No.3 Pilot's House on the Aramoana Spit

Bach or holiday home | Aramoana | #8102

9.4/10 (82 ratings)
  • 5 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Historic Pilot's Cottage nestled in the dunes of Aramoana Spit between the ocean beach and the tidal flats.

Experience wide ever-changing skies and a landscape where the tides and the sealions rule.

Collect cockles and mussels at low tide. Enjoy being stranded at high tide.

Watch albatrosses, godwits, herons, and yellow-eyed penguins coming in at dusk.

Fish from The Mole, kayak to Te Ngaru and surf at Lion's Rock. Wave at the cruise ships going by, then come inside and hole up by the open fire.

Only 15 mins from the shops and cafes of Port Chalmers and 30 mins from Dunedin.

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:

Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Special conditions: Longer and shorter stays negotiable. Bookings for January 2018 minimum of 4 days.


  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Trampoline

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Living Room

    Other sleeping area

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • Gifts & giveaways: Free use of Kayaks

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
24-Jun-17 to 01-May-18
$150+/night $150+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $30/night; Children: $20/night;
2 night minimum stay

*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 (153)

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  • Our weekend here was just brilliant, we couldn't have asked for better

    Our weekend here was just brilliant, we couldn't have asked for better. It had everything we needed, was incredibly peaceful, we took full advantage of the kayaks, record collection and fire. I would definitely love to return in the future.

    SarahLa36 100%|1x May 2017

  • The house is absolutely perfect for a weekend getaway

    The house is absolutely perfect for a weekend getaway. Sunrise walks on Aramoana beach, lounging by the fire in the evening, it is just such a beautiful location and the home is exactly that, a beach home, quirky, clean, and so welcoming.

    LeenaT66 100%|1x May 2017

  • This house is magical

    This house is magical. Nestled away in the sand dunes it's an absolute haven. There is a pristine beach on your doorstep and tonnes of wildlife to be spotted. The house has a beautiful retro vibe and is comfortable, rain or shine. I've staid twice and can confidently say this is my favorite bach in the whole of NZ!

    CharlotteEa2 100%|3x May 2017

  • It's an bit of an adventure to get to the Bach! A...

    It's an bit of an adventure to get to the Bach! A bumpy drive down a DOC route, and a trip along the beach, dodging the tide, but it is so entirely worth it. The bach is cute and quirky, and has everything you need. There is heating in every room and we loved nothing more than coming home from Dunedin and lighting the open fire. The whole place is magical. There's just something special about this place and we have made so many unforgettable memories.

    ClaireMu17 100%|1x Apr 2017

  • We came twice, because it is a wonderful place and I hope...

    We came twice, because it is a wonderful place and I hope we come another time.

    KarstenO 100%|3x Apr 2017

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