MenardsNZ: Cottage & Sleepout: Warm & Cosy | Views


Entire cottage hosted by Jason

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
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Welcome to our beautiful ecosanctuary in a dark sky reserve! Dramatic mountains ring a golden landscape topped by the purest night skies filled with glittering stars. Enjoy the peacefulness of our country retreat, just 3km from gorgeous Lake Ōhau, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, the hydro canal, and great walking trails. Pets welcome; property is fully fenced. Two-bedroom cottage, Netflix TVs, cosy sleepout, cool garage hangout/retro museum – we can't wait to share our amazing place with you!

The space
There are three options available at MenardsNZ – please ensure you’re booking the correct one. View them all here:

1. Two-bedroom cottage [full kitchen & toilet/shower]

2. Sleepout [breakfast nook inside, shared toilet/shower in family home

3. Cottage + sleepout [book both for up to six guests!]

ADDRESS: 594 Manuka Terrace, Twizel

HOSTS: The Menard family (Amy, Jason and three kids) live in their family home (60 metres away from the cottage, 20 metres from sleepout). You are given total privacy but we’re here in case you need anything.

COTTAGE: The 2-bedroom cottage is 50 square metres and entirely for the exclusive use of guests. Great shower with good pressure and lots of hot water! Both bedrooms have queen beds.

COTTAGE KITCHEN: There's an oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster and jug. Tea, coffee, salt, pepper, spices, herbs and cooking oil are supplied. We also supply tea towels and Ecostore dishwashing liquid.

SLEEPOUT: The sleepout is entirely for the exclusive use of guests. There is a double bed with high-quality linen, and a breakfast nook. The sleepout is located 60 metres away from the cottage.

SLEEPOUT BREAKFAST NOOK: There's a mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, cutlery and dishes. Tea, coffee, herbal tea, salt and pepper are supplied.

GARAGE HANGOUT: You've never seen a garage like this! You've never seen a garage like this! Communal space shared with other guests and your hosts. Come hang out and enjoy! Retro video/gaming lounge with wall-to-wall VHS & DVD, plus old-school gaming consoles (NES, N64, Xbox). Musical instruments, turntable and vinyl, over 2,000 CDs, dartboard, recliner chairs to take in the epic views, board games, and more!

BATHROOM & TOILET: The cottage has a private bathroom (with shower & toilet). Sleepout guests can walk over to the cottage (60 metres away), or choose to use the shared facilities in the family home (20 metres away). In the family home there is a bathroom with shower and toilet, and another toilet in the entranceway to the house. Please note the family home shower is available from 8.15am to 10pm (or upon request outside of these times) but the toilet is available 24/7.

ENTERTAINMENT: In the cottage there's a smart TV with Netflix and other apps, books, board games, stereo and an iPod with awesome tunes! There's a toy box with books for kids.

The sleepout has a smart TV with Netflix and other apps. The garage has several retro video games (NES, N64, XBox), plus plenty of VHS & DVDs you can watch on an old-school TV!

We have two adult bikes (and helmets) you can borrow and it's a short ride to the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail along Lake Ohau - very scenic and well worth the ride!

LAUNDRY: Washing machine and laundry liquid are available in the cottage. There is a clothesline with pegs outside. A dryer is in the garage if needed for rainy days. There's also a fold-down clothes drying rack above the log burner in the cottage.

HEATING: Heating is with a log burner. Kindling, logs, newspaper and a lighter are supplied. You can locate more kindling and firewood in the coat room on the cottage deck. Please ensure you fully latch the door and secure with chain.

DRINKING WATER: The water is pure spring water from the mountain. It's been tested and is the highest quality water you can get - enjoy!

ECO-FRIENDLY: The cottage is insulated with natural New Zealand sheep wool insulation. The floors and joinery are finished with non-toxic environmentally safe oils. The walls and ceiling are painted in eco-friendly paints. There was no treated timber used in the construction of the house. All the dish soap and laundry liquid are eco-friendly and free from nasty chemicals. Food scraps are composted and rubbish is recycled.

PROPERTY: The land is an ecosanctuary with amazing views of mountains in every direction! Experience the unique Mackenzie Region in its most natural state. There are over 21 species of native plants on the 10-acre property, many of them rare in New Zealand. Smell the manuka flowers and watch the snow tussocks blowing in the fresh mountain air. The owners are planting more native plants, shrubs and trees to attract birds - all part of their ecosanctuary restoration project. There is rabbit-proof fencing all around the land, including the driveway gate.

STARGAZING: MenardsNZ is located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Due to the lack of light pollution in this remote location, the stargazing is truly spectacular! There’s a large trampoline on the lawn by the cottage - take some cosy duvets and pillows outside so you can lie down on the trampoline and stargaze.

Relax and unwind - you deserve a break. :-)

What this place offers

Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Private pool
Pets allowed
HDTV with Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Washing machine
Private patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand

Hosted by Jason

  1. Joined in January 2016
  • 691 Reviews
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The Menard family welcome you to our 10-acre ecosanctuary amongst the mountains! Come and enjoy our special paradise!


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House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Self check-in with key safe
Pets are allowed

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