Bach 114 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Cottage | Rangitoto Island | #42417

9.8/10 (21 ratings)
  • 7 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 7 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.

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

- Rangitoto Island is pest free – No pets are allowed

- There are no shops on Rangitoto Island

- There are no public rubbish bins on Rangitoto

Special conditions:

The Department of Conservation 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);


  • Barbecue - Gas

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Conservatory

    3 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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  • This special historic site was built by my Great Uncle Herbie and...

    This special historic site was built by my Great Uncle Herbie and his family and friends. My Dad spent many holidays here as a kid and we had a wonderful time all together as a family back with Mum and Dad, me and my sister, and our families. There were three generations there. I LOVED the fact that this is off grid, hang up solar shower (thanks dad for filling it up!) and super simple facilities. It all adds to the experience. The old style 'ventilated fridge cupboard' was really cool. It actually is so well designed and genuinely stays cold in there. Mum was telling me that when she was a little girl, this is how they used to live. My how things have changed! It was such a special time at bach 114, Dad reminiscing about 'the good old days' and sharing the history of the place - this is the stuff that memories are made of. Such a blessing to come back here and be able to stay. Special thanks to Susan and the team at the Rangitoto Historic Trust, who do such a wonderful job and really

    annette c. Feb 2019

  • I loved staying here - the bach is so charmingly original with...

    I loved staying here - the bach is so charmingly original with everything so simple and easy. Sue was fab making sure I had everything I needed, even lending me a spare pair of jandals. A great location easy walk to beach or wharf.

    Mandy M. Feb 2019

  • Thanks

    Thanks. Amazing spot and experience. Next time we will wear 1930's costume as well. :)

    James S. Feb 2019

  • It was a stunning and unique way to spend the weekend

    It was a stunning and unique way to spend the weekend. The family loved it.

    Nick W. Feb 2019

  • Stepping into the place for the first time felt surreal, for somewhere...

    Stepping into the place for the first time felt surreal, for somewhere within 10km of a city centre it exists out of place and time. If simply getting away is the goal then this is the ticket, the perfect place to leave behind the digital and pace of the city and reconnect with what is in front of you. Nestled among the trees the bird life is lovely with tieke, kakariki, and kaka all showing themselves on our overnight stay. The luxury of going off-grid does require a bit of forward planning, especially refrigeration and drinking water in the heat of summer (there's a boil advisory on the tank water supply). The place clearly has been restored with care and feels authentic for it, even the welcome addition of solar lighting is activated by ceiling pull cord switches. Thank you for making such a place available!

    Ron K. Feb 2019

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