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The Bach

Built on the beach-front road at Te Horo Beach on the Kapiti Coast, the bach was designed by Sam Kebbell and John Daish in 2001. The bach is available for short-term rent. It is serviced and a continental breakfast is provided for the duration of your stay.

In keeping with the spirit of Te Horo's low-key seaside community, the bach is a sturdy little block house perched on the side of a sand dune (one row back from the beach) with views of the sea, and Kapiti Island from upstairs. The bach enjoys all day sun and with some windows stretching to double height it is a really light and warm place to spend time in - any time of the year.

The following are included in the nightly rate:

Quality bed linen; bathroom towels (but not beach towels); and a continental breakfast (e.g. homemade muesli, fresh and poached organic fruit, yoghurt, tea and freshly ground coffee, homemade jams and a selection of breads, croissants and bagels). The bach is thoroughly cleaned after your stay and the kitchen is completely restocked so all you need to do is tidy up, pack your bags and be in your way.

The kitchen, dining and living spaces are combined downstairs with a mezzanine bedroom above (queen size bed and wardrobe). A cleverly designed louvre over one window, and a light curtain over the opposite window, allow for generous views to the north and south while ensuring noone can see in (giving you privacy from the bach's lawn and neighbouring houses). While the bach is best suited to two adults the fold out sofa in the living room can be used to sleep extra friends or family. The kitchen contains an oven/stove, a fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and cooking equipment for preparing meals. The bathroom, a washing machine and study area are downstairs. The woodburner is set up ready for your arrival and keeps the bach toasty in winter (firewood is provided). The TV and DVD player are handy if you're planning a night in so feel free to bring a movie with you. And CDs – there is a stereo with radio/CD player in the bach too.

Please note: the bach is strictly non-smoking.

The bach is surrounded by lawn - some flat and some sloping down towards the beach. A portable barbecue and outdoor furniture are provided for warm days and nights outside in the summer. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach, so remember to bring your togs and walking shoes.

The bach is a modern, peaceful and relaxed place to work or play in. For a quiet getaway on a weekend or a few days work away from the office, we trust you will enjoy your stay.

Things to do

The bach is a great little place to laze about in - sleeping, eating, reading etc but if you feel like something a little more adventurous, Te Horo is the perfect place from which to explore the Kapiti Coast:

Te Horo Beach joins Otaki Beach to Peka Peka, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati beaches. It is possible to walk, go gliding, horse riding or land yachting for many miles. Most parts of the beach are great for swimming, fishing, jogging, sailing and surfing.

Places to eat:
There are several cafes and restaurants in Otaki, Te Horo, Peka Peka, Waikanae and Paraparaumu. A few of our favourites are:
- Bus Stop Café (55 Sims Rd, Te Horo Beach)
- Rock Salt (right by the sea at Waikanae Beach)
- Brown Sugar Café (Otaki)
- Rumours (Waikanae)

Places to shop:
For fresh fruit and vegetables, it's worth a stop at Penray (on SH1 just south of Otaki). There is a New World supermarket, a hardware store, and various outlet stores including Bendon/Norsewear/Pumpkin Patch/Icebreaker in Otaki. There is a big shopping mall in Paraparaumu for almost everything else you might need. There are quite a few good second hand shops from Paraparaumu to Levin if you're into those too.

Otaki Forks:
Otaki Forks is on the inland side of Te Horo. The start of the track is about 15 minutes drive from the bach. For more information on the walking track and area click here.

Ruth Pretty Cooking School:
Ruth Pretty cooking school is less than 10 minutes away from Te Horo beach. For information on cooking classes or catering click here.

Otaki Golf Club:
Established 1891, a links type course (that never closes).
A range of subs and fees apply.
Old Coach Road
PO Box 55, OTAKI
Ph: 06 364 8260

Kapiti Island:
Day visits can be made to Kapiti Island. Departures are from Paraparaumu, about 15 minutes drive from Te Horo Beach. Booking in advance is essential.

The Paraparaumu Library:
Designed by Warren and Mahoney Architecture, the building itself is worth a look, even if you don't need to borrow a book (closed on Sundays).

One Eye Gallery:
Contemporary art in Paekakariki.

Lavender Creek Farm:
Settlement Road. To get there, cross the train tracks east of SH1 and keep going straight ahead into Settlement Road, look out for the lavender farm on the left.

Tennis courts:
Downtown Te Horo has tennis courts - available for use at the cost of a small donation. To get there, cross over the train tracks east of SH1 and via left into School Road. The courts are on the right, behind the fire station, about 200m down School Road.


A few comments from people who have enjoyed staying at the bach:

"The modern design, homemade cereal, jams etc…it’s the first time in New Zealand we feel we’ve got what we paid for."

"Thanks so much for allowing us to enjoy your lovely space – worth recommending. Your homely touches made it very special."

"Well appointed – comfortable and classy. Convenient for the Ruth Pretty Cooking course. We only had a short stay and it was ideal."

"Not too expensive, all conveniences, modern, simple, close to beach with homemade touches."

"Peaceful, clean, bright, airy, well provisioned, quality bedding, towels etc."

Getting There

To collect the keys on your first visit, we will arrange to meet you at the bach. For subsequent visits, keys can be collected from a lock box or from us at 107 Arcus Road, Te Horo.


To make a booking please contact:

Arthur or Adrienne Kebbell
Mobile: 021 245 3622
Telephone: (06) 364 3460

The bach is available to rent for short stays, with a minimum stay of two nights.

The nightly rate is $135 for one person or one couple. Each additional person or couple is $25 per night. Please let us know in advance of your stay if you will be using the fold-out sofa to sleep extra people. Please ask us about our rates for stays of more than 4 nights.

Rates are valid from 1 April 2019.