Bach 78 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Bach or holiday home | Rangitoto Island | #42416

10/10 (6 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • A Holiday Time-Machine!
  • Off grid. If you dont mind roughing it a little this is the eco holiday for you.
  • Explore the rugged coastline, watch sunset from the summit, experience the abundant birdlife

Step back in time to a more leisurely age and holiday in a historic Rangitoto bach. For the first time in over 100 years you can now book a bach stay on Auckland’s iconic volcanic island.

Since the 1920s the baches on Rangitoto have been available to only a few lucky families but now you can join them. Two of these little cottages have been lovingly restored in keeping with their age but with the addition of modern bedding, cooking, heating and toilet facilities. Supplied in the kitchen to use are utensils, pots, pans and a chilly bin with ice packs to keep your food cool.

Bach 78 is located opposite the the Islington Bay Wharf on Rangitoto Island. It has 2 bedrooms and has gas cooking, solar powered lights and a chemical toilet.

There is a network of well-defined walking tracks giving access to the volcanic features of Rangitoto and the native bush restoration and archaeological sites on Motutapu. The views from the summit of Rangitoto is a must do feature of time spent on the island. Both islands are pest free and you will see native birds and other native wildlife often absent on the mainland.

While the rocky shoreline of Rangitoto can make swimming difficult the sandy beaches of Motutapu are just a short walk away.

Getting there;

Access is by water taxi, ferry, private boat or kayak. Bach 78 is located at Islington Bay near the Islington Bay wharf, on the eastern side of Rangitoto Island. The bach is an hour and a half walk from Rangitoto Wharf or a two and a half hour kayak from Auckland.

Know before you go;

- Rangitoto Island is pest free – No pets are allowed

- There are no shops on Rangitoto Island

- Cell phone coverage is limited at Islington Bay

- Travel arrangements must be made separately. For travel options visit -

- There is no hot running water at the bach

- There are no public rubbish bins on Rangitoto

Special conditions: The Department of Conversations biosecurity rules apply. Small animals, ants, rainbow skinks and weeds or exotic seeds are the biggest threats to the pest-free status of our special islands. Gear that has been in the garage or even stored in the house could be hiding rodents, skinks, insects and seeds. So we need your help. Complete the DOC Biosecurity checklist for visiting pest free islands and hand it to the bach manager or Island Ranger when you arrive at the island.


  • Boat ramp
  • Shower (outdoor)

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Bedroom

    1 x Bunk bed

  • Conservatory

    Other sleeping area

    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Linen: Bring your own linen
  • Extras: Cleaning $50.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
24-Jan-18 to 24-Jul-18
$120+/night $150+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/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 (6)

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  • Thouroghly enjoyed our 4 night off grid island stay in this wonderful...

    Thouroghly enjoyed our 4 night off grid island stay in this wonderful bach. The weather wasn't perfect but we found lots to do and discover on the island and time inside the bach was comfortable and relaxing . We consider that we have had a very special and iconic holiday and we intend to return.

    victey807 100%|7x Jan 2018

  • Very unique experience staying on Rangitoto in a beautifully restored historic bach

    Very unique experience staying on Rangitoto in a beautifully restored historic bach. We pretty much had the island to ourselves and it was great being the only people at the summit at sunrise. Would definitely come back and stay for longer.

    gnail 0%|1x Jan 2018

  • Basic but well presented for an old histricol bach

    Basic but well presented for an old histricol bach. Amazing spot

    ChrisPr20 new member Jan 2018

  • The property is well restored, with original features and furniture

    The property is well restored, with original features and furniture. This is what makes it unique and helps you to understand the stories of the island and the historic batches.

    DebPre new member Jan 2018

  • This bach is fantastic

    This bach is fantastic. The trust have done an incredible job of restoring it. Great location close to Islington wharf, so ideal to kayak into or take a water taxi. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

    KeriH957 100%|1x Dec 2017

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