Bach 114 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Bach or holiday home | Rangitoto Island | #42417

9.7/10 (3 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

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Linen: Bring your own linen
  • Extras: Cleaning $50.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
24-Jan-18 to 24-Jul-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 (3)

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  • Great place to stay! Just like going back in time

    Great place to stay! Just like going back in time. Lost of walking/hiking opportunities. Close to Motutapu where you can find some nice beaches. Also good going up to the summit of Rangitoto after the last ferry left.

    DavidBade new member Jan 2018

  • This unique and charming place allows you to travel to a time...

    This unique and charming place allows you to travel to a time when people basically camped indoors. It is adapted for the C21st by the means of one small feature - a USB charger run on solar power. The house has retained period lino, wallpaper and furnishings. The light-filled covered in front verandah with a sleeping alcove is especially attractive. This bach at Islington Bay allows you to easily enjoy the sandy coast of Motutapu, the estuary and the rocky Rangitoto coast.

    annaes229 100%|2x Dec 2017

  • The bach is totally unique and it's a huge privilege to be...

    The bach is totally unique and it's a huge privilege to be able to stay there, after decades of not being able to stay on Rangitoto. It's as close to time travelling back to the 1940's as you could get.

    lisaam978 100%|37x Dec 2017

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