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The Rabbithole

The Rabbithole
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1115 Akatarawa Rd, Upper Hutt
021 0381665
The Rabbithole is an all-organic private lifestyle section based on permaculture principles. We run a good-sized vegetable garden, a young orchard, chickens, ducks and an ever changing collection of animals. Accommodation is basic but comfortable in a double bedroom with separate entrance and own bathroom. You will join our family in the living space and kitchen, which is fully equipped. Experience warm hospitality and come home to your quiet nature space after the hustle and bustle of the city. We are located within easy reach of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast, the Wairarapa and Lower and Upper Hutt - close to Kaitoke and Akatarawa forest parks, the Rimutaka hills and the Hutt River Trail. Try yourself mountain biking the famous Karapoti mountain bike track, visit Staglands wildlife park or spend the day at one of the numerous beaches in the region - or the Wairarapa wineries. Book a healing session with our resident ChrisTian-Ra, a guitar or singing lesson with NZ folk singer/songwriter Sean O'Connor, or just relax in the sun. The Rabbithole runs  occasional gardening and food workshops and regular music events and you can learn all about sustainable living from Natalie. Mountain bikes available for use, as is a large collection of books and games, free WiFi, movies - but no TV. Join us for evening meals (at extra charge) or self-cater if you prefer. 

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Occasional sustainability / food / gardening course

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegetarian Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

Optional upon arrangement


Double bedroom with own bathroom, shared lounge / kitchen / dining. Washing machine, linen, towels included.

Total Capacity

Upper Hutt


VCR Hi-Fi with CD & DVD player Phone & Broadband Phone & WIFI


Biking, mountain biking, river swimming, meditation, guitar / singing lessons, games, books, gardening / sustainability workshops, slack lining, cooking / preserving lessons

Tariff Includes

accommodation and facilities, meals at extra charge


From SH 2 turn into Akatarawa Rd at the northern end of Upper Hutt (follow signs to Staglands / Waikanae). The property is on the left about 500 m after the cemetery - look out for the two white rabbits on the fence posts.
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User Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Hiya, Intuitively i get your place is pretty amazing!
Hope to visit soon as i am relocating to Welly.
Cheers Yvonne,
Posted by Dr Yvonne Murphy on 2014-09-23 14:12:40