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);


  • TV

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.

Reviews (24)

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  • Beautifully restored, keeping the characted of the Rangi baches

    Beautifully restored, keeping the characted of the Rangi baches. Loved all the furnishings. Very comfortable.

    sueon146 100%|2x Nov 2018

  • Beautifully restored cottage, thoroughly enjoyed the back to basics living for the...

    Beautifully restored cottage, thoroughly enjoyed the back to basics living for the weekend, ideal back drop, loved waking up to the sounds of all the birds singing...would highly recommend

    Kahurangi S. Nov 2018

  • Awesome place and a warm welcome

    Awesome place and a warm welcome. This is is an absolute treasure close to Auckland. We had a group with younger children and the walk across Rangitoto was a magic tramping adventure. The baches are remarkable remnants from a past era kept very clean and cosy. We plan on being back.

    waynrb850 100%|6x Oct 2018

  • Bach 114 was the ideal stay for our tramp around Rangitoto and...

    Bach 114 was the ideal stay for our tramp around Rangitoto and Motutapu. It was a great opportunity to experience a Rangitoto bach and how life would have been on the island 50-100 years ago. The bach was ideally located in Islington Bay just up from the Wharf. It was very comfortable and had heaps of room for our party of 4. Our host Susan was excellent and very knowledgable about the islands. She went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable. We would definitely book this bach again.

    Mark S. Oct 2018

  • Bach 114 was clean, spacious and as the history of the bach...

    Bach 114 was clean, spacious and as the history of the bach has been retained it was a trip down memory lane for our group of five ladies in their 60's and 70's. Beds were comfortable, plenty of gas for heating and boiling water. Convenient location for exploring Rangitoto and Motutapu. Thanks Susan for arranging luggage storage near the wharf for out second day it allowed us to do the summit track and down to McKenzie Bay before catching the ferry home.

    MollyBu1 100%|2x Sep 2018

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