Magazine-featured Strawbale home by the Tukituki

Farmstay | Havelock North | #35236

9.8/10 (36 ratings)
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • Best Quirky 2016


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

Cleaning can be arranged and minimum stay nights increase on pubic holidays.

Special conditions:

Smoking allowed outside on the covered decks,

front deck not suitable for very young unsupervised children,

pets allowed with prior approval.

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pool table
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • SKY TV ®
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 3

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 4

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • master bedroom

    1 x King bed


Maybe booked

*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 (37)

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  • Simply STUNNING

    Simply STUNNING.

    MalcolmRi2 100%|1x Jan 2019

  • Stunning views, peaceful location, spacious accommodation and a relaxed, generous and attentive...

    Stunning views, peaceful location, spacious accommodation and a relaxed, generous and attentive host / landlord made our four night stay highly enjoyable and memorable. The house is fascinating in both its construction and contents and is filled with history, warmth and curios. The polar opposite of a stark rental house. Plenty of room with four decent sized bedrooms [one king, two doubles and one twin] and a huge outdoor / indoor lounge / kitchen / entertaining area. Wood fires, decent insulation, did I mention the views........amazing!!! The only slight negative point is in the bathrooms - a total of two toilets, one working shower and a bath for such a large place meant bathroom activities had to be carefully rostered but it's not a deal breaker and we would very much like to return soon.

    David F. Jan 2019

  • What a beautiful home in a stunning location, we enjoyed our stay...

    What a beautiful home in a stunning location, we enjoyed our stay so much and we’ll definitely be back!

    SaraM326 100%|1x Jan 2019

  • This house is incredible, Nicky’s styling is on point and those views!...

    This house is incredible, Nicky’s styling is on point and those views! We didn’t want to leave and will most definitely be back!

    JaneC939 100%|4x Aug 2018

  • Lovely characterful house in a beautiful, quiet, relaxing location

    Lovely characterful house in a beautiful, quiet, relaxing location. No-one who stays here can possibly be disappointed.

    RobP6942 100%|1x Apr 2018

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