Howickcroft: A Heritage Family Bach (Cottage)

1088 Gowan Valley Road, Lake Rotoroa, Murchison, Nelson
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

PLEASE NOTE THIS PROPERTY IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER “Howickcroft” has been our family holiday escape for over 55 years, and is filled with shared treasured memories from our childhood generation (6 siblings and our parents) to the present. During our stays at the Lake, we have enjoyed the traditional kiwi escape, and embraced the calmness, charm and rejuvenating life of nature, away from the crowded scene of the town. The Bach is a five minute’s walk to the edge of the lake, along the way you can enjoy and watch the fast flowing Gowan River, known for its challenging trout fishing spots. Our warm and homely place is old, but it still stands the strength, and test of time. It is comfortable and friendly offering Kiwi Bach comfort, never the less we choose to maintain the experience of living a rural natural life. The Bach is 10.88km off from the main road, this distance makes mobile and internet signal unavailable. Sand flies are buzzing around during dull, overcast and humid condition, so don’t forget to have a sand fly repellent. A minimum of 2 Nights stay and at least 4 days advance notice for reservation please. ... Thank you

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Food processor
Accessible Bathroom
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Fire wood supplied
Laundry Tub

Bed layout

4 Single(s), 1 Queen(s)

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

What the area offers The area is under the Nelson Lakes National Park, so rules and regulation are implemented. FISHING and HUNTING area Lake Rotoroa is one of the Fish and Game New Zealand sites. Whether it is along the banks of the Gowan River or in the Lake’s pristine crystal water, this is where you can try your trout fishing skills. Or in the tranquil South Island Beech forest, one never knows if a deer or wild pig, may walk out in front of you. For more detail about this, please visit WALKING TRACK Discover the Rotoroa Nature Walk, Flower Brother’s (community built) memorial walk pathway and the Braeburn Walk. The latter of these walking track leads to the hidden mossy picturesque water fall. For more detail on this, please visit to 4 WHEEL DRIVE TRACK The Porika 4 Wheel drive track has a zigzag steep track up through the native forest. The area has a delightful mixture of Beech - Podocarp trees, with an impressive variety of ferns, mosses, shrubs and tall forest trees. It is also a good walk, well worth the effort as once out above the bush line, the view of the lake is just amazing, and the breath taking vista’s of the valley and winding Gowan River. For more details on this, please visit


Average Rating: 5
1 total review

Bex Rolston
This is such a warm, cosy wee bach well equipped with everything you could need or want. Amazing retro/vintage decor and great family history. We had a lovely 3 night stay. It’s an easy 40min drive to St Arnaud or Murchison, plus easy walking distance to some beautiful walks by lake Rotoroa. Lovely owners, we’d definitely stay again thanks 😊



Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
All year$150 / Night for 2 guests$352 Nights
All year
$150 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $35Min. stay: 2 Nights


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