Bush Hill Cottage is the perfect place to take a break and forget the stresses of life or use as a base to try the many activities in our beautiful Ruapehu district. We are close to Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River where your adventures can begin. Our place is great for couples, solo adventurers, and families with children.
Bush Hill Cottage is a great place to take time out from your busy schedule, relax and enjoy rural New Zealand.
Our little cottage is in a paddock so the only immediate neighbours you may have are sheep, cows or a horse. There is a lovely bush walk near our house or, time and weather permitting, we can arrange a farm tour for you to experience a small part of farm life.
We are about half way between Mt Ruapehu and the Whanganui River and both offer plenty of options – hiking, camping, biking, jet boating, canoeing or skiing in winter. Pipiriki, on the Whanganui River, is 35 minutes drive away and from there you can take a jet boat to the famous “Bridge to Nowhere” in the Mangapurua Valley. Canoe trips can also be organised or cycle through the Mangapurua to be collected by jet boat at the river.
Explore in the Tongariro National Park with many treks for all levels of fitness and experience. The most famous hike is the Tongariro Crossing, with “Mt Doom”, only 1 hour from us. In winter the Turoa and Whakapapa skifields on Mt Ruapehu can be enjoyed.
Our local towns of Raetihi and Ohakune have fascinating histories – farming, timber milling, railway, 1918 fires, market gardening, ski industry development so hire a bike and check them out. Raetihi is about 10 minutes drive from us and Ohakune is 20 minutes away. Both have information centres and free Wifi at the libraries.
Opportunities for mountain biking in the Ruapehu region are many and varied from easy tracks for first timers to downhill daring rides.
If trout fishing is your passion, there are a number of magnificent fishing sites on rivers and streams including the Manganui o te Ao River and Mangawhero River.
There are also museums, art galleries, numerous cafes and restaurants for your enjoyment.
So what ever your preference when taking a break, we would love to see you at Bush Hill Cottage
You will have peace and privacy with the whole cottage to yourselves, although we are usually around across the paddock, in our own home/farm, should you need anything.
Interaction with guests
If you have any queries, feel free to ask and we will do our best to help.
- Smoking is allowed only outside.
If anything gets broken or does not work, please let us know.
My husband and I have a deer farm, with sheep and cattle as well. I grew up on a farm and Mike lived in small country towns as a child so we greatly appreciate our rural heritage. We see it as a vital part of NZ and we enjoy being able to share it with visitors.
I enjoy gardening - flower, fruit & vegetable - then bottling & preserving our produce. I'm also very interested in wool crafts, especially spinning & weaving.