Bach 78 Islington Bay Rangitoto Island

Cottage | Rangitoto Island | #42416

9.9/10 (42 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Step back in time to a more leisurely age and holiday in a historic Rangitoto bach. For the first time in over 100 years you can now book a bach stay on Auckland’s iconic volcanic island.

Since the 1920s the baches on Rangitoto have been available to only a few lucky families but now you can join them. Two of these little cottages have been lovingly restored in keeping with their age but with the addition of modern bedding, cooking, heating and toilet facilities. Supplied in the kitchen to use are utensils, pots, pans and a chilly bin with ice packs to keep your food cool.

Bach 78 is located opposite the the Islington Bay Wharf on Rangitoto Island. It has 2 bedrooms and has gas cooking, solar powered lights and a chemical toilet.

There is a network of well-defined walking tracks giving access to the volcanic features of Rangitoto and the native bush restoration and archaeological sites on Motutapu. The views from the summit of Rangitoto is a must do feature of time spent on the island. Both islands are pest free and you will see native birds and other native wildlife often absent on the mainland.

While the rocky shoreline of Rangitoto can make swimming difficult the sandy beaches of Motutapu are just a short walk away.

Getting there;

Access is by Fullers Ferry, Auckland Sea Shuttle (0508 SEA SHUTTLE), or private boat.

Bach 78 is located at Islington Bay near the Islington Bay wharf, on the eastern side of Rangitoto Island. The bach is an hour and a half walk from Rangitoto Wharf or a two and a half hour kayak from Auckland.

Know before you go;

- Rangitoto Island is pest free – No pets are allowed

- There are no shops on Rangitoto Island

- Travel arrangements must be made separately.

- There is no hot running water at the bach

- There are no public rubbish bins on Rangitoto

Special conditions:

The Department of Conversations biosecurity rules apply.

Small animals, ants, rainbow skinks and weeds or exotic seeds are the biggest threats to the pest-free status of our special islands. Gear that has been in the garage or even stored in the house could be hiding rodents, skinks, insects and seeds. So we need your help. Complete the DOC Biosecurity checklist for visiting pest free islands and hand it to the bach manager or Island Ranger when you arrive at the island.

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$50.00 per stay); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);


  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Bedroom

    3 x Narrow single bed

  • Conservatory

    1 x Narrow single 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 (58)

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  • Great place to stay

    Great place to stay. Bach was like stepping back in time and the scenery was amazing. Thanks for having us

    Chris B. Dec 2018

  • This is not a high street hotel

    This is not a high street hotel. It takes some effort to get there and to get your supplies in and out. But it is so worth it! .A real step back in time to a simpler way of life. We enjoyed imagining what the previous families were like and the times they had building and enjoying their Bach.

    MichaelWa51 100%|1x Dec 2018

  • A slice of heaven so close to Auckland

    A slice of heaven so close to Auckland. A place to find peace and reflect on those who have been before us. Both in good times and in war. The Rangitoto/Motutapu reserve area is a treasure to our country. And hey the accommodation may be basic but that's all part of the experience. We will be back! Thankyou

    Philip H. Nov 2018

  • Really gorgeous wee Bach

    Really gorgeous wee Bach. Stunning waterfront location - a few minutes from the Islington bay wharf (water taxi) or 1 1/2 hours flat walk from the main Rangitoto wharf. They have some lovely touches to remind you of their heritage, and some thoughtful touches. Lots of birds to delight (kieke out our kitchen window; kingfishers, numerous gullls and swallows out the front), kereru, tiri, kakariki all close by, and small stingrays in the bay. Mozzies had been well fed by the previous guests but their eradication provided some evening activity. This was our second stay and won’t be our last - a delight on our doorstep

    Lois W. Nov 2018

  • Awesome place and a warm welcome

    Awesome place and a warm welcome. This is is an absolute treasure close to Auckland. We had a group with younger children and the walk across Rangitoto was a magic tramping adventure. The baches are remarkable remnants from a past era kept very clean and cosy. We plan on being back.

    waynrb850 100%|7x Oct 2018

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