All Unusual Accommodation Listings

Spend the night somewhere unusual as you explore New Zealand. There are 122 unusual properties listed below including themed B&Bs/hostels, gypsy style caravans, converted jails and unique camping locations. The prices shown are a guide only, please contact the properties directly for current rates.

North Island Regions
South Island Regions

Northland area - Te Hana

Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
5960 Russell Road, Russell, Bay of Islands         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.

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.

Pagoda Lodge

Pagoda Lodge
81 Pa Road           Phone: 09 407 8617

Pagoda Lodge has a variety of unusual accommodation options including gypsy caravans, a riverside boat shed and safari tents. You can book a getaway for two in a safari tent from $125 per night, or a night in the boat shed from $130. You can also camp at Pagoda Lodge from $15 per person.

The Rock

The Rock          Phone: 0800 762 527

Spend 22 hours cruising through the Bay of Islands on a converted house boat. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, night kayaking and a swim under the stars. The Rock cruises year round and is part of the YHA network. Day cruises are also offered.

Postmasters Lodgings

The Postmasters Lodgings
3 Parnell Street          Phone: 09 405 7676

Look out over Hokianga Harbour from the balcony of the Postmaster's residence located in the heart of Rawene village. See how idyllic this accommodation is by looking at the gallery on the website - Trip Advisor reviews. Queen rooms with ensuite from $100 per night.

Little Earth Lodge

Little Earth Lodge
85 Abbey Caves Road          Phone: 09 430 6562

Little Earth Lodge is in a rural setting, 6km from Whangarei town centre and next door to Abbey Caves. The lodge is purpose built and furnished in Balinese style. Explore the glow worm caves next door or take a trip to Poor Knights Islands. Stay in a three bed shared room (no bunks) from $28 per night.

The Old Post Office Guesthouse B&B

The Old Post Office Guesthouse B&B
corner State Highway 12 & Oakleigh Road           Phone: 09 431 6444

The former Paparoa Post Office (circa 1903) has been turned into a country style B&B and can accommodate single travellers, couples and groups. It's located on the Kauri Coast and is 1.5 hours drive from Auckland and 7kms from the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Single room with shared bathroom from $60 including continental breakfast. Dinner and picnics by arrangement.

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.

Te Hana
Te Hana Te Ao Marama Maori Cultural Centre
317 State Highway 1          Phone: 09 423 8701

Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae provides marae style living in a modern architectural context. Marae stays can be arranged for groups of 10 or more, all stays include a powhiri (welcome ceremony) onto the marae (meeting hall). A mattress, pillows, fresh linen and a cooked breakfast are included (other meals by arrangement). Modern bathroom facilities with disabled access are adjacent to the marae. Starlight evening tours and Maori cultural concerts can be added to the package. (Te Hana is around 100kms north of Auckland).

Auckland / Waiheke Island

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 Old Church Cottage

The Old Church Cottage
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport          Phone: 09 445 9826

The Old Church Cottage was formerly a Sunday School, it sits behind the owner's accommodation which prior to renovation was Devonport's Salvation Army Citadel. The cottage has been renovated to include an ensuite bathroom and a small room that's suitable for a child or third guest. From $220 including continental breakfast (there is a $20 surcharge for one night stays). The cottage is walking distance to Devonport village and the ferry to downtown Auckland.

Hauraki Blue

Hauraki Blue Cruises          Phone: 0800 334 339

Sail away from Viaduct Harbour onboard Ipipiri, a four level catamaran equipped with 30 cabins. Dinner, breakfast and water based activities included in the rate - from $299 per person twin/double. (Check online accommodation websites for discounts).

Fossil Bay Lodge

Waiheke Island
Fossil Bay Lodge
58 Korora Rd, Oneroa          

From December - April you can stay in a Lotus Belle tent at Fossil Bay Lodge. All year round you can check into a sweet little cabin or self contained apartment. (Minimum two night stay). From $50.


Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours

Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours
392 State Highway 25, RD 2 Kuaotunu          Phone: 07 866 5343

Travellers with an interest in astronomy will appreciate Stargazers as it has a variety of astronomy tools and an Observatory. Stay in the Observatory Lodge or self contained Miners Cottage. Astronomy tours are offered and come highly recommended. (Stargazers is 16km north of Whitianga).

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.

Firth Tower

Firth Tower Museum          Phone: 07 888 8369

Self contained motor homes can park over night for $5 per van per night ($10 if power is required) at Firth Tower Museum. Look for the sign in the car park for all you need to know, especially if you arrive outside Museum hours. It's free to wander through the gardens at the Firth Tower Museum but entry to the historic buildings is $5.

Te Tiro B&B

Te Tiro B&B
970 Te Anga Road          Phone: 07 878 6328

Sleep in a pioneer style cottage on Te Tiro sheep and cattle farm. You'll find a glow worm grotto close by, walking tracks and rock climbing areas if you're feeling adventurous. Stay at Te Tiro from $110 single, $140 double including continental breakfast. Guests give Te Tiro top marks.


Woodlyn Park
1177 Waitomo Valley Road, RD 7          Phone: 07 878 6666

Touch down in Waitomo and spend a night in the Plane Motel or onboard The Waitanic. Lord of the Rings fans might prefer The Hobbit Motel and train enthusiasts can sleep onboard Waitomo Express. Woodlyn Park also hosts Billy Black's Kiwi Culture Show. Woodlyn Park is a short drive from Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Big Bird B&B
17 Waitomo Caves Road, RD 7          Phone: 0800 733 244

Waitomo Big Bird B&B is situated on a 70 acre ostrich and cattle farm. Visit with the big birds and miniature horses. B&B and self contained accommodation available - from $50 single, $110 double, including continental breakfast. An ostrich omelette for breakfast is an optional extra. See what reviewers have to say.

Bay Of Plenty / Rotorua / 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.

Hawkes Bay / East Cape / Gisborne

Mon Logis B&B

Mon Logis Boutique Hotel
415 Marine Parade          Phone: 06 835 2125

Mon Logis "My Lodge" was built in the 1860's and has been remodeled on the small privately owned French hotel. In summer sit on the balcony and enjoy the delicious breakfast. From $120 single. (Not suitable for children, maximum 8 guests).

Sea Breeze B&B

Sea Breeze Bed & Breakfast
281 Marine Parade         Phone: 06 835 8067

The Sea Breeze B&B is located opposite the beach and is 5 minutes walk from the town centre. The guest rooms are influenced by Asia, Turkey and India. There is a guest sitting room with views across the water and a kitchenette. From $90 per night including self service continental breakfast.

Criterion Backpackers

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers
48 Emerson Street         Phone: 06 835 2059

The Art Deco style of architecture is one reason visitors flock to Napier. If you book a bed at Criterion Art Deco Backpackers you will be staying in one of the attractions on the Art Deco walk. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate and a variety of rooms can be booked from $25.

Ormlie Lodge

Ormlie Lodge
17 Omarunui Road
Taradale, RD 3         Phone: 06 844 5774

Ormlie was built in 1899 as a wedding present from the "Father of Hawkes Bay" (Sir William Nelson) for his daughter Gertrude. Six luxury suites provide a home away from home with that little bit extra. Our restaurant is open 7 days for breakfast through to dinner with everything in between. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy our locally focused wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails. Ormlie is an experience. See you soon.

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.

Te Poutapeta

Tokomaru Bay
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B
8 Waimana Street          Phone: 06 864 5411

Built over 100 years ago, the restored Post Office offers three room options - The Post Master's room (suits couples), The Mail Sorting room (suits a small family), and The Mail Clerk's Office (has two single beds). All rooms share bathroom facilities. You're a few steps away from the beach, meals can be arranged or head up to Te Puka Tavern. Enquire direct for rates.

