Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
5960 Russell Road, Russell, Bay of Islands
www.russellaccommodation.co.nz Phone: 09 403 7704
Chosen by the BBC to film New Zealand's rare birdlife, Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the only Enviro Gold holiday park in Northland. Accommodation with shared facilities includes a tipi, cabins, bach and camping sites. There are four self contained options including an Eco Chalet from $95 for two per night.
Aroha Island Eco Centre
Rangitane Road (12kms from Kerikeri)
www.arohaisland.co.nz 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.
Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road
www.solscape.co.nz 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.
Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohauiti Road, RD 3 (18kms from Tauranga i-SITE)
www.mount-tutu.co.nz 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).
EcoInn Eco Accommodation
671 Kent Road, RD 1
www.ecoinnovation.co.nz Phone: 06 752 2765
EcoInn is a solar, hydro and wind powered property. You can soak in the wood/solar heated hot tub before camping out with the night life in the Tree House (weather permitting). Those not keen on sharing with the possums can sleep indoors in either the hostel or the bach.
26a Mill Road
The matchbox gives guests the chance to check out tiny house living in a great location, from $85 per night. It is a quirky, self-contained space on a view-filled plot only 15 minutes walk from central New Plymouth. At 18sq m, it has a comfy queen bed, full bathroom, and porch with kitchenette.
Sans Souci Inn
11 Richmond Road, Pohara
www.sanssouciinn.co.nz 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
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay
www.goldenbayhideaway.co.nz 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.
Beaconstone Eco Lodge
17kms south of Westport on State Highway 6
www.beaconstoneecolodge.co.nz 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.*
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.
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 $460 for two, part of the payment goes toward conservation work on the property and on Banks Peninsula.