A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

The Old Schoolhouse Cottage, photo: Kina Beach Vineyard

From schoolhouse to luxurious cottage - a tale of transformation at Kina Beach Vineyard.

Kina Peninsula lies close to Motueka, halfway between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. The Old Schoolhouse Cottage sits on the peninsula amongst the vines of Kina Beach Vineyard,  with commanding views over Tasman Bay on one side, and the calm waters of the Moutere Inlet on the other. Now a luxurious cottage, sought out for its tranquility and gorgeous setting, it’s hard to imagine the scratch of chalk, the clatter of chairs and the hubbub of the classroom, long ago. This lovely old building first opened as a schoolhouse in Redwood Valley, at the bottom of the Moutere Hills, in 1931. It served as the local school for many years, until falling rolls led to its closure in the 1960s. Eventually it was put up for tender and removal. The previous owners of Kina Beach Vineyard read the ad for the old schoolhouse building and saw its...

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Children’s Attractions Around NZ

Feeding the giraffes at Wellington Zoo

Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable.

Planning a bach holiday with the kids can be fun no matter what time of year, or what the weather brings.  It helps to select a bach that have families in mind: check the facilities and guest feedback to see what they have in the way of games, books, kayaks, etc. Chances are at some point “cabin fever” will set in, especially if the weather is damp.  Have a look beforehand at what activities or attractions there might be in the area.  Below are a few suggestions all around the country for keeping the kids active and happy… Hot pools are like catnip to children, and New Zealand is blessed with lots of them, whether it’s a hike to a natural spring in the river or an aquatic park with hydroslides and artificial waves. You can have a squiz at the Bookabach Guide to Hot Pools...

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COMPETITIONS
Win 1 of 3 Kapiti Cheese Hampers for Easter!

Get your tastebuds ready for a tasty Easter! We have three Kapiti Cheese Hampers to take with you to the bach.

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Waiheke International Jazz Festival 2015
Venues in Oneroa and at Rangihoua EstateFri, April 03, 2015 12 noon to Sun, April 05, 2015
Crankworx Rotorua
Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park, 185 Fairy Springs Road, RotoruaWed, March 25, 2015 to Sun, March 29, 2015
Classic Fighters Omaka 2015
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 79 Aerodrome Rd, BlenheimFri, April 03, 2015 10.00 a.m. to Sun, April 05, 2015
Auckland Writers’ Festival 2015
Various venues around AucklandWed, May 13, 2015 to Sun, May 17, 2015
NZIFF Autumn Events - Documentaries and Classic Movies
Thu, April 16, 2015 to Sun, May 17, 2015
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A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

From schoolhouse to luxurious cottage - a tale of transformation at Kina Beach Vineyard.

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Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable.

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