The Ruins

Tokomaru Bay
The Ruins
109 Wharf Road           Phone: 027 267 6561

Two old caravans have been turned in to The Ruins, two cute and rustic cabins on part of the site of the old Tokomaru Bay Freezing Works. Abandoned since the 1950's, the majority of the Work's site is over grown, graffitied and derelict, a real scene for photographers. Tokomaru Bay is one of our favourite spots on the East Coast.

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.

The Van

The Van
52 Cameron Road

The Van in Gisborne sits on cast iron wheels and was built by its owner who lived in a similar van with his family for a few months in the 1950's. The Van is self contained with its own kitchenette, shower and toilet. From $140 per night.

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.


Wassail Brauhaus

Egmont Village
Wassail Brauhaus B&B
4 Olsen Street, RD 6, Egmont Village          Phone: 06 752 2029

Bed, breakfast and beer, you get all three at Wassail Brauhaus. Your bed is upstairs in the self contained chalet, continental breakfast supplies are in the kitchen or a cooked breakfast can be provided on request. A brewery opens into the lounge and in the evening an antipasto platter accompanies the ales. From $120 single, $165 couples.

Mt Taranaki
The Camphouse
Egmont Road, Mt Taranaki           Phone: 06 756 0990

Crisp mountain air is part of the package at the historic camphouse situated over 900 metres from the base of Mt Taranaki. You can self cater or get breakfast and lunch from nearby Mountain Cafe. The Camphouse was restored and upgraded in 1999 and there are modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. From $25 per night.

Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park

Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park & Farmstay
356 Kaimata Road, RD 8, Inglewood           Phone: 06 756 7624

Up to 5 people can stay over night in The Barn. The Barn is built from macrocarpa and corrugated iron, there's a deer antler chandelier, and antlers and horns have been used for door handles, towel rails and light fittings. Meet farm animals like kunekune pigs, highland cattle and deer. Stoney Oaks is located 8km from Inglewood.

The Matchbox

New Plymouth
The Matchbox
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.

Wanganui / Rangitikei

The Flying Fox Retreat Accommodation & Canoeing

The Flying Fox Retreat Accommodation & Canoeing
45kms northwest of Wanganui           Phone: 06 342 8160

At The Flying Fox you can stay in hand built cottages or a gypsy style caravan - The Glory Cart. Free range eggs and some organic produce and products can be purchased onsite from The Store. Book The Glory Cart from $100 double. Arrive by jet boat ($125 per person, minimum two) or park your car on the other side of the river and take the flying fox across. Activities on the river.

Rutland Arms

The Rutland Arms Inn

52 Ridgway Street           Phone: 06 347 7677

The Rutland Arms Inn is a heritage accommodation option in the town centre. The eight suites upstairs are furnished in Victorian style and down stairs is an English pub. Suites from $155 double per night including continental breakfast.

Rangitikei Farmstay

Rangitikei Farmstay
422 Makuhou Road, 'Tyrone', RD 2, Marton          Phone: 06 327 4495

Rangitikei Farmstay is set on a 630 hectare working farm that has been in the Stewart family since 1901. Stay in a rustic hut, or the bunkhouse which is furnished with farming and family history from $30 per night (minimum two night stays apply). Farm activities can be booked including a shearing demonstration - you can even have a go yourself if you're keen. Overnight guests can join the Animal Tour free of charge.

Masterton / Carterton / Wellington

Biddy & the Star Gazer

Biddy & the Star Gazer
Facebook                         Phone: 06 378 0061        

Biddy is a 1970's caravan renovated with recycled wood. She is 7.5 metres long and sleeps two. Biddy is off the grid and has solar lights, a gas cooker, and a little coal stove. Steps away is a bathroom with gas shower and toilet. There is cell phone coverage but make sure your devices are fully charged. Biddy resides on a family farm near Masterton and comes with the Star Gazer, a double outdoor bed ideal for lying back and watching the night sky. From $90 (Sunday – Thursday), $120 (Friday, Saturday and public holidays).

