Rustic Bach - Mangakino

Bach or holiday home | Mangakino | #4872

8.3/10 (20 ratings)
  • 6 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • 1 minute from Lake Maraetai.
  • Cosy cottage, fully fenced, down a right-of-way. Private.
  • 10 metre deck, caravan sleeps 2, excellent parking for boats and vehicles.

Step back in time. Remember how slow it was in the 1950s and 60s? Remember when everyone wasn't rushing around? Remember how silence sounded, and how stars looked in the night sky? If you yearn for a taste of this, then Mangakino is the place for you. Non-commercial, a hidden gem according to the NZ Herald when they stayed.

The bach is an authentic kiwi bach, nothing fancy, once used as a workman's cottage in the 1950s while the dam at Lake Maraetai was being built. There is a 10 metre deck to catch the sun, and the pot belly stove throws out a magnificent heat in winter.

There is also a two-berth caravan if you fancy a night with a lamp and a sleeping bag, or to sit up til dawn playing cards at the folding table. It's a wonderful space to write, and read, wrapped in the blue and white 1970s time capsule.

The section is fairly large and can accommodate your vehicles, boat, campervan etc. You could rest your horses for a night or three. We've heard it said that dogs have enjoyed the wide open spaces locally. The Whakamaru Waterski Club is close by, and the lovely Whakamaru Reserve where the Yogi Bear movie was filmed.

If you like water sports you could kayak, waterski or MIA will give you wakeboarding lessons. There is an historic paddleboat to take you on excursions over Lake Maraetai. You can play golf at the 9-holer. Summers are hot.

Located in the south Waikato, the Central Plateau is close by, so it's perfect for summer trekking, or the winter exploration of alpine areas, National Park or Mt.Ruapehu to see the snow, stopping at Tokaanu for a hot thermal soak before arriving back at the bach, satisfied and pooped, to light the pot belly and find the slow cooker has cooked you up a treat.

No shopping malls, movie theatres, or car parks. No queues, traffic, MacDonald's or much to spend your money on. Give yourself a holiday from what you do at home.

Special conditions: Remember how it used to be? Tired of the crowds, queues + commercialism of many holiday spots? Come and share our place! Stop in the stillness, snooze in the caravan, read by the pot belly, walk the dog, wilt in the heat. Or if you want, walk or cycle the Waikato River Trails, kayak, swim, walk in the forests, play golf, wakeboard, or cruise the lake on the paddleboat. Rotorua/Taupo are 45 mins away and Mt Ruapehu a wonderful 1.5hr drive passing through Tokaanu for a stop in the hot pools.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Double

    1 x Double bed

  • Twin

    2 x King single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $10.00 per person (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
xmas season
09-Dec-16 to 01-Mar-17
$120+/night $120+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
Shoulder Season
02-Mar-17 to 01-May-17
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
low season
02-May-17 to 31-Aug-17
$85+/night $85+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
Shoulder Season
01-Sep-17 to 30-Nov-17
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
xmas season
01-Dec-17 to 28-Feb-18
$120+/night $120+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
Shoulder Season
01-Mar-18 to 09-Mar-18
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;

*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 (36)

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  • I absolutely love staying here

    I absolutely love staying here. It is so quiet and tranquil. Away from the road with room for the animals. It really does have rustic charm.

    PenelopeK 100%|4x Oct 2016

  • Great little spot

    Great little spot. It is what it professes to be. Was a bit hard to find the key, even with instructions but it's all part of the fun! Really enjoyed our stay, thank you.

    AnjaliP9 new member Jun 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Great renters, no problems at all, and left the place clean and tidy. Highly recommended.

    lynnon472 100%|41x

  • The bach, tho' small had everything I needed

    The bach, tho' small had everything I needed. Lovely safely fenced section for the dogs and quiet area.

    julins52 100%|40x Jan 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Great to deal with, straight forward and left the place perfect. Highly recommended.

    lynnon472 100%|41x

  • We enjoyed our stay in this quaint cottage

    We enjoyed our stay in this quaint cottage. It was a good size section for our dogs and fully fenced.

    StacieC5 100%|3x Oct 2015

    Owner/manager responds:

    A pleasure to rent to. Very organised and prompt with making arrangements, payment etc.

    lynnon472 100%|41x

  • Even though up a R

    Even though up a R.O.W easy to turn boat around. Great boat parking

    MikeandChris 99%|148x Mar 2015

    Owner/manager responds:

    Excellent tenant, no problems at all. Highly recommended.

    lynnon472 100%|41x

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