Uncle Bill's Cottage - a gorgeous country retreat!

Bach or holiday home | Ohakune | #4546

10/10 (84 ratings)
  • 9 people
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Meet some of the farm animals - feed the chickens and collect their eggs.
  • Relax and unwind in the secluded outdoor bath overlooking the river - such bliss!
  • Sit around the firepit under the stars, telling tall stories and toasting marshmallows...

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, and has been restored to a high standard while keeping lots of its history and character. It is now the perfect base for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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.

Picture yourself soaking in the outdoor bath, under the stars, glass of wine in hand...or toasting marshmallows over a warming fire down by the river.

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 25 minutes from the base of Mt Ruapehu (Turoa Skifield) and 50 minutes from Whakapapa.

You can fish for rainbow and brown trout right in front of the cottage, with a couple of rods available for you to use; or feed the eels in one of the pools. The Manganui O te Ao River, world-famous for its trout fishing, is just 5 minutes away.

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. There is a playground with swings, a slide and a play hut for the little ones, along with a couple of kids’ bikes.

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 retreat!

Special conditions: As the cottage is on a working farm, we unfortunately cannot allow your beloved pets to visit - sorry!


  • 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)
  • 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
27-Mar-17 to 27-Mar-18
$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 (201)

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  • Uncle Bill's Cottage really is as beautiful as it looks! Such an...

    Uncle Bill's Cottage really is as beautiful as it looks! Such an amazing, relaxing time away. Everything was thought of - we literally only needed to just bring food & clothes, and didn't want for anything. The surprises in the fridge was so lovely! Beds comfy, Showers were great. Jenny & Gordie are such lovely people, and they took the time to take our sons out to explore some of the farm, animals, and sled rides! Will definately be back!

    vane88a new member Mar 2017

  • brilliant place run by awesome people - excellent

    brilliant place run by awesome people - excellent

    tallbeast 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • A real slice of paradise in a lovely rural setting

    A real slice of paradise in a lovely rural setting. Our kids had so much fun feeding the eels, collecting fresh eegs giving the farm dogs breakfast and dinner. I would highly recommend this place and Jenny and Gordie that run the show are pure gold. My family look forward to our next visit.

    darrla11 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • Another wonderful stay at Uncle Bill's, we even caught a trout in...

    Another wonderful stay at Uncle Bill's, we even caught a trout in the stream! Thank you so much, once again.

    larael462 100%|2x Nov 2016

  • A wonderful place to escape to

    A wonderful place to escape to. Well set up with everything we needed, and many more thoughtful extras. Jenny and Gordie made us feel very welcome, and delighted our children by including them in farm tasks.

    VickyB3 100%|2x Nov 2016

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