Bach 78 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Bach or holiday home | Rangitoto Island | #42416

10/10 (22 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


Maybe booked

  • Linen: Bring your own linen.
  • Extras: Cleaning $50.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
21-Apr-18 to 21-Oct-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 (22)

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  • The Bach is great ,Flashback to the past , Awesome location will...

    The Bach is great ,Flashback to the past , Awesome location will be back!!

    chrisHu36 new member Apr 2018

  • Great location to get away from the hustle and bustle

    Great location to get away from the hustle and bustle. Bach 78 is rustic but has everything you could possibly need. Takes you back to a time when we could survive quite well without a microwave. Great tramping opportunities with bach located ideally to access both Rangatoto and Motutapu. Tramp during the day and sit back in the peace and quiet at night. There’s just the sound of lapping water and jumping fish at night. No traffic noise or rowdy passers by here. Amazing experience.

    GrantSp3 100%|2x Apr 2018

  • The bach is soo cool! It is like going back in time...

    The bach is soo cool! It is like going back in time as it is decked out with 1920's furnishings and my group and I just ran arond taking photos of all of the rooms. The location couldn't be better right on the water and next time I'll bring my fishing rod hoping to reel in a kahawai through the front door. It's also perfectly situated to do all of the best walks like the lava caves, Wreck Bay (at low tide) and the WWII bunkers on Motutapu. I'd get in quick before this place is completely booked!

    Pingu19 new member Apr 2018

  • This once-exclusive opportunity to stay at a Rangitoto bach is not to...

    This once-exclusive opportunity to stay at a Rangitoto bach is not to be missed! The bach felt clean and tidy but satisfyingly rustic, with lots of charm from the vintage bach decor. We took several swims in the bay and loved having extended time with the birds and bush of the island. The place feels dry and cozy in a rainstorm, and has great cross-ventilation. We will definitely be back!

    TanyaS7 100%|5x Mar 2018

  • An iconic bach, beautifully restored and an honour to stay in! If...

    An iconic bach, beautifully restored and an honour to stay in! If you catch the Ferry to Rangitoto Wharf there 2 walking routes to the bach. The Coastal Track and the Road. The road is easier and quicker.

    MargoA 100%|2x Mar 2018

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