 500 metre stretch of the Tuki tuki river that we own. Guests are welcome to use this for picnicking, swimming, fishing, walking, camping or just to pitch up to for an evening drink beneath the willows on the riverbank. It's not just a stunning place for adults, it's paradise for children

Advice on fishing guides and clay target shooting from the front deck can be arranged.

Being locals we can offer recommendations or tips on where to go and what to do in the fabulous Hawkes Bay.

Cleaning can be arranged for a fee.

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside on the covered decks, front deck not suitable for very young unsupervised children, pets allowed with prior approval.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Pool table
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • SKY TV ®
  • Special events venue
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 3

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 4

    2 x Single bed

  • master bedroom

    1 x King bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Winter week
27-Jun-17 to 31-Aug-17
$257+/night $257+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $60/night;
7 night minimum stay
Winter fireside '17
01-Sep-17 to 31-Oct-17
$400+/night $450+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $80/night; Children: $80/night;
2 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
01-Nov-17 to 30-Apr-18
$550+/night $550+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $80/night; Children: $80/night;
3 night minimum stay
Winter fireside
01-May-18 to 27-Sep-18
$400+/night $450+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $80/night; Children: $80/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 (22)

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  • House and location ideal if you have a car

    House and location ideal if you have a car. Very comfortable. If you're a minimalist this house may not be for you. It's rustic and has a soul. Views and outdoor area absolutely gorgeous.

    JulieBohn 100%|1x May 2017

  • We had a wonderful Easter at the Tuki Tuki river straw bale...

    We had a wonderful Easter at the Tuki Tuki river straw bale home. The house, which is beautiful, is clearly a much loved home. One of the mums was travelling with us. She is 87. She was able to move around easily in her wheelchair, from the front door, right through the house, including into the bathrooms. The house is very comfortable, is in a dramatic location, with a garden and an abundance of native birds. We were very comfortable. We would certainly visit again.

    PaulaCo17 100%|1x May 2017

  • We had a wonderful time

    We had a wonderful time. Everything about it was perfect!!!!

    JennySt13 100%|2x Apr 2017

  • Amazing location and very restful, bathrooms underwhelming

    Amazing location and very restful, bathrooms underwhelming

    Denise_Wi1 100%|2x Mar 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Tidy guests. We are sorry they didn't like the originality of the bathrooms, many others have seen them differently. Different strokes....

    NickyKitchin 100%|27x

  • I'd call this place a perfectly imperfect rustic villa - not villa...

    I'd call this place a perfectly imperfect rustic villa - not villa as in Grey Lynn - more something you might find in Spain perhaps. The place has a lot of charm, nice high ceilings and great views of the river. It's not far from town yet remote enough that you don't have to worry about the neighbours. It's very family friendly the way it is set up and has great fire places indoors and out. The master bedroom and main bathroom are particularly nice. Overall, better than staying in a hotel.

    Gerry 100%|1x Mar 2017

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