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 was a frequent traveller along the river road. 

It houses our collection of James K Baxter’s poetry and literature along with a range of artefacts 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 fridge-freezer, hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of Cassettes, LPs, board games 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 (Please note the cottage is suitable for 4 adults or a family of 6 with children)

Bedrooms: 2

Bed types: 1 queen and 1 single downstairs, 3 singles or 1 king and 1 single upstairs

Lounge area: 1

Kitchen: 1 fully equipped


Bed linen and towels,  Hob, Oven, Fridge Freezer, Tea and Coffee supplies, Shower, Log Burner, Books, Music, Wireless Internet, Outdoor furniture, BBQ.

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 two adults

$200 per night for bookings of two nights or more (for two adults)

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