COUNTRY CHARM: Tranquil self-catering cottage

Cottage | Otaki | #22131

9.3/10 (149 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • French Doors open to private sunny lawn
  • Nestled in mature trees and surrounded by paddocks. Tui, Fantail and Silvereye.
  • Close access to Otaki Forks & River. Borrow the bikes to explore or take the golf clubs for a swing.

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 & absorb the rich history of the Otaki Gorge.

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

The Totara Grove is 10 mins from Waikanae Metro rail head; 25 mins from Paraparaumu Airport & 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 & 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 & lawn with a brazier & outdoor table, chairs & hammock.

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

The Cottage has a fully self-catering kitchen with oven & fridge, Laundry, with Double Bed & 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: Cooking: 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. Damages/Loss: 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.


  • Cot available
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe

Bed layouts

  • Double bed

    Combined living/sleeping area,Brand new Sleepyhead Capriccio Plush bed

  • Single Mattress on Mezzanine

    Combined living/sleeping area,Accessed by ladder - not for the faint-hearted. or children.

    1 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen.
  • Extras: Public Holiday Surcharge FREE (included); Extra person $POA (required); Dog/s $POA (required)

*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 (154)

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  • What a lovely little place! A lovingly decorated little house owned by...

    What a lovely little place! A lovingly decorated little house owned by a very nice lady. On arrival we found the heater already turned on, the portacot for my wee man was set up, there was a little wooden basket with homemade muffins in it and a welcome note, some age-appropriate toys for the boys and even a tiny vase with a flower. Pip knows how to make you feel welcome :-) Next time we will order warmer weather so we can enjoy the lush garden as well! Overall rating: we just loved it!

    Chriga 100%|9x Jul 2013

  • We really enjoyed staying in this warm, cosy and comfortable studio bach

    We really enjoyed staying in this warm, cosy and comfortable studio bach. We particularly appreciated the private garden in a country setting, and the wide range of different birds to watch. The bach is well provided with books and cd's and the kitchen is well stocked with a wide range of equipment, and we would recommend it to our friends as a good place for a restful holiday in summer or winter.

    janet_we1 100%|2x Jul 2013

  • Beautiful little cottage snuggled in between the trees

    Beautiful little cottage snuggled in between the trees. Loved sitting in the window seat and hearing the birds. Thank you for the great little get away.

    MorganTe1 100%|1x Jul 2013

  • Great little place, had a great weekend

    Great little place, had a great weekend. Everything was perfect. The little muffins were a great touch on arrival.

    johnrd489 100%|7x Jun 2013

  • A beautiful little cottage in a peaceful setting whilst not being too...

    A beautiful little cottage in a peaceful setting whilst not being too far away from civilisation! Well equipped kitchen and lovely little extras like cakes, wine and flowers. Would definitely recommend.

    stephanielacey 100%|5x Jun 2013

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