Bach 78 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Cottage | Rangitoto Island | #42416

9.9/10 (42 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


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 Fullers Ferry, Auckland Sea Shuttle (0508 SEA SHUTTLE), or private boat.

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

- Travel arrangements must be made separately.

- 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.

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$50.00 per stay); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);


  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Bedroom

    3 x Narrow single bed

  • Conservatory

    1 x Narrow single 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 (58)

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  • Susan was a great host and made us very welcome she was...

    Susan was a great host and made us very welcome she was happy to answer any questions and the Bach was very well presented and met all our needs. Weather was amazing would recommend the bach to anyone looking for a relaxing break. Will definitely be looking to head back.

    Lorraine W. Feb 2019

  • This place is a real treat (if you can get a booking!!)

    This place is a real treat (if you can get a booking!!). We loved our stay, and are so glad they've opened these for people to rent. A beautiful spot to relax, and enjoy a very quiet slice of Rangitoto.

    Eleanor M. Feb 2019

  • An amazing privilege to stay in this tranquil slice of paradise

    An amazing privilege to stay in this tranquil slice of paradise... so pleased it is a 1.5 hour hike from the wharf to preserve the mystique.

    Ken W. Feb 2019

  • This is a great place to stay, so close to Auckland

    This is a great place to stay, so close to Auckland. The Bach has been lovingly restored with lots of retro details. It is like a traditional kiwi Bach so no luxury items which is great. The beds are firm. I loved being able to walk out the door and to go for a swim. Fantastic!!!

    Sarah G. Feb 2019

  • Absolutely fantastic stay once again

    Absolutely fantastic stay once again. Thanks to Susan for being such a lovely host.

    Jill B. Feb 2019

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