Lake Rotoroa is the Jewel in the crown of the Nelson Lakes National Park.The lake is an untamed Natural wilderness area.
The Genuine old Kiwi Bach is iconic of many Kiwi holiday homes that existed in the past. To make it more comfortable however, we have installed electricity.The Bathroom has a shower over a tub, ,linen, bedding. towels are (website hidden) dining area is roomy and has gas hob 4 burner ,also electric oven .
We are Situated only approx 1 hour from Nelson City, 2 hours from Picton and the interislander and 2 hours to Westport. We are also 1.5 hours from Blenheim (wineries).During your stay you should feel very relaxed as this is an easy care enviroment .Short walks or long tramps are at your doorstep .you may like to visit the Department of Conservation website to see some of the activities that you may do in the Nelson lakes park (Lake Rotoroa )
The Settlement at Lake Rotoroa is as small one,with approx 8 perminent residents ,This number however increases over the holiday periods.Many tourists also hire Holiday houses (Bachs)or camp in the camping area.
The world famous Lake Rotoroa Trout fishing Lodge is also at the Lake
There are no shops or services available apart from a water Taxi ,so it pays to have your food supplies etc pre purchased before arriving .
This setting makes it an idyllic stay for those who love the outdoors. Tramping (Hiking), Trout Fishing, Mountain Biking, Photography, Kyaking, Rafting, Astromony , and numerous other activities.
The Scenery is just Marvelous,its about fun and relaxing,so you make the rules.Just sit down pour a glass or three of wine,light a cigar,and take in the atmosphere of this quirky little retreat.
Closed During.Months of June & July- August 18th Weather to cold Bach not insulated.
Many thanks to all those that have stayed Michelle and Nev wish you all very happy and safe travels wherever you maybe
Inclusions and Amenities:
Family and Child Friendly
We can’t review Neville – as we didn’t see him - but his place, a real Kiwi bach! You haven’t seen New Zealand if you haven’t stayed in a bach like this. The batch is very rustic but when the fire is going in the fireplace the kitchen becomes a cosy place that hosts up to 4 people around the table. We didn’t expect to find a large modern fridge and a toaster in the kitchen, so this was a nice surprise. The house is well protected against the sand flies which are omnipresent around Nelson Lakes. So we recommend Nevilles place to any traveller who would also stay in a mountain hut and is able to laugh about macho talk that fills the walls. Nevilles place is an experience of its own – go see!
An amazing bach in a fantastic location with the best sand flies ever!
Although isolated, the bach is easy to find. Entry was easy also. Everything for our one night stay was provided in a simple way and as it was a bit chilly, we made use of the wood burning stove. The bach has many atmospheric details and is well situated for walks in the woods and round the lake. There was plenty of room especially in the living area and we very much enjoyed our Kiwi bach experience.
I’ve neglected this review for several weeks in an effort to let the initial heat die down however time is running out. The Pros: Met Neville on our fourth day of a five day stay and talked for a few minutes, he seems like a nice person. There are some well maintained trails in the area. The Cons: This is not the place indicated in the advertisement and has no resemblance to the house in the picture provided. It is best described as a fish camp or hunting camp but not a B&B or neat cabin in the woods. The first clue was the padlock on the front door and a tennis ball shoved in the hole normally provided for the lock. The toilet is located outside the back door on the porch and contains the only bathroom sink which is not plumbed to hot water and drains into a plastic bucket that must be dumped after use. The table is old and the wood top has separated leaving cracks that have been filled with crud over time. The kitchen sink and counter top are not anchored to the floor or wall so tend to move. There were lots of spiders (especially in the toilet area) and other bugs to deal with. In general if I could have gotten my money back I would have never stayed the first night and would not recommend this as a B&B.
The Bach is advertised as a Genuine Kiwi Bach which it is .The door you refer to is the front door inside the veranda .This was purposely built like this and the tennis ball.has been there since the door was installed .The Bach is there to give people a Kiwi (New Zealand) experience . The reason you met me on the fourth day is because of work commitments ,we are not all wealthy to travel 200 KMS a day to get to our place of work .This rural N.Z not your flash British Columbia
What a great bach, really enjoyed the serenity. The history of fun times resonated through the walls. Character in mounds. Lake good as. Thanks Neville
My husband and I, and our son and his fiancee, stayed here one night as we were traveling through the Nelson Lakes area. This cabin is fairly rustic, but clean and comfortable, especially with a fire going. We enjoyed a nice family evening with a home-cooked meal and working a jigsaw puzzle together. We also enjoyed the trails within walking distance of the cabin.
Neville cabin's is a must seen in New Zealand !
Spend a ´night in it is an experience ! It was amazing, odd, charming, frightening, curious, funny... All together !
It was a adventure we wońt forget.
Beautiful location. Don't get seduced by the idea of the outdoor hot tub with fresh water because it's not there.
The cabin and its surrounding area are just great. Situated very close to the lake, you only need a 5min walk to get to one of the best viewing points. The cabin is large (hosting 5-6 people would not be a problem), well equipped, and has loads of style/flavor to it, in a good way.
It is in the wild, and does feel like it too obviously in both good and bad. I did enjoy my stay!
I loved our visit to Nelson Lakes. Neville contacted us right away and left us very easy (and accurate) instructions to get to the cabin. It's right by the lake and surrounded by the most gorgeous mountains.
We came early spring and so it was rainy the whole day. But we had a warm fire and it was nice to stay indoors. We had plenty of kitchen utensils and were able to quick a homemade meal-- finally a break from restaurants.
There is plenty of space and has lots of character. This was one of my favorite places on our whole trip through NZ. If you want rustic, quiet, escape in some beautiful New Zealand country-- this was well worth the drive over!