Comfortable cottage retreat in the forest

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

8/10 (4 ratings)
  • 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.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Cot available
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • 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
25-Mar-17 to 25-Jun-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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (4)

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  • Excellent quality of accommodation in a remote area with amazing forest walks...

    Excellent quality of accommodation in a remote area with amazing forest walks and nature. Lots of space and facilities to suit your preferences. Looks like it would be comfortable in winter too.

    angelasi2 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • We went back to Rotorua

    We went back to Rotorua. The village, lost in th e woods, looked more dead than alive. It was not really what we were looking for... But if you're looking for a place far away from society, this is it!

    WikyErik 80%|5x Jan 2017

  • The best bookabach we have stayed at

    The best bookabach we have stayed at. A comfortable cottage with attention to detail - treats, Christmas touches and berries from the garden.The Mill House is just a few minutes away from the many joys of the Whirinaki Forrest. We will be recommending this spot to all and look forward to returning.

    JanHa196 100%|1x Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    It is gratifying to read that our guests are enjoying our efforts ... making folk feel comfortable and providing a great experience is what it is all about! We are happy to hear you will return some time in the future.

    JoyW5721 100%|4x

  • The Old Mill House is wonderfully cozy and was perfect for a...

    The Old Mill House is wonderfully cozy and was perfect for a group of trampers about to embark on an adventure in Whirinaki Forest. Joy's obviously but a lot of thought into fitting out the house with everything anyone might need and when we stayed it was decorated for Christmas which was a great touch. The house is super close to heaps of great tramping in the Whirinaki Forest which is a wonderful piece of bush with magnificent huge old trees (and mostly flat!).

    PennyBu2 100%|2x Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    It was great to meet your group ..we thought you had researched your tramp well and came well prepared. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.

    JoyW5721 100%|4x

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