Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

Bach or holiday home | Ohakune | #4546

10/10 (134 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 (251)

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  • 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

  • Awesome location perfect for multiple families loved every minute of our stay

    Awesome location perfect for multiple families loved every minute of our stay.

    Strawbs 100%|4x Aug 2018

  • Absolutely everything you need

    Absolutely everything you need. The house is really well stocked and beautifully looked after. Great place for children looking to play and explore.

    SuzannahRo1 100%|2x Aug 2018

  • A gorgeous cottage set on a picturesque part of the farm

    A gorgeous cottage set on a picturesque part of the farm. Crisp clean sheets and plenty of wood for the fire - what more could you want?

    NikkiMa18 100%|1x Aug 2018

  • Highly recommended if you like to experience the real farm place

    Highly recommended if you like to experience the real farm place. We had great stay at the cottage. My girls enjoyed playing at the wendy house and loved the animals. We just live every bits of the place. Would definitely go back again!

    skkhoo 100%|2x Aug 2018

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