Aruhe - luxury holiday in natural forest setting

Cottage | Te Kaha | #36643

9.9/10 (10 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • Studio
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Aruhe cottage is secluded and sits in a peaceful, natural environment.
  • The perfect place to chill out and relax, catch up on your reading, sleeping, or finishing the PhD.
  • Water activities like diving, swimming kayaking, beachcombing or bush walking.

Aruhe is one of two habitations on the property known as Motuaruhe. Your host, Kim, lives in the other house and is available most of the time during your stay. The property is large and you are free to wander about it. Whanarua Bay has a micro climate which allows for some sub-tropical plantings.

The cottage is secluded and the environment, tranquil.

There is a BBQ and the kitchen is well equipped with a pantry of basic foodstuffs and condiments. If I can provide you with something not available in Aruhe's kitchen, I am happy to do so.

There is a Nespresso coffee machine for those who like a real "hit" in the morning. Instant and plunger coffee is also available.

Aruhe is sustainably built using the wooden walls of an older building. The decks are also constructed from recycled timber. The interior floor covering is made of very strong bamboo tongue and groove and the walls are insulated with wool fibre. Because we don't have a rubbish collection recycling is of utmost importance and all organic matter enriches the small vegetable garden. Water is pumped up from the stream and I ask guests to be conservative in their use of it.

Aruhe is on the edge of the Raukumara forest and there are walks to the top of the hill, or to the waterfall for those who like a bit of exercise. The beach is 10 minutes walk away and is one of the prettiest on the East Coast.

Pets are welcome but the property is not fenced so they are entirely your responsibility. Possums and wild life are frequent visitors and whilst possums are not protected they may tempt your dog on a wild possum chase. Please ensure your pets are fully inoculated before they arrive.

The birdlife is wonderful and night skies are pollution-free, which make them great for stargazing.

Special conditions: Please do not smoke in the cottage. If smoking, please do so outdoors and dispose of butts responsibly. Pets are welcome. Please ensure they are under your control at all times and I would prefer they stayed off the furniture. Please remember that the deck is a long way off the ground and children should be monitored at all times. A First Aid kit is in the bathroom cabinet. In case of fire, please phone 111 and inform your host immediately: there is an extinguisher in the kitchen.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Open plan

    Combined living/sleeping area

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x King bed


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $40.00 per stay (required)
  • Gifts & giveaways: Stay a week in the Summer Season (1st Oct - 1st May) for $1100.00 Stay a week in the Low Season for $950 (2nd May - 30 September) This offer applies to two people sharing a bed.

*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 (10)

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  • A peaceful and beautiful sanctuary

    A peaceful and beautiful sanctuary. Quality, comfort, best shower, welcoming, what a wonderful slice of New Zealand, thanks for having us

    Mitch007 100%|1x Mar 2018

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks for a great review Michelle. It was great meeting you and I so appreciate your taking the time to place the review.

    Aruhe8480 100%|10x

  • We loved the house, which had everything we could possible need, the...

    We loved the house, which had everything we could possible need, the bush and the birds, as well as the beautiful beach.

    RosieD1 100%|5x Dec 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thank you for a great review, Rosie. I really appreciate your taking the time to do it. Would love to see you both back again some time.

    Aruhe8480 100%|10x

  • The place we stayed at was simply one of the best in...

    The place we stayed at was simply one of the best in NZ. It brings back many memories of our country (South Africa, Louis Trichardt ) listening to birds singing, being in the bush, just what we needed, and even a bonus - Kim allowed us to have our dogs with (Awesome) Will definitely come back. Really wished we stayed longer.....Missing this place loads.

    Risa 100%|1x Apr 2017

  • Aruhe was perfectly positioned for privacy and easy access to local beautiful...

    Aruhe was perfectly positioned for privacy and easy access to local beautiful bay. loved the extra little touches that kim made available. freash produce from her garden and really good coffee. Aruhe was very comfortable and peaceful.

    caroon683 100%|5x Feb 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks Carolyn for your great review. Thanks for your patience with my very noisy little dog and hope to see you back again some time. K & Kk

    Aruhe8480 100%|10x

  • Well located and easy to get to and very quiet up on...

    Well located and easy to get to and very quiet up on the hill.

    IanS5176 100%|1x Feb 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks for a great review Ian. I'm so glad you both had a great first experience with bookabach. You were great guests and I really appreciated the clean and tidy state you left Aruhe in. It makes my job so much easier. Hope to see you back again.

    Aruhe8480 100%|10x

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