Rustic Bach - Mangakino

Bach or holiday home | Mangakino | #4872

8.6/10 (25 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
Shoulder Season
30-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 10-Apr-18
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $10/night;
low season
11-Apr-18 to 30-Jun-18
$85+/night $85+/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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (41)

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  • Small bach, but had everything we needed

    Small bach, but had everything we needed. Lovely safe property - well fenced.

    mfmcleod 100%|1x Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Excellent tenant, highly recommended :)

    lynnon472 100%|46x

  • The bach was very warm

    The bach was very warm. We would pick this particular bach again if we had that need in the future. The property is very well fenced, the dogs were safe and secure even when locked outside, and everything worked inside as it should. We left thinking we should plan to return.

    residnt new member Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Highly recommended, welcome again any time :)

    lynnon472 100%|46x

  • Property and house were awesome

    Property and house were awesome. So much space. House was a lovely simple Bach but at the same time had everything you could ever need. Can't wait to go back!

    Maree24 100%|1x Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Hope to see you again soon! Highly recommended tenants :)

    lynnon472 100%|46x

  • Great location

    Great location. Awesome section and nice private setting. The house was exactly as described which suited our needs beautifully. An awesome true kiwi Bach. Would highly recommend to others:)

    samaly213 100%|6x Jan 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Excellent tenants, come again any time! Highly recommended :)

    lynnon472 100%|46x

  • The bach is on a rear section, fully fenced, which meant we...

    The bach is on a rear section, fully fenced, which meant we could finally holiday with our dogs. We enjoyed exploring Mangakino,

    ClareVe2 100%|1x Dec 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Glad we could sort out the forgotten spectacles. Highly recommended tenant :)

    lynnon472 100%|46x

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