Spend the night somewhere unusual as you explore New Zealand. There are 101 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
Orongo Bay Holiday Park
5960 Russell Road
www.russellaccommodation.co.nz Phone: 09 403 7704
Chosen by the BBC to film New Zealand's rare bird-life, Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the only Enviro Gold holiday park in Northland. Immerse yourself amongst 14 acres of nature where you have the chance to get up close and personal with up to 55 species of birds, including the elusive Kiwi and North Island Weka. We have a variety of accommodation options available, such as our popular tipi and glamping tents with views over the bay. We have a selection of powered and unpowered sites as well as self-contained accommodation available.
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
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.
101 Kokohuia Road
http://www.kokohuialodge.co.nz Phone: 021 779927
An award winning luxury Eco B&B with stunning views of the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes. Perched above the native bush, and accommodating only one couple, it is sophisticated and private. Relax and recharge to a soundtrack of native birdsong, and fall asleep to the sound of the sea. The lodge has been architecturally designed and constructed highly sustainably. We’re proudly off-grid, producing our own solar electricity and solar hot water. The 1.5 hectares of native bush, maturing orchards and gardens is managed organically. Delicious breakfasts are prepared using home-grown or local produce wherever possible and dinner is available on request.
Be surprised! Two compact buildings all to yourself: one for sleeping (with bathroom), the other for relaxing and preparing your meals, and a large deck for relaxing even more. Free wifi available. All this is just 2.5 hours drive north of Auckland, set in rural bush just a stroll away from your own private beach. Located 1km from Tutukaka marina, a boat ramp to launch your own craft, four restaurants and bars, retail stores, art gallery, dive shop etc. Enjoy the aesthetic appeal for which National Geographic Traveller rated Tutukaka Coast 2nd equal best coastal destination in the world.
247 Tara Road
www.tararetreat.co.nz Phone: 021 0279 7970
Welcome to Tara Retreat in Mangawhai on Northland’s east coast. We have a hand-built cob cottage, a self-contained studio and a renovated “revolutionary” caravan. Onsite is also a yoga studio, massage therapist and naturopath. Help yourself from the surrounding gardens and orchard trees or pop down to the weekly village market. Nearby are cafes, a golf course, lovely bush and coastal walks, and of course many great beaches.
Valley Vista Eco Retreat
233 Baldrock Road
www.valleyvista.co.nz Phone: 0274 937 801
Valley Vista Eco Retreat - A Place to Forget. Forget the world, kick back and just enjoy the sensation of peace and plenty. We know you enjoy wide views, places to walk and places to read a book. Somewhere you can be you, in a gorgeous Tiny House with B&B, or a Container Cottage, or pitching a tent in a quiet and private spot. Our onsite caravan is a fun option, or our Introduction to Camping does all the hard work for you and leaves you just the fun. We are here, waiting to share Valley Vista with you. Book now to have your best holiday.
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).
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
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.
The Nikau Loft
232 Waiheke Road
www.airbnb.com www.thenikau.co.nz Phone: 09 372 7946
Perched high above the treetops and with stunning sea views over Onetangi Bay and neighbouring farmland our Loft offers privacy and style for couples or singles looking for a weekend escape. Awaken to birdsong and sea views from your comfy queen size bed and then breakfast on the spacious deck in the morning sunshine. The Loft is furnished with a retro theme, and has a well-equipped kitchen plus an outdoor BBQ. Two cafes in Onetangi Beach are only 5 minutes by car, plus there are several vineyards in the vicinity, and for the adventurous - EcoZip Adventures. Off street parking is available, and you can also visit the onsite Art Gallery.
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 astronomy tours are offered and there are a variety of astronomy tools and an Observatory. Stay in the Observatory Lodge or self contained Miners Cottage. (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. Kahiwi Log Cabin sleeps 4 adults, and nearby is the Survival Hut which sleeps up to 2 adults. Note: A 4WD vehicle or larger is required as access is across a rocky stream.
