The Acorn

  • Idylic rural, Northland countryside.
  • Central location for Bay of Islands, Kerikeri, Paihia, Waitangi, easy access to East and West coasts
  • Sweet old, traditional bach.
The Acorn is a lovely, old, wooden, 2 bedroom cottage, fully furnished in a country style, with an enclosed garden, surrounded by gum trees and poplars.

We're just outside the small rural village of Ohaeawai, (with a great butcher and a traditional NZ dairy) 15 minutes from Kerikeri and about 20 minutes from Paihia, the Bay of Islands and Waitangi (by car). A great central base for all that this area is famous for.

We are on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail and are perfectly positioned for the Okaihau/Kaikohe section.
The property was featured in Life and Leisure magazine in 2010.

The Cottage ~
The living room is very comfortable with a tv, dvd player and loads of dvds. There is also a woodburner to make the winter nights cosy.

You can park outside The Acorn. Our own house is about a 3 minute walk away along a banana grove, however the cottage is very private, as the bananas, fig tree and some conifers screen the houses from each other.

We're pet friendly, your dogs can come and stay in the house with you. Try not to let them jump all over the furniture, though!

This is very, small working farm, so come and have a chat with us about safety stuff and feed some chickens or alpacas and pat the donkey!

Ensure that any pets are well behaved and under control. There is a fence around The Acorn but if you think your dogs may escape - over or under the fence - please supervise them as there are cows, ducks, chickens, a donkey and alpacas around.
Speaking of chickens, they lay really lovely eggs so I'll put some of them down at the cottage for you. ( if they are laying)

Price is for up to a maximum of 4 people. Please don't ask for more.
A 30% deposit is required for all bookings. This is refunded in full if you have to cancel your booking, however you must give 1 weeks notice.

The Acorn in relation to our own house, Darroch Cottage

We have a nightly rate of $100 - $180  per night, depending on the time of year.  This is for a maximum of 4 people. I will require a 30% deposit on booking, this is fully refunded if you have to cancel but you must give me at least 1 weeks notice.
Children are very welcome, especially if they like patting donkeys.

Smoking is permitted outside only
All bed linen in included

If this sounds like what you are looking for or if you have any questions you can contact us by email on

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Here are some of the lovely things our guests have said ( these and more can be seen at bookabach as well)


Lovely spot. Very relaxing. The hosts were friendly and provided all we needed. Would love to come back, and might bring our dog next time. He would love it too!"


From first contact with Laura, her service was exceptional and efficient. The cottage was very clean and catered for all our needs. We would recommend it to anyone and will certainly be staying there again ourselves."


Had a wonderful relaxing time at this cozy cottage in such a beautiful setting. Was an ideal base for day trips in Northland. Hosts were very friendly. Thanks."

Right from the initial contact with Laura I sensed a good feeling about her and the cottage and I wasn't disappointed.The cottage is homely and cozy with lots of extra touches which made our stay most enjoyable. These people are lovely and it was a pleasure staying in their cottage (but the weather was shocking!!!!!!!! :-) ) Thanks heaps. Highly recommended to all. All the best Laura and co xox"

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Beautiful Bay of Islands

The dogs, Bob, Brodie and Tallulah.

Some of the farm animals
Two of my lovely ladies, Mathilda and Mabel.

Spoils from the chooks

The alpacas

Rachel the super friendly donkey!


the stream for swimming
Just behind the acron