10 Best Bookabach Holiday Homes In Kawau Island, New Zealand - Updated 2022

bookabach kawau island

The bach or beach house tradition is a Kiwi tradition that still thrives in New Zealand. Going on a long family holiday during the school vacation and the holidays is an opportunity that no Kiwi will pass up on! An incredible destination to enjoy a bach vacation is Kawau Island off the coast of Auckland. Just 45 km (30 miles) away from Auckland you can reach Kawau island from Sandspit on the mainland. Park your vehicle and take a ferry to the island for a much-awaited vacation. On Kawau explore the bus trails and come across native birds like kiwis and wood pigeons. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, fishing and other exciting water activities and spend the evenings over a home-cooked meal. Here is a list of the best Bookabach holiday homes on Kawau Island, New Zealand.

1. Romantic getaway on Kawau Island with harbour views (from USD 103)

Located atop a small hill this cute cottage is a great holiday home for a couple. The cottage looks out over the Bon Accord Harbour, and you can enjoy watching the sailboats and kayaks out in the water. It is a short 15 minutes’ walk downhill to the beach, where you can swim or kayak. The cottage is easily accessible to School House Bay, Lady’s Bay and Mansion House. The interiors are homely, and there is a basic kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, oven and grill. There is a queen size bed with duvet and pillows provided, however, you have to get your own linen.

Quiet, comfortable, stunning views, bush walks
Kawau Island, Auckland 0941, NZ
12 reviews
cottage 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
so are the furnishings clean and modern toilet and kitchen herb garden library and board games
from the generous size bedroom that accommodated a double and single bed
lovely place to relax very clean comfortable beautiful view sunny deck
a lovely property and a great host - thank you jenny
perfect location to enjoy kawau
perfect place for all the track around and close to the mansion house
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2. Quaint beachfront cottage with a garden near Stockyard Bay (from USD 240)

Watch the sunset on the water while lounging on your deck in this pretty cottage off the beach at Stockyard Bay. The cottage is suitable for a small family or a gathering of friends and has two bedrooms that can sleep up to five guests. It is a traditional beach house with a private wharf and kayaks for both kids and adults. Inside, the interiors are comfortable, and the kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave and grill with a variety of utensils and dishes. The flower garden outside is a beautiful sight, and the cottage is a perfect place to start exploring the island and head off for walks.

Kawau Beachfront Bliss
Kawau Island, Rodney, NZ
19 reviews
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

3. Luxury holiday home with a private swimming pool (from USD 611)

The sophisticated and minimalist architecture of the beach house complements the island tones of blue waters and the green bush surrounding it. A holiday here is the epitome of luxury, and it is one of the most luxurious houses on Kawau Island. It even has its own swimming pool! Although heading down to the beach has its own charm, and the house is a short walk from the beach. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and sleeps around six guests. There is air-conditioning and heating in the house and it has Wifi plus a TV.

Luxury Kawau Island Holiday Home
 Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

4. Charming waterfront cottage near School House Bay (from USD 245)

Soak in the sun on the full-length sun deck of this charming cottage that faces the waters of the School House Bay. The cottage has white interiors and a nautical theme with lots of windows that has light streaming in during the day. It has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six guests and has one bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped with a large twin door refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, oven and a range of utensils and dishware. There is a fireplace as well as heating making it comfortable even during the winters. You will have access to a shared private wharf and can swim straight from the front door during high tide!

Boaties Paradise - Charming waterfront cottage.
41 reviews
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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The bach itself is very comfortable
The bach is charming and equipped with everything you'd need
was a high light for the kids
Fantastic bach right on the waters
A magical place - the house has everything you need to have a great holiday
Amazing weather we always leave totally relaxed Lex & Sarah
Great location and perfect for us with our boat
Lois (who meet us to unlock the house) was very welcoming and friendly
I am madly in love and very depressed about having to return to reality Swimming on the door step watching the stingrays and visiting with the local dogs Definitely a holiday to remember I wil...
We were six people and we all fell in love with the cute little bay and Robert's beautifully kept and well maintained house
Easy location to access walks and other activities
Boaties Paradise is indeed a great piece of paradise
Ideal to get away from the rat race
great near by beaches & fishing spots
Really enjoyed the BBQ's on the deck with the views across School House Bay and the tranquil surroundings
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5. Ocean-facing beach house with views of School House Bay (from USD 185)

Imagine waking up with the sun shining over the clear waters of the School House Bay! This can be the start of your mornings on vacation at this beach house. The cottage is located atop a hill, a five-minute uphill walk from the wharf. It is surrounded by bush, and you will have complete privacy with the only neighbours being the friendly native birds. The house has two bedrooms, one bathroom and can sleep up to seven guests. You have to follow the Kiwi bach tradition of keeping the house clean after yourself, but you will be provided with linen and towels, unlike other homes. The kitchen has basic amenities including an oven, a grill, a microwave, and the house also has a fireplace.

Peaceful Ocean facing Island Escape
16 reviews
House 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Great bach with wonderful views communication with owner excellent Hopefully will be back
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6. Compact Kiwi bach just 20 minutes from the mainland (from USD 86)

If you are a small family or a couple and are eager to enjoy a beach vacation, then this is the cottage you are looking for! The little cottage off the North Cove in Kawau Island has one bedroom and sleeps up to four guests. It is surrounded by bush and beautiful views of the cove, and you will have feathered visitors like wood pigeons and tui. The home has all the comforts you need, and it has air conditioning and heating, and a well-equipped kitchen. The shower is in the house while the toilet is just outside the house. You can use the kayak and dinghy on the property and go fishing out in the cove.

