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 has a fridge-freezer, hob and oven making self-catering 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 bed and arm chair. 

The second-story bedroom is reached via a set of outside stairs and has 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 – 5 max  Bedrooms: 2 Bed types: 1 queen downstairs, 3 singles upstairs Lounge area: 1 Kitchen: 1 fully equipped


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

House Rules

Check in time: 3pm Checkout time: 10.30am No smoking or vaping No parties No pets Children must be supervised at all times


Off-Peak (May – November)

$275 for one night for two adults 
$240 per night for bookings of two nights or more (for two adults) 
$75 per night for extra adults/ $50 per night for extra children (aged 12 and under).

Public holiday weekends and Summer season (December – April)

Minimum Two nights
$500 for two nights (for two adults)
$200 per extra night (for two adults)
$75 per night for extra adults/ $50 per night for extra children (aged 12 and under).