Back to the basics cottage

Bach or holiday home | Oakura Bay | #19008

9.5/10 (17 ratings)
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


The cottage is a self contained cottage used by the woodcutters back in the days when our barn was a saw mill. We enjoyed it for holidays during the years when our children were young - they could dam the stream, fish for eels, catch fresh water crayfish in the evenings. Lighting in the evening is by candle light and gas light. No TV, no computers, no noise! It is a peaceful haven and we loved being there. There is a large lawn out the front for playing petanque or croquet, and a long drop toilet sheltered by banana palms at the back.

There is a neat kitchen with a gas hob, although most of our evening meals were cooked outside on the barbeque. The fridge is a very small 42L camping fridge, so bring a chilly bin if needed. There is ice available at the local dairy.

You can lie out under the stars in the evening, and count the satellites going past. There are tuis, woodpigeons, kingfisher, pheasants, quail, and even wild peacocks ... this place is a small paradise.

Please note that we DO NOT allow pets - we have peacocks, and two pekin ducks who would be displeased with any four legged creatures in their space.

Special conditions:

Very young children would need to be closely supervised due to the adjacent stream.

NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave; Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge

Bed layouts

  • Bunk Room

    1 x Single bed

  • Double bedroom

    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 (20)

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  • We loved the place, it is really a hidden paradise! Surrounded by...

    We loved the place, it is really a hidden paradise! Surrounded by bush, you only hear the small stream and some birds. Great to relax. The cottage is also really well equipped, kitchen with everything you need, books, games etc.... I'll definitely recommend this place to my friends! Thanks Deb and Colin!

    Mara 100%|1x Apr 2017

  • A great place to spend time with the family

    A great place to spend time with the family. Peacock feathers are lots of fun for the kids. Everything you could want off the grid.

    ChrisKe26 100%|4x Mar 2017

  • We loved staying here, it is a little piece of paradise, very...

    We loved staying here, it is a little piece of paradise, very peaceful and in a beautiful setting with everything that you need provided.

    MichelleJa12 100%|2x Jan 2017

  • The cottage was lovely to stay in

    The cottage was lovely to stay in. Back to basics in a beautiful location. Clean and tidy and very comfortable. We woke up to the sound of fantails, were met each morning by friendly ducks waiting for breakfast, spent the days on the beach, and played games by candlelight in the evening. Perfect. I would definitely stay there again!

    ElisabethL 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • The cottage is rustic in a good way

    The cottage is rustic in a good way. Very comfortable and set in a peaceful and scenic setting, with some entertaining wild life e.g. peacocks, pheasants, pukekos and ducks. There is a lovely bush walk on the property and a relaxed stroll to the beach, dairy and fish and chip shop.

    wendylb3 100%|3x Apr 2016

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