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The Bird Hide - rustic luxury by the water

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1 bedroom, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
1 bedroom, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Fridge, microwave, coffee/tea maker, electric kettle

Overview of The Bird Hide - rustic luxury by the water

Entire cabin

The Bird Hide - rustic luxury by the water

4.9/5 Exceptional

Entire cabin

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor space
  • Fireplace

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Waikouaiti, Otago

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationWarrington Beach18 min drive
  • Popular LocationShag Point Scenic Reserve22 min drive
  • Popular LocationRoyal Albatross Centre62 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cabin to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Bird Hide - rustic luxury by the water

Waterfront Cabin with kitchenette and patio
Our modern shepherd's hut overlooks the Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge, a haven for birds and a peaceful escape for you. Enjoy panoramic views from your bed and from the outdoor seating areas. Walk across the lagoon to the stunning Waikouaiti beach or stoke up the little fire for a cosy evening. We'll leave you in peace but are on hand if needed. Guests have a separate private bathroom and kitchenette. Free WiFi. Plenty of parking and a campervan port too. 30 minutes drive to Dunedin.

We love to share our special spot beside the lagoon. You can bird-watch from your bed in the Bird Hide! There are often spectacular sunrises across the water too. The cosy sleeping space with curved ceiling has a queen size bed made up with luxury cotton and linen bedding. It's a replica of a shepherd's hut with modern conveniences such as power, lights and heating. The little woodburner creates a lovely atmosphere on a cold night. In warm weather you can throw open the French doors and relax in your own secluded nature retreat, nestled in the native harakeke.

The Bird Hide itself is located within the boundary of the Department of Conservation reserve, for which we have a special concession. Some of your payment goes to DoC and helps us pay for regenerative plantings. As part of this privilege of being literally amongst the wildlife we ask guests to respect the unique location and to not go beyond the Bird Hide onto the lagoon shore or disturb the wildlife in any way.

We've tried to keep the Bird Hide access quite separate from our family home so that you can come and go as you please, arriving and leaving without needing to interact with us. You share a driveway and parking area with the household but the Bird Hide access is private to you. The guest bathroom and kitchen nook are in a separate space below the main house, accessed from the Bird Hide by a short gravel pathway and fronted by your own private courtyard.

Waikouaiti is a beautiful historic area with many options for walking and exploring in and around the village and is only 30 minutes drive away from Dunedin city.

There is a network of flat causeways across the lagoon with easy walking on gravelled surfaces. You can take a lovely walk from the end of our street along the causeways to the beach (about 15 minutes). Waikouaiti beach itself is a stunning, sheltered long white beach with few visitors.

Other exploring ideas include: the historic Matanaka farm buildings of early settler Johnny Jones that overlook the ocean; the delightful St Johns Anglican church around the corner (the oldest church still in use in Otago/Southland and a filming location for the movie The Light Between Oceans); golf at the Waikouaiti golf course (visible from the Bird Hide) nearby Huriawa peninsula and Karitane beach and fishing village; Karitane Maori Waka Tours; local second-hand shops; the Coast Road drive along to Blueskin Bay and Waitati; a visit to the Moeraki boulders (30 minutes away) and further afield to Oamaru (50 minutes away).

There is a local Beach St Tavern 10 minutes walk away with dinner options or the Golden Fleece pub on the main road near the shops. The local shops are all on the Main Road (Highway One) and are 10 minutes walk away. There is a dairy for all your general needs, a bakery with delicious Beanos pies and baking, a cafe for yummy breakfasts and lunches and a fish and chip shop. In the summer months you can also enjoy wood-fired pizza from the nearby Karitane general store (5 minutes drive) and food trucks and beer at the stylish Arc Brewery in Evansdale (15 minutes drive).

There is a weekday public bus service between Waikouaiti and Dunedin, the bus stop is 5 minutes walk away from the Bird Hide. Visit the Otago Regional Council website for the timetable. However most guests will have their own transport. We have plenty of parking on the property and we even have a caravan plug by the parking area so you can plug in your campervan or charge your electric vehicle!
Guest accommodation at this cabin offers fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchenettes offer fridges, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers.

This Waikouaiti cabin provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and desk chairs.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Spices
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Free breakfast available


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture

Work spaces

  • Desk
  • Desk chair


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the waterfront

Things to do

  • Kayaking on site
  • Golf on site
  • Power boating nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Swimming nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 2

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

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About this area


Located in Waikouaiti, this cabin is on the waterfront. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Warrington Beach and Shag Point Scenic Reserve. Looking to get your feet wet? Scuba diving, snorkelling and power boating adventures can be found near the property.

What's nearby

  • Warrington Beach - 18 min drive
  • Shag Point Scenic Reserve - 22 min drive
  • NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium - 54 min drive
  • Royal Albatross Centre - 62 min drive
  • Penguin Place - 69 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 15 out of 17 reviews
5 - Excellent 88%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 17 reviews
4 - Good 12%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 17 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 17 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 17 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful spot, so close to Dunedin with great walks.
We had a lovely time, bird hide was comfortable warm and private.

5/5 Excellent

Fantastic setting
Comfortable and warm (very important mid winter:) Emily was a welcoming and available host. All needs were catered for and my comfort was enquired after. The view couldn't be beaten.

5/5 Excellent

This is a real little gem
Excellent views peaceful place to stay

5/5 Excellent

Amazing little unit. Great view, great facilities.
Easy access, great location. We will definitely come back

5/5 Excellent

Loved the location
Short walk to through the logon and to the beach. Just what was needed to blow away the cobwebs.