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Cherry Cottage Homestay

Mangaweka, Rangatikei

A warm welcome awaits you at Cherry Cottage and Mangaweka, from your host Dickie.

A quaint country cottage in the increasingly popular rural township of Mangaweka, Cherry Cottage offers Bed & Continental Breakfast style homestay accommodation.

Located just an hour south of the Mt Ruapehu Ski Fields, two hours from Taupo, an hour north of Wanganui, and just an hour west of Palmerston North. Cherry Cottage is also just 10 or so minutes from the very popular Vinegar Hill Campground, famous for its week long “New Years Gay” celebrations, which grow bigger & bolder by the year!

Cherry Cottage has a comfortable Lounge & separate Dining Room, with a fantastic warm Log burner. There is a TV/Video, with play-station, Stereo & loud speakers with CD, tapes, radio and even an old vinyl turn table!

There is a Full Kitchen for your use when ever you choose. (Evening meals, with wine, by arrangement at an extra cost, can be arranged at most times if required). Continental breakfast is included in your stay and complimentary coffee/tea/juice at anytime you wish. Cherry Cottage offers a fantastic rural out-look immediately to the rear of the cottage, looking towards the river canyon, are sheep, chickens, horses, and sometimes even a goat!

There are plenty of interesting attractions in the township. These include the fantastic new Mangaweka Art Gallery, in an old church right next door to the cottage, which is also run and owned by Dickie.

An unusual cafe in an elevated DC 3 aircraft, a friendly country pub, serving wholesome good value meals, various other nic-nac shops, and a well stocked petrol station with eftpos/visa cash out facilities.

For activities there are walking tracks in reserves, and along the old railway line & disused tunnels, scenic and white water river rafting, kayak, & canoeing adventures, fishing, swimming, jet boating, horse trekking, 2 near-by golf courses, and just a ten minute drive up the road, a frightening flying fox (claimed to be the worlds highest!) and bungy jumping from a bridge into the Rangitikei river canyon!

Scenes for the Lord of the Rings were filmed in this area, and the local scenery is quite stunning. An ideal place to lay your head for a day or two of exploring, or simply as a relaxing stop off, on the way to or from the ski fields.

Cherry Cottage is a smoke-free indoor environment, though smokers will find plenty of room in the stunning outdoor gardens and “back yard” to enjoy a quick puff or two!

Directions to Cherry Cottage, Mangaweka

On State Highway 1, between Hunterville and Taihape.

From the south driving north, look for the DC 3 aircraft, next to the petrol station on the right hand side after entering Mangaweka township.

Cherry Cottage is around 50 yards up the road, Look for the Yellow Church building of Mangaweka gallery and we are the first building before there!

From the north driving south, just after the entry signs to Mangaweka township, pull over to the left, by the yellow church building of Mangaweka Gallery, and we are the next door down to there.

On or ample Off street parking available.


Right next door to Cherry Cottage, also owned & operated by Dickie is Mangaweka Gallery.

Housed in a beautiful turn of the century former Presbyterian Church, with stunning polished wooden floors, the gallery offers fine art, paintings, stone carvings, wood works, ceramics, and lots of other interesting arts & crafts. The gallery also hosts monthly solo exhibitions from local and national artists.

Dickie is always on the look out for the “next big thing”, so new and up-coming artists are most welcome to bring in their work for possible exhibition and sale.

A stay at Cherry Cottage includes a full personalised tour of Mangaweka Gallery.

Civil Unions/Independent Marriages.

Ever dreamed of that Church Wedding but couldn’t find a suitable venue? Well now you can!

Tie the knot at Mangaweka Gallery, by having your special ceremony in the historic Old Yellow Church!

Phone or e-mail for further details.

Gallery Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm. Thursday to Monday inclusive.

Gallery e-mail:

Ph : (06) 382 5774 / 027 52 666 12

Your host: Dickie

State Highway 1

Phone: (06) 382 5774

Mobile: 027 52 666 12

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Our Rates

$65 Single
$85 Double
$95 Queen

The whole cottage can be hired (for up to a Maximum party of six adults) for NZ $ 225 p/n (advance notice required please).

Payment: by Cash or Eftpos (no credit card facilities, sorry)

Visitor Reviews

Have stayed here several times now, and always get a friendly reception from Dickie (and his pet cat Puskins). Very comfy beds, ample off street parking. Well situated, as this time was visiting Vinegar Hill, yet also makes for a convenient break for me when travelling between Wellington and Auckland (and is only an hour from both Palmy and Whanganui). Good value, though best to bring cash, as eftpos was not working this last visit.

Michael, Wellington

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