The James K. Cottage

Reconstructed from its original life as a barn this cottage has recycled native totara floorboards and stunning beams.

The cottage was named in memory of New Zealand’s famous poet James K Baxter, who spent time in the small community in nearby Hiruhārama (Jerusalem) and the Ahuahu valley commune.

It houses our collection of James K Baxter’s poetry and literature along with a collection of artifacts donated by the nuns from the convent at Hiruhārama for those who have an interest.

On the ground floor there is an open plan kitchen and lounge with comfy seating. The fully equipped kitchen with hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of CDs, LPs and books make relaxing a pleasure.

The downstairs bedroom area is located up two steps from the lounge. Here you will find a queen size and a single bed. The second-story bedroom can be configured as a king size bed and one single or as three single beds, providing flexibility to suit your group. From this vantage point you can relax on the balcony and enjoy the stunning views across the river to the hills opposite.

A private bathroom with shower, wash basin and toilet comes complete with a range of toiletries which are friendly both to your body and the environment.

The porch and overhang keep this cottage cool in summer and the pot belly stove in the lounge makes it an ideal, cosy retreat for the cooler months.

Available all year.


Accommodates: 2 min – 6 max

Bedrooms: 2

Bed types: 1 queen and 2 singles and Queen and 2 singles

Lounge area: 1

Kitchen: 1 fully equipped


BBQ, Heating, Music, Log Burner, Books, Essentials, Wireless Internet, Hob, Oven, Fridge Freezer, Dryer, Outdoor furniture, Shower, Coffee

House Rules

Check in time: 2.30pm

Checkout time: 10.30am

No smoking

No parties

No pets

Children must be supervised at all times

Price for James K Cottage:

$240 for one night for up to four adults

$200 per night for bookings of two nights or more

$40 per night for extra adults/ $30 per night for extra children (aged 12 and under).