Booklovers B&B

Booklovers B&B
123 Pirie Street, Mt Victoria          Phone: 04 384 2714

Booklover's host Jane Tolerton is a New Zealand writer and you’ll find books in every room. A bus stop is at the door step and close by is a walking track to Mt Victoria. From $175 single including breakfast.

Wellington Container House

Wellington Container House
173 Happy Valley Road, Owhiro Bay          Phone: 021 881 305

Wellington Container House consists of three vertically stacked aluminium shipping containers, some of the quirky features include a waterfall, and outdoor shower. There is also a Cinema Room with a 100 inch HD projector screen, and a Pool Room with a pool/billiards table. From $225 per night, minimum night stays apply. Owners Zoe and Giles also own The Penthouse on Evans Bay.

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.

South Island

Marlborough / Nelson / Golden Bay

Jugglers Rest

8 Canterbury Street          Phone: 03 573 5570

Jugglers Rest is a small 16 bed hostel, what makes the hostel unusual is that you can arrange workshops in poi and hoop spinning (fee payable) or just have a go and get free tips from the staff. Most nights guests and/or staff will provide the entertainment. You can camp at Jugglers Rest from $20 pp, shared dorms from $26.

Tombstone Backpackers
16 Gravesend Place          Phone: 0800 573 7116

Dead tired? Head behind the coffin door and rest in peace behind double glazing at Tombstone. There are accommodation options to suit every budget - dorm beds from $25, rooms with ensuites, and a modern self contained apartment from $110 per night (sleeps two). All rates include breakfast, if you want to go to Hell for lunch or dinner you'll need to head to Hell Pizza in Nelson.

Sennon House

Sennen House
9 Oxford Street          Phone: 03 573 5216

Stay in one of Picton's original colonial villas, built in 1886. Fourteen children were raised in the once seven bedroom property, these days visitors can stay on the first floor in studio and apartment accommodation. The Queen Charlotte studio has a carved four poster bed, the Sir Joseph Banks apartment has its own lounge and kitchen for those wanting to self cater. From $279 including continental breakfast provisions. Many reviewers appreciate the quality of the accommodation and the warm welcome.

Hotel D'Urville

Hotel d'Urville
52 Queen Street          Phone: 03 577 9945

Hotel d'Urville is an art deco luxury boutique hotel in the town centre. The building was formerly the Public Trust Office and has retained some vaulted doors. There are 11 rooms, all individually themed and decorated. Low season tariff from $195. You can also enjoy a fine dining experience in the restaurant.

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1          Phone: 03 577 8328

Highly rated on Trip Advisor, St Leonards Vineyard Cottages are a short drive (or bike ride if you're keen) from many of Blenheim's wineries. The accommodation options - Old Dairy, Shearers Quarters, Cottage, Stables and Woolshed are all former farm buildings. The onsite chooks provide free range eggs for breakfast. Wifi, laundry facilities and bikes (first come, first served) are included in the tariff, there's also a solar heated pool. From $120 per night including continental breakfast provisions.

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.

The Bug Backpackers

the bug Backpackers
226 Vanguard Street          Phone: 03 539 4227

The bug is a VW themed modern backpacker hostel. Tariff from $26 per night for a dorm bed, double with ensuite from $80, groups can also be accommodated.

Tasman Bay
Jester House (The Boot B&B)
Coastal Highway, Tasman          Phone: 03 526 6742

It’s not just the old woman who can spend a night in a shoe, you can too. The Boot is a romantic two storey retreat with an open fire, Juliet balcony and small private courtyard. Breakfast is delivered to your door and you can have lunch over the fence at Jester House Café. B&B rate is $300 per night, 10% discount for two or more nights.


Abel Tasman National Park
Anchorage Bay           Phone: 0800 430 744

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park from AquaPackers - the floating backpackers. Backpacker accommodation from $75 per person including BBQ dinner, breakfast and bedding. Private cabins also available. For those who prefer to sleep on land there is a self contained bach on the shore at Anchorage Bay. (Closed over winter).

