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Okarito Kiwi Cottage is located on the corner of The Strand and Russell St. in the heart of the village of Okarito - home to about 30 residents. Just steps away to 3 amazing forest tracks and the beach of the wild Tasman Sea.

It is convenient to Okarito Boat Tours and kiwi tours. It is a simple and cozy cottage with open fireplace nestled in amongst the trees and a nice big green space out ...

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Okarito Kiwi Cottage is located on the corner of The Strand and Russell St. in the heart of the village of Okarito - home to about 30 residents. Just steps away to 3 amazing forest tracks and the beach of the wild Tasman Sea.

It is convenient to Okarito Boat Tours and kiwi tours. It is a simple and cozy cottage with open fireplace nestled in amongst the trees and a nice big green space out back. Kiwi Cottage has a great lookout from the little front porch -best sunny spot with a cuppa in the morning and the sun coming up across the field.

We love this area and are keen conservationists - please join us on one of our Okarito Boat Tours to see some of the New Zealand's largest untouched wetland - a haven for many birds which make it their feeding grounds and home - including the beautiful Great White Herons and Royal Spoonbills amongst the rarer species such as Australasian Bitterns and Fernbirds.

And be sure to take a nocturnal trip into the forest with Okarito Kiwi Tours to watch for the native Okarito Kiwi.

Kiwi Cottage is a great little place to call home while you're exploring Okarito.

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$110.00/Night for 2 guests
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$120/night up to 2 people ($10/extra person) cleaning and linen provided however we do request you leave the cottage tidy on departure thank you!

