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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  • The cottage was excellent other than the slowness of the WiFi internet

    The cottage was excellent other than the slowness of the WiFi internet. The location was good; a very peaceful and relaxing place in the countryside. There were a lot of nice touches in the cottage, e.g., muffins, chocolates, art, books. It was very clean and well looked after; a comfortable bed.

    richardYu1 100%|2x Aug 2013

  • The cottage was amazing

    The cottage was amazing. Full of character, in a lovely setting and contained everything you need. CD's, books, a chess and petanque set and the use of the bikes which we made good use of. Will highly reccommend to others. Thanks Pip!

    JulietteF2 100%|6x Jul 2013

  • Great secret place lovely cottage nestled in the trees surrounded by birds

    Great secret place lovely cottage nestled in the trees surrounded by birds. Everything you needed was available, clean and tidy, comfortable bed, and lovely muffins on arrival. Would definitely book again.

    Rebeccae6 100%|2x Jul 2013

  • 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

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