Bach 78 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Cottage | Rangitoto Island | #42416

9.9/10 (39 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.

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  • Absolutely stunning spot! We loved how positively the trip started with our...

    Absolutely stunning spot! We loved how positively the trip started with our friendly water taxi skipper Steve. The bach was such a wonderful place to spend the weekend and our boys just disappeared to enjoy exploring while the mums hung out in the lovely bach. We all played one of the board games there and the place was very well equipped, thoroughly recommended!

    LaurelMc5 new member Oct 2018

  • This property is a glorious period property, tastefully and lovingly restored in...

    This property is a glorious period property, tastefully and lovingly restored in a style consistent with its origins or - to put it another way - it’s a typical 1930s kiwi bach with basic facilities, an outdoor loo and tap water from a tank of rainwater which needs to be boiled before you drink it. The location is iconically kiwi, right on the foreshore and framed by gnarlly old Pohutukawas. It was perfect and we loved it (including 3 boys reluctantly liberated from wifi).

    StuartxMcKinnon 100%|2x Oct 2018

  • It was my birthday so I gave myself a solo trip to...

    It was my birthday so I gave myself a solo trip to Rangitoto, stayed in Back 78 one night. I totally fell in love with the bach. It's so much better than the photos I saw before the trip. Everything is clean & pretty in a peaceful atmosphere. I even woke up early in the morning to see many birds catching fishes right in front of the bach. Really enjoyed the time there and wanna come back. Only one inconvenient thing was that I had to bring my sleeping bag. The blanket should be provided.

    HueHoang 100%|1x Oct 2018

  • Magical place, very special mid winter holiday

    Magical place, very special mid winter holiday. Kids and adults alike had a wonderful time. Beautiful restored. Could have stayed for a week.

    rene m. Aug 2018

  • The bach was great and had more facilities/equipment than I had anticipated

    The bach was great and had more facilities/equipment than I had anticipated. Its location is incredible and the view over the wharf is lovely, especially in the morning sun. The RIHCT have clearly put a lot of thought into renovating the bach and it has really paid off. Do remember to bring warm clothing as it can get chilly in the winter, though the gas-heater will quickly warm up any room.

    rob_bason 100%|1x Aug 2018

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