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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Flying Fox Retreat Accommodation & Canoeing
45kms northwest of Wanganui
www.theflyingfox.co.nz 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.
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).
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.
Jester House (The Boot B&B)
Coastal Highway, Tasman
www.jesterhouse.co.nz 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.
Golden Bay Hideaway
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay
www.goldenbayhideaway.co.nz Phone: 03 525 7184
Golden Bay Hideaway has four accommodation options - a restored house truck set in a private bush location with an outdoor bath; two environmentally conscious houses - Little Greenie and Kiwi Greenie; and the Hippie House which was started by some of the original 'Hippies' in Golden Bay and has been completed and restored. House truck stay from $150 per night, discounts for longer stays.
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.
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
www.hapukucarriages.co.nz 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.
12 Glenmark Drive (77km 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.
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.
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.
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.**
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 $170 - $220 per night.
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.
The Giant's House B&B
68 Rue Balguerie
www.thegiantshouse.co.nz 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.
Birds Eye View Lodge
email@example.com 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).
34 Eely Point Road, Wanaka
www.minaretlodge.co.nz 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.
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).
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.