Thyme Cottage - Family Friendly, Quaint and Cosy

Bach or holiday home | Taumarunui | #4451

5.2/10 (10 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Convenient location to Taumarunui and Ruapehu
  • Open fireplace and coal range
  • Overlooking the railway lines and views to the hills

Welcome to “Thyme Cottage”, a step back in time. Quaint and cosy this partially refurbished 1900’s “Railwayman’s Cottage” full of character is the place to stay. Where the original features have been preserved and the modern touches have been added to give you both convenience and efficiency.

Suitable for a couple of families or a group of friends to enjoy themselves.

With a wetback system on the coalrange and an instant hot water shower, there is always a continuous flow of hot water and being last in the shower no longer means a cold shower. Then after a big day out if all you want to do is sit back and relax you can grab that glass of wine, sit in front of the fire, watch the TV or a DVD or just read a book. For the kids the Video Machine, Playstation, books and board games are just extras to keep everyone happy.

Duvets, blankets and pillows supplied, just bring your own linen and towels. The Drying Room allows you to both dry and store gear so you are all ready to go the next day. With plenty of firewood and coal to help make your stay comfortable, we hope you will find Thyme Cottage your home away from home too.

Located 3 hours from Auckland (Manukau City) and 5 minutes south of Taumarunui, it is an easy drive after work and is the perfect place for that break away. 25 minutes to the bottom of Whakapapa or 40 minutes to Turoa makes the mountains easily accessible. The Central Plateau is a great place of adventure, so come and see for yourself and enjoy.

Special conditions: Maximum of 10 people. *** School Holidays and Public Holiday Weekends $15 Surcharge per night *** A refundable bond will be charged and refunded via internet upon the property being checked on departure.


  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Playstation ®
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Bunkroom

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Bunk bed (single over double)
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 4 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night. Excludes school & public holidays.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
First High Season
07-Dec-16 to 31-Jan-17
$100+/night $105+/night
For up to 6 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (34)

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  • I thought the Thyme cottage was a wonderful place to stay

    I thought the Thyme cottage was a wonderful place to stay. It' is "rustic", has great character and reminds me the way baches were 30 yrs ago. We loved it. If we are back in Taumaranui we will definitely be staying there again.

    RexV2353 100%|1x May 2016

  • It is a quaint little cottage and obviously a work in progress

    It is a quaint little cottage and obviously a work in progress. We did have major problems with the coal range - it smoked very badly - but otherwise all went well.

    LizAl143 new member May 2015

  • Funky old place

    Funky old place. I liked it. More fun than a boring hotel room. Club down the road is very handy and visitor friendly. Gas station has a takeaway too. Only 5 minutes from town.

    Wizard new member Mar 2015

  • Kids enjoyed novelty of having to cut wood and keep the fire...

    Kids enjoyed novelty of having to cut wood and keep the fire going. Plenty of room. Good drive to the snow.

    jodyrt789 100%|3x Oct 2014

  • There was plenty to keep the kids occupied

    There was plenty to keep the kids occupied. Cleaning supplies were provided. The newspaper wall was interesting. I didn't like the cockroaches, the rat/mousetraps and bait at kid level. No hot water (except in the shower) until the coal range had been running overnight, then it was tepid, and the shower had pathetic pressure. Ceilings are sagging, and the kitchen ceiling has a hole. Under renovation, sure, more needs to be done for it to be worth the nightly rate. No cell coverage at all

    PixieM new member Jul 2014

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