Reviews (34 Reviews)
davenumber8
Stayed December 2018
A perfect place to stay in Okarito, comfortable and cosy, with loads of character. Clean, neat and tidy with good cooking facilities and a comfortable bed, also an eclectic book collection and a stuffed toy kiwi.
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Thank you and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in little Kiwi Cottage and Okarito - thank you for coming!
cheers,
Paula
A perfect place to stay in Okarito, comfortable and cosy, with loads of character. Clean, neat and tidy with good cooking facilities and a comfortable bed, also an eclectic book collection and a stuffed toy kiwi.
Owner's reply
Thank you and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in little Kiwi Cottage and Okarito - thank you for coming!
cheers,
Paula
Debbie Harris
Stayed April 2018
Fantastic kiwi holiday Bach. Everything you could need. Very comfortable bed. Warm and clean. Paula and Swade very personable. Loved loved loved the lagoon tour on the boat - highlight. Lovely place to spend a few days to weeks. Base my... Read more
Fantastic kiwi holiday Bach. Everything you could need. Very comfortable bed. Warm and clean. Paula and Swade very personable. Loved loved loved the lagoon tour on the boat - highlight. Lovely place to spend a few days to weeks. Base my reviews on what I consider value for money so you can’t get much better than this in my eyes. Plus the location is awesome. Paid $100 pernight.
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pauline sutherland
Stayed March 2018
it was the most relaxing place I have ever been .
it was the most relaxing place I have ever been .
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Rebecca Hannan
Stayed February 2018
An honest-to-goodness Kiwi bach in an interesting place. Wi-Fi available for a small fee at adjacent campsite (though of intermittent quality).
An honest-to-goodness Kiwi bach in an interesting place. Wi-Fi available for a small fee at adjacent campsite (though of intermittent quality).
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Colleen Plank
Stayed January 2018
A very cute cottage with great location. The beds were very old and uncomfortable which was a shame otherwise we would be back!
Owner's reply
We hear you! time for new beds and we're on the hunt - funny, some people just love that double bed - but it's definitely personal preference and it is getting on. Thanks for your feedback!
A very cute cottage with great location. The beds were very old and uncomfortable which was a shame otherwise we would be back!
Owner's reply
We hear you! time for new beds and we're on the hunt - funny, some people just love that double bed - but it's definitely personal preference and it is getting on. Thanks for your feedback!
Marie Hurst
Stayed November 2017
Lovely Cottage suggest you take a media device no radio TV or even DVD player 24hours rain with 2 young teenage lads was tricky . Was a fun place loved the ambience of the open fire great fun . . Not easy to find pet frirndly holiday lets
Owner's reply
Thank you Marie for your feedback - ah the wild west coast and it's weather - pleased you managed without the technology - well done! and pleased to be able to offer a place for pets too.
Lovely Cottage suggest you take a media device no radio TV or even DVD player 24hours rain with 2 young teenage lads was tricky . Was a fun place loved the ambience of the open fire great fun . . Not easy to find pet frirndly holiday lets
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Thank you Marie for your feedback - ah the wild west coast and it's weather - pleased you managed without the technology - well done! and pleased to be able to offer a place for pets too.
suzhoufamily
Stayed January 2015
Good value accommodation in a beautiful place. Good walks and the opportunity to see kiwi and herons. The sea can not be swum in but there is a lake close to the beach that is good for swimming in. The Bach is comfortable but just needs a... Read more
Good value accommodation in a beautiful place. Good walks and the opportunity to see kiwi and herons. The sea can not be swum in but there is a lake close to the beach that is good for swimming in. The Bach is comfortable but just needs a good spring clean.
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mayfair
Stayed August 2014
Great little bach! Great location. We really enjoyed our stay, it's so nice to be able to have the dogs with us too. Will be back again!
Thanks, Lizzy and Matt.
Owner's reply
thank you Lizzy and Matt - delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in Okarito and Kiwi Cottage - look forward to having you back!
Great little bach! Great location. We really enjoyed our stay, it's so nice to be able to have the dogs with us too. Will be back again!
Thanks, Lizzy and Matt.
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thank you Lizzy and Matt - delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in Okarito and Kiwi Cottage - look forward to having you back!
Phil & Eva
Stayed February 2013
Really enjoyed our stay here. Accommodation very comfy. Beautiful weather, really enjoyed the Boat tour on Okarito Lagoon with Swade. Did the Kiwi Tour and saw Beaumont the Kiwi bird, Magic. Walked the wetland, Trig and Pack Track to 3... Read more
Really enjoyed our stay here. Accommodation very comfy. Beautiful weather, really enjoyed the Boat tour on Okarito Lagoon with Swade. Did the Kiwi Tour and saw Beaumont the Kiwi bird, Magic. Walked the wetland, Trig and Pack Track to 3 Mile Lagoon and walked the beach way back at low tide. Just beautiful.
Thank you Paula & Swade for your hospitality. ___Melbourne, Australia
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Yvonne & Frank
Stayed February 2013
Thank you Paula & Swade for the lovely stay in your cosy cottage. We specially enjoyed the Early Bird tour. ___Berlin
Thank you Paula & Swade for the lovely stay in your cosy cottage. We specially enjoyed the Early Bird tour. ___Berlin
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Maurice & Kay
Stayed February 2013
Fantastic stay. Missed the kiwis as booked up. Loved the boat trip. Thanks Paula & Swade
___NZ
Fantastic stay. Missed the kiwis as booked up. Loved the boat trip. Thanks Paula & Swade
___NZ
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Larisa
Stayed January 2013
Thanks for all the information you have provided for us and the recommendation of Ian's Kiwi Tour.
The lovely boat tour with Swade reminded us of our house in Germany at the North Sea with the wetlands...We have oyster catchers there... Read more
Thanks for all the information you have provided for us and the recommendation of Ian's Kiwi Tour.
The lovely boat tour with Swade reminded us of our house in Germany at the North Sea with the wetlands...We have oyster catchers there too!

