The Library Bach - A special place people love!

Bach or holiday home | Pakawau Beach | #6755

9.8/10 (201 ratings)
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Hospitality 2013


“2013 Silver Winner Golden Piwa Awards" BEST IN HOSPITALITY!

'The Library' refers to the original bach on this property, a small relocated country library. This now serves as a characterful sleepout and sits behind the main bach which is located beside an estuary. The large section is quiet, bush-clad, bird-filled and has superb inlet and mountain views.

The bach is private and open plan - think designer retro-pacific styled tramping hut! Beds are in the loft and on the ground floor with no doors between. The bach's size, character and proximity to stunning beaches help make it a wonderful holiday destination for couples or small families.

There is great mobile phone reception at the bach.

Extra features include nearby migratory godwits and other wonderful bird life, including little blue penguins who are rarely seen but often heard and nest under the library sleep-out or wood pile. Plentiful cockles and pipi are a short stroll away at low tide. There are also a superb selection of natural history, children's and other fiction books, a large record collection, gas hot water and stove top, a trampoline, 3 kayaks, 1 bike, an outside bath and a composting indoor toilet.

The bach is a few steps away from a safe swimming beach and in 2006 won an NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture.

Please email me for more details, including making payment via direct credit.

For every night The Library Bach is booked, a $5.00 donation will be made to the Nelson ARK, a Charitable Trust. The Nelson ARK rescues unwanted and abused dogs and pairs them up with young people who are perhaps losing their way, for an eight week training course. This combination has proven to be truly transformative for the lives of both the young people and the rescued dogs, and has repercussions throughout the entire community. So far The Library Bach has raised over $6,000.00 for ARK. Find out more about The Nelson ARK on their website and which is unable to be referenced here!

Special conditions:

A minimum of four nights applies for bookings during NZ school holidays and a minimum of three nights applies for NZ long weekends. Otherwise a minimum of two nights. Rental is for a maximum of 4 people. Each additional adult guest per night is $20.00 and each child is $10.00.

Smoking allowed outside only.

If you do not have the time or inclination to clean the bach before you leave, cleaning can be arranged for $50.00.

Cotton sheets and towels are also available at NZ$20.00 per person.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Ground floor

    1 x Queen bed

  • Loft

    1 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

*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 (320)

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  • Tidy house in a unique location with real character

    Tidy house in a unique location with real character. Beach on your doorstep. We will definitely look to stay again in the future.

    Jason M. Mar 2019

  • We enjoyed every moment of this very special place, the drastic tides,...

    We enjoyed every moment of this very special place, the drastic tides, the birds, the stars, the crickets, walking the beach and kayaking. This special place is so liveable and comfortable and loved, we will treasure our memories of The Library.

    Faye C. Feb 2019

  • We loved this location, house and setting in bush

    We loved this location, house and setting in bush. Enjoyed watching the tide in and out of the estuary, you feel as though you are part of it, with the water so close to the Bach. Main beach very close. Bush setting is very peaceful with lots of bird life. Bach was definitely to our taste and loved the decor,record player and record selection. Lots to do nearby. Can’t recommend this place enough

    Sandra D. Feb 2019

  • Our second time staying, enjoyed it just as much as the first!...

    Our second time staying, enjoyed it just as much as the first! Lovely spot.

    Linda S. Feb 2019

  • One of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed we quite...

    One of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed we quite literally didn’t want to leave! It has everything you need to wind down and escape your every day life, quite special.

    AngeliqueBr3 100%|1x Jan 2019

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