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Kuaka Cottage

Kuaka Cottage
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285 Back Road, Karamea
Tel: 03 7826023
Kuaka Cottage. Come and enjoy our cozy handcrafted stone cottage nestled against Kahurangi National Park. No telephone, no internet, no EFTpos, no TV, just an eco friendly stay surrounded by native bush and birdsong. Relax around the campfire in the evening and gaze at a star studded sky from the wood fired bush bath as you soak your tired muscles. Flax weaving workshop for craft enthusiasts.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

We have an abundance of water here on the west coast of the south island so water conservation is not an issue. We temporarily divert it for our use and then return it to the cycle. For this reason the we conserve water option is not checked.

Organic Meals

A wholesome breakfast includes organic oats, organic soy milk, organic yoghurt, organic eggs from our chickens and organic fruit from our orchard in season. Homemade rolls from organic flours.


One room cottage with queen size bed. Separate ablutions building with composting toilet and shower.

Total Capacity



Relax in the bush bath, relax around the campfire, read, listening to the birdsong, see the glow worms in the bush,join a flax weaving course with your host Hanne

Tariff Includes



Situated on the Back Road 12 km south of Karamea
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User Reviews

There are: 4 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5
Highly recommended! Mark and Hanne are very welcoming hosts. The cottage is comfortable, there is no electricity in the cottage but lots of candles plus a solar powered light and a bed that is not sagging. The compost toilets are an experience as they do not smell!! Mark and Hanne may have proved that a simpler life can be a happier life and this might rubb off on you. Best coBack Rd is great for bikes as there is hardly any traffic around and Karemea is not too far away. Value for money.
Posted by Frank and Jessica on 2013-04-07 20:25:35
An opportunity to get an "under the skin" experience with NZ. Beautiful lokal materials, organic garden, breathtaking nature. And the hostes may teach you to use flax.
Posted by Bolette Friderichsen on 2011-11-01 20:41:07
Travellers looking for Karamea bed and breakfast: I can recommand Kuaka Cottage. Kuaka cottage is very cosy, with surprising features such as outdoor hot bath under the stars.
Posted by Olav Dyhrberg on 2011-09-30 00:28:05
We stayed here for 2 nights in December 2010 and were delighted by everything about the accommodation, food, flax weaving course and of course the lovely hosts Mark & Hanne. Loads of birdlife next to the national park and lots of nice walks and caves, both locally and a short drive away.

The only drawback for some may be the location if you do not have your own transport but then this can apply to quite a few NZ accommodations. The eco toilet & shower has been made to an excellent standard, with attention to detail. It is a short walk from the bungalow. The tariff is now $80 and we would still view that as an absolute bargain. We wish that we could have spent several more days.
Posted by Alan & Jo Ramsay on 2011-01-16 01:08:11