Art Break Waihi
www.artbreak.co.nz Phone: 021 0273 8988
Fun and affordable, a painting retreat with a difference - run over two nights in a contemporary bach within a short walk of Waihi’s sandy surf beach. Naomi and Heather, who share years of experience with painting, share their skills and passion for painting using acrylic, water colour and ink. Guests are given the time to learn and enjoy new skills whilst being accommodated and catered for. A nurturing environment is provided within a small friendly group. Retreats run over one weekend per month year-round.
Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping
268 Mercer Ferry Road
www.luxuryundercanvas.co.nz Phone: 027 702 0555
Experience unspoilt natural bush, amazing night skies with no light pollution, abundant wildlife and total relaxation in luxury glamping tents on a working farm in the glorious Waikato, 45 minutes south of Auckland. Perfect for couples, families or small groups. The Friesian Luxury Ensuite Tent can sleep up to six adults, the Angus Belle Tent can sleep two adults and two children, and B&B accommodation is also available in the farmhouse.
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 $6 per van per night ($12 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.
Safari Cabin at Karamu Valley Lodge
207 Old Mountain Road, Karamu (19km from Hamilton)
www.karamuvalleylodge.co.nz/ Phone: 027 537 2892
Safari Cabin is a private, self-contained getaway for two comprising: Gypsy type caravan with double bedroom, a separate kitchenette, and separate shower/toilet. Bask in the evening sunset and wake up to morning birdsong at this unique romantic retreat nestled in idyllic bush surroundings. Additional accommodation options are a guest suite (2 x queen bedrooms) for up to 4 guests, and a studio apartment for up to 6 guests. All accommodation is central to: Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Raglan beaches, Bridal Veil Falls, Karamu Horse Trekking, Mystery Creek, local golf courses and Cambridge and Hamilton city restaurants and venues.
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation
815 Maungakawa Road (12km from Cambridge)
www.cassiesfarm.co.nz Phone: 021 231 6473
The original woolshed on Cassie’s Farm has been converted into secluded and self-contained accommodation using largely recycled materials. The aim was to maintain the original character of the building, the history and essential Kiwi-ness of it, as well as making it as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. All of the fixtures, fittings and furnishings are recycled or pre-loved – except for the new bathroom, and bedroom carpet. The result is a quirky, cosy, country cottage, ideal for romantic getaways or families who enjoy being surrounded by nature. Comfortably accommodates four. Two night Meditation Retreats are also offered.
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.
Bay Of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupo
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. Tui Ridge is also available as a Wedding Venue.
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.
70 Pererika Street
www.robertsonhouse.co.nz/ Phone: 07 343 7559
Robertson House is a Victorian Bay Villa and was built in the early 1900’s. The historic villa has been renovated but retains its colonial charm and many of its original features. Four spacious rooms, each with ensuite are available and the room rate includes a delicious continental breakfast and free internet access. After a day of sightseeing relax on the verandah or in the English cottage garden. Rotorua city centre is a two minute drive or 10 minute walk away, and your friendly host John is more than happy to help you discover the many attractions Rotorua has to offer.
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.
The Old Shearers Quarters
3848 Galatea Road
www.theoldshearersquarters.co.nz Phone: 021 131 7867
Built in the 1960s, the shearers quarters was designed to house the shearing gangs that would come to shear sheep on the part dairy, part dry stock farm in Galatea. The Old Shearers Quarters has since been renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts whilst maintaining its original character. The bright and airy living space encompasses a kitchen, dining and living area and has picturesque views of the mountains and dairy farm. Lake Aniwhenua is a short stroll through the adjoining paddock and is abundant in Rainbow and Brown trout and can be fished all year round.
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
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.
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.
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: 021 0376 948
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. (Note: The only way to contact this property is by phone).
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.
