Black Bivvy

Black Bivvy

Taumarunui, King Country

Black Bivvy is 18 minutes drive from Taumarunui in the King Country region, in the Central North Island. It's approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Taupō. 

Sleeping up to four (perfect for two couples), the large, purpose-built, off-grid hut sits in a sheltered Northern facing clearing on the edge of a 70-hectare stand of mature native bush. A stony-bottom stream runs below the hut and down to a pretty waterfall.

The hut is comfortable, modern and spacious - and made for outdoor living. A sliding window in the kitchen and door from the living area open up to a large outdoor covered dining space and outdoor fireplace - kitted out with grills for barbequing over the open fire. An outdoor bath sits on the edge of the deck - a place to while away the hours with a view of the starry night sky.

Black Bivvy is a place to immerse yourself in nature, as wildlife abounds. Tui, kereru and fantail are regular visitors and, if you're lucky, you may even spot one of the wild deer that wander the property. 

FROM $320 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


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  • Eating and Drinking

    The Black Bivvy is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    Taumarunui is 18 minutes drive away and has plenty of restaurants, cafes and takeaway options. If you're up for a longer drive, Lauren's Lavender Farm is a great place for cake and coffee. It's a 35-minute drive away and is open from late October to mid-May.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Taumarunui.

  • Things to do

    With an outdoor fireplace, large alfresco dining area and outdoor bath - there's plenty to keep you occupied at Black Bivvy.

    If you're feeling adventurous, give the flying fox a try. At 60m long and about 2m off the ground at its highest point, whizz through the clearing amongst the green. It is great fun no matter what your age.

    Those that are looking for more sedate activity, could take a peaceful walk through the bush tracks on the property.

    If you'd like to go further afield, you'll find ski fields and Mt Ruapehu Sky Waka 50 minutes drive away. Mountain bikers could hit the Timber Trail, 1 hour away. Lauren's Lavendar Farm is also open from late October to Mid-May - it's a 35-minute drive away and well worth a visit.

    Forgotten World Adventures in Taumarunui offers rail tours and jet boating for the adrenalin seekers! 

  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Black Bivvy are Luke and Shannon Pepper, and their pet labs, Buck and Tilly.

    Luke and Shannon jumped at the chance to buy this property when it came up for sale four years ago. It was close to their dairy farm, but more importantly, had all the features they were looking for - stony bottom rivers, beautiful native bush and gentle rolling hills.

    The initial idea for the bivvy was so their family can use the place. Something small and basic where the bush-loving family could escape to - and enjoy all the native flora and fauna the property offers, as well as the wild deer that freely wander the land. As the project developed, they realised others would enjoy the experience too. So they set about creating a deluxe off-the-grid glamping space that all could enjoy.

    The name, 'Black Bivvy' is an ironic nod to their initial idea of a small and simple bush hut or 'bivvy' escape!


  • "

    Couldn't recommend Black Bivvy more if we tried. It's an amazing place to relax with great bush walks when you need a stretch. Nothing is better than a red wine in an outdoor bath while cooking on the open fire.


    Mark Ellis - 16 Jul 2024

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  • "

    Black Bivvy is a really nice place to stay for a quiet weekend away. It has everything you need. The bush walks and the flying fox were really fun. My partner and I were very impressed with the stay—nice and cosy. We really enjoyed our time. Thanks for having us.


    Lauren Vercoe - 09 Jul 2024

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    Outstanding experience. Every detail, from the outdoor bath to the indoor fireplace, is 100% on point in this country setting. We were lucky enough to see some wild deer, and the walk to the waterfall rewarded us with stunning views. Highly recommend booking your next stay at the Black Bivvy.


    Mark McKenna - 09 Jul 2024

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    Awesome escape from city living. Friendly host. Amazing setting and scenery. Private accommodation. Highly recommend!


    - 16 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

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    We can't wait to come back!


    - 09 Apr 2024

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    Black Bivvy was the most incredible place to stay. My husband and I went for a quick getaway before our baby is born to enjoy some peace and quiet, and it exceeded all of our expectations. It was beautiful, private, and so peaceful.


    - 09 Apr 2024

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    Everything about Black Bivvy was perfect. From the peaceful setting outside to the facilities inside, the decor was 'rustic and original' – so well thought out and in keeping with the environment, but also super comfortable! We loved the tranquillity, the native bush, and the relaxing sounds of tuis, moreporks, and deer. The walks filled our cups, and the waterfall was worth the tramp! Our only regret was having to leave after only two nights. We will definitely need to stay longer next time. Hats off to Luke and Shannon for preserving NZ farmland in this way, and thank you for sharing your piece of heaven with us.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    7 / 12

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    Beautiful location, wonderful spacious accommodation, great kitchen, and outdoor amenities. Definitely a NZ highlight stop for us.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

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    Fantastic getaway from the hustle and bustle. Serene, peaceful. Lovely walks in native bush and great seeing wildlife. Black Bivvy was outstanding, highly recommend.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    9 / 12

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    Easy and comfortable in a sensational setting, we couldn’t have been happier. The walks were well marked and worthwhile with a beautiful waterfall. Thank you for the experience.


    - 20 Feb 2024

    10 / 12

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    Amazing stay with amazing hosts!


    - 19 Feb 2024

    11 / 12

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    Black Bivvy is simply beautiful! Built with obvious love and skill and set in a beautiful location. We absolutely adored our stay. Thank you so much for having us!


    - 01 Feb 2024

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