Awatere Cottage self contained fishing accommodation
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Awatere Cottage

Awatere Cottage

Awatere Cottage is a well-appointed architecturally-designed two-bedroom cottage within an easy walk of two good fishing streams plus a short drive to a number of some of the best waters in Southland. The perfect spot for couples or small groups wishing to experience some of the best fishing New Zealand offers.

Situated in a rural location on a 3,000 hectare cattle and sheep station with views up to tussock and bush clad hills, this warm and sunny cottage provides a private space where you can retreat and relax in comfort. A local guide and heli fly-ins can be arranged.


Denise and James Anderson


770 Winding Creek Road


See the location on google maps

Contact details

Phone: +64 3 2026 522



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Awatere is well positioned as a base for fly fishing anglers,  with numerous fishing rivers and streams within an hour’s drive.  Most of these rivers are not set amidst steep terrain, so they are reasonably easy to access. 



Waikaia River

Mataura River

Oreti River

Pomohaka River

Plus the many other waters including small clear streams that Northern Southland is renown for.

Guide Awatere Cottage can arrange a guide for you. Michael Vetters is a local who guides on waters he has known all his life. He will pick you up from the Cottage and take you to some great waters he has discovered over the years.

Waikaia Cottage is marked on the upper Mataura / Waikaia River map It is located 8 km east of Waikaia.
2 hour’s drive from Queenstown and Dunedin
1 ½ hour’s drive north of Invercargill.


But in reality miles aways....



  • Bedroom 1 with queen bed
  • Bedroom 2 with two singles
  • All linen supplied, down duvets and pillows, electric blankets, spare blankets
  • Suitcase rack

Double bed





  • Towels supplied
  • Heated towel rail
  • Hairdryer



  • Full oven and cook top
  • Microwave
  • Tea, coffee and coffee plunger
  • Expandable dining table



Living room

  • Flat screen TV with Sky
  • Wifi
  • Stereo
  • Expandable dining table
  • Phone
  • Electric heating
  • Books

Living room






  • Washing machine
  • Tub
  • cleaning supplies
  • Storage

There is also a large verandah with outdoor table and chairs and great views over the surrounding countryside. A room is also provided where wet weather gear and waders can be hung to dry. There is also plenty of parking space including room for a boat within the fenced section.

Extra room

Within the owner's house they also have a room that can be used by guests. It has a king size bed complete with down duvet and pillows. Guests have their own bathroom and can use the main lounge, kitchen and laundry.

Other local activities
  • Kayaking, swimming, hunting and walking
  • Piano Flat reserve
  • Gore – Eastern Southland Gallery
  • Hokonui Moonshine Museum
  • Mandaville – Croyden Aviation Museum
  • A great Hotel in Waikaia with a restaurant
Sample feedback

"We thought we lived in Paradise USA, but your cottage is a paradise. We loved the animals and loved to fish your great waters"

"What a treat to stay in such a beautiful place".


The setting

The perfect setting to relax and explore

Indicative tariff
as at 1 Aug 2017

The tariff for Waikaia Cottage is

  • NZ$150 per night for 2 people
  • NZ$25 per night each extra person

Note: This includes GST and linen.

Check availability As the cottage is very popular with anglers please check availability for the dates you require.
Arrowtown holiday home

The Andersons have another modern 3-bedroom house in Arrowtown  (near Lake Wakitipu and the Kawarau River) and overseas guests often use both properties during their stay.

Awatere Cottage

Rate: $320 a night for four people. Please enquire for rates for two people.

Hook up

Beautiful clean rivers on your doorstep




Awatere Cottage


Twin room




Lounge in house

Wet room


Michael Vetters

Your guide, Michael Vetters




Micaheal Vetters


Awatere cottage is located in a beautiful Southern setting and offers


both rainbows

and browns

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