Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

Bach or holiday home | Ohakune | #4546

10/10 (137 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 7 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Family Friendly 2017


Uncle Bill's Cottage is a gorgeous country home on a sheep and beef farm in the Orautoha Valley, just 20 minutes from Ohakune. Originally the home of one of the valley's pioneers, it has been beautifully restored while still keeping its history and character. With decks around three sides of the house, there is always somewhere to sit and watch what is happening on the farm.

We live on the property so are there to assist you with any enquiries you may have.

This is perfect spot for a holiday with friends or family, it's away from the cares of the world, but close to all the attractions the Ruapehu region is famous for. We are only 20 minutes from the base of Mt Ruapehu with all the amazing walking tracks and Turoa ski area. Whakapapa Skifield is 45 minutes away.

From the time you step in the door of the cottage you can relax. The kitchen is fully set up with all the appliances you need, and a great espresso machine! We will supply some fresh free-range eggs from our hens, some jam made from fruit grown on the farm, and marshmallows for toasting on the fire down on the riverbank.

There is a washing machine and dryer in the laundry. And with plenty of quality linen supplied, and no cleaning to do at the end of your visit, all you have to do is enjoy yourself! The cottage is warm and inviting in the winter, with a great log burner and plenty of firewood at the door. Very cosy and comfortable! In the summer the deck lets you catch the breeze from the river, while you choose whether to sit in the sun or the shade.

With no wifi or mobile reception it's a great base for completely getting away from it all and enjoying quality time together.

Soak in the outdoor bath, under the stars, glass of wine in hand...or toast marshmallows over a warming fire down by the river - we supply the marshmallows!

There are plenty of farm activities for the children – helping to feed the horse, dogs and chickens; swimming or kayaking in your own private section of the river; feeding the eels; or riding a sled towed behind the quad bike. For the little ones there is a balance bike; a trike; a playground with swings and slide; a play hut; and even an old quad bike for all those imaginary adventures.

You can fish (in season) from right in front of the cottage, with an adult’s and a child’s rod available for you to use. The Manganui O te Ao River, world-famous for its trout fishing, is just 5 minutes away. We have one adult’s and one child’s fishing rod which you may borrow.

With 14 mountain bike tracks to choose from in the region, you are spoiled for choice. We are right on the National Cycleway heading to The Bridge to Nowhere Track, which winds through the 'Valley of Abandoned Dreams' to the Whanganui River, with 35km of spectacular scenery and wild beauty.

Come and experience the perfect family country retreat!

Special conditions:

One-night stays may be possible, please just ask. An additional cleaning fee of $50 applies.

Extras: Cleaning (included); Linen (included); Fresh free-range eggs, jams from the farm, and marshmallows are all included! (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 3

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Bedroom 4

    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 (256)

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  • Uncle Billy’s Cottage is a hidden gem

    Uncle Billy’s Cottage is a hidden gem. We stayed at the cottage for 2 nights and our daughter loved it (highlights for her were feeding the lambs & enough space to run around and the stream). Its an amazing place for a family to spend some time together, very clean and perfect for a relaxing holiday. Jenny and Gordie are very friendly and we felt very welcomed and at home. Cottage is well equipped an includes everything you can thinks of. There is a lovely stream that runs below the cottage makes it very unique, with amazing hill side views. We will definitely plan to come again soon (My daughter wants to come here every weekend).

    Nadun I. Nov 2018

  • Superb; private and beautiful location

    Superb; private and beautiful location. The home had everything we could ask for and more.

    SiubhanG 100%|4x Oct 2018

  • Absolutely beautiful property which was furnished with thought and care

    Absolutely beautiful property which was furnished with thought and care. The location of the cottage above the river was idyllic, we really enjoyed the gardens and outdoor areas for eating, playing, and just sitting and admiring the peacefulness of this very special place.

    esthua719 100%|7x Oct 2018

  • Definitely lived up to the recommendations

    Definitely lived up to the recommendations. Everything and much more then you would want .

    moonsmail 100%|3x Oct 2018

  • My family, which included two young children loved the farm experience

    My family, which included two young children loved the farm experience. It was an easy drive to the Ski resorts and all other surrounding attractions. I would seriously recommend this to any family!

    JuanL235 100%|1x Sep 2018

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