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Vintage Pohutukawa - Whangamata Bach

Simple Stay
  • 10 People
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Wifi
  • Pet Friendly Outdoor Only


This original 4-bedroom 1940s bach (one of the first in Whangamata!) with all the charm of real old Kiwi summer baches, and with plenty of living indoors and out. Low key, warm and friendly, it's been a magnet for families for over 35 years.

The Whangamata bach features a generous deck in front that catches glimpses of the sea and is shaded by the ancient pohutukawa tree for outdoor meals or lounging, while a smaller porch with sofa is the perfect napping spot. A deck off the kitchen is the sunset cocktail centre, easy to supervise the barbecue chef. Under the pohutukawa tree there's room for all the deck chairs, a chair hammock and regular one, so there is no arguing over lounging pozzies.

The stainless steel and rimu kitchen has enough room for two cooks to work happily together, with a modern stove and fridge freezer, plenty of good pots and pans, and a microwave. No dishwasher, that's the family-bonding time for the kids. In summer there is a herb garden going for family and guests.

Living room and four indoor bedrooms have charming vintage style. Master double bedroom has en-suite bathroom with a tub for bathing small folks plus laundry. Second bathroom includes shower and separate toilet. Guest accommodation includes a second double bedroom, a bedroom with 3 singles and 2 rollaways, and a cosy single room.

The shelves are stacked with games, books (including vintage sets of Agatha Christie and Dick Francis), toys for the kids and a radio. The garage has boogie boards,sand and fishing toys, boules and croquet, and the most novel beer fridge in town. Outdoor shower, solar powered (that's a hose, in the sun) for rinsing off, and plenty of room on the double section to fit both cars and the essential cricket games. Park the car and jump on the two old-fashioned bicycles to pedal around town (plus one kid's bike).

Cross the road to the beach, wander 100 m to the Surf Club or Blackie's coffee. Head over to the estuary for quiet paddle. It's the perfect set up for two families with small kids, but equally cosy for winter weekends for two.

The slice of history is waiting for future memories.....

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom (Level 1): 3 Single Bed, 2 Pull out bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Single Bed

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet
  • Bathroom 2 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower over Bath, 1 Toilet

Pet Friendly

Yes Outside only.
Pets can come too! A small pet friendly fee of $20 + GST for up to two pets will apply.

Linen available at additional charge

Available at this property for $25 per person. You’ll see the option for our linen service in the ‘Add-Ons’ section during your booking.

Special Conditions

As there is a section of the deck without a barrier with a small drop on to grass, all guests should take care when using this area due to the risk of falls.

Dogs allowed outside but must be tied up as property not fenced.

There are no more than 8 adults at all times with remainder to be children 17 yrs and under.

The ramp leading in to the property is not suitable for wheelchairs and the front ranch slider door entrance has a lip also not suitable for wheelchairs.


  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Driveway (private)
  • Dryer
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Freeview
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Heater (electric)
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
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Guest reviews for Vintage Pohutukawa

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Stayed April 2022

Really good location for surfing the main beach . Great Bach for families and friends. Kids loved the bikes . Wie will definitely be back . 😊🏄🏼‍♀️🏄‍♂️☀️

Stayed September 2021

Really good for families lots of reading books games and puzzles in case of rain, close to the beach and Blackies cafe, we would like to stay there again

Stayed April 2021

Such a great place to stay. Bach has a home vibe and the beach is so close you feel relaxed just hearing the waves.

Stayed October 2020

We had a fantastic weekend at this very cool, retro bach. 8 adults and there wasn't once when we felt crowded at all. Across the road from the beach with the walkway only a couple of houses down it was perfect! Kitted with everything you could ever need, including extra blankets (cold snap came through that weekend) for a tv free weekend! it has a really cool 'feeling' to it and we loved the family vibe it had evoking memories of the family holidays we had as kids - its just that kind of place. We will be back, everyone loved it, thank you for sharing it with us. p.s. if you are looking for a flash, new, ritzy type of place then this isn't for you - but if you want a cool, beachy, sandy feet type of holiday then this is the one.

Stayed February 2020

This is such a great place to stay - character - comfortable but vintage - location is excellent - great outdoor areas and tree - a favourite spot for a summer getaway and surfing holiday

Stayed December 2019

Absolute gem of an original bach. Bookcases were full of great books to read and games to play. So peaceful (no TV which was great!) and close to the beach and the surf club. An easy walk into town.

Stayed May 2019

Super cute retro kiwi bach. Great open plan kitchen and living area - perfectly set up to socialise and relax with friends

Stayed January 2019

Very handy location to main surf beach. Loved the retro feel, there was everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Best feature deck and built in seating under shade of pohutakawa tree

Stayed December 2018

This is a true kiwi bach in a fab location. Has everything you need to enjoy your stay. Perfect for us this weekend, Thanks

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