No.3 Pilot's House on the Aramoana Spit

Bach or holiday home | Aramoana | #8102

9.4/10 (67 ratings)
  • 5 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • 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. Pets allowed with prior approval Bookings for January 2017 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
26-Oct-16 to 30-Jun-17
$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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (138)

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  • Truly magical spot, house was bright and quirky and comfortable

    Truly magical spot, house was bright and quirky and comfortable. Paradise for kids with toys and games and of course the beach. We read late in our stay to keep off the dunes around the house as much as possible, unfortunately kids had at this point spent days jumping in them, sorry! A wild part of the country to explore with a cozy, warm house to return to at the end of the day. Highly recommend.

    NicolaPl1 100%|4x Oct 2016

  • This home and it's environment is simply a character from a wonderous...

    This home and it's environment is simply a character from a wonderous fairy tale. A beloved house with an orange back door dwelling inside a sand dune ring of magical protection. Sea lions and their wives stand guard. And then you realise you have stepped inside an art work, drinking cups of tea from cups made by a magician. To be there in a beautiful French dress, walking the sea shore, trending the fire, I felt like I'd found a home.

    nicholash5 new member Oct 2016

  • Love this location

    Love this location. Gorgeous secluded beach where you can watch the ships sail in to Port Chalmers. Short drive to the city. We have stayed there twice and enjoyed our stay both times. The bach itself is very quaint and has most of the things needed. The log fires were great. Mattresses on single beds need replacing. Dirt road to bach difficult. Overall great stay, good value for money.

    BrendaSu3 100%|1x Sep 2016

  • The location is so unique

    The location is so unique. Our kids just love it. Simple pleasures of sand, surf, cockling and kayaking. Highly recommend.

    KateT554 100%|3x Sep 2016

  • Amazing location and great house, very private

    Amazing location and great house, very private. Lots of wood left for fire place and lovely touches like fresh flowers.

    SaraG266 100%|2x Sep 2016

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