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Comfortable assorted accommodation and camping right inside the Urutawa Native Forest  reserve, set alongside the pristine TeWaiti stream yet only 20 min. from sunny Opotiki or 30 min. to the beach. Eastern Bay of Plenty.

A range of accommodation including a five bedroom house, Love shack, bunkhouse, small batches and a small camp ground with full utilities. All have decks and use of BBQ's.

Several walking , tramping and mountain biking tracks are very close by.  10 min. ride from the Motu Trails Pakahi Track and the TeWaiti track starts right at our front gate.

Swim in clear unpolluted pools of mixed depths (you choose) we have hundreds.

Take a gentle stroll up the TeWaiti track or branch off to a side track for a bit of a challenge, also great for mountain bikes.

Sit back in the evening, enjoy a drink and barbie while listing to the native birds.

Bring your rod, get up early and bask in the beauty and absolute pleasure of casting a line into a pristine pool while listening to the morning chorus. You may even catch breakfast.

Take one of our guided tours for something real special.

Check out the glow worm just up the track.

Maybe you just come and do nothing, that can be great as well.

Note: Swimming pool is the TeWaiti stream.

Phone is available at managers house only.

House is fully fenced.
Bed layout: 5 Queen(s), 2 King single(s), 26 Bunk(s)
Nearest main airport: Whakatane
Distance: 70 k's ish

    * Linen not provided
    * Disabled access provided
    * Children welcome
    * Smoking outside only
    * No pets
    * BBQ
    * Cleaning equipment
    * Cleaning supplies
    * Clothes line
    * Electric heat
    * Freezer
    * Fridge
    * Microwave
    * Outdoor furniture
    * Oven
    * Phone
    * Shower
    * Spa Bath
    * Spa pool
    * Swimming Pool
    * Toaster
    * TV
    * Washing Machine
    * Holiday Home
    * Kitchen

Rates & availability
Rates: $15 = adult in campground $70 to 90 = twin in love shack $200 to 250 = bunk house (entire) $300 to 350 = 5 bedroom house (entire) Please view our website
Availability: Available all year.

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Nearby attractions & activities
Situated right in the bush. Fishing. Hunting. Walking. Tramping. Cycling, Mountain biking. Tubing. Bird watching. Flora and fauna. Horse treking. Guided tours. Glow worms. Swimming. Helli tours
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User Reviews

There are: 5 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5
We stayed for three nights, had a group of 14 friends who like to hike and bike. We had superb weather and John and Virginia were so helpful, thanks a lot guys. Enjoyed the shuttle to do the Pakihi Track which was a real treat to ride. Have stayed twice in 5 bedroomed house and its very comfortable.
Posted by Shelley on 2015-11-12 15:43:46
Bush-haven is simply gorgeous, a tranquil valley nestled in the bush with a deliciously cool river to cool off in. We really enjoyed our stay camping there, swimming in the river and the great (although at times vertiginous!) walk up to Te Waiti hut. thanks for our stay!
Posted by kari on 2015-01-12 15:11:00
We really had the best time at Bushaven with our family group. A great place to kick back and relax in a wonderful environment. Couldn't believe the noise of the birds first thing in the morning - absolutely beautiful. John and Virginia were so friendly and helpful, despite our frequent demands. I would really recommend this beautiful place for its stunning location if nothing else.
Posted by Kate Adams on 2015-01-07 16:50:24
Hi John, Thanks for the great shuttle service and sharing your area knowledge. We really enjoyed the day and the long ride. Fully recommend Bushaven and services to anyone and have spread the word in the Hawkes Bay!
Posted by From Bushaven Facebook page on 2014-08-04 11:48:04
We visited with family from the U.K. It was magic for them, swimming in the river and floating down in inner-tubes, then toasting marshmallows in the fire at night.
Lovely walks up into the bush.
Very comfortable accommodation. Thanks John, we had a great time.
Posted by Leonie on 2014-07-30 10:43:57