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
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 / Wellington
Biddy & the Star Gazer
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 City Cottages
5 & 7 Tonks Grove
Built in 1880, fully renovated in 2010 and located in the heart of the city's vibrant Cuba Quarter. Self-contained accommodation, each cottage sleeps 4. Book both cottages for a larger group. Free parking & Wifi. Baby cots available (charges apply). Other Wellington City Accommodation includes the Wellington City Townhouse at 130a Abel Smith Street. The two storey historic workers cottage was built in 1880, and fully renovated in 2016. The City Townhouse is available for single group bookings 1-10 people.
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.
Marlborough / Nelson / Golden Bay
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.
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
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.
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge
574 Riwaka Valley Road, Motueka
www.resurgence.co.nz Phone: 03 528 4664
Voted 'one of the world's 25 best luxury eco-lodges' by National Geographic Traveler. Close to Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking, hiking, boat trips and eco tours, with easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios, wineries and cycle trails. Select Boutique Lodge Rooms on half-board, or unique self-contained Bush Suites (self-cater or with dinner). Farm-to-table lodge dining showcases Nelson wines and produce. Child-free, smoke free resort with pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, bikes and 5km of trails. Ideal for honeymoons and active couples who enjoy good food and nature. 45 minutes from Nelson airport.
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.(Closed over winter).
The Shady Rest
139 Commercial Street
www.shadyrest.co.nz Phone: 03 525 9669
Welcome to Shady Rest in beautiful, sunny Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Shady Rest offers boutique, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a 100 year old historic doctor's residence on Takaka's main street. Set back from the road amongst tall and beautiful native trees, Shady Rest has three double ensuite rooms, and two double rooms - each with a private bathroom. A generous continental breakfast is served, and there is also a fully equipped kitchen, guest BBQs, and a pizza oven. Free wifi is provided and you can relax in the cozy TV lounge.
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
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.
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
15 minutes south of Greymouth
www.airbnb.co.nz Phone: 027 222 9064
Built in 1907 and crashed at Moana in 1963, Te Pahika guards van has been sympathetically restored into unique accommodation which includes a purpose built ‘station’ housing a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. If you are looking for somewhere a little quirky and different to stay, in a quiet and peaceful location where you are surrounded by native bush, can enjoy the setting sun and wake up to bird song, you won’t be disappointed. Rates from $140 for 2 people. Te Pahika is conveniently located 15 minutes’ drive South of Greymouth, close to Shantytown and the Wilderness cycle trail.
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.
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
The Kahutara PurePod is 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, perched high above the Kahutara river. A beautifully romantic getaway in a luxurious glass cabin, where at night you can stargaze through the glass ceiling and by day immerse yourself in the views of the landscape – even the floor is glass! Fully equipped with luxurious queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette & BBQ. 15 minute nature walk from the carpark to the PurePod. $490 per night for two, dinner & breakfast package also available.
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.
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.
The Manakau PurePod is 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, in a vast landscape with perfect views of the mountain range. A beautifully romantic getaway in a luxurious glass cabin, where at night you can stargaze through the glass ceiling and by day immerse yourself in the views of the landscape – even the floor is glass! Fully equipped with luxurious queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette & BBQ. 15 minute nature walk from the carpark to the PurePod. $490 per night for two, dinner & breakfast package also available.
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.
The Greystone PurePod is an hour north of Christchurch, nestled high above an organic winery in Waipara. A beautifully romantic getaway in a luxurious glass cabin, where at night you can stargaze through the glass ceiling and by day immerse yourself in the views of the landscape – even the floor is glass! Fully equipped with luxurious queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette & BBQ. 10 minute nature walk from the carpark to the PurePod. $490 per night for two, dinner & breakfast package also available.
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.
Christchurch / Little River / Akaroa
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!
