Bush & Beach Escapes

Cottage accommodation Aroha Island

Aroha Island Eco Centre
Rangitane Road (12kms from Kerikeri)           Phone: 09 407 5243

At Aroha Island Eco Centre you can camp from $30 per night for two or stay in one of the cottages or lodge. Birdlife is plentiful and it's a short walk to a rocky beach or a short kayak to a sandy one. Guided Kiwi Walks may be an option at night or guests can hire a red light torch ($5) and take a self guided walk.

Flax Studio

Mangawhai Heads
Flax Studio
          Phone: 021 519 480

Flax Studio is set in a private garden two minutes walk to Mangawhai Estuary, and easy walking to ocean beach and shops/cafes. The hot shower and flush toilet, and kitchenette are tastefully alfresco. Opportunities to learn flax weaving/raranga, try out paddle boarding in the estuary, or even catch a fish. From $85 per night.

Whatipu Lodge

Whatipu Lodge
Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)          Phone: 09 811 8860

Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.

The Church Accommodation

The Church Accommodation
87 Hahei Beach Road          Phone: 07 866 3533

Cute miners style wooden cottages sit in a lush garden behind The Church Restaurant in Hahei. Reviewers sing the praises of both the restaurant and accommodation. Studio units from $115. There are free spades for guests to dig their own thermal pool at Hot Water Beach.

YHA Opoutere

YHA Opoutere
389 Opoutere Road          Phone: 07 865 9072

YHA Opoutere is a former school house and is located in an undeveloped and quiet coastal area of the Coromandel Peninsula. See what Trip Advisor reviewers have to say. *The hostel is not open year round - check with the YHA before arriving.*

Art Break Waihi

Art Break Waihi          Phone: 021 0273 8988

Painting retreat over two nights with two kiwi women keen to share and provide for others. Stay in a contemporary kiwi bach within a two minute walk to Waihi’s sandy surf beach. Enjoy being catered for whilst you learn new skills and spend time painting with on-tap guidance and with three different mediums – all within a friendly small group.

Earth Dome, Solscape Eco Retreat

Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road          Phone: 07 825 8268

Unusual accommodation at Solscape Eco Retreat includes earth domes, tipis (seasonal) and cabooses. Solscape is an eco conscious property located 6km from Raglan but walking distance to the beach. If you're keen to learn to surf check out the inhouse surf school - SolSurfer. Accommodation rates suit those on a backpacker budget and beyond.

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.

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohauiti Road, RD 3 (18km 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).

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.

Maraehako Bay Retreat

Maraehako Bay
Maraehako Bay Retreat
State Highway 35           Phone: 07 325 2648

Maraehako Bay Retreat is located on the beach and is surrounded by rocks. Activities include horse riding, fishing, bush walking, and the opportunity to meet Maori spiritual carvers. Tariff from $28 per night for a dorm bed, single room from $43, double from $66.

Tidal Waters Lodge

Tolaga Bay area
Tidal Waters Log Lodge

432 Waihau Road, Waihau/Loisels Beach          Phone: 07 862 2720

Around 40kms from Gisborne and 11kms from Tolaga Bay you'll find Tidal Waters Log Lodge on a quiet cliff top overlooking the water. One of the owners can provide guided hunting and fishing trips. The lodge sleeps up to 20, see the website for rates.

Morere Hot Springs Lodge

Morere Hot Springs Lodge          Phone: 06 837 8824

Morere Hot Springs Lodge offers the following accommodation options - The Lodge, a historic farm house with spacious lounge, large kitchen and two bathrooms, sleeps up to 11; Two self contained cabins – sleeps up to three; A two bedroom cottage – sleeps up to four. Take a bush walk through the forest or join a guided walk at night to see glow worms. Morere Hot Springs are nearby

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse & The Keep
326 The Esplanade, Island Bay & Houghton Bay          Phone: 04 472 4177

Be a lighthouse keeper for the day or hide away in The Keep (stone tower) in Houghton Bay. Self contained accommodation including breakfast provisions from $200 week days, $230 Friday and Saturday nights. Without breakfast - week days $170, Friday & Saturday $200.