Kiwi Bach, Kawau Island
50 reviews
House 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
loved the garden setting and friendly & curious weka that surrounded us as we sat on the porch
great place to get away from it all
perfect place for a couple to get away from it all
lovely location and amazing views
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7. Lovely family home with a jungle gym for kids

A holiday on Kawau Island is the best way to get children close to nature and enjoy its bounty! This family home near South Cove is a great place to spend school vacations and holidays. The cottage has four bedrooms that can sleep up to eight guests, and one of the bedrooms has bunk beds ideal for kids. Outside, the cottage has a fenced jungle gym with a slide that will keep the little ones occupied till its dinner time! The kitchen has modern appliances including a microwave, an oven and grill, while there is a TV and a DVD player for night-time entertainment. The wharf is nearby, and there are many walks including the Mansion House and Coppermine that can be undertaken from the house.

Family Holiday Home On a Tranquil Island
36 reviews
House 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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The kitchen is well organised with cooking utensils saucepans and crockery
We traveled with 6 adults a 3 year old and an 8 month old and the property was perfect with a playground and loads of toys high chair and a portacot
The wet weather made it feel a bit rundown gloomy and damp Cheered up when the sun came out
really private playground is fantastic for kids
really private playground is fantastic for kids
Handy location on Kawau Island and house was spacious and clean
We found the house which was amongst the trees up the dirt road
We had a great time even though the weather wasn't great
The owners are also really helpful with plenty of information Would definitely recommend this bach
Nice property in great location and great instructions for the property etc
James made it really easy for us and was extremely helpful before and during our stay We had a 3 year old and a 7 month old with us and there were toys a high chair and a portacot which made life...
Great location nice and private
A great property for families
It's tucked away in the bush which makes it really relaxing
and we just wanted a quiet getaway to spend quality time together
the kids loved the playground and Kawau island
The location is quiet and would recommend as a great getaway
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8. Modern beach house on the shores of School House Bay

Enjoy all the pleasures of Kawau Island at this stylish and elegant beach house near School House Bay. The large house has two bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people; it has a large open plan living room opening outdoors to a deck. The house has indoor heating and a fireplace for the winters, while it is total bliss during the summer. It has a toilet and shower within the house and another outside, with a shower that can be used for cleaning after a swim at the beach. The kitchen has all the appliances for a gourmet meal and even has a lobster pot!

The Anchorage in Schoolhouse Bay
16 reviews
House 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
it right with the high tide
The home features a large west-facing deck that flows off an expansive generously furnished open-plan living dining and kitchen area
in the two sets of bunks; while the living area provides further sleeping options The kitchen is well-equipped and includes a water filter and dishwasher microwave and modern fridge
Top place in perfect condtion and the photos reflected the house
Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with plenty of space for extras (kids?)
We loved everything about Kawau and the house was fantastic - everything we could have wanted Perfect spot for young children and adults alike
Our host provided excellent information and support with clear and helpful followup communication
everything works great deck
the hill was quite a climb but thanks to Craig and Kath they made it easy for us' The peace and quiet were great and no roads
The house has recently been refurbished and had everything we needed plus decks with big views on both sides enjoying all day sun
Very good property excellent house with all we needed Magnificent Views
The Anchorage is strategically located to provide picturesque views west down to School House bay and eastwards up
Mansion house is an easy walk which we did most days and otherwise plenty of room at the bach to relax
The choice of views throughout the day - particularly at dawn and dusk - provides ongoing interest and enjoyment Access to the home highlights the Kawau Island lifestyle and rhythm of life with arr...
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9. Affordable island getaway with panoramic views

Seemingly situated in the middle of nowhere this cabin is a true island getaway! Outfitted with all creature comforts this is where you want to get away from the city madness. The cabin is suitable for a big family and can fit up to seven people in three bedrooms. It has a long deck with views of the cove and as far as Auckland! The cabin is well lit and has heating as well as a wood stove. Despite its remoteness, it has WiFi, and for entertainment has a TV with a DVD player and lots of games and books. The kitchen is equipped with modern equipment and everything you need for cooking meals. You have access to a golf cart to head to the wharf which is a short 10 minutes’ walk away.

Kawau Kabin, 3 bedroomed cabin, South Cove, Kawau.
Kawau Island, Rodney District, Auckland, NZ
21 reviews
cabin 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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a rustic comfortable bach with amazing views
spectacular views spacious accommodation and very well equipped for a super comfortable stay
we had everything we needed for our stay and made some excellent meals in the kitchen
awesome location private and tranquil
superb location - really off the grid fantastic for the kids
wonderful location great accommodation and very helpful host
beautiful location and a wonderful wee bach lots of fun swimming and a couple of wekas keeping us company
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10. Private lodge near North Cove perfect for large groups

The Kawau Lodge Retreat is one of a kind accommodation on Kawau Island; it is a private retreat that is suitable for large groups. The lodge has eight bedrooms that can sleep up to 16 guests, each of them beautifully furnished. The layout of the lodge is designed to sync with the nature surrounding it; there are a lot of outdoor dining areas including a cabana bar. There are seating areas throughout and even conference facilities making it suitable for corporate retreats. The lodge is self-sufficient with linen, towels and a gourmet kitchen with facilities for catering to large groups. There is internet, TV with Netflix and SkySports and a projector screen, and you can utilise the watersports gear and kayaks on the property.

Private Lodge in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
 Wifi Available
lodge 16 Guests 8 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Book a holiday home on Kawau Island for a memorable beach vacation

Kawau Island has many wonderful holiday homes to suit every budget, and you will be assured of a great vacation when you book one from the above list of bachs. You just have to remember to follow the Kiwi bach tradition and clean up after yourself and take back your rubbish as there is no garbage collection on the island!

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