XCHC – The Zeiser Room Loft Apartment
376 Wilsons Road
www.xchc.co.nz/accommodation/ Phone: 027 828 3757
The Zeiser Room loft apartment, named for the first artist to exhibit there, is above XCHC and is ideal for visiting creatives and adventurous visitors that are keen to experience the creative scene in our city. XCHC hosts art exhibitions and regular creative events making it an exciting place to stay. The upstairs apartment includes a private bedroom with en-suite, full kitchen and lounge area with desk-space, and free and unlimited wifi. In addition to featuring works by resident artists, we feature local products wherever possible. The CBD is 30 minutes walk away or we have a bike with lock and helmet free for guests to use.
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.
Little River PurePod
The Little River PurePod is less than an hour from Christchurch, nestled high above the Little River township. A PurePod stay is like no other experience. A beautifully romantic getaway in a luxurious glass cabin, where at night you can stargaze through the glass ceiling and by day immerse yourself in the views of the landscape – even the floor is glass! Fully equipped with luxurious queen bed, bathroom (including a stunning view from the shower), kitchenette & BBQ. 10-15 minute nature walk from carpark to the PurePod. $490 per night for two, dinner & breakfast package also available.
216 Okuti Valley Road
www.okuti.co.nz Phone: 03 325 1913
You can stay in a yurt, tipi or house truck. All are really nicely set up amidst wild flowers, fruit trees and organic veggie gardens on the sunny side of the lovely Okuti Valley. The Garden Kitchen is surrounded by pick-your-own herbs. Art Box, games, friendly animals and free WiFi. A great base for exploring the wonderful Banks Peninsula with its dozens of bays, great walking tracks and cycleway, as well as cafes, restaurants, dolphins and kayaks in historic Akaroa. Exuberant birdsong in the morning and golden light in the evening. “Curiously timeless and otherworldly.” Latitude Magazine.
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 $75 per night.
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
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).
Otiake / Oamaru / St Bathans / Clyde
Valley Views Glamping
161 Domett Road
www.valleyviews.co.nz Phone: 021 192 8282
Valley Views Glamping provides 'glamorous camping' in luxury canvas tents on a working beef cattle farm at the foothills of Mt Domett overlooking the Waitaki Valley. Guests can enjoy the comfort and warmth of four luxury Lotus Belle tents and two cabins, with private decking to soak in the incredible views. Each tent and cabin can sleep up to three people and has super comfy beds with beautiful linen and cosy down duvets, fairy lights, seating, and cell phone chargers. A purpose-built off-grid lodge with shared facilities is part of the glamping complex. And for a completely amazing experience, there are four outdoor baths in the forest!
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.
Holloway Road (or Fache Street on some maps)
www.oliverscentralotago.co.nz Phone: 03 449 2600
Olivers Lodge has undergone an authentic restoration, reflecting its significant place in the chronicles of the Central Otago region and its category one NZ Heritage listing. Located in Clyde’s historic precinct, the stone-walled complex was built in the 1860s to service prospectors during the Otago gold rush. The accommodation has been modernised; choose between five Stables rooms, with a rustic character reminiscent of pioneering days; or the six Lodge rooms that showcase elegant contemporary interiors. Alongside the historic lodge and stables, the iconic landmark originally named the Victoria Store, now includes the award-winning Olivers Restaurant and Bar, the Victoria Store Brewery and the Merchant of Clyde cafe.
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).
81 Moray Place
www.chapelapartments.co.nz/ Phone: 027 205 0163
Chapel Apartments are housed in Dunedin's oldest church, built in 1863. Our seven self-contained, modern apartments are located one block from the heart of Dunedin – the Octagon. All apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, and TV. Each apartment makes use of the historic church building in a unique way, whether it's stained-glass windows, architectural features, or skylights that allow you to view the beautiful vaulted ceiling. Two apartments have all facilities on one level. Four apartments come with onsite parking. We reimburse parking for those apartments without a car park. Guests enjoy free WiFi and housekeeping service.
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.
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 in the evenings and mornings. 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 $20 per person, backpacker accommodation from $30 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
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
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.