No.3 Pilot's House on the Aramoana Spit

Bach or holiday home | Aramoana | #8102

9.4/10 (79 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)
  • Last minute bookings: 10% off for stays over the next 7 nights

  • Gifts & giveaways: Free use of Kayaks

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
27-Apr-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 (150)

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  • 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 new member 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%|2x Apr 2017

  • A really unique and beautiful location

    A really unique and beautiful location. Cool house too with loads of character. I would definitely go again - this time with the kids and the dog.

    VivienneB3 100%|4x Mar 2017

  • Great place

    Great place

    AlexG727 100%|3x Mar 2017

  • A traditional bach - quirky but with lots of room and all...

    A traditional bach - quirky but with lots of room and all the amenities we wanted. A spectacular location out on the spit - be prepared for a short walk over a sandy path if you have elderly people or heavy cases!

    SusanSi5 100%|10x Mar 2017

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