Unusual Accommodation Northand

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).