Kawakawa Hut


Tiny home hosted by Chanel

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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A small but special little place tucked neatly between rolling hills. Kawakawa Hut provides a simple but comfy getaway for two in a beautiful countryside and welcomes ALL guests. Close by lies the vegetable garden, and friendly cows graze just over the fence. Further out over surrounding farmland and you will see Tongariros snow capped mountains in the distance, to sit back and enjoy. The hut is off grid and is built of repurposed materials so that your stay has a low environmental impact.

The space
Kawakawa Hut is a simple, comfy space with everything you need in one room, with the addition of a small ensuite. The hut has been positioned to the North with windows on all sides to maximise the winter sunlight and provide views of the surrounding farmland.

Rest on the queen size bed, relax on the sofa by the fire, or chill outside under the ‘lean-to’ porch with a drink. The hut provides a safe haven for all seasons.

The basic kitchen & bar make for a great area for enjoying food and drinks while looking out at Mt Ruapehu. A BBQ is just outside. The kitchen has a camp style gas cooker (no oven), a motorhome style fridge/freezer, coffee plunger, plates, cups and cutlery etc.

The hut is off grid and runs off batteries so USB charging is provided and mains powerpoints can be used through an inverter but care needs to be taken to not drain the batteries. No Wifi either but there is good cellphone coverage. We recommend you get back to basics and unwind here.

Keep warm and cozy in winter next to the logburner, which can be dampened right down to keep you warm through the night. Ample kindling and firewood located in the lean-too, just watch out for the spiders and other bugs that share their countryside with you.

Plenty of space for parking if you have a boat trailer or large vehicle.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed, 1 cot
Living room
1 queen bed, 1 cot

What this place offers

Valley view
Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed

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4.96 out of 5 stars from 213 reviews


Where you’ll be

Marotiri, Waikato, New Zealand

We feel will live in a very special place, with a wonderful rural community and so much on offer with the lake, bush and mountains etc. Access to the Lake is nearby at Kinloch, 10 minutes drive. Put your boat in at the ramp there and enjoy fishing, watersports or exploring some of the Western bays. Grab some takeaways at the Kinloch Store, they also stock all your convenience needs. Or visit our favourite The Tipsy Trout for fantastic coffee and a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kinloch beach is great for casual lakeside fun.

A little way down and across the road from the Hut is the new Otakatake mountain bike track part of the “Great Lake Trails” which takes you downhill through neighbouring bush, all the way to Kinloch Bay (10km). Alternatively head West down the main road approximateley 1km to the start of the Kawakawa Track, taking you down to Kawakawa Bay, a stunning spot, unreachable by road and a destination for the rock climbing crowd. Or if you are feeling fit why not complete the loop which is approx 38km of riding with stunning views!

Hosted by Chanel

  1. Joined in July 2018
  • 213 Reviews
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  • Superhost
Chanel and Brent Griffiths, along with their daughter Frankie and dog Betty are your hosts at Kawakawa Hut.

Our Taupo story really starts at our Hut. We brought the land in early 2017 and spent the next year road tripping from Auckland on the weekends to stay on our land. We initially camped in our trusty “Blueberry” a 11 foot 1967 Crusder caravan, however she is a fair weather gal and so come the winter we started to make her a “shelter” plus a place to put our tools and belongings that ended up in Taupo!

After a year of dreaming of living in Taupo. We decided to make the big move and subsequently found out we were expecting our first child too! Not quite part of the “plan” but we embraced it and life has just flowed for us since our move.

Brent took a year and a half off “work” and made our Hut liveable, built a big barn, did the earthworks for our driveway, meanwhile training his Hungarian Vizala puppy “Betty” for a good 6 months to be a deer dog (still yet to point out a deer), then untook the massive task of building our passive, small home.

Chanel meanwhile worked as much as possible in her graphic design business, designed by CCC, plus grew a baby. Frankie then entered our lives, caused a little drama and a month off the house build. From then on Chanel and Frankie did frequent “building inspections” and Grant (Chanel’s dad) joined the work force as a very capable apprentice.

We finally moved into the house June 2019. Brent went back to the “real world” and got himself a job in town. We took a few months off projects and in the beginning of 2020, we got stuck into the Hut and gave her some more love so she was ready to share with our guests, family and friends.

We have some wonderful memories living in the Hut for 18 months and it really was thoughtfully designed for us all to live in throughout the year, hot summers, cold winters and everything else in between!
Chanel and Brent Griffiths, along with their daughter Frankie and dog Betty are your hosts at Kawakawa Hut.

Our Taupo story really starts at our Hut. We brought the land…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Self check-in with key safe
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy