Spend the night somewhere unusual as you explore New Zealand. There are 104 unusual properties listed below including quirky stays like gypsy style caravans, PurePods, an earth dome and tipis, and a restored railway carriage with an outdoor bath. Unique camping locations are also listed along with Bush & Beach Escapes, and Historic properties turned into interesting places to stay. The prices shown are a guide only, please contact the properties directly for current rates.
Northland area - Te Hana
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.
81 Pa Road
www.pagoda.co.nz 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 Postmasters Lodgings
3 Parnell Street
http://thepostmasterslodgings.co.nz Phone: 09 405 7676
Nestled on the point above Rāwene township, with a panoramic view of the Hokianga Harbour from the balcony which runs around the building, the Postmasters Lodgings is a quaint, boutique B&B with a truly unique and unforgettable character. From the sumptuous bedrooms to the eclectic range of furniture and fittings evoking a bygone era, you will never forget the time you spent here. To see how idyllic this accommodation is just check out the gallery on the website and read Trip Advisor reviews. All Queen rooms with ensuite from $120 per night.
Little Earth Lodge
85 Abbey Caves Road
www.littleearthlodge.co.nz 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
corner State Highway 12 & Oakleigh Road
www.oldpostofficeguesthouse.co.nz 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.
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 Ao Marama Maori Cultural Centre
317 State Highway 1
www.tehana.co.nz 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 Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
www.whatipulodge.co.nz 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
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport
www.oldchurchcottage.co.nz 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.
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
392 State Highway 25, RD 2 Kuaotunu
www.stargazersbb.com 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).
Kahiwi Log Cabin
Kahiwi Log Cabin Phone: 0210 231 3706
Kahiwi Log Cabin is nestled in a hidden hollow in Hikuai surrounded by 12.5 hectares of beautiful native bush. Rest and relax in ambient surroundings along with the resident eels, kereru and fantail. Tairua or Pauanui beaches are less than 15 minutes away and Whangamata, 30 minutes. For walks, Golden Hills and Broken Hills are 10 minutes away, or spend the time in the bush at Kahiwi. Refresh and revive at the waterfall, 10 minutes from the log cabin. Sleeps from 2 to 12 including Gone Bush survival hut. Also see Kiwi Compass reconnection courses.
Art Break Waihi
www.artbreak.co.nz 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.
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.
Firth Tower Museum
www.firthtower.co.nz 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
970 Te Anga Road
www.waitomocavesnz.com 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.
1177 Waitomo Valley Road, RD 7
www.woodlynpark.co.nz 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.
Bay Of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupo / Ohakune
Katikati Naturist Park
149 Wharawhara Road, RD2
www.katikati-naturist-park.co.nz 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 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.
Tui Ridge Accommodation
176 Work Road
www.tuiridge.nz Phone: 07 552 0061
Located up a long treelined driveway is the gardens of Tui Ridge. With views out to the Kamai’s we have various different cabin accomodation - including The Tui Treehouse and the unique Ark cabin, hand built by us. Most cabins are off-grid enabling you to disconnect, take in the views and relax. Prices range from $25 to $150.
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).
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.
Te Waiti Stream Road, Urutawa Reserve, Opotiki
www.bushaven.co.nz 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.
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 Boutique Hotel
1057 Arawa Street
www.princesgate.co.nz Phone: 07 348 1179
Offering style & sophistication that depicts a bygone era & a time honoured commitment to service, the Princes Gate Boutique Hotel is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right. Built in 1897 and masterfully restored through passionate attention to detail, the 4.5 star property is situated in the heart of the city and on the doorstep of the picturesque Government Gardens.
The beautifully appointed accommodation includes 50 hotel rooms, suites and apartments that are individually decorated blending timeless elegance and modern luxury. Complementing the hotel are two restaurants which host live cabaret shows, thermal pools, and guest lounge.
104 Tuwharetoa Street
www.tikilodge.co.nz 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.
Hawkes Bay / East Cape / Gisborne
Mon Logis Boutique Hotel
415 Marine Parade
www.monlogis.co.nz 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 Bed & Breakfast
281 Marine Parade
www.seabreezebnb.co.nz 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.
17 Omarunui Road
Taradale, RD 3
www.ormlielodge.co.nz 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
State Highway 35
www.maraehako.co.nz Phone: 07 325 2648
Maraehako Bay Retreat is located on the beach and is surrounded by rocks. There is a boat ramp onsite and fishing charters are an option.
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B
8 Waimana Street
www.tokomarubayaccommodation.co.nz 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.
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.