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.

The Sandcastle

Golden Bay
The Sandcastle
Haile Lane, Pohara          Phone: 03 525 9087

Take a virtual tour of The Sandcastle here. Book a self contained chalet and warm up in the sauna and outdoor spa. From $90 double per night, breakfast can be brought to your chalet as an optional extra. There is a BBQ and seating area in the garden for guest use.

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.

West Coast

Art Hotel, Westport

Art Hotel
10 Brougham Street           Phone: 03 789 8203

Art Hotel is family run and provides art and accommodation under one roof. The character hotel building is close to town and has 10 rooms overlooking Victoria Park. Local art is featured throughout the hotel and it has a dedicated gallery space. Kitchen and bathrooms are communal, stay short or long term from $30 single per night to $175 single per week. Art Hotel is community focussed and lunches are available to all for a small donation.

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.*

Reef Cottage Bed & Breakfast
51-55 Broadway          Phone: 0800 770 440

Reef Cottage was built in 1887 and was originally a barrister's office, the old office vault has been turned in to an en suite for one of the bedrooms. There is a guest lounge, kitchen, and garden. The Reef Cafe next door serves breakfast for guests and is open for lunch, evening dining seasonal. B&B from $90 single, $100 double.

Te Nikau

Te Nikau Retreat Backpackers & Self Contained Accommodation
19 Hartmount Place          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 3km north of Pancake Rocks).

Kayaks, Global Village Backpackers

Global Village Backpackers
42-54 Cowper Street          Phone: 03 768 7272

Global Village is decorated in a global art theme and has an outdoor spa. There are bikes and fishing rods for guests to use free of charge. Dorm beds from $25. May have a stay four, pay three special over winter.

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark Backpackers

16 Chapel Street          Phone: 03 768 4868

Noah's Ark is a refurbished monastery with dorms, single, double and twin animal themed rooms. Facilities include spa pool, piano, complimentary mountain bikes and fishing rods. There are three tent sites from $17 pp, dorms from $27pp.

Theatre Royal Hotel

Theatre Royal Hotel
81 Seddon Street

Theatre Royal Hotel re-opened on 24 November 2012 following a major refurbishment. The hotel offers quality accommodation in rooms named after Kumara personalities from yesteryear. The King Dick (Richard Seddon) room honours the one time Kumara mayor and NZ Prime Minister, he no doubt would have appreciated the impressive bedside lamps.(Kumara is located 25 kms from Greymouth).

Birdsong Backpackers

Birdsong Backpackers
124 Kumara Junction Highway 6           Phone: 03 755 7179

Birdsong is a backpackers' lodge with a colourful bird theme thanks to one of the owners who is a former teacher of art and design. There is an outdoor bushman's bath, and free bikes. It's a few kilometres out of town so a vehicle would be preferable. Shared, private and en suite room, from $30pp.

Teichelmann's B&B

Teichelmann's B&B
20 Hamilton Street          Phone: 03 755 8232

In the heart of Hokitika and opposite the museum, Teichelmann's B&B offers ensuite rooms. The house was built in 1910 for Dr Teichelmann, a mountaineer, photographer and conservationist; as his home and medical rooms. Trip Advisor reviews are excellent and many reviewers enjoy learning about the history of the house, and about the life of Dr Teichelmann. From $145 single, Teichy's Garden Cottage from $255.

Rainforest Retreat

Franz Josef
Rainforest Retreat
46 Cron Street          Phone: 03 752 0220

Rainforest Retreat isn't strictly unusual but the accommodation is spread throughout a bush setting which sits nicely with the log exterior of the buildings. Rainforest Holiday Park on the same site offers cheaper accommodation in dorm rooms, and powered sites for campervans. Monsoon bar (when it rains we pour) and restaurant is onsite, and Glacier Hot Pools are opposite.

Kaikoura / Waipara

Albatross Backpacker Inn
1 Torquay Street          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.

Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge
12 kms 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.

