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 to Longbeach. Note:unsuitable f...


  • 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


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*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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  • The children loved searching for cockles

    The children loved searching for cockles. I enjoyed eating them.

    michye306 100%|4x Jan 2008

  • The bach is well set up for both warm and cold weather,...

    The bach is well set up for both warm and cold weather, with its lovely location right by the water on fine days and the coal range which heats the house in no time when it is cold; it is an absolutely beautiful setting.

    sashen856 100%|1x Jan 2008

  • The crib was very quaint and is set in a beautiful location,...

    The crib was very quaint and is set in a beautiful location, very off the beaten track to us townies! We loved exploring the inlet in the dinghy and paddling in the lovely clear water. Many thanks.

    evees517 100%|2x Jan 2008

  • I loved the historic nature of the bach and the way it...

    I loved the historic nature of the bach and the way it had been so lovingly restored. I loved being so close to the sea ( literally only 2 metres from the edge of the deck). We enjoyed rowing on the estuary and walking to Goat Island and other local walks. Would definitely like to stay there again and will recommend it to friends.

    raylge502 100%|4x Dec 2007

  • This place is a gem! Wonderful location, very unique accommodation

    This place is a gem! Wonderful location, very unique accommodation. The house is well cared for with a lot of information provided about its history. There were good facilities and utilities.We had a magic and very special time and will return.

    simoes104 100%|6x Dec 2007

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