Iconic Historic Seaside Cottage

Bach or holiday home | Purakanui Inlet | #491

9.7/10 (160 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, cleaned and maintained to a high standard. There is electric heating in every room as well as a 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. A Dinghy or kayaks 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 and great for a kayak around the bay.

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 Forsyth Barr Stadium is only 20 min drive away, access and parking is easy because you can avoid the crowds coming from the city side.

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 to Longbeach.

Note:unsuitable for the mobility challenged.

Special conditions:

Note that each bedroom-and the bathroom -are in separate cottages. The single bed in the main house is a trundler stored under the double bed. The buildings are clustered together and there are only a couple of steps between each cottage. Security lights light the way.

Please discuss bringing pets with us. Complimentary Clothes washing available nearby.

Check-in time after 3 pm check out by 11 a.m.

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


  • 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 (387)

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  • We loved this house - total relaxation prevailed and the children particularly...

    We loved this house - total relaxation prevailed and the children particularly liked what they called the hobbit house. The rooms were all cosy and it sounded at times as if you were on a boat because the water was so close. Great walks and biking! Close enough to Dunedin to enjoy the chocolate factory , steepest street and butterfly house.

    heleey351 100%|1x Jul 2008

  • The crib was a neat place to stay in, being historic in...

    The crib was a neat place to stay in, being historic in age and character but wonderfully maintained. It was only a metre from and above the permanent estuary water with the smell and sight of growing kelp just outside the door. We all had a great time in spite of the weather being very average. We really appreciated being able to take our two dogs with us.

    sueek545 0%|1x Jul 2008

  • Another wonderful time spent at Purakaunui Inlet - enjoyed the peaceful walks...

    Another wonderful time spent at Purakaunui Inlet - enjoyed the peaceful walks along the shore , going out to the beach via the low tide, the cockles, the coal range, the seclusion, the atmosphere thoroughly conducive to writng, fishing, the exciting storm we had etc etc. Everything about this place is very special - if you haven't been to stay there then you should!

    annell39 100%|6x Jul 2008

  • The bach was amazing, such a beautiful spot and wonderfully presented

    The bach was amazing, such a beautiful spot and wonderfully presented. We had a lovely weekend and would love to stay again.

    susild346 100%|4x Jun 2008

  • Wish we could have stayed longer

    Wish we could have stayed longer.

    petens376 100%|2x Jun 2008

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