Cissy Bay Cottage & Studio, Pets Welcome, Studio Wheelchair Friendly.

498 Cissy Bay Road, RD3, French Pass 7193
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

The accommodation is on one acre (0.5 ha) of regenerating native bush with an abundance of native flora and fauna, and comprises of a Cottage and a separate Studio. Access to the property is by road or sea or air (floatplane Our Cottage and Studio are warm, modern and comfortable. The Cottage consists of an open plan kitchen/lounge, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The bathroom contains the laundry equipment (washer, dryer, and cleaning equipment). There is a log fire and wood is provided. There is an extensive deck area (70 m2) with outdoor dining, hooded BBQ facilities, and washing up area. The Studio with an en-suite bathroom is situated in an adjacent building. Studio kitchenette facilities: Single induction hotplate with pot, steamer, and fry-pan. Small refrigerator with an icebox. Hot water jug and toaster. Full compliment of plates, bowls, glassware, and eating utensils. Outdoor cooking is available on the hooded BBQ, with outdoor washing up bench and sink. Our studio and deck are wheelchair friendly. Bed linen is available at extra cost per person if required. A registered mooring in Cissy Bay for a vessel up to 18 metres is also available. It is professionally checked every two years. A second registered mooring (with a shore dingy and oars) in Rocky Creek, Admiralty Bay for a vessel up to 18 metres is also available. It is professionally checked every two years. There is access to a short walking track in Cissy Bay and the DoC Deep Bay Scenic Reserve is nearby in Hamilton Bay, 10 minutes drive away. There are different level walks, depending on your fitness, and ankle support boots are recommended. We have Spark, OneNZ, Skinny, and 2Degrees mobile phone signal, and there is 120 GB per month of WiFi available.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet friendly
Linen: please enquire
Smoking outside only
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Accessible Bathroom
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

2 Queen(s), 2 Double Bunk(s), 2 Bunk(s)

Special Amenities

Cissy Bay is a little bay in Hallam Cove, it's a small hamlet with a collection of permanent residences and holiday homes. It is a 30 minute drive to scenic French Pass. The bay has a boat ramp and sheltered swimming beaches. It provides easy access to the inner sounds for fishing, diving, boating and swimming. Boat access to the outer sounds is possible from Rocky Creek which is about 15 minutes away.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

There are sea kayaks for hire in nearby Elaine Bay, 30 minutes drive South. There are numerous bush walks in the area e.g. 20 minute walk to Kettle Point, Cissy Bay Reserve with original Marlborough Sounds native bush and a Bridle walking track through Garne and Savill Reserve. We have a 52 Ha property at the base of Mount Shewell, about 10 minutes drive away, with numerous tramping options. Te Aumiti/French Pass is a narrow stretch of water that separates d'Urville Island, at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand, from the mainland coast: The closest main airports are Nelson or Blenheim which are both 2 hours away.


Average Rating: 5
5 total reviews

daryl warnock
Great to have the two zones. Jeff was helpful with where to fish etc. Cissy Bay is really nice. Easier to leave a boat down the bottom of the drive.
Response from Owner
Thanks Terri, it was a pleasure to host your family group. Also we can also provide boat parking on our property in Hamilton Bay, halfway between Cissy Bay and Rocky Creek, Admiralty Bay, where there is public boat launching for the outer sounds and d'Urville Island.
Tony Aikenhead
Very comfortable. Really have to have both units with the same group. Would not work to have two separate groups. Roosters are a bit of a pain if you have small children. Very tight turn around if you have a boat. I could do it in 6 moves! Nice beach at the bottom of the drive which is very very steep. You will need four wheel drive to tow a boat up the drive. amazing views and very quiet apart from the roosters. Good boat cleaning facilities and fish filleting area. Good fridge and vertical freezer.
Response from Owner
Hi Tony, Yes you are correct in your observation about the cottage and studio, we as a rule do not rent out either unit to separate groups at the same time for privacy reasons. Exceptions would be overlaps of a day only. Apologies for the roosters, we are in the process of moving our poultry to our small hobby farm close by. What size was your boat and length of trailer with same? I can recommend to guests with similar boat/trailer lengths to park on the road below if six point turns are to be avoided. We have a lot of guests with boat/trailers and no one has mentioned needing 4WD on our tar sealed driveway or six point turns. Thank you Tony for the comments and look forward to your boat/trailer length. Jeff.
Tony Bennett
A group of 6 adults and 1 dog stayed 4 nights over the Christmas period, we all had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The awesome views coupled with the piece and quiet made the whole experience very memorable. We used our boat 3 times and were rewarded with some very good Gurnard. Our only observation would be the fact that the studio unit does not have its own kitchen facilities and so relies on sharing with the main unit for this. However, the studio is very comfortable and has excellent toilet, shower and bedding plus basic kitchen equipment.Thanks very much to Jeff and Caroline for their help in settling us in and also for the much appreciated local knowledge. Happy new year !!
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$300 / Night for 9 guests3 Nights
All year
$300 / Night for 9 guests
Min. stay: 3 Nights
Cottage : Sleeps 7, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom.
Studio : Sleeps 2, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom.
Bed linen and towels are available at $10 per person if required.




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