Hollyhock Cottage, Ophir

Cottage | Central Otago District | #32496

9.7/10 (27 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • A glorious cottage across all seasons. Children under 16 years stay for free.
  • Rear entrance and plenty of off-street parking for car, boat or trailer.
  • Dog and horse friendly

Hollyhock Cottage has been a much-loved home for generations of families. The roughcast and stone building has been built on to lovingly over the years to create a haven of nooks and crannies. There are 3 cosy bedrooms, a snug living area, a central kitchen and dining area, and a gorgeous sun-room. Outside there six garden areas, including a courtyard, flower beds, a cricket lawn and horse-paddock.

Bring your horse, bring your bikes and bring your fishing gear. Use the cottage as a writing retreat or use it as a base for the Central Otago Rail Trail, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and ski touring, and adventures in the nearby conservation reserves of Central Otago.

Hollyhock Cottage is nestled in Ophir village. This old gold-mining village has a historic post-office to explore with the friendliest post-mistress in New Zealand, a stunning cafe, a cosy pub and, on seasonal weekends, tantalising vintage shops. Roses, poppies, hollyhocks and lavender abound. Kids will love the well-maintained village pool in the summer and the snowballs and frost in winter. There are swimming holes, picnic areas and walking tracks close by.

Ophir is walking distance to the beautiful Manuherikia River and the famous Daniel O'Connell bridge. Just a short 2 km bike ride over the river is Omakau and the Central Otago Rail Trail. The village is in the heart of Central Otago - 15 minutes from Alexander and Clyde, just over one hour from Queenstown and Wanaka, and two hours from Dunedin. It is around 90 minutes to the skifields.

In all seasons, but especially autumn, the village and surrounding areas is a photograher's paradise. Autumn is a blaze of gold and light. In spring, a purple haze covers the craggy schist hills as the thyme flowers. Winter is a time of simplicity and structure, and summer is dominated by big blue skies and dry landscapes.

Special conditions: Continental breakfast on request. Smoking outside only.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Bath tub
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • The blue bedroom

    This is the prettiest of the bedrooms with two single beds and cot facilities

    2 x Single bed

  • The middle bedroom

    This bedroom has a door out to a sweet courtyard filled with roses and hollyhocks.

    1 x Double bed

  • The room with a view

    This room has a wonderful view of the garden and hills. Lie in bed and look towards Thompson's Gorge.

    1 x Double bed


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $50.00 per stay (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 (27)

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  • Always a lovely stay! The cottage is gorgeous, cosy, and spotless

    Always a lovely stay! The cottage is gorgeous, cosy, and spotless. Our children keep asking when we can come back!

    ElizabethFe3 100%|3x May 2018

  • Ophir is my new favourite place in the whole world - it...

    Ophir is my new favourite place in the whole world - it was an incredible experience to stay in such a cute wee township, with so much to offer. Hollyhock Cottage was charismatic and an idyllic place to retreat too.

    lydia_langley 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • Great place for a summer break

    Great place for a summer break. Huge section for the kids to play in, lovely layout in a beautiful, quiet location

    WilliamMc8 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • What a delightful cottage! Spacious and comfortable with a wonderful stock of...

    What a delightful cottage! Spacious and comfortable with a wonderful stock of books, DVDs and games. When we could tear our toddler away, the garden was also great, and further afield (across the road!) we loved Pitches Store for amazing meals. The cottage was also very well equipped for self-catering and a lovely place to relax.

    PCMT2034 100%|4x Dec 2017

  • This is a real character property in Ophir, which wasn't always in...

    This is a real character property in Ophir, which wasn't always in its current location! Great for families or a quiet 'get away'. It has everything you need including views and quiet corners outside and in. Doors straight to outside from the bedrooms, kitchen at the centre of the home. Much to see and do locally or be happy just to sit still for a while. A real old-fashioned family crib and all the better for it. Recommended.

    KeithRe1 100%|2x Nov 2017

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