Iconic Historic Seaside Cottage

Bach or holiday home | Purakanui Inlet | #491

9.7/10 (156 ratings)
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


Restored 140 yr old cottage on the very edge of the sheltered Purakaunui inlet, just a scenic 25 min drive from Dunedin.

Although still faithful to it's historic roots, there are the home comforts of a full modern kitchen and bathroom.The rooms are tastefully decorated and cleaned and maintained to a high standard. There is electric heating in every room as well as open fire and coal range. Electric blankets are on the beds except for the trundler in main house.

As featured in Life and Leisure Magazine, Jan, 2009. The cluster of four little buidings known as "As You Like It" since the 1930's, is a 100 metre walk down a path along the waters edge.

You can just sit on the deck and watch the fish just a metre away, or watch the sunset over the water, dig for cockles, fish off the deck or the rocks, walk along the ocean beach or row or canoe around the inlet. It's a great bird watchers spot- shags ,tuis, fantails, bellbirds, oystercatchers, woodpigeons, whitefaced herons, kingfishers, etc. Dinghy or canoes are available onsite. The white sandy beach can be accessed at low tide by walking across ankle deep water, or by canoe. At full tide the bay is full of water

Outings can include a visit the historic pa site, Motutapu and it's secluded beach, or the Orokanui Sanctuary, 5 min drive away. The new Dunedin Stadium is only 20 min drive away.

It is also a great base to visit Dunedin's attractions , Port Chalmers is a 10 min drive away, with designer clothes and jewelry shops as well as coffee bars and restaurants. Eating out options include the Carey's Bay Hotel overlooking the fishing village beside Port Chalmers, or Fleur's Seafood restaurant at Moeraki. The unspoilt coastal settlements of Seacliff and Karitane are a short senic drive away.

There are many walks around the township and the boatsheds, along Purakaunui beach, around the inlet or t...


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Main house

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • Merry Wives of Windsor Cottage

    1 x Double bed

  • Midsummer Nights Dream

    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 (376)

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  • Very quaint property with heaps of history

    Very quaint property with heaps of history. We loved reading the information booklet about the cottage and surrounding area and loved the Wallpaper History - very special. This was a very relaxing place to be and with the use of the kayaks we were able to explore beyond the inlet. The location is definitely a wildlife lovers paradise with all the different and entertaining sea and native birds along with being the best place to leave the world behind.

    mikeey967 100%|2x Feb 2018

  • Great experience - house is cosy but awesome

    Great experience - house is cosy but awesome. So nice being right next to the water. Great swimming and kayaking. We would definitely stay again!

    MikeKe 100%|10x Feb 2018

  • what a spot, look at the photo's tells you enough

    what a spot, look at the photo's tells you enough. A very relaxing spot, no street lights awesome bird life beaches are rad and this crib was awesome. Thanks

    Myell123 new member Feb 2018

  • A very cute and quirky property

    A very cute and quirky property. It was a bit small for us with 3 teens but would be great for a couple. The location is peaceful and beautiful and the decor is gorgeous :)

    john_kimg 100%|14x Feb 2018

  • 'As You Like it' at Purakaunui Inlet, Dunedin is an outstanding property...

    'As You Like it' at Purakaunui Inlet, Dunedin is an outstanding property with its amazing location by the water & its history. Comfortable, quirky and a little bit of paradise rolled into one! While we enjoyed glorious 31oC Dunedin summer days and swimming off the house 4x a day, it would be equally as charming in winter - the outlook guarantees that, not to mention the coal range if you were so inclined! In 2 days we felt like we had been away a week! Bliss We'll be back!

    ChristineGa12 new member Feb 2018

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