Wacky Stays

Wacky Stays

16 Kowhai Ford Road     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.

Waipara Sleepers

Waipara Sleepers

12 Glenmark Drive (77kms from Hanmer Springs)          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.

Jacksons Retreat

Arthurs Pass
Jacksons Retreat          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.

Christchurch / Little River / Akaroa


Jailhouse Accommodation (formerly Addington Prison)
338 Lincoln Road          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

Le Petit Hotel B&B

16 Marriner Street, Sumner          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 - Garden view from deck

The Eco Villa

251 Hereford Street          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)          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

Kowhai Riding School
711 Island Road, View Hill, Oxford          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).


Little River
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.

Okuti Gardens

Little River
Okuti Garden
216 Okuti Valley Road          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.**

SiloStay Accommodation

Little River
SiloStay Accommodation
State Highway 75 (next to Little River Cafe & Gallery)           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 Rail Trail. All silos are self contained, check out the gallery of images on the website to see the stylish fit out and the nifty bike storage. From $170 - $220 per night.

Little River Campground

Little River
Little River Campground
287 Okuti Valley Road           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          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. If you like mosaics I highly recommend visiting the gardens to see the amazing creations.

>Stargazers at Onuku Farm

Onuku Farm
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)           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

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).

Oamaru / Naseby / St Bathans / Clyde

Criterion B&B

The Criterion Hotel
3 Tyne Street           Phone: 0800 259 334

The Criterion Hotel was built in 1877 and is located in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. Check out the gallery of photos on the website to see the interior. Accommodation is on the upper floor and downstairs is a popular bar. The Blue Penguin Colony is a waddle away.

St Bathans Cottage

St Bathans
St Bathans Jail & Constable's Cottage
1648 Loop Road          Phone: 0800 555 016

The former gaol (jail) and constable's cottage were built in 1884. The jail sleeps two and the self contained constable's cottage sleeps six. From $145 per night including continental breakfast. For other meals and beverages you can take a short walk to the Vulcan Hotel. Historic St Bathans.

Dunstan House

Dunstan House
35 Sunderland Street          Phone: 03 449 2295

Clyde is a well preserved little town and those looking for accommodation to match have a surprising number of options. Dunstan House is on the main street, it's a character stone and timber hotel dating back to 1900. Trip Advisor reviews rate Dunstan House highly. Other accommodation options include The Workshops and Post Masters House.

Wanaka / Queenstown / Arrowtown

Cardrona Hotel
Crown Range Road, RD 1          Phone: 03 443 8153

Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand's oldest hotels and it is located 20 minutes from Wanaka, and close to five major ski areas. B&B accommodation is available from $185. There are bar and restaurant facilities, indoor and outdoor open fires, and a lovely cottage garden for summer dining.

Minaret Lodge

Minaret Lodge
34 Eely Point Road          Phone: 03 443 1856

Minaret Lodge is a five star property that includes a Lord of the Rings themed room - Barlimans. Lord of the Rings packages are available that include accommodation, a hobbit menu and a Lord of the Rings Tour. From $405 double including breakfast.

Creeksyde Holiday Park

TOP 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde
54 Robins Road          Phone: 03 442 9447

Curious, quirky and unusual all describe the facilities at Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde. From the ‘Tapas Room’ barbecue pavilion to the trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) murals in the communal bathrooms.

Little Paradise

Mount Creighton/Queenstown
Little Paradise
Glenorchy Road          Phone: 03 442 6196

At Little Paradise you can sleep in rooms with names like Whispering Swans and Fire of Romance. You will see whimsical sculptures in the garden and according to Trip Advisor reviews even the toilet is an attraction. A bed in the shared room Running Deer can be booked from $45 per night. (Queenstown is just 28kms away).

Dunedin / Otago Peninsula

Albatross Inn

Albatross Inn
770 George Street          Phone: 03 477 2727

Albatross Inn is an Edwardian guest house and has a dining room with an ornate plaster ceiling and polished rimu floor. Guest rooms are furnished with antiques and collectibles and they all have private bathrooms. From $100 per night including continental breakfast.


