About this listing
Set on a secluded hill top over looking the Waikato River, Te Papa offers a luxury off the grid experience. It's beautifully furnished with original art, antique chairs by a cosy wood fire, a huge King size bed, a spacious bathroom and out door bath.
You can spend your time at Te Papa watching the world cruise past from your hill top perch or experience the many activities available, mountain biking, bush walking,explore the river delta and even try your hand at white baiting when in season
Te Papa eco cottage is a unique place to relax, unwind and watch the natural world criuse past. It is a large one room cottage, beautifully furnished with antique chairs by a cosy wood fire, original art and a luxurious King size bed, with views over the Waikato River and the Onewhero ranges.
The cottage is off the grid, but has enough power obtained through solar energy to run lights, a fridge and ports to charge your devices [good cell phone coverage for internet connection but no independant link] Cooking is done on a gas hob [no oven] and the kitchen is kitted out with high quality utensils. There is also a BBQ for out door cooking.
After a hard day relaxing, you can enjoy a hot shower in the spacious bathroom or a soak in the outdoor bath with views over the river and the surrounding farm land [soft towels, bathrobes, shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath provided]. The bath, with hot running water is set amongst the reeds on the hillside. Facing the sunset and with the moon rising behind it is the perfect way to greet the evening.
When you arrive, we shall meet you at our farm house and show you to the cottage. We have a 4 wheel drive vehicle for guest to drive themselves the 3.5km farm track to the cottage [or we can drive you if you prefer].
Good Mountain bikes are available to explore the farm or brave our home made mountain bike track through our 3 acre native bush block [left at the cottage on request]. Duck punts [stable flat bottom boats] are left near the cottage to explore the newly rejuvenated wetlands. A white bait stand sits below the cottage for you to try you hand at catching the delicacy when in season [August to November, we have nets for hire].
Being only 55km from Auckland International airport means Te Papa Eco cottage is the perfect place to arrive or depart from. Instantly, you are in real New Zealand, surrounded by open spaces, a river at your feet and stars above.
The Eco cottage is very private, set on a hill at the back of our 500 acre farm. Guests will have freedom to roam the farm, bush, wetlands and river.
Mountain bikes and duck punts are available. Horses are welcome
Interaction with guests
We are always on farm and happy to talk, share our ideas and recommendations. Punting /canoeing river delta trips are available on request.
Other things to note
Good cell phone reception to create wifi hotspot but no independent internet.
Horses are welcome and can be grazed overnight. There are great riding opportunities around the farm with log jumps at regular intervals.
Smoking outside only.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
Kim and Stu have travelled extensively throughout Asia,Africa,the Indian Sub Continent, Pacific and Europe.
Being brought up in a rural environment they have an open door policy to their home with a constant flow of friends, family and international guests.
We have an incredible enthusiasm for life and a glass half full attitude.
Check out these programs on line to get a better idea of what you can experience at Te Papa Eco Cottage:
View Country Calander episode
- Visit TVNZ website and search for 'Episode 30 - Milk and Water'
- Kims incredible talent as a goldsmith:
Visit Hyundai NZ website and search for 'Ep30: Gold & Silver Handcrafted Jewellery'
- Search 'Fighting for whitebait' on Vimeo
A proportion of all booking fees go towards our extensive and ongoing environmental restoration projects.