Quirky Accommodation

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.

Fossil Bay Lodge

Waiheke Island
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.

Earth Dome, Solscape Eco Retreat

Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road          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.


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.

The Van

The Van
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.

The Matchbox

New Plymouth
The Matchbox
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

The Flying Fox Retreat Accommodation & Canoeing
45kms northwest of Wanganui           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

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

Wellington Container House
173 Happy Valley Road, Owhiro Bay          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 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 $300 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.

Wacky Stays

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

Hapuku Carriages
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku      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.

Waipara Sleepers

Waipara Sleepers

12 Glenmark Drive (77km from Hanmer Springs)          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          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)          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.


Little River
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.

Okuti Gardens

Little River
Okuti Garden
216 Okuti Valley Road          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.**

SiloStay Accommodation

Little River
SiloStay Accommodation
State Highway 75 (next to Little River Cafe & Gallery)           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

Little River
Little River Campground
287 Okuti Valley Road          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          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

Timaru District
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).

Minaret Lodge

Minaret Lodge
34 Eely Point Road, Wanaka          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.

Little Paradise

Mount Creighton/Queenstown
Little Paradise
Glenorchy Road          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.