Albatross Backpacker Inn
1 Torquay Street
www.albatross-kaikoura.co.nz Phone: 0800 222 247
At Albatross Backpacker Inn you can book a bed in the Turkish themed dorm from $29 per night. Relax with a free cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate on the verandah. The hostel is TV free but in the lounge you'll find all you need to have a jam session.
12 kms north of Kaikoura
www.hapukulodge.com 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.
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
www.hapukucarriages.co.nz 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.
5 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
www.hapukufactory.com 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.
16 Kowhai Ford Road
www.wackystays.co.nz Phone: 03 319 5033
Wacky Stays has a collection of unusual accommodation options including a house truck, yurt and colonial wagon. Guests can visit the onsite farm park free of charge. From $169 per night.
12 Glenmark Drive (77kms from Hanmer Springs)
www.waiparasleepers.co.nz Phone: 03 314 6003
Sleep in a guards van at Waipara Sleepers or pitch your tent or park your van for the night. Shared guards van stays from $25, unpowered site $20, powered site $25. Free hot bread every morning and maybe an egg or two at the chickens convenience.
www.jacksonsretreat.co.nz Phone: 03 738 0474
Located 33 kms west of Arthurs Pass, Jacksons Retreat provides unique accommodation for those in tents and camper vans – covered camping barns. Each barn has its own water and power supply, and large windows to take in the alpine view. Facilities include free bikes and BBQs, a small pantry shop sells free range eggs. Sites from $40 for two. Check out the top notch reviews on Rankers and Trip Advisor.
Jailhouse Accommodation (formerly Addington Prison)
338 Lincoln Road
www.jail.co.nz Phone: 0800 524 546
Addington Prison closed in 1999 and after renovation it re-opened in 2006 as Jailhouse Accommodation. Have a secure stay in the former cell block from $32pp.
Le Petit Hotel B&B
16 Marriner Street, Sumner
www.lepetithotel.co.nz Phone: 03 326 6675
Located in the seaside village of Sumner (20 minutes from Christchurch city centre), Le Petit Hotel is a French style B&B with six French style rooms, each with ensuite and balcony. Le Petit is a short walk from Sumner village and beach, and a bus stop is nearby. From $135 per room.
The Eco Villa
251 Hereford Street
www.ecovilla.co.nz Phone: 03 595 1364
The Eco Villa is a new sustainable concept for travel accomodation. Inspired by the property’s rich history and looking for a way to contribute to the Christchurch rebuild post- earthquake, the owners have restored this 1910 home, and transformed it into a boutique hotel. At The Eco Villa guests can enjoy a fully-equipped shared kitchen, dining area, lounge, edible garden, outdoor baths, and free bicycle hire.
Wagonstays Luxury Escape
Selwyn (30 minutes from Christchurch)
www.wagonstays.co.nz Phone: 03 322 8277
Wagonstays Luxury Escape is an early settler style wagon with modern conveniences like a flat screen TV, air conditioning, flush toilet and computer controlled shower. The wagon sleeps two, from $295 including breakfast.
Kowhai Riding School
711 Island Road, View Hill, Oxford
www.kowhai.co.nz Phone: 03 312 4309
Kowhai Riding School offers all inclusive packages that include accommodation, meals, horse riding lessons and horse treks. Day rides can also be arranged as well as farmstays from one night to three months. (Kowhai Riding School is 75kms west of Christchurch, airport pick ups possible).
The PurePod at Little River is situated at the end of a 600 metre nature walk. Made of heavy duty glass, the PurePod allows you to see everything - from the sky above to the native plants growing beneath your feet. Solar and biofuel provide the power, and a gas hob and outdoor BBQ can be used for cooking. No TV, Wi-Fi or hair dryer - by design. From $490 for two, part of the payment goes toward conservation work on the property and on Banks Peninsula.
216 Okuti Valley Road
www.okuti.co.nz Phone: 03 325 1913
At Okuti Garden you can stay in a yurt, a house truck or a tipi. All accommodation is $50pp with linen supplied or $40 pp if you bring your own. Okuti Garden is approximately 4 kms from Little River and the Little River Railtrail. **Okuti Garden closes for winter.**
State Highway 75 (next to Little River Cafe & Gallery)
www.silostay.kiwi.nz Phone: 03 325 1977
Usually silos house grain but not at Little River, SiloStay Accommodation provides a four star plus home away from home, especially for couples cycling the Little River Railtrail. All silos are self contained, check out the gallery on the website to see the stylish fit out and the nifty bike storage. From $170 - $220 per night.
Little River Campground
287 Okuti Valley Road
www.littlerivercampground.co.nz Phone: 03 325 1014
A tipee is often used as the communal lounge at Little River Campground, and the Love Shack cabin is lit by candles only. Loos are long drops and facilities are described as rustic, it sounds like camping as it used to be, reviewers rate their experience well. You can visit just for the day in the warmer months and ride the Scary Slippery Slides (see Facebook for photos). Camp from $15pp, cabins from $40 per night.
The Giant's House B&B
68 Rue Balguerie
www.thegiantshouse.co.nz Phone: 03 304 7501
Built in 1880 The Giant's House (Linton) is within walking distance of Akaroa Harbour. The gardens are full of sculptures and large mosaic creations. B&B from $300. The gardens are open to visitors year round, and afternoon teas are available from The Artist's Palate cafe (usually summer months only). Visit the website to confirm opening hours and cost. PS. I highly recommend visiting the gardens to see the sensational mosaic creations.
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)
www.onuku.co.nz Phone: 03 304 7066
Gaze up at the stars through the glass roof of a Stargazer wooden tent or park your van for the night. Double, twin, dorm (including girls only) beds are available in the Farm House. Accommodation from $15 a night. Please note: The road to Onuku Farm is winding and narrow in places, drive with care. Enquire about free pick up from Akaroa. (Closed May - September). Onuku Farm is the first stop on The Banks Peninsula Track, there are also shorter walks guests can take on the 430 hectare coastal farm.
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).