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Sunset.
Challenge yourselves to stay with no power at Shackwell Hut.
Children only up on the mezzanine - a real adventure.
Settle in with a little comfort after a day exploring.
Get adventurous with an Adventure Night Walk, a paid extra you can add to your stay.
Another great image from our Escorted Dinosaur Rock walk, a paid extra available at this property.
A snapshot of our Escorted Dinosaur Rock walk, a paid extra available at this property.
Bivi Building, a paid extra available for those keen on learning some bushcraft.

Shackwell Bush Hut

Nightingale Rustic Glamping - Whakatete Bay, Waikato
ADVENTURE | NO POWER | OUTDOOR BATH
 
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Sleeps up to 6
From $160 tonight

There is much to do here at our retreat, we have a variety of farm experiences and activities you can do, have a look at the experiences on offer below, or we can assist you to plan your own adventures in the region.


Highlights

Farm Tour
Bivi Building
Manuka Honey Tasting

Truly 'Off the Beaten Track' situated on 120 Acres of bush and pasture overlooking the Firth of Thames. A sense of adventure begins to tug at the heart whether you are an animal lover, enthusiastic for adventure, explorer and hiker or to get away from it all in total peace and tranquility. There is something here for everyone.

Activities on or nearby this property

Access to: Lakes | Rivers | Streams | Beaches
Birdlife
Caves
Digital Detox
Do Something Different
Farm Animals to Meet
Farm Tour Available
Glow worms to visit
Gold Panning
Hiking | Tramping
Nature Walks
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
Relaxation
Romance
Solitude
Star Gazing
Sustainable Stays: Eco | Off Grid | Organic
Unique Accommodation

Paid extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

$65.00 Per Group

Take the night walk along the 1km pathway and see how many possums you can spot with the spotlight! Watch how they move, even play dead! And then at the end enjoy the Glow Worms up close and personal.

Activity Length: 1 hour per group


$50.00 Per Person

Native Bush and River Walk

Walk the Dinosaur Rock bush walk along the Tararu Creek past the T-Rex and beyond to the entrance of an old mining cave. Informative tour about the history of the area. Bring good hiking boots or gumboots can be provided as your feet will get wet! Tour takes around 2 hours from your cottage and a medium to advanced fitness level is required.

Activity Length: Approx 2 hours


$35.00 Per Person

Native Bush and River Walk

Walk the Dinosaur Rock bush walk along the Tararu Creek past the T-Rex and beyond to the entrance of an old mining cave. Informative tour about the history of the area. Bring good hiking boots or gumboots can be provided as your feet will get wet! Tour takes around 2 hours from your cottage and a medium to advanced fitness level is required.

Activity Length: Approx 2 hours


$40.00 Per Group

With Spencer Martin.

All right parents, now it is the kids turn to have an outdoor adventure of their own! ​For the kids and teens, let Spencer take you into the great outdoors and learn to build a bush Bivi. He will show you the tricks of the trade including what type of native plants to use for building, survival skills and what you can eat (bush tucker). Building and tour takes around 1 hour.

Activity Length: Approx 1 hour


Room Info

1 x Double bed
1 x Sofa bed (Double)
2 x Single on mezzanine (Children only)


Shackwell is perfect for families or couples who wish to camp but do not want to rough it. Situated in the stunning and secluded bush, listen to the birds and natural surroundings while enjoying the peace and tranquillity. A short walk away is the crystal clear Tararu stream where it awaits to refresh you. Much love and care has been taken in creating this space making your experience a comfortable one. It is truly a unique experience for those who love the beautiful and stunning outdoors. Outside on the deck is a picnic table and outdoor bath where you can laze the night away soaking while star gazing. The Tinkle Box is located just a short distance from the door, truly a composting toilet like no other. Things to Bring: - While there are beds, do bring all your bedding including your pillows, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, towels, tea towels and dish cloths. - There is a wood oven and plenty of sticks around to collect if you wish use it. - Shackwell has NO power so bring your flashlights and torches. These things can be supplied at an additional cost but MUST be prearranged.


Reviews

If you love nature, this is it! we loved it! Thank you!!

Great bush hut, fantastic bush walks and swimming holes. Kids loved the animals, especially Coco spending the night with us!

This property is as it says a bush hut away from it all with a coal range and a lovely outdoor bath which to view the stars from at Night. The hut has everything you need with a great setting in the bush away from our busy life. We loved the place and the Kids had a super time as well. We also enjoyed the farm tour which was a great experience for us all.


Amenities

Family Friendly
Not Suitable for Children
Property Manager on site
Single Safe

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Eating and Drinking

With a kitchen, running water and a BBQ you can have the ease of a pre-set up camp. There are all the kitchen utensils, sink, pots and pans, plates and cups supplied. Things to Bring: - You will need a gas bottle to run the BBQ. - You may need a Chilly Bin to keep your food cool too. - Remember to pack the coffee! These things can be supplied at an additional cost but MUST be prearranged.

About your host, Martin




It is our goal to make your stay with us as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Outside of Thames in Tararu Bay, traveling up the middle of a gently sloping valley that meanders along a riverbed you will arrive at Nightingale Falls. It is a five kilometre journey along the gravel road, until you come all the way to the very end and can truly go no further. Then you have reached the large blue gate and the beginning of your adventure.

We will meet you at the gated entrance to welcome you so pre-arranged bookings are essential. If you have a four wheel drive you will be escorted to your accommodation up the 1km long driveway. If not Nightingale Falls has a free shuttle operating anytime for your convenience to take you to and from your accommodation.



Essential Room Information

1 x Double bed
1 x Sofa bed (Double)
2 x Single on mezzanine (Children only)

Shackwell is perfect for families or couples who wish to camp but do not want to rough it. Situated in the stunning and secluded bush, listen to the birds and natural surroundings while enjoying the peace and tranquillity. A short walk away is the crystal clear Tararu stream where it awaits to refresh you. Much love and care has been taken in creating this space making your experience a comfortable one. It is truly a unique experience for those who love the beautiful and stunning outdoors. Outside on the deck is a picnic table and outdoor bath where you can laze the night away soaking while star gazing. The Tinkle Box is located just a short distance from the door, truly a composting toilet like no other. Things to Bring: - While there are beds, do bring all your bedding including your pillows, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, towels, tea towels and dish cloths. - There is a wood oven and plenty of sticks around to collect if you wish use it. - Shackwell has NO power so bring your flashlights and torches. These things can be supplied at an additional cost but MUST be prearranged.