Piwakawaka Hut

Piwakawaka Hut

Banks Peninsula

Piwakawaka Hut is set on Banks Peninsula, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch and 15 minutes from Akaroa.

The off-grid glamping site is set a 100m walk from the parking area on a hillside with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding farmland hills.

The stylishly decorated one-room hut has a balcony to capture the views at the front, and a bathroom at the back. Inside, the hut has a double bed, comfortable seating and tea and coffee-making facilities. A covered outdoor kitchen for preparing and cooking food is set a few steps away.

Pipers Valley stream runs nearby and native bush, alive with native birds, surrounds the hut. A large Totara, over 200 years old, shades the area on hot summer days.

The balcony is a magical place to sit with a glass of wine in the evening. Enjoy watching the sunset over the bay, lighting up the contours of French Peak in the distance.

FROM $250 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
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120 Pipers Valley Road, Duvauchelle 7581


Piwakawaka Hut is on Banks Peninsula, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch and 15 minutes from Akaroa.

Follow the Google Maps directions to Pipers Valley Road. You'll know when you get to the address when you see a large hay shed with a couple of mailboxes and a 'Piwakawaka Hut' sign on the right.

Follow that driveway, past the gate and the bridge, all the way up the hill. When you get to the top you'll see two driveways. Take the one on the right. Drive through the gate and cattle stop, straight down to where a sign says "visitor parking". If there is no one in the office facing the parking, please head to the front door around on the left and ring the door bell.

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

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

    If you fancy a meal out, your hosts recommend Duvauchelle Hotel in Duvauchelle for excellent, affordable pub food and Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar in Akaroa for its great service, food and a view of Akaroa Harbour.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is the Four Square in Akaroa or the convenience store 5 minutes away in Duvauchelle.

  • Things to do

    Piwakawaka Hut is a place to escape to. Somewhere to reset and reconnect over a game of cards or chess. Enjoy the birds, thriving in the Kanuka bush surrounds and the spectacular water view. There's even a Bluetooth speaker provided so you can relax to your own tunes.

    You're welcome to explore the lifestyle block and visit the pet sheep, chooks and cows. And if you're keen to walk a little further, Pipers Valley Rd is a stock route and a lovely walk up to Summit Road with amazing views.

    Akaroa is a 15-minute drive away, you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. You'll also find plenty of activities such as kayaking and swimming with dolphins. Beautiful beaches can be visited, especially in the outer bays of the Banks Peninsula.

  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Piwakawaka Hut are Piers and Nick, along with dog Lily Blue and a number of pet farm animals. 

    Piers and Nick first saw the property online when they were living in San Francisco and immediately fell in love with the location and the magnificent views. They loved the idea of the quieter life that the Banks Peninsula could offer them after a busy few years of travelling and living internationally in Australia, Germany, England and California. The property in Duvauchelle ticked all the boxes -  beautiful location, near the lovely small town of Akaroa and only one hour and twenty minutes from Christchurch and its international airport.

    Nick is an IT Program Manager working in Christchurch city. Piers works once a week at a charity trust in Akaroa as IT, website and social media support. Piers also enjoys woodworking as a hobby.

    Piwakawaka Hut was originally built as extra accommodation for family and friends - who soon suggested that other guests would enjoy it!

    Piwakawaka is the Māori name for the friendly little 'Fantail' native bird, a regular visitor to the hut.

    “The name was chosen for the house and the hut because they playfully greeted us on our first day on the land with their gregarious and playful welcome, flitting around us as we wandered through our stand of the native bush where the hut is located. We hope our guests get to enjoy the same warm greeting when staying at Piwakawaka Hut."

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