River Bothy

River Bothy

Mangonui, Northland

River Bothy is set in the Far North, approximately 4 hours from Auckland and just 5 minutes from nearby Mangonui Village. It's set on the same property as Green Rabbit, a beautiful tiny house.

Nestled amongst 500 Olive trees, the bothy is far from the basic Scottish hut it’s named for. The off-grid riverside cabin is beautifully decorated – with all the comforts of home at hand. 

Made from materials reclaimed from the nearby 1890’s settler's farmhouse, the kitchen is a covered space, giving year-round cooking facilities and a relaxing area to soak up the uninterrupted countryside views. The bathroom and shower are right next door, and the outdoor bath is perfectly positioned to enjoy the river views as it meanders gently past.

If you want to get out and about – the scenic Northland area offers lots to see and do with coastal walks, scenic lookouts and white sandy beaches. 

At the end of your day, let nature be your companion. Soak up the views over the olive grove, watch dusk settle across the water, and relax by the brazier under the stunning night sky.

FROM $270 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs 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.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times. 


Leccino Valley Rd, Mangonui 0494


The River Both is a comfortable and scenic 4-hour drive from central Auckland. Another option is to fly from Auckland to Kerikeri, with only a half-hour drive from there with a rental car. Follow the Google Map to Leccino Valley Road and continue on this road until the very end of the tar seal. You'll come to a gravel drive where you are directed down to the farm gate which requires a combination to open. This combination will be supplied to you in your pre-arrival email, along with the specific address of the property that we send 5 days prior to your stay. Upon arrival, you'll follow the signs to the cabin. You'll be provided with a security code for gate entry to the property, and your vehicle can be safely parked. The cabin is a short 30m walk from the parking area.

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].

River Bothy

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  • Eating and Drinking

    The River Bothy is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in your outdoor camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    The nearest shop selling necessities is Mangonui - a 5 minute drive away. There is a large foursquare in nearby Coopers Beach, and a New World Supermarket in Keri Keri, 46 minutes drive away. 

    If you want a night off cooking, there are some great eating out or taking out options nearby. And don't forget to make a visit to the famous Mangonui chip shop!


  • Things to do

    A stay at the River Bothy is a chance to relax and unwind. Explore the collection of vinyl records on the record player, soak in the outdoor bath and take in the unique surrounds of your olive grove, riverside setting. If you have a kayak or paddleboard - bring it along and explore the river from the water. 

    There's plenty to do off the property as wellVisit the local winery, or the Butler Point Whaling Museum for a bit of history, or explore the stunning nearby beaches that Doubtless Bay has to offer. The famous Coopers Beach is just a short drive away - gorgeous swimming and miles of white sandy shores.

  • Your Hosts

    Maggie and Brooke are the owners of the River Bothy. They’ll be your hosts during your stay.

    Maggie originated from bonny Scotland and Brooke from the Hawke's Bay.

    In 2016, after an accumulated 32 years working at Auckland zoo, Maggie and Brooke decided to begin a new chapter in their lives with the goal to build a sustainable lifestyle.  They purchased Riverside Escapes, a riverfront olive grove in the far north of New Zealand.

    Riverside Escapes is located on the banks of the Oruaiti River and is surrounded by stunning countryside. The 500 mature olive trees on the property are harvested annually producing ‘Shaken down’, their own brand of delicious olive oil.

    Maggie and Brooke have recently completed building their off-grid home ‘The River House’, and their guest accommodation ‘The River Bothy’. They also have a tiny house, The Green Rabbit, and a beautiful revamped house bus called Mr Pickles. They want to encourage guests to come for a visit, unplug from the rush, re-connect, and experience the beauty of Northland and the magic of the Far North. 

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