COUNTRY CHARM: Tranquil self-catering cottage

Cottage | Otaki | #22131

9.3/10 (151 ratings)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


Rural Bliss.

Private rural self-catering cottage accommodation in the heart of Hautere right here on Te Rauparaha's Coast - 6km from Otaki.

Experience a simpler way of life: picnic, swim, fish, tramp in the Tararua foothills and absorb the rich history of the Otaki Gorge.

Light, fresh and quirky, the cottage offers a traveller's respite, a romantic interlude, or an opportunity to taste the local produce, oils, breads and wine.

The Totara Grove is 10 mins from Waikanae Metro rail head; 25 mins from Paraparaumu Airport and only an hour's drive from Wellington or Palmerston North.

Check the bus timetables Waikanae to Otaki:

Pick ups and drop offs from Otaki i-SITE negotiable.

Shop till you drop at Otaki's popular Outlet shopping precinct - Pumpkin Patch, Hunting and Fishing, Icebreaker, Kathmandu, The Merino Outlet; find exquisite treasure at Planet Retro. Lunch at local cafes; visit the Rangiatea Maori Church; take the golf clubs for a swing.

Borrow the bikes or walk the riverside trail to the beach where the Felixstowe and City of Auckland were shipwrecked in 1878; search for treasure at heaps of Otaki locations; join a scrumptious cooking class with Ruth Pretty or visit her kitchen shop - whatever your choice, the Totara Grove is a little bit of peace and quiet away from the urban bustle.

Set among mature trees on a small farmlet, the cottage has its own private deck and lawn with a brazier and outdoor table, chairs and hammock.

Sheep and cattle graze up to the surrounding fences. The paddocks and trees are home to pukeko, ducks, rabbits, kereru, kotare, tui, fantails, and rosellas.

The Cottage has a fully self-catering kitchen with oven and fridge, Laundry, with Double Bed and a Single mattress on the Mezzanine.

Guests from Canada said: "This place is a little bit of paradise. We found Totara Grove to be very quiet, well off the beaten track with great, rustic charm."

A perfect place to relax...

Special conditions:


In consideration of future guests we respectfully request that you do not cook curries, shellfish or other smelly or greasy foods.

We reserve the right to charge you for extra cleaning and any loss of income due to the cottage being unoccupied.

Smoking: Allowed outside only.


Any damage/loss caused by you could result in costs of repair (and any insurance excess) being charged.

Please note that:

A $10.00 fee applies when you use our port-a-cot.

Extras: Extra person (Required, NZ$0.00 per night); Public Holiday Surcharge (included); Dog/s (Required, NZ$0.00 per night); 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);


  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

  • Double bed

  • Single Mattress on Mezzanine

    1 x Fold-out sofa 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 (157)

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  • Secluded, peaceful and restful exactly what we needed, perfect

    Secluded, peaceful and restful exactly what we needed, perfect.

    leigus316 100%|2x Nov 2013

  • Another fantastic stay at our favourite cottage! Love the décor

    Another fantastic stay at our favourite cottage! Love the décor. Very quiet location and close to bush walks, Otaki shops etc.

    JulietteF2 100%|6x Nov 2013

  • Wonderful, quirky bach

    Wonderful, quirky bach. Ideal space for a couple. Even though it is near the owners house it's in its own private garden and very secluded - believe me, we really do like or privacy! Great collection of books and CDs, and loved that there was no TV. Loved the chiminea too. Bed was super comfy and kitchen well equipped (no microwave, but not really room for it) Such a well priced bach, and bonus we could take our dog. We plan on returning, and I don't usually like going to the same place twice!

    shelloid 100%|9x Oct 2013

  • What a great little cabin! Perfect to get away from the city...

    What a great little cabin! Perfect to get away from the city and focus on rest and relaxation. Great collection of books too! We had such a lovely time and will definitely be returning.

    joanon441 100%|2x Oct 2013

  • Wake to the dawn chorus in this lovely character cottage in a...

    Wake to the dawn chorus in this lovely character cottage in a woodland garden setting. Almost everything you need to settle in for a quiet relaxing stay. Eclectic reading and CD selection to suit most tastes. Continental breakfast supplies as well as some delicious home baking provided by Pip. However BEWARE the bed, advertised as a queen but in fact only a double. Too bad if you are tall or a sturdy male. Not the comfortable size most couples are used to these days.

    Whakatiki 100%|4x Oct 2013

    Owner/manager responds:

    Listing now amended to Double Bed, apologies. Several guests have commented on how comfortable the bed is. It does rather suit the style and size of the cottage. NB. though comfortable, the bed was replaced with a new Double bed in Dec 2014.

    PipS1572 99%|156x

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