Tarata Eco Retreat

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Our campsites are open and operating safely at this time.

Please rest assured that if you do book a stay and a move back to a higher Alert Level means we have to close, we will postpone or refund your stay.

Tarata Eco Retreat

Kawhia Harbour, Waikato

Tarata Eco Retreat is set on the edge of Kawhia Harbour in Te Waitere. It's about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Hamilton, and 2 hours and 45 minutes from Auckland City. 

Set on a bush covered hillside, the cabin enjoys stunning views of the beautiful Kawhia Harbour.

The little cabin has been lovingly renovated into the ultimate glamping retreat. With an outdoor kitchen, bathroom and extensive outdoor living spaces - you'll feel immersed in nature. The cosy, enclosed bedroom has large glass windows and doors - connecting you to the outdoors. The interior decor is stylish and restful.

Many hours can be spent relaxing on the deck and watching the tides move in and out during the day. Explore the native bush and pine forest on the property - and spot the kereru that make it their home. A small stream runs through the small ravine and if you're lucky - you may even see a few glowworms hiding on the banks. 

Tarata Eco Retreat is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of life - and a truly peaceful place to rest and rejuvenate.



FROM $280 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

A $40 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.


885a Te Waitere Road, Taharoa 3988


Tarata Eco Retreat is one 1 hour and 30 minutes from Hamilton and 2 hours and 45 minutes from Auckland City. The GPS coordinates for the location of the cabin are -38.149869, 174.818306

Once you arrive, you'll need a code for the lockbox so you can retrieve the keys for the cabin. The code, along with detailed arrival instructions will be supplied to you in a pre-arrival email 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

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

    If you fancy a meal out, Toi Toi Cafe is a 25-minute drive away and has great coffee and Denheath Custard Squares. Toru Wai Organic Cafe is about 30 minutes away and has coffee, sourdough bread as well as their own butchered meats and pies. Both come highly recommended! 

    A little further afield is the Kawhia Fish and Chip shop.

    Taharoa has a dairy with very basic supplies, 15 minutes drive away. There is a convenience store in Ōpārau, 30 minutes drive away and the nearest full supermarket is in Otorohanga.

  • Things to do

    With board games, cards, and a stunning view to soak up, once you get to the cabin, you'll find you won't want to leave.

    If you want to get out and about though, there's plenty to explore.

    If beaches are your thing, check out the local options! Marokopa beach is a stunning black sand West Coast beach - about 40-minutes drive away. Kawhia Hot water beach is a bit further afield but a real gem. To experience the hot water, take a shovel and get digging. The hot water is accessible two hours before and two hours after low tide. Kiritehere Fossil Beach has 200 million-year-old fossils of shells in the rocks at the South end of the beach. If you're going fossil hunting, go when the tide is out. Finally, Waikawau Tunnel Beach is accessed by walking through a tunnel. The tunnel was originally used for exchanging goods with ships in the harbour. 

    A fantastic outing from the cabin involves a visit to the Marokopa Falls (about 30 minutes away) at sunset, followed by a walk to the Piripiri caves as it starts to get dark. When you arrive at the Mangapohue natural bridge, you'll walk along the river and see thousands of glowworms emerge as darkness falls.

    The famous Waitomo Caves are about 1.5 hours drive from Te Waitere.

  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Tarata Eco Retreat are Kirstie and Michael Klingenberg.

    Kirstie and Michael bought the property on the edge of Kawhia Harbour in 2019 as a peaceful retreat from their busy lives. Kirstie is a professional track cyclist and has represented New Zealand in the sport since switching from rowing several years ago. Michael enjoys cycling recreationally and loves most sports. When not busy with his day job, he enjoys renovation and projects on their house and property.

    Tarata Eco Retreat started life as a very small cabin on the property. It was initially renovated by Kirstie and Michael as a dream project, for fun. But after inviting friends to stay and seeing how much they enjoyed it, they decided to widen the scope - and invite others to share it too.