And we also enjoyed the awesome photographs of Andris (Apse). Thanks for bringing us there and the really relaxing and quiet time at your cosy and comfortable Kiwi Cottage!
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Rona & family
Stayed January 2013
Fantastic true Kiwi bach. Awesome time. thank you we will be back.
___West Coast, NZ
Fantastic true Kiwi bach. Awesome time. thank you we will be back.
___West Coast, NZ
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Shirley, Sean, Annalie & Isla
Stayed December 2012
Great bach in a beautiful location. Loved the wonderful boat trip - so informative! Thank you also for your wonderful kindness, hospitality and all the useful tips. We'll be back!___Christchurch, NZ
Great bach in a beautiful location. Loved the wonderful boat trip - so informative! Thank you also for your wonderful kindness, hospitality and all the useful tips. We'll be back!___Christchurch, NZ
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Shirley, Sean, Annalie & Isla...Christchurch, NZ
Stayed December 2012
Great bach in a beautiful location. Loved the wonderful boat trip - so informative! Thank you also for your wonderful kindness, hospitality and all the useful tips. We'll be back!
Great bach in a beautiful location. Loved the wonderful boat trip - so informative! Thank you also for your wonderful kindness, hospitality and all the useful tips. We'll be back!
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Florence & Co.
Stayed December 2012
Thanks for sharing with us your corner of paradise. Loved the birds and the beach. The cottage is so neat and well-equipped, we were able to have an awesome Christmas dinner (French style!). Thanks again for your hospitality and let's... Read more
Thanks for sharing with us your corner of paradise. Loved the birds and the beach. The cottage is so neat and well-equipped, we were able to have an awesome Christmas dinner (French style!). Thanks again for your hospitality and let's meet again next time we come!___Wellington, NZ
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Trish & Cathy...Christchurch
Stayed December 2012
Christmas arrived early as we unpacked the gifts of the song of birds, the majestci beauty of mountains, the splash of clour of rata and harakeke, the quiet and peacefulness of the lagoon in the early morning, the abundance of life in the... Read more
Christmas arrived early as we unpacked the gifts of the song of birds, the majestci beauty of mountains, the splash of clour of rata and harakeke, the quiet and peacefulness of the lagoon in the early morning, the abundance of life in the bush, the ever present sounds of the ocean, the sun drenched beach, our nocturnal patience rewarded with the presence of BZ (Kiwi) and the glory and wonder of the magnificent Kotuku (great white heron) in flight. The place, the people and the experiences - AWESOME
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Trish & Cathy
Stayed December 2012
Christmas arrived early as we unpacked the gifts of the song of birds, the majestic beauty of mountians, the splash of colour of rata and harakeke, the quiet and peacefulness of the lagoon in the early morning, the abundance of life in the... Read more
Christmas arrived early as we unpacked the gifts of the song of birds, the majestic beauty of mountians, the splash of colour of rata and harakeke, the quiet and peacefulness of the lagoon in the early morning, the abundance of life in the bush, the everpresent sounds of the ocean, the sun drenched beach, our nocturnal patience rewarded with the presence of BZ and the glory and wonder of the magnificent Kotuku in flight. The place, the people and the experiences - AWESOME. ___ Christchurch, NZ
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Olle & Anne
Stayed December 2012
An absolute special village to live in. One of our family's top 5 in our 5 weeks visit in NZ. Special thanks to our hosts and of course to Ian C. and that special night with the Kiwi birds. For always in our memory. ___Sweden
An absolute special village to live in. One of our family's top 5 in our 5 weeks visit in NZ. Special thanks to our hosts and of course to Ian C. and that special night with the Kiwi birds. For always in our memory. ___Sweden
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Dot
Stayed November 2012
WOW!! such a very special place with fantastic folk. Thank you Paula & Swade so much for your hospitality. Loved the bird life and little bits of hints and where to find birds and just being so helpful. Must bring my family back here -... Read more
WOW!! such a very special place with fantastic folk. Thank you Paula & Swade so much for your hospitality. Loved the bird life and little bits of hints and where to find birds and just being so helpful. Must bring my family back here - Kiwi Cottage fabulous...." Nelson, NZ
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Dot ... Nelson, NZ
Stayed November 2012
Wow!! such a very special place with fantastic folk. Thank you Paula & Swade so much for your hospitality. Loved the bird life and the little bits of hints and where to find birds and just being to helpful. Must bring my family back... Read more
Wow!! such a very special place with fantastic folk. Thank you Paula & Swade so much for your hospitality. Loved the bird life and the little bits of hints and where to find birds and just being to helpful. Must bring my family back here - Kiwi Cottage Fabulous - keep up the great work.
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Pandora & Laurie
Stayed November 2012
Had a wonderful stay here - saw kiwis, did boat trips and kayaking. A lovely spot - we look forward to returning. Thanks to all of you for making our stay so enjoyable.___Yorkshire, England
Had a wonderful stay here - saw kiwis, did boat trips and kayaking. A lovely spot - we look forward to returning. Thanks to all of you for making our stay so enjoyable.___Yorkshire, England
