Mahaanui Cottage Farmstay Experience

1857 Ruakaka Road, Tiniroto, Gisborne 4078 New Zealand
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Mahaanui Cottage is a fully furnished, self-contained, private, country cottage located in the beautiful Tiniroto, half way between Gisborne and Wairoa (approx. 50 minutes driving either way). With everything you need for an enjoyable stay, the cottage is perfect for friends and families looking for a relaxing country break. Or active farm experience. With 3 spacious bedrooms, it comfortably sleeps up to 8 people. And if needed, a double sofa-bed and extra single bed can be added in one of the lounges – to sleep an extra 3 people. Plus plenty of room for tents as well in the cottage garden! The kitchen is well equipped and has basic food provisions such as flour, sugar, cooking oil, spices, tea and coffee but you will have to bring all your other food with you. We encourage you to go walking over the 614 hectares of farmland during your stay, or venture over to the scenic Hangaroa River or Doneraille Park – both only minutes away. So whether it be to walk, swim, kayak, fish, picnic, cycle or just relax with a book! We invite you to take some time to join us and enjoy the picturesque scenery, explore the farm and experience our country way of life.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet friendly
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Tennis court
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Food processor
High Chair
Accessible Bathroom
Cot Available
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
iPod Dock
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture
Wood stove

Bed layout

2 Queen(s), 2 Double Bunk(s), 1 Sofa bed(s), 1 Extra bed(s) available, 4 Mattress(es)

Special Amenities

Breathtaking Hill-County Views. Freeview TV. Grass Tennis Court at owners house 200m away. Very private quiet garden and deck. Native birdlife. Tranquil picturesque views. Dog Kennel + Run. 2 Kayaks available for use. Guests are also welcome to bring their own mountain bikes or horses, and motorbikes - if agreed upon prior to arrival.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Perhaps the most exciting thing on offer at Mahaanui Farmstay are Simon and Sally’s guided farm tours (NZ $30pp - on foot or in a farm vehicle) and shearing/mustering demonstrations. These interactive activities are perfect for groups of all ages, and make for a fun and educational experience! For those interested, group recommendations and pricing can be arranged with Sally either prior to or upon guest arrival. However please note that all farm tours and demonstrations are subject to Simon’s availability, and unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed. There are also marked walking tracks for guests to enjoy during their stay – one along the Hangaroa River & one that ventures off through the paddocks and out towards the back of the farm. Equally as beautiful there are also a number of unmarked tracks worth exploring. With gorgeous river and hill-side views in every direction, the photo opportunities are endless! And of course guests have both public and private access to the Hangaroa River – and will find a number of swimming holes and shallow river rapids along many of our tracks, perfect for a quick dip or a full-day of adventure. Some other nearby landmarks to check out include the Hackfalls Arboretum, Rere Rockslide and Ruakituri Valley – well known for its excellent trout fishing. And for those keen on exploring a little further, Mahia and Lake Waikaremoana are only an 1.5 hour drive away.


Average Rating: 5
6 total reviews

Kelsey Fly
Amazing retreat! We absolutely loved our stay at Mahaanui Cottage. The property has everything you could ask for - fabulous views, hikes just outside your door, wonderful hosts and beautiful nearby locations to explore whether you're looking for adventure or a bit of relaxation. We especially enjoyed sitting on the deck in the sun, popping around Sally and Simon's for tea, feeding the pigs and going for a walk with Fig the border terrier. You can get into Gisborne in less than an hour for adventures further afield too. Highly recommend this one of a kind paradise for groups looking for an unforgettable getaway!
Response from Owner
Really thrilled you had a lovely stay and a good catchup together.
Mandy Thacker
A warm, cozy cottage in an unmatched peaceful setting. Although the owner was away her daughter was helpful and kind. My 3 year old had a fantastic time meeting the farm animals. We will be back
Response from Owner
So glad you had a relaxing time at the cottage and you got to meet some of our farm friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day vacation at the cottage.Sally and Simon were excellent hosts and had the place clean and stocked up for our arrival.The route is a little tricky with the GPS, but thanks to Sally's directions both from Wairoa and Gisborne (approx 60 mins drive) it was easy to find.Watch out for the road between Napier and Wairoa as it is a bit bumpy.The place is well stocked with a rice cooker,bake ware, heaps of utensils, fan oven,clean linen, loads of DVD's, board games and a broadband cable.Sleeps 11 easily, with 2 bathrooms and a separate toilet is quite convenient for large groups.Loved the chocolate brownies, thanks Sally I've saved your handwritten copy onto my recipe book now! We had of loads of fun doing activities on the farm - sheep shearing,herding dogs, Milking the cow(will try on our next visit)etc.There's also a tennis court up at the main house and a hidden waterfall about 7 kms up the property and the Donneraille Park at the riverside which is quite pleasant. Overall, we had a great experience and would highly recommend a stay at the property. Srini & Kavitha (Wgtn)
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
9 Jan - 31 Jan $230 / Night for 4 guests$202 Nights
9 Jan - 31 Jan $250 / Night for 4 guests$201 Night
15 Apr - 18 Apr $250 / Night for 4 guests$202 Nights
21 Oct - 24 Oct $250 / Night for 4 guests$202 Nights
23 Dec - 8 Jan $250 / Night for 4 guests$202 Nights
Rest of year$220 / Night for 4 guests$201 Night
9 Jan - 31 Jan
$230 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 2 Nights
9 Jan - 31 Jan
$250 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 1 Night
15 Apr - 18 Apr
$250 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 2 Nights
21 Oct - 24 Oct
$250 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 2 Nights
23 Dec - 8 Jan
$250 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rest of year
$220 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 1 Night
After 6 nights stay the nightly rate is $200.00 per night for up to 4 people and $20.00 per night for any additional guests - except during public holiday periods




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