Tararua Eco-Retreat, Mikimiki Valley

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About this Holiday House

Experience this unique, peaceful straw bale house nestled in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. Located in a beautiful, quiet rural valley, the property has large lawns, an orchard and croquet lawn, as well as a river on the boundary with swimming holes. Inside is spacious and inviting, with open-plan kitchen/dining and living areas. There are 4 bedrooms, accommodating up to 18 to 20 guests (one a marae style room with mattresses and duvets) 2 generous-sized bathrooms, 2 separate toilets, a study area with Wifi broadband and a table tennis table. The house is child-friendly, with fencing around the house, a cot and a highchair. Perfect in winter for cosy evenings in front of the log fire or relaxing in the bath with a view of the garden. In summer, there are 5 acres to enjoy, where you can play croquet, swim in the river, relax on the deck while kids bounce on the trampoline or have a leisurely barbecue. You can also explore the many nearby walking tracks that the Tararua ranges have to offer. This family-built straw bale house is built with respect for the environment. It generates its own electricity and sources water from a nearby spring. The thick straw bale walls and double glazing keep the cold out in winter and the house cool on the hottest summer’s day, making it a comfortable stay in all seasons. Whether your group is large or small, this is a welcoming and versatile house that can accommodate your needs. The house is available for functions, retreats and group gatherings by negotiation.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen not provided
Smoking outside only
Accessibility: please enquire
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Food processor
High Chair
Cot Available
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
iPod Dock
Laundry Tub
Outdoor furniture
Wood stove

Bed layout

5 Queen(s), 3 Single(s), 1 Sofa bed(s), 1 Cot(s), 6 Mattress(es)


Average Rating: 5
13 total reviews

Ali Pickering
This place is a dream! The photos do not do it justice at all. Would recommend to anyone, and would definitely stay again. It is spectacular, perfect for large (or small) groups - with lots to do and plenty of peace & quiet. Shenagh was fantastic to deal with and incredibly accommodating. It was perfect!!
Smokey Te Ohu
What a great place to spend a few days, or a week, or more. We all wish we could just stay forever. Been before and will be back again.
Amy Brier
This place is fantastic! The owner is great to deal with, the house itself is spacious, has everything you need and is in a beautiful setting. I nearly don't want to say how good it was as I want it to be available so we can return some time soon!
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
20 Dec - 10 Feb $220 / Night for 4 guests$452 Nights
Rest of year$200 / Night for 4 guests$402 Nights
20 Dec - 10 Feb
$220 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $45Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rest of year
$200 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $40Min. stay: 2 Nights
$200 per night for first 4 people (4 person minimum for any booking), then $40 per person per night. Children under 10 are half price. 25% discount for stays over 5 nights (applied to days 6 onward), but not during Christmas/New Year period. A one-off cleaning fee of $10 per person applies.

Holiday period pricing:
The house is often booked out by large groups for extended periods, and we're keen to make sure the house is used to its potential. Given this, we require a minimum stay of 3 nights and minimum group sizes of 8 people over holiday periods, long weekends, Christmas and New Year for example. Our charges are somewhat higher over the summer holiday period as we have very high demand. Please get in touch if you have questions.


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