Hogwartz Backpacker Hostel
277 Rattray Street          Phone: 03 474 1487

Hogwartz is a restored former Bishop's residence complete with chandeliers, original wood work and a piano. Sit on the sunny outdoor balcony and look out over the city. Located five minutes walk from the Octagon and close to Speight's Brewery. Dorm beds from $26. (May close over winter).

Hulmes Court

Hulmes Court Bed & Breakfast
52 Tennyson Street          Phone: 03 477 5319

Warm up around the marble fire place in the Victorian drawing room of Hulmes Court. The 1860's mansion is located close to the city centre and there is plenty of parking if you are travelling on wheels. Stay at Hulmes Court from $75 per night including continental breakfast. Next door to Hulmes Court B&B is Hulmes Too, it has six bedrooms and rates start at $110 including breakfast.

Chapel Apartments

Chapel Apartments
81 Moray Place          Phone: 027 205 0163

Chapel Apartments are housed in Dunedin's oldest church (built 1863). The seven fully self contained modern apartments are located one block from Dunedin's hub - the Octagon. The apartments are wheel chair accessible and off street parking is available. Minimum two night stay applies. One bedroom luxury studio from $195 per night, two bedroom from $295.

Historic Stables

Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle
145 Camp Road          Phone: 03 476 1616

Spend a night in the Historic Stable at Larnach Castle. Enjoy a cooked breakfast the next morning and entry to the Castle for $155 for two adults. You can also stay in the 4 star rated Larnach Lodge from $280 per couple and Camp Estate from $320.


Gunn's Camp

Gunn's Camp
Hollyford Valley, Te Anau

Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity for a few hours at night. Some cabins date from the late 1930's when they housed men working on a roading project. There is a modern communal kitchen with gas cookers but you need to take your own crockery etc. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the camp's history and the legend of Davey Gunn and his son Murray. Ideal base for day walks and longer tramps like the Hollyford Track. Camping from $15 per person, backpacker accommodation from $25 per person.

Te Anau Lodge

Te Anau
Te Anau Lodge
52 Howden St          Phone: 03 249 7477

Built in 1936, and relocated to Te Anau from nearby Nightcaps, this former convent has been lovingly restored with many unique architectural and design features. Unwind in the library, with wonderful views of the lake, our lovely garden and the surrounding mountains. Tea, coffee and cakes are always available. Leisurely breakfast is served in the former chapel, with its stained-glass windows. An atmosphere which is homely, and warm awaits all.

Milford Wanderer

Milford Sound

Milford Mariner & Milford Wanderer          Phone: 0800 656 501

Book an over night cruise on either the Milford Mariner (private cabins with ensuite) or Milford Wanderer (twin share with shared bathrooms, limited quad share) and experience the magic of Milford Sound. Bus transfers to the vessels can be arranged from either Queenstown or Te Anau.

Victoria Railway Hotel

Victoria Railway Hotel
Corner Leven & Esk Streets          Phone: 03 218 1281

The Victoria Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel and was built in 1896, it is located opposite the Invercargill Railway Station. Gerrard's Restaurant is onsite and serves locally brewed beer and New Zealand wine. Rooms from $130 per night.

Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge
51 Herbert Street          Phone: 0800 885 557

Safari Lodge offers 5 star luxury with a touch of Africa. Each of the four ensuite rooms are furnished with a hand carved four poster bed. Tariff from $280 double including breakfast. Reviewers rate the lodge highly and also suggest that Invercargill is worth more than a one night stay.

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.

Fouveaux Hotel

Foveaux Hotel
40 Gore Street          Phone: 03 212 7196

Stay in the 1930's Art Deco style Foveaux Hotel located just two minutes walk from the Stewart Island ferry. Rooms available with or without ensuite. From $75 single (shared bathroom) and $125 double with ensuite. Onsite licensed restaurant.