Tolaga Bay area
Tidal Waters Log Lodge
432 Waihau Road, Waihau/Loisels Beach
www.tidalwaters.co.nz 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.
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
www.morerelodge.co.nz 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.
Egmont Road, Mt Taranaki
www.doc.govt.nz 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 & Farmstay
356 Kaimata Road, RD 8, Inglewood
www.rarebreeds.co.nz/stoneyoaks4.html 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 Flying Fox
3081 Whanganui River Rd
RD 6 Whanganui
www.theflyingfox.co.nz Phone: 06 927 6809
The Flying Fox provides a unique accommodation experience, nestled in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Whanganui River. With no road access, visitors arrive via aerial cable car across the river or land on the bank from jet boat or canoe. With no cell phone reception or television this is truly a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Choose to stay in self-contained cottages, hand built from recycled native timbers or one of the three Glamping options. Alternatively, there is also a sheltered campsite for those with their own tent. Workshops in felting, card making, bone carving and Oamaru stone sculpture are offered for groups of three or more.
The Rutland Arms Inn
52 Ridgway Street
www.rutland-arms.co.nz 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.
422 Makuhou Road, 'Tyrone', RD 2, Marton
www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz 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
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).
123 Pirie Street, Mt Victoria
www.booklovers.co.nz 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
173 Happy Valley Road, Owhiro Bay
www.wellingtoncontainerhouse.co.nz 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 Keep
326 The Esplanade, Island Bay & Houghton Bay
www.thelighthouse.net.nz 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.
Marlborough / Nelson / Golden Bay
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.
9 Oxford Street
www.sennenhouse.co.nz 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.
52 Queen Street
www.durville.com 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
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1
Phone: 03 577 8328
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.
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.
the bug Backpackers
226 Vanguard Street
www.thebug.co.nz 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.
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 $330 per night,10% discount for two or more nights.
Abel Tasman National Park
www.aquapackers.co.nz 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 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.
Haile Lane, Pohara
www.goldenbayaccommodation.co.nz 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
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.
10 Brougham Street
www.arthotel.co.nz 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
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.*
Reef Cottage Bed & Breakfast
www.reefcottage.co.nz 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 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).
Global Village Backpackers
42-54 Cowper Street
www.globalvillagebackpackers.co.nz 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.
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).
124 Kumara Junction Highway 6
www.birdsong.co.nz 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.
20 Hamilton Street
www.teichelmanns.co.nz 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.
46 Cron Street
www.rainforestretreat.co.nz Phone: 03 752 0220
Rainforest Retreat is set in six acres of native bush and accommodation includes a self contained log cabin called the Tree Hut. Rainforest Holiday Park 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
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: 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 $250 per couple including cooked breakfast.
5 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
www.hapukufactory.com Phone: 03 319 3034
The Factory is just north of Kaikoura and offers luxury accommodation in an old dairy factory with dramatic views of snow-covered mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. In a separate wing of the building, the exclusive, self-contained accommodation has three king bedrooms and a bathroom with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. With luxurious furnishings and linen, a log burner fire and heated flooring throughout, as well as a private courtyard with outdoor spa and barbecue, The Factory offers a uniquely decadent stay in a historic beachfront building.
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.
Christchurch / Little River / Akaroa
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
Eco Villa is a new boutique eco accommodation that wonderfully combines different accommodation categories to create a home from home in the centre of Christchurch City. The Eco Villa features a beautiful upcycled fully equipped shared kitchen, dining room, a shared lounge, expansive edible garden, private twin outdoor baths, free bikes, large deck, a games/meeting room. The private rooms are tastefully decorated featuring headboards and hand crafted furniture from timber salvaged during the renovation. A delicious organic homemade vegan breakfast is available. It’s the perfect place to meet like-minded travelers and get your sustainable imagination brewing!
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).
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 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 $180 - $230 per night.
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.**
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.
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).
Oamaru / Naseby / St Bathans / Clyde
The Criterion Hotel
3 Tyne Street
www.criterionhotel.co.nz 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 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.
35 Sunderland Street
www.dunstanhouse.co.nz 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
Crown Range Road, RD 1
www.cardronahotel.co.nz 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.
www.littleparadise.co.nz 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).
770 George Street
www.albatross.inn.co.nz 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.
81 Moray Place
www.chapelapartments.co.nz 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.
145 Camp Road
www.larnachcastle.co.nz 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.
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
52 Howden St
www.teanaulodge.com 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 Mariner & Milford Wanderer
www.realjourneys.co.nz 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
Corner Leven & Esk Streets
www.hotelinvercargill.co.nz 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.
51 Herbert Street
www.safarilodge.co.nz 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.