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Stacy & Tracy
Stayed May 2012
After a long drive from St. Bathans Central Otago to arrive here at the bach to the fire already lit...the place toasty & warm!! (7 pm and dark!) What a welcome! Thank you so much Paula, relaly looking forward to a boat trip on the lagoon... Read more
After a long drive from St. Bathans Central Otago to arrive here at the bach to the fire already lit...the place toasty & warm!! (7 pm and dark!) What a welcome! Thank you so much Paula, relaly looking forward to a boat trip on the lagoon with you guys tomorrow - thanks for an amazing stay in beautiful Okarito
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Dave & Jan
Stayed May 2012
Spent a lovely three days here, a neat spot. Lovely cottage, excellent Nature Tour on the lagoon, and walks to Three Mile Beach and trig points. Great to see increasing numbers of forest birds....Kapiti Coast, NZ
Spent a lovely three days here, a neat spot. Lovely cottage, excellent Nature Tour on the lagoon, and walks to Three Mile Beach and trig points. Great to see increasing numbers of forest birds....Kapiti Coast, NZ
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Melz & Max Grant
Stayed May 2010
Back in Okarito for our last stay before heading North, to thank everyone for helping us for our last days of our journey round the South Island by sea kayak. A very warm welcome to a lovely fire and warrm house. Thanks again.
___NZ
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Back in Okarito for our last stay before heading North, to thank everyone for helping us for our last days of our journey round the South Island by sea kayak. A very warm welcome to a lovely fire and warrm house. Thanks again.
___NZ
(Note from Paula & Swade: Melz and Max are a daughter/father team who circumnavigated the entire South Island by kayak - an absolute pleasure to have them - and congratulations on their successful completion of any incredible journey - amazing!)
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Scott Blinman
Stayed April 2010
Really nice old school bach. Heaps of fire wood and plenty of peace and quiet. Thanks for providing such a great place to stay and enjoy beautiful Orkarito.
Really nice old school bach. Heaps of fire wood and plenty of peace and quiet. Thanks for providing such a great place to stay and enjoy beautiful Orkarito.
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Charlotte & Scott
Stayed April 2010
Awesome place to stay. Beautiful hot weather. Okarito is one of our favorite places - great place to get some peace & quiet.
___North Beach, Christchurch, NZ
Awesome place to stay. Beautiful hot weather. Okarito is one of our favorite places - great place to get some peace & quiet.
___North Beach, Christchurch, NZ
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Dave & Jan
Stayed March 2010
a lovely spot to unwind for a couple of days. Very cozy cottage and lovely fire at night. Thoroughly recommend the 2 Hour lagoon/river boat trip. Relaxing, lots of birds and forest plants to see and well informed guide - thank you... Read more
a lovely spot to unwind for a couple of days. Very cozy cottage and lovely fire at night. Thoroughly recommend the 2 Hour lagoon/river boat trip. Relaxing, lots of birds and forest plants to see and well informed guide - thank you Swade!
___Kapiti, NZ
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Jim & Stephanie
Stayed March 2010
We had a wonderful evening by the fire with a bottle of wine - nice and cozy! Next time we'll stick around and explore all that Okarito has to offer!
____USA
We had a wonderful evening by the fire with a bottle of wine - nice and cozy! Next time we'll stick around and explore all that Okarito has to offer!
____USA
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Barbara & Rex
Stayed February 2010
Most enjoyable stay. Highlight was the 2 Hour cruise on the lagoon - thank you.
Most enjoyable stay. Highlight was the 2 Hour cruise on the lagoon - thank you.
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Joanne & Chris
Stayed December 2009
It may not be 5 star but it is homey and comfortable, a home away from home. Sauvignon blanc and roaring fires, tea and toast on the verandah for breakfast. 2 Kiwis and a River trip for Chris, R&R for Joanne. Thanks...ps. and 2 days... Read more
It may not be 5 star but it is homey and comfortable, a home away from home. Sauvignon blanc and roaring fires, tea and toast on the verandah for breakfast. 2 Kiwis and a River trip for Chris, R&R for Joanne. Thanks...ps. and 2 days of wall to wall sunshine!
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Jennie & Miles
Stayed December 2009
Wonderful spot - loved it all, wind rain and sunshine - kiwis, seals and herons - baby ducks and a banded dotteral chick. Great fires, "Sunday Coffee Club" and "Library" all part of the local atmosphere. Delicious fresh... Read more
Wonderful spot - loved it all, wind rain and sunshine - kiwis, seals and herons - baby ducks and a banded dotteral chick. Great fires, "Sunday Coffee Club" and "Library" all part of the local atmosphere. Delicious fresh herbs & rainbow chard. Thank you. NZ & UK
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Patsy
Stayed December 2009
Thanks for a great stay in a lovely little cottage in the most awesome part of the country I have ever seen...and I've seen most of it!...Motueka,NZ
Thanks for a great stay in a lovely little cottage in the most awesome part of the country I have ever seen...and I've seen most of it!...Motueka,NZ
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Stacy
Stayed November 2009
Wonderful town and comfortable well-appointed homestay. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit!
Wonderful town and comfortable well-appointed homestay. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit!
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