Bach or holiday home | Mangakino | #4872
Step back in time. Remember how slow it was in the 1950s and 60s? Remember when everyone wasn't rushing around? Remember how silence sounded, and how stars looked in the night sky? If you yearn for a taste of this, then Mangakino is the place for you. Non-commercial, a hidden gem according to the NZ Herald when they stayed.
The bach is an authentic kiwi bach, nothing fancy, once used as a workman's cottage in the 1950s while the dam at Lake Maraetai was being built. There is a 10 metre deck to catch the sun, and the pot belly stove throws out a magnificent heat in winter.
There is also a two-berth caravan if you fancy a night with a lamp and a sleeping bag, or to sit up til dawn playing cards at the folding table. It's a wonderful space to write, and read, wrapped in the blue and white 1970s time capsule.
The section is fairly large and can accommodate your vehicles, boat, campervan etc. You could rest your horses for a night or three. We've heard it said that dogs have enjoyed the wide open spaces locally. The Whakamaru Waterski Club is close by, and the lovely Whakamaru Reserve where the Yogi Bear movie was filmed.
If you like water sports you could kayak, waterski or MIA will give you wakeboarding lessons. There is an historic paddleboat to take you on excursions over Lake Maraetai. You can play golf at the 9-holer. Summers are hot.
Located in the south Waikato, the Central Plateau is close by, so it's perfect for summer trekking, or the winter exploration of alpine areas, National Park or Mt.Ruapehu to see the snow, stopping at Tokaanu for a hot thermal soak before arriving back at the bach, satisfied and pooped, to light the pot belly and find the slow cooker has cooked you up a treat.
No shopping malls, movie theatres, or car parks. No queues, traffic, MacDonald's or much to spend your money on. Give yourself a holiday from what you do at home.
Remember how it used to be? Tired of the crowds, queues + commercialism of many holiday spots? Come and share our place! Stop in the stillness, snooze in the caravan, read by the pot belly, walk the dog, wilt in the heat. Or if you want, walk or cycle the Waikato River Trails, kayak, swim, walk in the forests, play golf, wakeboard, or cruise the lake on the paddleboat. Rotorua/Taupo are 45 mins away and Mt Ruapehu a wonderful 1.5hr drive passing through Tokaanu for a stop in the hot pools.
Extras: Linen (Optional, NZ$10.00 per person); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;
1 x Double bed
2 x Single bed
*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.
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Reasonably clean. Previous people left the kitchen floor dirty under the rugs. A sharp knife would have been useful. Chopping board was mouldy. Enjoyed the BBQ and deck.
Shabby, bordering on squalid. Nearly bailed on our second night. Would have if our travel logistics were easier. "Remember baches in the 1950s and 60s?" Imagine if there's been no refurbishment and absolute minimum maintenance since. Sagging ceilng. Dishplate-sized holes of peeling paint, a huge patch of mould around the bath taps, leaking taps, board (asbestos?) peeling off by the fire. Decrepit beds. Smell of damp. Tiny kitchen. Building should not commercially rented.
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