Ruru Lodge at Kotare House

865 Takatu Road, Matakana, Auckland
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Nestled in 10 acres (8 of which is native bush for the more adventurous visitors to explore), Kotare House offers spectacular views of Christian Bay and Kawau Island. The living spaces in the Ruru Lodge are spacious, light and airy, comfortably smart and modern. The private entrance leads to well-appointed, self-contained rooms including a fully equipped kitchen diner, lounge, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Enjoy a drink sitting on the lawn overlooking protected bush with many native bird species or over the sea to Kawau Island. Heating and cooling is by heat pump, topped up if needed with electric heaters or a fan in each room. Outside has large lawns, games, barbeque area, seating, fabulous views and protected bush. Because of our close proximity to Tawharanui Park we are graced by many native bird species which are rare in other places. Flexible sleeping arrangements mean that bedroom has both a queen double and one or two singles. The bathroom has a walk-in shower, hand basin and toilet. All toiletries are provided. There is a dress rail and sets of drawers in the bedroom. There are spare linen and towels, beach towels and extras to make your stay convenient, and if you have forgotten essentials such as toothpaste, we have an honesty box system with these ready for you. Cots (and linen etc) are also available on request. We are ideally located for local event venues such as Tawharanui Lodge. Our local beaches are the superb Anchor Bay, Omaha, Goat Island and Pakiri. Art venues abound such as the Vivien Gallery, the Sculptureum, Morris and James, Art Matakana, Artform, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Heart and Soul to name but a few. Eating or drinking locally you are spoilt for choice including restaurants, cafes, craft breweries (The Sawmill Brewery is one of our favourites), pubs, food trucks and markets. Whilst here, if you can drag yourself away from the views from the garden or the beach, you will be in easy reach of many watersports, cycling, horse riding, golf, walking, vineyards, the cinema and more. Alysn and Brian love living in this beautiful area and being able to share it with visitors. Alysn is an artist working from her studio at Kotare house and offering creative experiences. We have 2 friendly collie dogs who are partial to a bit of fuss and play with visitors. If you want to have a creative experience at Alysn's art studio at the house during your stay choose from Metal Weaving, Wire Jewellery, Lasting Impressions with metal or other textile and art options. Contact us for details. We require proof of double covid vaccination status from all relevant guests in advance of your arrival. Thank you for your understanding. See our other accomodation options: Kakariki Rooms: (1 bedroom) Kaka Lodge: (4 bedrooms, up to 8 guests) Kaka Lodge: (2 bedrooms, up to 4 guests)

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet friendly
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Air Conditioning
Heat pump
Accessible Bathroom
Cot Available
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Drying room
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor Shower

Bed layout

1 Queen(s), 2 Single(s), 2 Cot(s)

Special Amenities

Wonderful views over Christian Bay and Kawau Island. Easy, unlimited access to the beach. Views over beautiful expanse of native bush and lawns to sit out and view. Bbq area.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

The nearest eating is the Stables Bar and Restaurant ( ) or the café at the Country Park. Next door to that is the Sculptureum with its Rothko restaurant ( Other venues include the Rusty Pelican ($10.00 burger night on Monday, 2 for 1 pizza on Tuesday and Thursday), (, The Vintry (, The Matakana Inn (, Matakana Market Kitchen (, Jin Jin (Facebook @jinjinmatakana), the Vietnamese truck, fish and chip shop and more. The Sawmill Brewery ( makes a range of craft beers which we sample regularly. They do serve other drinks and food too! Brick Bay Vineyard and Sculpture Trial makes for a relaxing half day whether you eat or simply wander the trail ( For more special occasions the Plume Vineyard Restaurant(\) or the Ascension Wine Estate ( Many of the local bars including the Sawmill Café at Leigh (don’t confuse with the Sawmill Brewery) have regular live music. The Matakana cinema is a fabulous boutique, 3 screen cinema and is well worth a visit too. Other activities Look out for art exhibitions, carnivals, festival, gigs, the renowned Saturday Farmers Market (get there early is our recommendation), Morris and James Pottery and café, over 40 local vineyards, beaches, walking, surfing, SUPing, kayaking, fishing, horse riding, cycling, golf etc. (Pretty much all the outdoors you could imagine) are available. We have collected loads of leaflets collected for you to peruse.


Average Rating: 5
1 total review

Kath Fraser
Alysn and Brian are lovely hosts and their property is outstanding. Super clean, fabulous location with views of the ocean in a stunning bush setting. We absolutely loved our short stay and will definitely be back.



Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
All year$250 / Night for 2 guests$501 Night
All year
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 1 Night




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