The Sanctuary Retreat Cottage

450 Katui Road, Donnellys Crossing, RD 9, Dargaville, 0379
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About this Holiday House

The Sanctuary Kauri Park Holiday Cottages offers you modern clean accommodation in a tranquil setting. Situated on the tourist route between Waipoua Kauri Forest and Trounson Kauri Park, it is the ideal place to stay. You will easily find us in the historic village of Donnellys Crossing. Wake up to birdsong and the babble of a nearby brook. Enjoy the picturesque sunsets and the vista of surrounding hills and forest. During the day you can enjoy the many nearby activities. Just up the road is Trounson Kauri Park with its well manicured walkways, its audio stories of the park as you proceed along the track and the visual displays to give you an understanding of the mighty Kauri tress that inhabit the area. Waipoua forest with famous Tane Mahuta, the areas oldest kauri, is just a few minutes away by car. You can make The Sanctuary Holiday Cottages your base and enjoy day trips ranging in time from 20 to 40 minutes to places like Kai-Iwi lakes, Mangonui Bluff, Opononi (former home of Opo the dolphin) or the Hokianga harbour. You may choose to spend a day enjoying the history of Dargaville, visiting the Lighthouse museum or just wandering through a NZ town that takes you a step back in time. There is a cycle and walk way just minutes from our doorstep if you are keen on out door sports. At night you may wish to walk along the road and explore the glowworms or take a torch and go on a kiwi walk at Trounson Kauri Park. Then again you may just want to kick back and enjoy our onsite sauna. The choices are numerous.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Sand pit
Tennis court
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Food processor
High Chair
Washing Machine
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Fire wood supplied
Oil heaters

Bed layout

1 Double(s), 1 Queen(s), 2 Single(s), 1 Double(s), 1 Single(s), 2 Pull out matress(es)


Average Rating: 5
5 total reviews

Emma Buttle
A quiet, peaceful place to stay if you wish to explore the nearby Kauri forests and Kai Iwi Lakes. Centrally located to all attractions. Enjoyed getting to know the neighbouring horse, Maddy, and visiting the glowworms up the road was a real treat for our kiddies. Owners were great to deal with and very accommodating. One bit of advice - be sure to bring plenty of reading material!
A nice old house in a beautiful country setting on an old school grounds. It is on a gravel road. This was probably a teacher's residence for the two teacher primary school that has been closed down. This is a good location for visiting the great Kauri tree walk, and Kai Iwi lakes which were both highlights of our trip up north.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Sanctuary. The quiet and peaceful location is perfect for relaxing or enjoying the many bush walks in the area looking for Kiwi. Our 4 year old enjoyed his stay so much he keeps asking when we can go back and see Wendy. Both Wendy and Grant were lovely hosts, would definitely recommend a stay here. Thank you
Response from Owner
Fabulous guests. They come highly recommended to any Holiday House Host. They left the place in an exceptionally clean and tidy condition. Finn (their 4 year old - going on 6) is a joy to have around. Heaps of fun and extremely well behaved.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
25 Dec - 8 Jan $155 / Night for 2 guests$253 Nights
Rest of year$95 / Night for 2 guests$251 Night
Rest of year (Weekends)$120 / Night for 2 guests$251 Night
25 Dec - 8 Jan
$155 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $25Min. stay: 3 Nights
Rest of year
$95 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $25Min. stay: 1 Night
Rest of year (Weekends)
$120 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $25Min. stay: 1 Night




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