Manuka Hut

Manuka Hut

Banks Peninsula

Manuka Hut is located on Banks Peninsula, just 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Christchurch City and a 5-minute drive to Akaroa. 

Nestled among manuka trees, the secluded hut provides a beautiful vista of farmland and the glistening Akaroa Harbour.

The hut, modest yet cosy, is a self-contained space featuring a living area, kitchen, bedroom and ensuite. The large deck, adorned with protruding manuka trees, provides a generous outdoor living space - ideal for unwinding and immersing yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. An outdoor bath on the deck sets the stage for a romantic evening under the manuka canopy and starry night sky.

Tuis, wood pigeons, and bellbirds fill the air with their melodic tunes. The nearby stream adds to the tranquil white noise.

Manuka Hut is the ideal haven for couples seeking a tranquil retreat all within a hop, step and jump of bustling Akaroa.

FROM $290 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

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.


19 Bells Road, Takamatua 7581


Manuka Hut is just a 1 hour and 20-minutes drive from Christchurch City and 5-minutes drive to Akaroa. 

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address.

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

    Manuka Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the four-burner gas cooktop, oven and BBQ provided.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Akaroa is just a 5-minute drive away, and you'll have plenty to choose from there. Your hosts, Sue and David, recommend trying the Mandala Restaurant and Bully Hayes.

    The closest place for supplies is the 4-Square in Akaroa.

  • things to do

    Manuka Hut is close to the action for people wanting to visit the sights of Akaroa but at the same time, far away from the hustle and bustle. Your visit can be as action-packed or as relaxing as you choose.

    In Akaroa, just a 5-minute drive away, you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. You'll also find lots of activities such as kayaking and swimming with dolphins.

    For those who wish to just chill out and enjoy time spent at the hut, enjoy a sunset soak in the outdoor bath followed by a good board or card game. Make sure you bring a good book - and just take the chance to relax. 

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Manuka Hut are Sue and David, and their companion, Beaudy the black labrador.

    Sue and David have had a remarkable 35-year history on this land. The property was once a deer farm with a quaint cottage, and prior to that, a dairy farm. Now in retirement, they savour the serene beauty of the lush surroundings and the captivating Hills Harbour.

    Sue and David extend a warm welcome, inviting you to relish your stay at Manuka Hut. 


  • "

    A great place to relax and enjoy the view. The amenities were amazing. The outdoor bath was wonderful.


    - 16 Apr 2024

    1 / 6

  • "

    Great location, only five minutes from Akaroa for a restaurant meal. Very peaceful and relaxing escape.


    - 09 Apr 2024

    2 / 6

  • "

    Very beautiful backdrop. Amazing bird song and such a peaceful, idyllic setting. The outdoor bath with amazing views was the highlight. Hosts were very welcoming and accommodating. And we loved their friendly black Labrador, he was a lovely greeter!


    - 09 Apr 2024

    3 / 6

  • "

    Super secluded place. Beautiful view and lovely to be in nature away from everyday activities. Awesome place to stay.


    - 18 Mar 2024

    4 / 6

  • "

    Great wee spot. Amazing view from the deck. Would stay again for sure.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    5 / 6

  • "

    Beautiful, relaxing spot perfect for a wee getaway.


    - 15 Jan 2024

    6 / 6

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