Unusual Accommodation Bay Of Plenty / Taupo / Ohakune

Willowbark Ranch

Willowbark Ranch B&B
133 Koutunui Road, RD 1          Phone: 07 863 4282

At Willowbark Ranch you may be able to saddle up and take a horse ride down the beach, you can definitely befriend the farm pets. Stay the night in one of two self contained accommodation options, from $100 double including self serve breakfast.

Katikati Naturist Park

Katikati Naturist Park
149 Wharawhara Road, RD2          Phone: 0800 4 567 567

If you're comfortable in your birthday suit you can pitch your tent, hire a caravan (or park your own), or book in to a kitchen cabin or chalet at Katikati Naturist Park. Alternatively you can visit for the day, from $10. Facilities include a spa, mini putt, outdoor chess set and petanque court.

Warm Earth Cottage

Warm Earth Romantic Retreat
202 Thompsons Track, RD 2          Phone: 07 549 0962

If Tranquility and Serenity are what you are looking for book in to one of the two cabins at Warm Earth Romantic Retreat. There's no electricity but candle light and lanterns light the way to the bush bath. Breakfast is included and you can order a platter for the evening or cook your own dinner on the BBQ. From $220 per couple.

Ark at Tui Ridge Accommodation

Tui Ridge Accommodation
176 Work Road          Phone: 07 552 0061

Our warm and cosy wooden ‘Ark’ is tucked up the back of our property which is located in a Kiwifruit orchard. Recycled pallets make for alternative bedding with the separate guest bathroom and dining area located nearby. We have extensive gardens to roam, a river to explore and stunning views out to the Kaimai Ranges. In the summer house is a BBQ and a hammock to relax in.

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohauiti Road, RD 3 (18kms from Tauranga i-SITE)
          Phone: 07 5443 481
Stay in a bush whare, feed unique sheep and see native birds at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary. Trip Advisor reviewers note the knowledge and hospitality of the hosts, and the evening glow worm tours as highlights of their stay. Tariff. (Note that bookings must be prearranged by email or phone, the sanctuary and glow worm tours are exclusively for guests).

Moanarua Beach Cottage

Moanarua Beach Cottage
2 Hoterini Street          Phone: 07 312 5924

Experience a Maori cultural home stay at Moanarua Beach Cottage from $150 per night including continental breakfast. Relax in the spa or take a short walk to Ohope beach. Fishing trips can be arranged, there are also bikes and kayaks for hire.

Love Shack, Bushhaven

Te Urutawa Reserve
Te Waiti Road (20 minutes from Opotiki)                 Phone: 07 929 7564

Bushaven is set alongside Te Waiti stream, the modest accommodation options include the self contained Love Shack, and a small camp ground. Te Waiti track is on the door step and is suitable for walkers and mountain bikers, Bushaven run a shuttle to other tracks including Motu Trails Cycleway. Swim in the pristine stream or in one of the swimming holes, hunting trips and horse treks by arrangement. Camping from $15 pp per night, Love Shack from $90 twin share - BYO linen.

Contemporary Maori art work at Maruata

2 Kuirau Street 

Maruata is a Maori owned and operated holiday home near Kuirau Park and two minutes drive from Rotorua CBD. A bonus for guests is the outdoor thermal spa, and complimentary Whittaker's chocolate and cans of L&P (Lemon and Paeroa soda) on check-in. Muruata sleeps four, five if the fifth is an infant. Rates are stepped, reducing in cost depending on length of stay, eg. stay 2 nights and pay $295 per night, stay 3 and pay $280 per night.

Princes Gate

Princes Gate Hotel
1057 Arawa Street          Phone: 07 348 1179

The Princes Gate Hotel was built in Waihi in 1897, Prohibition and a decline in gold mining led to it being moved to Rotorua in 1917. The hotel retains its historical charm with creaking floor boards, a winding staircase, chandeliers and an open fire. There are a variety of room types - Classic Rooms from $155. In 2013 the hotel became part of the Distinction Hotels Group.

Tiki Lodge

Tiki Lodge
104 Tuwharetoa Street         Phone: 07 377 4545

The local Maori hosts at Tiki Lodge provide smiles for free and lake and mountain views for cheap. Book a bed in this modern, Maori flavoured lodge from $22-24 per night. Female only dorms available as well as rooms with shared bathroom, kitchenette and TV, from $70.

Taupo Houseboats

Taupo Explorer
Lake Taupo Marina

Stay onboard the 12 metre houseboat 'Explorer'. Up to three couples can be accommodated on the self contained vessel for a minimum two night stay. From $150 per night for two, plus $60 cleaning fee per stay.