Comfortable cottage retreat in the forest

Bach or holiday home | Western Bay Of Plenty District | #36122

  • 6 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Tramping in the Whirinaki Forest Conservation Park
  • Mountain biking on the numerous trails through the forest
  • Fishing and photography, or just meditating in the forest

A brief History/whakapapa:

Rakau rangatira Chiefly trees

Tu teitei Standing tall in the forest

Ki te kore koutou Without you

Ma wai e mihi Te ra Who will greet the Sun?

One of the deep secrets of this forest is its history of human occupation. Everywhere in the forest are the faint traces and whispers of a lost civilisation. A stone age people lived here for 700 years, depending entirely on the forest for their food and shelter. They lived in a mystical state of oneness with Tane, creator of all things, and his children. Their lesser gods manifested in the trees and animals. Nothing was considered inanimate or without purpose.

Several different tribes of Maori have lived in the Whirinaki valley through the centuries. It has seen many battles, including several during the Land war of the 1860s. In the most recent times it is the Ngati Whare Iwi that have had management/occupation rights here. This tribe is closely inter-related wiith its neighbours - Ngati Manawa and Ngai Tuhoe.

The arrival of Europeans to the Whirinaki brought big changes. With a tough but free way of living, the forest disappeared. Timber was needed for farm fencing and housing and this valley had a forest of huge trees. The milling of timber started here in the 1920s. Mills flourished for 60 years up and down the valley until a dwindling resource and public protest brought it to an end. Minginui, founded in 1949, was built to serve the Forest management and timber milling industries. The house you are staying in was built at that time, and provided accommodation for the shop-keeper and successive mill workers. The last mill closed in 1989.

Today Minginui is a quiet place, industry has moved on and the people here now are mostly descendents of the tangata whenua that have lived here for all those centuries.

Mountain bike trails, hiking, hunting and fishing, photography - enjoying nature are all to be found in the Whirinaki Conservation Park.

Special conditions: The property is not fenced therefore children should be supervised at all times.


  • Bath tub
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    Room contains a King Single and a single bed with new mattresses and linen,bedside table and wardrobe, with coat hangers supplied.

    1 x King single bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 2

    The room contains a King Single and Single bed, with new mattresses and linen, bedside table, and built in wardrobe with coat hangers supplied.

    1 x King single bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 3

    The room contains a King Single Bed and single bed with new mattresses and linen, a bedside table and built in wardrobe with coat hangers supplied.

    1 x King single bed
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

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  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
26-Oct-16 to 26-Jan-18
$125+/night $125+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $18/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.

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