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 $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs welcome


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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.


  • "

    Beautiful location and scenery, close to Doubtless Bay and other great spots up north. Brilliant to be essentially off-grid, with a very helpful host.


    Jamie Hayes - 02 Jul 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    What a great getaway!! Easy, great location and very cosy.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Just amazing, you truly just need to give it a go. It's the prefect birthday present for the one you love.


    - 30 Aug 2023

    3 / 12

  • "

    River Bothy was the perfect escape. No pictures could capture how beautiful and idyllic the setting is. The cabin was perfect and all of the details had been thought through. Would 10/10 recommend to anyone wanting a Northland escape.


    - 06 Jun 2023

    4 / 12

  • "

    Our stay at River Bothy was perfect, it's such a special spot with a very peaceful atmosphere. Maggie and Brooke are amazing hosts who were so welcoming to us. This was the perfect spot for our engagement and we are so glad it happened here. Thank you again both for the clear communication and hospitality!


    - 02 May 2023

    5 / 12

  • "

    A wonderful way to disconnect and reconnect with nature. So nice to find this and dog friendly too!


    - 29 Apr 2023

    6 / 12

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    Loved every element of this stay. Superb.


    - 28 Mar 2023

    7 / 12

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    Total time out and R&R needed, the setting is delightful and the holiday all the better being able to bring my young dog along for the adventure.


    - 17 Mar 2023

    8 / 12

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    My wife and I needed a break away to ourselves, and River Bothy was the perfect escape for us and our dog Aroha. Beautiful setting, beautiful accommodation, and it gave us the perfect weekend getaway. We will 100% go again.


    - 24 Feb 2023

    9 / 12

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    Warm welcoming, amazing views and a cute riverside cottage amongst the olive trees. It's the perfect place to switch off and unwind. Excellent collection of records and games. The whole experience was absolutely perfect!


    - 08 Feb 2023

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    My friend Brooke and I came to stay at River Bothy for my 23rd birthday for a getaway in nature, and this is the best spot for this! It was a beautiful environment, provided all the necessities and was only a short drive from the nearest town giving it a perfect balance! Thank you so much Margaret and Brooke for our stay!


    - 30 Jan 2023

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    Our stay at River Bothy was nothing but magical. From the fog rolling in over the river in the morning to sipping on a coffee outside and relaxing in the outdoor bath. Maggie was incredibly welcoming and informative to ensure we enjoyed our stay and then left us to it, exactly how it should be!


    - 09 Jan 2023

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