Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

Bach or holiday home | Ohakune | #4546

10/10 (109 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 7 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Family Friendly 2017


  • Meet some of the farm animals - feed the free-range chickens and collect their eggs.
  • Relax and unwind in the secluded outdoor bath overlooking the river - such bliss!
  • Check out www.unclebillscottage.co.nz for more pics!

Uncle Bill's Cottage is a gorgeous country home on a sheep and beef farm in the Orautoha Valley. Originally the home of one of the valley's earliest pioneers, it has been beautifully restored while keeping its history and character. It is a great base for disconnecting and enjoying a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of life.

It’s the perfect spot for a holiday with friends or family – 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 (Turoa Skifield) and 50 minutes from Whakapapa.

From the time you step in the door of this fully set up cottage you can relax. 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, cosy and comfortable.

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 for rainbow and brown trout 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.

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.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Special events venue
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom 3

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 4

    3 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

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  • Extras: Cleaning FREE (included); Linen FREE (included); Fresh free-range eggs, jams from the farm, and marshmallows are all included! FREE (included)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 7 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
from January 2016
18-Feb-18 to 31-Jul-18
$185+/night $185+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $35/night; Children: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay
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01-Aug-18 to 18-Feb-19
$185+/night $185+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $35/night; Children: $15/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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (226)

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  • Uncle Bill's Cottage is delightful, comfortable & peaceful

    Uncle Bill's Cottage is delightful, comfortable & peaceful. The attention to detail & the generous supply of all necessary equipment & information made it relaxing & fun. The setting is pretty & the house & garden are set up to make the most of it in all conditions. Stylish & thoughtful touches made for a stay that felt both rustic & indulgent.

    terrft320 100%|10x Feb 2018

  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit

    Thoroughly enjoyed our visit .Fantastic cottage in lovely surroundings. Perfect set up for our 2 families and teen kids .Well stocked kitchen and extremely comfortable beds !! Loved the fact there are plenty of spaces to find a peaceful spot to relax either by the river or on the verandah . The outdoor bath was a nightly highlight as well as the open fire by the river and meeting the resident "pet" lamb ! Gordie very helpful in passing on trout fishing tips !

    LouiseDa6 100%|2x Jan 2018

  • We had such a wonderful holiday ! Our kids loved feeding lambie,...

    We had such a wonderful holiday ! Our kids loved feeding lambie, the hens, Dylan and the dogs. So many fantastic memories for them - catching an eel, tractor rides, outdoor bath, kayaking and toasting marshmallows. Very relaxing holiday for the adults reading and enjoying a glass of wine listening to the river. We also had amazing weather for the tongariro crossing. Huge thankyou to Jenny and Gordie who were the very warmest and welcoming and of hosts and for sharing your beautiful farm.

    karane158 100%|5x Jan 2018

  • Perfect place to relax and enjoy simple pleasures

    Perfect place to relax and enjoy simple pleasures. The bach is well appointed, comfortable and clean.We appreciated the little touches like fresh eggs, flowers and a delicious homemade berry jam. We enjoyed toasting marshmellows over the fire by the stream and handfeeding the eels. Our youngest daughter relished the opportunity to feed the farm animals including the dogs, lamb, and horse. Gordie and Jenny are wonderful hosts. Beautiful location with a fantastic swimming hole at the roads end.

    LyndaHa1 100%|6x Jan 2018

  • It's impossible to fault Uncle Bill's

    It's impossible to fault Uncle Bill's. A clean, tidy, comfortable cottage in beautiful surroundings with owners who are attentive but not intrusive. So many beautiful living areas, inside and out with much attention to detail.

    SaraHa39 100%|1x Jan 2018

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