Boutique River Cabin for North Island Glamping Retreats

Cabin in Gisborne, North Island

2 guests • 1 bed

9 reviews

This enchanting river cabin is perfect for two guests to enjoy an unforgettable North Island glamping holiday. New Zealand is a nature lover's dream and this accommodation near Gisborne can include all meals! If guests choose this option, each day they will have farm or locally produced food to cook delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The North Island tiny house comes with a plush queen bed with 100% cotton luxury bed linen and the hosts even offer complimentary hand-knitted wool slippers.

The bright and open living room has a toasty wood-burning stove, comfy seating, and a stylish well-equipped kitchen that has basic provisions such as sugar, tea, coffee, spices, and oil. Other handy additions to ensure guests have a wonderful stay in North Island include a USB port for music and charging phones (there is no Wi-Fi), solar lighting, a gas stovetop cooker, walkie talkies to communicate with the hosts, and full bathroom facilities.

Outside, guests have a magical decking area as well as a fabulous wood-fired hot tub for a night under the stars. There's even a double kayak for great kayak trips on the river right outside the cabin and farm tours are available for $50 per adult. Glamping in New Zealand awaits!

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Features and services


  • 1 Queen-size bed

Most popular features

  • Breakfast included

  • Private Jacuzzi/Hot tub

  • Private Kitchen

  • National Park

  • Heating

  • Hiking

  • River, stream or creek

  • Swimming

  • Fishing

  • Fireplace

  • Fridge

  • Forest

  • Wildlife watching

  • barbecue

    Private Barbecue

  • Spa

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Parking

  • Deck/Patio

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Where you will stay

Glamping in North Island and idyllic New Zealand cabins

Gisborne, North Island

Detailed location provided after booking

Scenic views
  • Forest

  • National Park

  • River, stream or creek

  • Hot springs

This North Island glamping retreat is nestled in the countryside in the locale of Tiniroto, halfway between the city of Gisborne and the town of Wairoa which are each around 50 minutes away. Gisborne offers a vibrant community with many eateries, cultural activities, and wineries to enjoy close to the accommodation. Wairoa also has a friendly community, as well as an abundance of sites of natural beauty.

The nearest airport is Gisborne Airport, which is just over one hour away.
Activities near Gisborne
  • Swimming

  • Hiking

  • Biking

  • kayak


  • Fishing

  • Wildlife watching

  • Feeding animals

From exploring the local area to planning adventures in the stunning great outdoors, glampers will have so much to choose from during their stay in Tiniroto. Glamping here means guests will be in the Gisborne/Wairoa area where there are many sites of natural beauty including, Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana, which contains the largest untouched expanse of native forest in the country.

Other sites include Mahia Peninsular, Whakiki Lagoon, Clonkeen Caves, the Hackfalls Arboretum, and the Morere Reserve and Hot Springs. The nearby city of Gisborne offers chances to enjoy art and culture at the Tairawhiti Museum. The local community has many eateries, shops, and wineries to explore such as the Bushmere Estate, TW winery, Bridge Estate and Miltons winery. Both towns are within an hour's drive from Mahaanui Cottage.

For the more adventurous the Rere Rockslide has fascinating geological formations and waterfalls to explore. There are also opportunities in the area for surfing, windsurfing, horseback riding, hiking, kitesurfing, and mountain biking. The leisurely glamper can enjoy swimming, kayaking, fishing, and picnicking on the Hangaroa River from Doneraille Park or from private access available from the property.

Guests can experience the locals' secret waterfall during the summer and there are marked farm walks available for their enjoyment. Farm tours are also possible, if time permits, for NZ $50 per adult.
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Property reviews

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Things to know

Arrival and departure

  • Check-in: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM

  • Check-out: 11:00 AM

House rules

  • No infants allowed
    Under 2 years old

  • No children allowed
    2-12 years old

  • No pets allowed

  • No smoking

  • No parties

  • No events

  • Minimum age to rent: 18

Cancellation policy


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Additional info

Off-road motorbikes and your own horses are allowed with prior agreement only. Stables and horse paddocks provided at the main homestead.

The property is non-smoking and not suitable for children or pets.
No outdoor fires allowed as there is a complete fire ban all summer and the cabin is surrounded by mature old native trees and dry undergrowth.

Check-in is from 3 p.m and check-out is at 11 am.
Leave your car at the farm homestead.
If guests arrive between 4 and 6 pm they will be taken to the cabin in one of our 4x4 vehicles and return collection arranged.
If guests arrive outside of these times (if we are not home) they will be provided with backpacks to transfer their belongings to, a map, headtorches and walkie talkies and will walk the easy 15 minutes down to the river cabin.
Please tell us your likely arrival time and we do our best to be home to chauffeur our guests down to the cabin.
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