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Tipi - Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Russell
Orongo Bay Holiday Park

5960 Russell Road
     www.russellaccommodation.co.nz          Phone: 09 403 7704      Orongo Bay Holiday Park Facebook

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.

Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Weka outside cabin - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Parks

 


Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House

Kaiwaka
Valley Vista Eco Retreat

233 Baldrock Road
www.valleyvista.co.nz          Phone: 0274 937 801      Valley Vista Facebook

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.

Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House
Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat

 

Fossil Bay Lodge

Waiheke Island
Fossil Bay Lodge
58 Korora Rd, Oneroa
www.fossilbay.net          

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.

Earth Dome, Solscape Eco Retreat

Raglan
Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road
           www.solscape.co.nz          Phone: 07 825 8268           Solscape Facebook          Instagram

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.

Belle tent interior
Family Tipi
Caboose

 


Karamu Valley Lodge -  Safari Cabin

Hamilton
Safari Cabin at Karamu Valley Lodge

207 Old Mountain Road, Karamu (19km from Hamilton)
     www.karamuvalleylodge.co.nz/          Phone: 027 537 2892      Karamu Valley Lodge Facebook

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.

Kitchenette - Safari Cabin
Bedroom - Safari Cabin
Safari Cabin at night

 


Waitanic

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

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

Ark at Tui Ridge Accommodation

Aongatete
Tui Ridge Accommodation
176 Work Road
www.tuiridge.nz          Phone: 07 552 0061      Tui Ridge Facebook      Tui Ridge Instagram

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.

Accommodation at Tui Ridge
Treehouse at Tui Ridge
Accommodation at Tui Ridge
Ark at Tui Ridge Accommodation

 


Cottages at The Flying Fox

Whanganui
The Flying Fox
3081 Whanganui River Rd
RD 6 Whanganui
           www.theflyingfox.co.nz          Phone: 06 927 6809          The Flying Fox Facebook
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.

Whanganui River
Aerial cable car
The Flying Fox
Glamping at The Flying Fox

 


Biddy & the Star Gazer

Masterton
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).


The Lighthouse

Wellington
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.


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

It’s not just the old woman who can spend a night in a shoe, you can too. The Boot is a romantic two storey retreat with an open fire, Juliet balcony and small private courtyard. Breakfast is delivered to your door and you can have lunch over the fence at Jester House Café. B&B rate is $330 per night,10% discount for two or more nights.

Golden Bay Hideaway,

Golden Bay
Golden Bay Hideaway
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay
Phone: 03 525 7184

Golden Bay Hideaway has four accommodation options - a restored house truck set in a private bush location with an outdoor bath; two environmentally conscious houses - Little Greenie and Kiwi Greenie; and the Hippie House which was started by some of the original 'Hippies' in Golden Bay and has been completed and restored. House truck stay from $150 per night, discounts for longer stays.


Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

Greymouth
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

15 minutes south of Greymouth
     www.airbnb.co.nz          Phone: 027 222 9064      Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage Facebook

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.

Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

 


Wacky Stays

Kaikoura
Wacky Stays

16 Kowhai Ford Road
Phone: 03 319 5033

Wacky Stays has a collection of unusual accommodation options including a house truck, yurt and colonial wagon. Guests can visit the onsite farm park free of charge. From $169 per night.

Hapuku Carriages

Kaikoura
Hapuku Carriages
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.

Hapuku Carriages
Hapuku Carriages
Hapuku Carriages
Manakau PurePod early morning

Kaikoura
Manakau PurePod

     www.purepods.com          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Manakau PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

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.

 


Waipara Sleepers

Waipara
Waipara Sleepers

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

Christchurch
Jailhouse Accommodation (formerly Addington Prison)
338 Lincoln Road
Phone: 0800 524 546

Addington Prison closed in 1999 and after renovation it re-opened in 2006 as Jailhouse Accommodation. Have a secure stay in the former cell block from $32pp.


Wagonstays

Christchurch
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.

SiloStay Accommodation

Little River
SiloStay Accommodation
State Highway 75 (next to Little River Cafe & Gallery)
          www.silostay.kiwi.nz           Phone: 03 325 1977     SiloStay Facebook      SiloStay Tripadvisor Reviews      SiloStay Instagram

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 at night

Little River
Little River PurePod

     www.purepods.com          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Little River PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

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.

Little River PurePod afternoon
Little River PurePod view from shower
Little River PurePod at night

 

Okuti Garden Yurt

Little River
Okuti Garden
216 Okuti Valley Road
     www.okuti.co.nz          Phone: 03 325 1913      Okuti Garden Facebook      Okuti Garden Instagram      Okuti Garden Tripadvisor Reviews

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.

Okuti Garden
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt

 


Little River Campground

Little River
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.


Birds Eye View Lodge

Timaru District
Birds Eye View Lodge
berwyn@hotmail.co.nz          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).


Little Paradise

Mount Creighton/Queenstown
Little Paradise
Glenorchy Road
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).


Historic Stables

Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle

145 Camp Road
Phone: 03 476 1616

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