Magazine-featured Strawbale home by the Tukituki

Farmstay | Havelock North | #35236

9.8/10 (36 ratings)
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • Best Quirky 2016


We are on the sunny side of the Tukituki river, overlooking the most picture perfect part of the valley with views downstream to Horse shoe bend and upstream to Mt Erin.

It's a peaceful and private location with mature trees and places to explore on the 24 ha (60 acres) property. We have fruit trees including figs, olives, apricots, plums, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, mandarins, passion fruit etc that guests are welcome to pick from when in season.

This is a family farm house ideally suited for outdoor living and entertainment in the summer under the ancient olive on the patio or the expansive deck alongside.

In winter, the house comes into its own with the half-metre thick lime washed walls providing unbelievable insulation. At this time of the year the inside of the house comes alive with atmosphere. There's no better place than in front of the huge open fire place to curl up with a book, break open a pack of cards or watch a movie on Netflix or Lightbox.

All the house is available for use.

This is a well-loved, lived in, rustic family home. It's designed for country living so while we expect guests to treat it with respect, we don't expect guests to tip-toe around frightened they might leave scuff mark on the timber floors or lime washed walls.

It's a house to enjoy not be prissy about. There's no better place for a group of friends or families to get-away or for a special romantic hideaway for couples.

Our house overlooks a 500 metre stretch of the Tuki tuki river that we own. Guests are welcome to use this for picnicking, swimming, fishing, walking, camping or just to pitch up for an evening drink beneath the willows on the riverbank. It's not just a stunning place for adults, it's paradise for children.

Advice on fishing guides and clay target shooting from the front deck can be arranged and we can offer tips on where to go and what to do in the fabulous Hawkes Bay.

Cleaning can be arranged and minimum stay nights increase on pubic holidays.

Special conditions:

Smoking allowed outside on the covered decks,

front deck not suitable for very young unsupervised children,

pets allowed with prior approval.

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


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pool table
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • SKY TV ®
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 3

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 4

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • master bedroom

    1 x King 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 (37)

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  • Words do not do this property justice - I was completely floored...

    Words do not do this property justice - I was completely floored with the incredible view, and how inviting and comfortable it was. It rained on one day of our stay, so we spent the afternoon sitting by the roaring fireplace (which Phil and Nicky had kindly prepped for us), drinking Black Barn Rose, relaxing on the comfy furniture. You know you've found a winner when you enjoy a rainy day in as much as exploring the local area. Can't wait to return!

    LydiaU67 100%|3x Mar 2018

  • We had a most wonderful time and will definitely be returning

    We had a most wonderful time and will definitely be returning. Beautiful home, fantastic location and spectacular views! One of our most favourite destinations to date. We have been continually telling others to visit too! This home is a must see, must do and must be place to stay! Simply breathtaking...

    AmberMarie 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • Great property in an amazing setting

    Great property in an amazing setting. The view is beautiful and the dining room and balcony make the most of it. Plenty of space.

    KatrinaQu1 100%|1x Dec 2017

  • We had a wonderful time staying in this incredible home

    We had a wonderful time staying in this incredible home. The views are spectacular, the house is cosy and beautifully designed, the fireplace creates such a pleasant atmosphere in the evenings, the beds are comfortable, Craggy Range winery is incredibly close... We'd love to stay again!

    anjale852 100%|10x Nov 2017



    toniu732 100%|6x Nov 2017

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