Bach 114 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Bach or holiday home | Rangitoto Island | #42417

9.8/10 (15 ratings)
  • 7 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


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

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.

Two baches are available (see our other listing). Bach 114 is the larger of the two with 2 bedrooms and the possibility of sleeping more. There is a large dining/sitting room and a light spacious sun-porch. Gas cooking and heating are installed and solar panels operate the lighting system. The bach is totally ‘off grid’ complete with a cassette style toilet.

Getting there

Bach 114 is located in mature pohutukawa forest at Islington Bay, on the eastern side of Rangitoto Island. The bach is a 2 minute walk from Islington Bay Wharf along the road or an hour and a half walk from Rangitoto Wharf. There is a network of well-defined walking tracks on both islands 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 makes swimming difficult the sandy beaches of Motutapu are just a short walk away.

Know before you go:

- Access is by water taxi, ferry, private boat or kayak

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

- Rangitoto Island is pest free – No pets are allowed

- There are no shops on Rangitoto Island

- Cell phone coverage is limited

- 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.


  • Shower (outdoor)

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    2 x Single bed

  • Conservatory

    1 x Single bed
    1 x Single with rollaway bed

  • Master Bedroom

    2 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 (15)

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  • Amazing restored bach with everything that you need for a weekend

    Amazing restored bach with everything that you need for a weekend. A location where you'll feel a world away form Auckland, surrounded by beautiful and unique forest. A range of walks accessible from the bach and only 2 minutes from Islington Bay and Motutapu Island.

    DDivehall new member Apr 2018

  • Amazing heritage bach

    Amazing heritage bach. Lots of room and cool features and things for kids to wonder about like lights you pull cords to turn on!

    RebeccaR14 100%|2x Mar 2018

  • The bach itself was immaculate and respectfully restored

    The bach itself was immaculate and respectfully restored. It is off the grid, but has solar power, a cassette toilet and a chilly bin with ice packs to store food. The bach is a 1.5hr walk from Rangitoto Wharf (or a bit longer if you take the coastal route). It’s quite special to arrive by foot to this peaceful spot. The bach is right at Islington Wharf, where we enjoyed wandering down for cups of tea. Lots of walks and swimming nearby. A great adventure - highly recommend!

    WhitneyAd1 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • Beautiful restored house

    Beautiful restored house. Enjoyed reading up on the history of the area in the books provided. Well equipped kitchen and all round great holiday home.

    ericwn560 100%|3x Mar 2018

  • Brilliant location a little quiter away from main tracks

    Brilliant location a little quiter away from main tracks. Right there in Wellington bay with motutapu island 2 mins walk.

    ColinMa22 100%|1x Mar 2018

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