Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
5960 Russell Road, Russell, Bay of Islands
www.russellaccommodation.co.nz 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.
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.
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 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).
Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours
392 State Highway 25, RD 2 Kuaotunu
www.stargazersbb.com Phone: 07 866 5343
Travellers with an interest in astronomy will appreciate Stargazers as it has a variety of astronomy tools and an Observatory. Stay in the Observatory Lodge or self contained Miners Cottage. Astronomy tours are offered and come highly recommended. (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. Sleeps from 2 to 12 including Gone Bush survival hut. Also see Kiwi Compass reconnection courses.
Art Break Waihi
www.artbreak.co.nz Phone: 021 0273 8988
Painting retreat over two nights with two kiwi women keen to share and provide for others. Stay in a contemporary kiwi bach within a two minute walk to Waihi’s sandy surf beach. Enjoy being catered for whilst you learn new skills and spend time painting with on-tap guidance and with three different mediums – all within a friendly small group.
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.
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.
Maraehako Bay Retreat
State Highway 35
www.maraehako.co.nz Phone: 07 325 2648
Maraehako Bay Retreat is located on the beach and is surrounded by rocks. There is a boat ramp onsite and fishing charters are an option.
Tolaga Bay area
Tidal Waters Log Lodge
432 Waihau Road, Waihau/Loisels Beach
www.tidalwaters.co.nz Phone: 07 862 2720
Around 40kms from Gisborne and 11kms from Tolaga Bay you'll find Tidal Waters Log Lodge on a quiet cliff top overlooking the water. One of the owners can provide guided hunting and fishing trips. The lodge sleeps up to 20, see the website for rates.
Morere Hot Springs Lodge
www.morerelodge.co.nz 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
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.
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.
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.
Art Hotel, 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.
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.
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)
www.onuku.co.nz 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.
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 for a few hours at night. 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 $15 per person, backpacker accommodation from $25 per person.