The Sanctuary Retreat -LAST MINUTE 10% DISCOUNT

Bach or holiday home | Kai Iwi Lakes | #23933

8/10 (29 ratings)
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


The Sanctuary Retreat Holiday Cottages offers you modern clean accommodation in a tranquil setting. Situated on the tourist route between Waipoua Kauri Forest and Trounson Kauri Park, it is the ideal place to stay. You will easily find us in the historic village of Donnellys Crossing.

Wake up to birdsong and the babble of a nearby brook. Take in the picturesque sunsets and the vista of surrounding hills and forest. During the day, enjoy the many nearby activities. A hidden cycle track known to locals is minutes from your accommodation. Just up the road is Trounson Kauri Park with its well manicured walkways, audio stories of the park and visual displays to give you an understanding of the mighty Kauri trees that inhabit the area.

Waipoua forest with famous Tane Mahuta, the areas oldest kauri, is just a few minutes away by car. Borrow The Sanctuary's kayak and head for a glorious day at Kai Iwi Lakes. Take a short trip out to our wonderful west coast beaches. Climb to the top of Maunganui Bluff for breath taking views of the ocean or Motor bike/4 wheel drive from Baylys Beach or Glinks Gully to Pouto.

You can make The Sanctuary Holiday Cottages your base and enjoy day trips ranging in time from 20 to 45 minutes to places like Opononi (former home of Opo the dolphin), Omapere or the Hokianga harbour. Take the rarely travelled scenic route direct from The Sanctuary to Kaikohe and visit Ngawha Springs in just over an hour. You may choose to spend a day enjoying the history of Dargaville, visiting the Lighthouse museum, the Kumura Box or just wandering through a NZ town that takes you a step back in time. There are numerous walk ways just minutes from our doorstep if you are keen on out door exercise.

At night you may wish to meander along the road and explore the glow worms or take a torch and go on a kiwi walk at Trounson Kauri Park. Then again you may just want to kick back and enjoy our onsite sauna. The choices are numerous.

Special conditions:

No Drugs or Alcohol on site.

Pets may be allowed, please inquire.

Adventure tower must be monitored when in use by an adult over 18 years. No climbing on outside of tower.

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;


  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Narrow single bed

  • Bedroom 3 - 2 singles

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Bedroom 4

    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 (29)

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  • Was a very clean & tidy 4 bedroom house

    Was a very clean & tidy 4 bedroom house.

    TalyaL59 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • The location is beautiful and the bach is simple and basic but...

    The location is beautiful and the bach is simple and basic but clean and well equipped. We had some issues with power (due to recent storm) that were resolved swiftly. An over-enthusiastic smoke alarm too! Lots to do and enjoy close by. We would recommend bringing all your own food to cook, as we had planned to rely on takeaways/cafes for all but breakfast and underestimated how much travelling this would involve. We had a good stay.

    BrendaRo15 100%|1x Jan 2018

  • Location is fun to get to dirt road

    Location is fun to get to dirt road...not good for low cars. property is old house on a school so its BIG everything worked and was perfect.

    OzzieCameronB 100%|1x Jan 2018

  • The batch is in a quiet and lovely setting, with lots of...

    The batch is in a quiet and lovely setting, with lots of space for our kid and dogs to run around and explore. Cows in the near by farm and the bunnies visiting made it feel a bit like a farm stay. We really enjoyed the stay, will visit again.

    Leenapt 100%|3x Jan 2018

  • Good Location

    Good Location

    SherazO5 100%|4x Dec 2017

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