Slow Stays

Escape to our enchanting Slow Stay accommodation, where romance intertwines with nature, a rustic yet luxurious experience for adults. Unwind amidst the serene beauty of our heritage property, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat. Immerse yourself in the tranquility, let time slow down, and create cherished moments with your loved ones. Book your stay for an unforgettable blend of romance and nature’s embrace.

Sleeping in luxurious linens we accomodate eight adult guests over four petite historic forestry cabins. These were built in the 1940s from locally sourced native timber, once in a village of over 100 cabins these are possibly the last remaining four in existence.  Each has a wee veranda attached overlooking a quaint flower filled cottage garden connected by winding gravel paths.  A bathroom for each cabin is located in the School Ablutions complete with beautiful products, fluffy towels and snuggly robes provided for the dash.

The sweet wee Schoolhouse Kitchen is fully stocked with locally sourced or homegrown goodies so you can stay in or go further afield if you would like to dine out. You’ll find antique cutlery and tableware complete the rural ambience. This is a place where there is plenty of time for a pot of tea. A coffee machine is provided because being in the middle of a forest does not mean you can’t have great coffee. Freshly laid farm eggs are available from the diligent Old Forest School heritage breed hens. Make your own pizzas with ingredients provided in the pizza oven down by the old Tin Shed. Dine al fresco surrounded by history. Marshmallows along with perfectly whittled sticks and cosy rugs are provided for evenings gathered around the outdoor fire.  


Slow stays will not be available as part of corporate or wedding events

High speed wifi is complementary…but we suggest shutting down the laptop and disconnecting for a long while, your soul will thank you for it.  

Your hosts adore all things vintage, and onsite you’ll find The Store, a beautiful reflection of our passion for places and objects with a story to tell. With none of todays distractions Old Forest School offers its guests the precious gift of quiet, uninterrupted thought.  Allow your mind to wander again, to reminisce, to dream.  To imagine a life well before our own.

Take a drive and walk the long sandy beaches of Pukehina, volunteer at the Kokako Eco Sanctuary a short drive deeper in to the forest or head to the bright lights of Mt Maunganui.

Perfect for small groups of friends staying. For a bit of old school fun there is tennis, BBQ, swimming baths, badminton, pétanque and much more.  Or simply lie under shady trees with a good book, roll out a yoga mat beside the wildlife pond or enjoy walking in the expansive grounds and take time to rediscover your creative side, Old Forest School is a gentle place that will nurture your spirit, once you arrive you won’t want to leave.

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