Kawakawa Hut

Kawakawa Hut


Day seven of Get Outdoors Week – 'Camping in Taupō'
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Looking forward to spoiling the winner of our 2 night getaway at our Kawakawa Hut! Get your entry in ASAP, drawn Christmas Day 🎄

Simple, comfy rural getaway, Taupo NZ
- tiny home
- off the grid
- sleeps 2
Based at Small Change Farm, where we strive to live off our land.

We welcome ALL guests.

Operating as usual

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 21/03/2022

New shower bi-fold door upgrade built by Brent over the weekend. All made of recycled materials, rimu frame and corrugated iron.

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 09/03/2022

Finally starting to reap the rewards of our orchard planting! We have had at least 20 apples off our Braeburn 🍎apple tree this year, which has been in for coming up 5 years. The first year no apples, the 2nd about 4, 3rd 9 and the 4th season 20. Looking forward to seeing how many next year! There is a cool backstory to this great tree, my sister Brooke gifted it to me, with a note asking to be her bridesmaid 👰‍♀️. Fruit trees make great gifts!

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 07/03/2022

Winter seeds are in and growing! We are making the most of this warm weather to get a head start on our winter vege. Plus a great learning experience for Frankie 🌱


We have a rare Friday available, today! Perfect weather to enjoy the evening too. PM to book. 📷 by the talented duo @timo_brooky & @sarahmbrooky

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 18/02/2022

Our first pumpkin for the season has been picked & eaten (the earliest we have ever picked pumpkin in Taupo). A vibrant colour called “Baby Bear” pumpkin, described as the perfect mini pumpkin growing up to 1kg. In addition to its decorative use, the flesh is good for pies and the semi hull-less seeds are good for toasted snacks. The yield potential is high and the fruits have very good storage qualities.

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 16/02/2022

November to February in the hut garden! It’s become a bit of a jungle with the pumpkin patch and green crop/wildflowers, but the garden is providing the goods and we are excited to see how many pumpkins we grow this year! Winter planting has begun with an aim to provide vegetables throughout. Check out our story for more wildflowers and 🎃!


A lovely guest review ✌️🌝 🏔


Phew we made it through January fully booked! Thanks to all our lovely guests for their support we love hosting you ❤️ Looking forward to an exciting year! To book your next stay go to ➡️ www.kawakawahut.com/book



We finally have 🌽 and for Taupo a bit earlier than our last few summer growing seasons! These beauties have grown in the greenhouse, we also have a few rows in the Hut garden, but like the idea of growing both in the greenhouse to protect from the hard spring conditions and outdoors. We have your standard honey & pearl variety and a heirloom Hopi Blue grown by the Hopi Indians of Northern Arizona primarily for grinding into flour and making tortilla like flat breads. Something new to learn!


We have mixed multiple species this year in with our pumpkin patch. The Mustard (yellow flower) is for weed seed control and cleaning up any harmful soil fungi. Watch our story to see how big the pumpkins are already!

Photos from Love Taupo's post 24/12/2021

Looking forward to hosting the winner of the Get Outdoors week :)


Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? We have personalised digital gift vouchers for a getaway to Kawakawa Hut🎄

$150 per night. We welcome ALL guests 🙏Order here >>> www.kawakawahut.com/gift-vouchers/

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Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 14/12/2021

I’ve been on the lookout for bedside table stumps! We finally found a suitable Kanuka tree and I feel like these little corners of the Hut are pretty much complete! The rest of the tree will be used for firewood 🪵 🔥

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 11/12/2021

Last print run before Christmas for our complimentary gift vouchers. These come in a pocket envelope and mailed to the lucky recipient for a getaway to Kawakawa Hut🎄

$150 per night. Order here by 15th December >>> www.kawakawahut.com/gift-vouchers/

📸 @cedarandgoldcreative @oursweethideout


Counting down those days to Christmas! I spent a lovely evening last night at a wreath making workshop with Sandra from @houseofflorenceflorals. What a beautiful, relaxing evening of learning, bubbles and nibbles! We are now heading into a busy holiday period over December & January and looking forward to welcoming ALL guests to our Hut, especially our Auckland friends and family 🧡


Come chill and enjoy some slow morning breakfasts 🍓🥞 We have the next two weekends available; 3 & 4 December and 10 & 11 December - then full booked weekends until March 2022. PM to book.

Glamping in Taupo 25/11/2021

Glamping in Taupo

Neat to be included in this epic line up of glamping spots in Taupo!

Share your photos of your favourite camping spots in the Taupō region and be in to win a off-the-grid experience for two at our Kawakawa Hut with Love Taupo

Glamping in Taupo Glamping holds a special place in most traveller’s hearts. For those who yearn for the romance of sleeping under starlit skies, bathing outdoors and really immersing themselves in the quiet of nature, glamping is the ultimate getaway.


We love hosting doggie guests at our Hut! Here’s the beautiful, friendly Winnie from last weekend. Doesn’t he have the best smile 🐶


Love Taupo Get Outdoors Week 2021

Share your outdoor adventure photos with and to be in to win a voucher from us!

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 12/11/2021

Give the gift of a getaway to Kawakawa Hut.

After a unique experience, for a Christmas present or special occasion? 🎄We have complimentary and beautifully printed gift vouchers available, that come in a pocket envelope and mailed to the lucky recipient.

Order here>>> www.kawakawahut.com/gift-vouchers/

📸 @cedarandgoldcreative @oursweethideout


Head over to @molly.marsland’s account for how to WIN a night stay at our Kawakawa Hut 🤞🥦🗻🔥✨

Off grid 29/10/2021

Off grid

We often get questions about the Hut’s off grid system so here are our answers!


Off grid We often get questions about the Hut’s off grid system so here are our answers! Our experience with solar power systems started with our retro caravan that we set up with a 12 Volt fridge, a …


Maybe a bit hopeful in our Taupo climate… our latest fruit tree planted in the orchard is a Nectarine🍑and has come out in beautiful pink blossoms 🌸

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 05/10/2021

We have had guests cancel their stay with us over the school holidays so have lots of availability for others. We can cater for a wide variety with our comfy queen size bed, portacot 👶 two stretchers 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and even welcome doggies 🐶. Get in touch to book your school holiday stay with us.

Photos from Kawakawa Hut's post 01/10/2021

Give the gift of a getaway to Kawakawa Hut.

After a unique experience, for a Christmas present or special occasion? We have complimentary and beautifully printed gift vouchers available, that come in a pocket envelope and mailed to the lucky recipient. Choose your value, 1 night = $150, 2 nights = $250 etc.

Order here>>> www.kawakawahut.com/gift-vouchers/

Your Kawakawa Hut Hosts

Chanel and Brent Griffiths, along with their daughter Frankie and dog Betty are your hosts at Kawakawa Hut.

Our Taupo story really starts at our Hut. We brought the land in early 2017 and spent the next year road tripping from Auckland on the weekends to stay on our land. We initially camped in our trusty “Blueberry” a 11 foot 1967 Crusder caravan, however she is a fair weather gal and so come the winter we started to make her a “shelter” plus a place to put our tools and belongings that ended up in Taupo!

After a year of dreaming of living in Taupo. We decided to make the big move and subsequently found out we were expecting our first child too! Not quite part of the “plan” but we embraced it and life has just flowed for us since our move.

Brent took a year and a half off “work” and made our Hut liveable, built a big barn, did the earthworks for our driveway, meanwhile training his Hungarian Vizsla puppy “Betty” for a good 6 months to be a deer dog (she is still yet to point out a deer). Brent then began the massive task of building our passive, small home.

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