Te Rakau Cabins - a wildlife haven and retreat

Bach or holiday home | Palliser Bay | #5606

9.3/10 (142 ratings)
  • 9 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • We now have a second bedroom called the bunkhouse which can sleep up to 5 people
  • Plenty of outside space for children and adults alike.
  • We offer bird watching tours for adults who like us share a passion for our native flora and fauna.

A peaceful rural location suitable for families who enjoy the natural world. Varied bird life with many bush and beach walking opportunities. We are not a camping ground in that you hire all three cabins (converted railway wagons); one with the facilities in it and two bedroom units suitable for 2 couples or a larger family. Our landscaped grounds are available for guests to explore and enjoy.

If you love the countryside you will love staying at Te Rakau.

For cyclists on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail we are approx 30 kms south of Cross Creek.

We can also take you on fully guided half or full day bird watching tours for those who want to explore the area in more depth and learn about the bush, wetlands and coastal birds around us. The cost for these tours is $100 pp for 1/2 day tour and $180 pp for a full day tour.

Special conditions: While pets are welcome we insist that they are under control at all times and that they be kept outside the cabins on the deck. Please let us know when you book if you are bringing a dog. For cyclists we are willing to supply food for self cook dinners, continental breakfasts and supplies for a packed lunch @ $50pp .


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Oven
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    One queen bed and two single beds

    1 x Queen bed
    2 x Single bed

  • The bunkhouse

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Year Round
23-Jul-17 to 30-Sep-18
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $30/night; Children: $20/night;
Default Tariff
01-Oct-18 to 23-Oct-18
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $30/night; Children: $20/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 (199)

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  • Great spot for a weekend away

    Great spot for a weekend away. we and the children loved the it, well situated for a quiet weekend as well as for visiting cape palliser and lakes. The carriages were awesome, kids so excited.

    roseon436 100%|4x Jul 2017

  • Great stay thanks

    Great stay thanks

    tevart379 100%|7x Jun 2017

  • A delightful retreat full of wonders

    A delightful retreat full of wonders. Amongst the birds & animals. The creative handmade extras such as birdbaths and sink stands are wonderful.

    IngridWi6 100%|1x Jun 2017

  • Ideal for a summer retreat!

    Ideal for a summer retreat!

    KateL787 100%|3x May 2017

  • It was lovely to return to the Cabins and see all the...

    It was lovely to return to the Cabins and see all the friendly animals. Once again Tom was a big hit! We will be back again soon!

    KirstyP 100%|2x May 2017

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