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Off-the-Grid Eco Cottage on the Wild Kauri Coast, North Island

Donnellys Crossing, North Island (New Zealand)

Off-the-Grid Eco Cottage on the Wild Kauri Coast, North Island

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New accommodation
Private Cottage
4 guests
1 Private Bathroom
Private Kitchen
Entire Cottage

This lovely restored 1900’s cottage is situated on 20 acres of bush surrounded by two major forests on the Wild Kauri Coast, North Island, and can accommodate four guests.

Guests will have full access to the end section of the retreat, with two private bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The gorgeous interior of the getaway features plenty of natural light and modern, stylish decorations. The property is completely off-the-grid and solar-powered.

Each of the two bedrooms is fully furnished and features a queen-size bed with luxury linens and pillows along with a nightstand and a solar lamp. The spacious bathroom consists of a flushing toilet, a sink, and a hot water shower. Towels are toilet paper are provided.

Guests will have access to a functional kitchen with a two-burner stovetop, utensils, and basic cooking essentials. There are solar-powered lights located throughout the bedrooms and entire cottage.

Outside, there is a beautiful roofed deck with a dining table and comfortable chairs, offering the perfect place to enjoy meals with loved ones while listening to the soothing acoustics of nature to unwind. There are tiki torches in the front yard to provide additional light and ambiance at night and a lovely wooden swing for two.

This stunningly scenic property offers eco-friendly luxury in the midst of unrivaled scenery, offering a unique opportunity to take in Mother Nature’s raw majesty. These solar-powered glamping sites operate fully off-the-grid and deliberately without a Wi-Fi connection in order to assure tranquility and a minimized carbon footprint.

This property and its facilities were designed to provide the basics while blending in with nature and providing all of the comforting amenities any glamper could wish for in order to enjoy a pleasant stay.

Other amenities include free parking in front of the glamping site, hot water, bed linens and towels, and a bedside lantern light.

2 beds

  • 2 Queen-size beds

Features and services

  • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Heating
  • Shower
  • Hot water
  • Private Kitchen
  • Linens and pillows
  • Parking
  • Deck/Patio
  • Garden

Hosted by Joanna

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Accommodation rules

  • Check-in: 03:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Check out: 10:00 AM
  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • No Pets allowed
  • No smoking
Guests are advised to bring a pair of gumboots or sturdy old shoes as the glamping site is just like visiting a farm. Warm clothes and a raincoat are also strongly advised for nighttime stargazing and kiwi spotting

This property is located in the country with no shops nearby. The nearest town for stocking up on required food and beverages is Dargaville, about 30 minutes away.

There is no cell phone coverage or power points for appliances so guests should plan accordingly.

New Zealand is snake free and there are no large threatening wild animals anywhere within the vicinity of the property.

Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 24 hours
Flexible: You will receive a full refund if you cancel 24 hours or more prior to check-in.

Location and surroundings

Donnellys Crossing, North Island (New Zealand)

Detailed location provided after booking

  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Lake


  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Water sports
  • Horseback riding
  • Surfing
  • Biking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating/Sailing
  • Wine tasting
  • Meditation on-site
  • Wildlife watching on-site
  • Golfing

Glampers will enjoy total serenity and the bliss of having nowhere to rush to but instead just relax and be present with their incredible surroundings. For those interested in venturing beyond their glamping oasis to explore, there is an abundance of easily accessible natural attractions to visit, including wonderful stretches of pristine beaches offering every activity under the sun, mystical clear water swimming lakes, a kauri park, a kiwi sanctuary, wine tasting, eco-tours of the ancient forests, and much more.

The Trounson Kauri Park is just five minutes away from the property, a mainland island and 586-hectare reserve featuring an impressive stand of kauri trees. The Tane Mahuta, or “Lord of the Forest,” is an iconic giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest, just 20 minutes away from the property. There are also guided eco-tours of the giant trees in the forest, highlighting the fascinating ancient history of the Waipoua Forest and its earliest inhabitants.

Guests are a 20-minute drive from Kai Iwi Lakes, part of a recreational reserve, with their crystal clear freshwater and dramatic scenery. These lakes are great for all ages to spend fun-filled days swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, diving, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and more. The deep dune lakes are rimmed by warm shallow water making it pleasant for a lazy afternoon float and safe for kids to run and splash around. Those more inclined to get some exercise on land can cycle or hike around the lake perimeter over farmland to the ocean. The lakes are a fisherman’s dream, teeming with rainbow trout, kōura, crab, freshwater mussels, native, and exotic fish.

Guests can travel about one hour and 15 minutes to Whangarei to visit the breathtaking Whangarei Falls, which tumble over a cliff into a natural pool, or check out the volcanic Mount Parihaka, a war memorial overlooking the city and showcasing the remains of the Maori villages.

Beach lovers will be pleased by the exquisite coastline that awaits just a short drive away from the property. Baylys Beach, about 35 minutes away, is a highly coveted beach for swimming, sunbathing, walking, surfing, golfing, and horseback riding. Baylys is also the gateway to Ripiro Beach, New Zealand’s longest driveable beach, spanning 112 kilometers.