Cobb Quarters

Cob Quarters at Off the Mapp          Phone: 03 572 4222

Cob Quarters @ Off the Mapp is located at the top of the Waihopai Valley an hour from Blenheim. Built in the 1900s, it provides 'Unique and Boutique' self catering accommodation for six people. A highlight is the outdoor bath and shower perched on a rock ledge above the Waihopai river. The Station has a large conservation area which provides the perfect place for hiking,mountain biking, fishing, swimming, hunting or just relaxing. Another unique accommodation option on the property is Boundary Creek Cabin.

Sans Souci

Golden Bay
Sans Souci Inn
11 Richmond Road, Pohara          Phone:03 525 8663

Sans Souci Inn is a unique mud brick property a couple of minutes walk from Pohara beach. Each room has French doors that open to a communal courtyard. Bathrooms are shared and there are composting toilets. An onsite restaurant utilises organic ingredients from the garden. From $90 single, $115 double. There is also a self contained family unit from $160.

Golden Bay Hideaway,

Golden Bay
Golden Bay Hideaway
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay          Phone: 03 525 7184

Golden Bay Hideaway has four accommodation options - a restored house truck set in a private bush location with an outdoor bath; two environmentally conscious houses - Little Greenie and Kiwi Greenie; and the Hippie House which was started by some of the original 'Hippies' in Golden Bay and has been completed and restored. House truck stay from $150 per night, discounts for longer stays.

Te Nikau

Te Nikau Retreat Backpackers & Self Contained Accommodation
19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki          Phone: 03 731 1111

Hide away in the rainforest at Te Nikau Retreat in the Stargazer - a rustic wooden hut with a partial glass roof, from $51 double. You can also pitch your tent or stay in one of the lodges or small cabins. Muffins and bread are baked daily and are for sale. (Te Nikau is located 3kms north of Pancake Rocks).

Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge
12 kilometres north of Kaikoura          Phone: 0800 KAIKOURA

At Hapuku Lodge you can camp out in style in a tree house built 10 metres above the ground in a canopy of Manuka. Walk through the olive orchard or follow the track through native bush to the beach. Luxury five star accommodation at five star prices.

Hapuku Carriages

Hapuku Carriages
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku      Phone/Fax: 03 319 6963

Stay in a restored railway carriage opposite the beach in the Hapuku settlement, a few minutes drive from Kaikoura. There’s an outdoor bath and sun deck - see the gallery of images on the website. From $220 per couple including cooked breakfast.

The Factory

The Factory
5 Hapuku Road, Hapuku      Phone/Fax: 03 319 3034

The Factory was once Hapuka Dairy Factory, the 100 year old building has been restored and converted to 5 star luxury accommodation. The Factory has consistently been rated “excellent” in Trip Advisor reviews. From $380 per couple.

Beaconstone Eco Lodge

Beaconstone Eco Lodge
17kms south of Westport on State Highway 6          Phone: 027 431 0491

The development of Beaconstone Eco Lodge has been a labour of love and it will be appreciated by those who like their accommodation to have a minimal impact on the environment. The property is solar powered, has composting toilets (loos with views) and rainfall is the water supply. From $27 per night. *Beaconstone is open from October - May.*

Birds Eye View Lodge

Timaru District
Birds Eye View Lodge
          Phone: 03 6126 337

Birds Eye View Lodge is reached by 4WD vehicle and sits on top of The Hunter Hills. Climb the ladder to the loft for a peaceful nights sleep in the rustic lodge that sleeps 8. The lodge is self contained but has no power, there are two gas elements for cooking and a gas BBQ. The loo is a long drop, and gas heats the outdoor bath. You may see deer and wallaby, and the secluded location is ideal for stargazing. From $300 per night for two people. (Stays are weather dependent during winter months - June-September).

Omaui Caravan Stay

Caravan/Coastal Homestay
24km from Invercargill, 12 minutes drive from Stewart Island ferry
Facebook          Phone: 021 0767 138

Stay in a rebuilt 1967 caravan near the beach in Omaui, 12 minutes drive from the Stewart Island ferry. Offered as an alternative to backpacker accommodation, the caravan sleeps two, kitchen and bathroom are shared with the owners in their home. Would suit those interested in learning more about the environmental work being done in the area. Contact owner direct for rates.