Okauia, Waikato

Buster is located 1 hour and 20 minutes from the centre of Waikato, 45 minutes from Tauranga and 15 minutes from the heart of Matamata.

You'll access Buster via a 5-10 minute walk over open farmland from the car park area. You may encounter the odd cow pat or patch of mud on the way, so you'll need to wear appropriate footwear.

Off-grid, and built with sustainability in mind, Buster has a Scandinavian simplicity. The birch interior is restful and calm. Natural linens adorn the bed and large windows take in the surroundings. The hut blends seamlessly into its setting with careful landscaping and native plantings.

The hut contains a bathroom, and kitchen and sleeps up to four guests in a queen bed and cosy upstairs loft bed. A deck, wood-fired hot tub and firepit are just outside, perfect for taking in the sight and sound of the Waihou river flowing past.

In the evenings, get cosy in the hut with the wood burner or head outside to toast marshmallows over the fire pit and enjoy a star-filled sky. 

Check out what the region has to offer and, if you're a keen walker, wander up the Kamai Range and visit one of New Zealand's largest waterfalls.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

A $40 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.


1277 Old Te Aroha Road, Okauia 3471


Buster is located approximately 2 hours from Auckland, 45 minutes from Tauranga, and 15 minutes from Matamata.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].


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  • eating and drinking

    Buster is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the dual gas hob provided in your hut's kitchen.

    If you feel like getting out and about, there are a few restaurants to consider at Matamata's centre. Osteria is great Italian dining, Merchant of Matamata offers craft beers and tasty pub food, and Momento Espresso is perfect for a morning coffee. 

  • things to do

    With a firepit and outdoor bath, Buster is a great place to kick back and relax. If you want to get out and about - you're close to plenty of action and sights in the Waikato.

    Keen on a walk amongst nature? Wairere Falls is a 5-minute drive away and approximately a one-hour walk. Plus, you get to see the most beautiful waterfall! Te Waihou Walkway is also a great walk, a 30-minute drive away.

    Opal Hot Springs is great for a hot water dip (5 minutes away) and Hobbiton Movie Set Studios offers epic guided tours (25 minutes away). Matamata Golf Course is 5 minutes away and the Firth Farming Museum is also in the area (10 minutes away).

  • Your hosts

    Matt the owner of Buster, is thrilled to share his peaceful retreat with his guests. From the breathtaking sunrises, accompanied by a steaming cup of your favourite brew, to cooking over the cosy campfire and soaking in the hot tub, there's something for everyone! 

    You'll be well taken care of during your stay at Buster. Your friendly property manager, Miriam, will be your main point of contact during your stay and is always nearby whenever needed.


  • "

    Absolutely tranquil setting. Buster had everything you needed and more. Highly recommended place to stay.


    - 14 Nov 2023

    1 / 10

  • "

    We loved our stay at Buster!! The woodfired bath was amazing and got so hot! The best place to have a relaxing, wholesome weekend. If you arrive in the dark, make sure to take a torch with you to get from the car to the property.


    - 05 Aug 2023

    2 / 10

  • "

    It was such a rejuvenating getaway for my husband and I. We really enjoyed reading by the fire, the hot tub and the peaceful nature. Loved it thank you.


    - 29 Jul 2023

    3 / 10

  • "

    Buster is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life. It was amazing to sit in front of the fire and gaze up at the Matariki stars!


    - 27 Jul 2023

    4 / 10

  • "

    We loved our stay at Buster, the location was so beautiful and the outdoor tub was our absolute highlight!


    - 28 Jun 2023

    5 / 10

  • "

    Loved the neat design of Buster. We had a great time and wished we'd stayed longer!


    - 10 Apr 2023

    6 / 10

  • "

    This must be one of NZ's best kept secrets. A great experience.


    - 09 Apr 2023

    7 / 10

  • "

    The perfect set up in such a peaceful spot! The waterfall in the distance and the woodfired hot tub under the stars at night was magical! The cabin was very well done and had everything you need for a cosy and relaxing stay.


    - 01 Mar 2023

    8 / 10

  • "

    Amazing spot! Very peaceful, loved the atmosphere and serenity!


    - 21 Feb 2023

    9 / 10

  • "

    Gorgeous and tranquil setting with a view of the Wairere Falls from the bed. Thank you for providing me with the night away I needed, I would love to come back!


    - 24 Dec 2022

    10 / 10

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