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


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*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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  • 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%|9x 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

  • The Totara Grove was a lovely place to stay

    The Totara Grove was a lovely place to stay. The cottage was just gorgeous and I think would be the perfect place for a couple to spend their honeymoon. The location is great too - you really feel like you've gotten away from the hustle and bustle of city/town life even though it's not miles out. We will definitely be booking in again in the summer :-)

    justcoz 100%|6x May 2013

  • Very relaxing rural setting, exceeded expectations with a well equipped kitchen for...

    Very relaxing rural setting, exceeded expectations with a well equipped kitchen for self catering. Would recommend to anyone and would look to stay again

    reubll431 100%|3x May 2013

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