The Library Bach - A special place people love!

Bach or holiday home | Pakawau Beach | #6755

9.7/10 (92 ratings)
  • 5 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Hospitality 2013


  • 'The Library' is an award-winning bach and a sleepout (a small relocated country library).
  • Located by an estuary
  • Close to stunning beaches

“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.

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.

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 $3.000 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 adults. 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. Towels and 100% cotton sheets can be provided for $20.00 a bed.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Canoe(s)
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • Trampoline
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Ground floor

    1 x Queen bed

  • Loft

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

  • The Library sleepout

    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 $POA (optional)
  • Last minute bookings: 20% off for stays over the next 7 nights

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
2015 mid season
28-Nov-15 to 16-Dec-15
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
High Season
17-Dec-15 to 29-Feb-16
$175+/night $175+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
2015 mid season
01-Mar-16 to 30-Apr-16
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
01-May-16 to 30-Sep-16
$125+/night $125+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
2015 mid season
01-Oct-16 to 28-Nov-16
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 4 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay

Reviews (200)

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  • ElizabethLa2
    new member Nov 2015

    We had such a wonderful long weekend here! Anna was a delight to communicate with, and the bach well and truly exceeded our expectations. We'll be back!
  • VerenaH1
    100%|1x Nov 2015

    stunning bach in beautiful location, birds singing all day, cosy interior with love for detail, everything you can think of is provided, waking up in the morning to a great view, lots of possibilities for trips around in the area, simply perfect for a relaxing holiday, highly recommended!
  • nicde192
    100%|2x Oct 2015

    Wonderful bach in a fabulous location, near stunning beaches, ideal biking country too. Great kiwi feel in the bach - loved the record player and record collection very retro! Views out over the estuary were wonderful and the outside bath was quite a treat! Highly recommend this place.
  • YuenFun,SalomeaP
    100%|1x Oct 2015

    It's a lovely wee spot, with beautiful views right from your bed. And awesome to have kayaks to paddle around.
  • seanandjill
    100%|1x Oct 2015

    Great location, private cosy little Bach, perfect relaxed weekend in Golden Bay.
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