Sunnrise at Big Sky Cottage Lauder

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Big Sky Cottage Lauder accommodation - cottage front

Front bedroom



Big Sky Cottage Lauder

Welcome to Big Sky Cottage, character deco-style accommodation built from mud bricks in 1930 in the village of Lauder, Central Otago, New Zealand.

The cottage is ideally situated for exploring Central Otago and the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Southern Lakes district and the Maniototo.

It is within 100 metres of the Otago Central Rail Trail and is an excellent place to start one of the most spectacular sections of the Trail through the Poolburn Gorge to the Ida Valley.

The house is self-catering, self contained accommodation with exclusive occupancy. It is tastefully decorated and boasts an oak paneled hallway and beautiful deco ceilings in each room.

Big Sky Cottage is well equipped with clean, comfortable furnishings and modern appliances. The house is suitable for up to 4 people with two good-sized bedrooms and a large open plan living and dining area leading through to the kitchen. It also has a wide cool veranda (with rocking chairs) for hot summer days and a sheltered sun-trap garden.

The house is in the heart of the sweeping Manuherekia Valley, close to the Manuherekia River and at the foothills of the magnificent Hawkdun, St Bathans and Dunstan mountains.

This is true Grahame Sydney country with breathtaking views of this ‘big sky country’ at every turn.

Accommodation Facilities

Big Sky Cottage offers:

  • 2 bedrooms with king and queen beds
  • electric blankets for the cool months
  • spacious lounge and interconnected dining room
  • log burner and plenty of firewood
  • well equipped kitchen
  • electric cooker and oven
  • fridge freezer
  • microwave
  • oil filled electric heaters in bedrooms
  • selection of books, maps and local information
  • TV and DVD player
  • CD/radio/tape player
  • selection of CDs, DVDs and tapes
  • bathroom with shower, heated towel rail and heater
  • hairdryer
  • washing machine and ironing facilities
  • linen supplied
  • continental breakfast available on request



Self Catering Accommodation
  2 people
$70 per person ($140 for 2 people per night)

3 people

$60 per person ($180 for 3 people per night)
  4 people
$55 per person ($220 for 4 people per night)

Lounge and fire




Cottage from Rail Trail in winter



Continental breakfast consisting of muesli, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast & spreads, tea, coffee and milk is available at $15 per person per night. This would be in the kitchen on your arrival.

The prices quoted are per night in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

Weekly rates are available on request.

The house is for a maximum of four people.

All bookings are for single party use with exclusive occupancy.

Booking and Enquiries

Please email us at
with your booking request or enquiry providing the following information:

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Dates of arrival and departure
  • Number of guests

Alternatively you can phone Celia and Paul on

  • 021 583 124 from within New Zealand
  • +64 21 583 124 outside New Zealand

We look forward to hearing from you and talking to you about
Big Sky Cottage
and this wonderful part of New Zealand.




Hawduns from back road

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