Special Interest Accommodation

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.

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 Ao Marama Maori Cultural Centre

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).

Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours

Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours

392 State Highway 25, RD 2 Kuaotunu          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).

Art Break Waihi

Art Break Waihi          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.

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.

Willowbark Ranch

Willowbark Ranch B&B
133 Koutunui Road, RD 1          Phone: 07 863 4282

At Willowbark Ranch you may be able to saddle up and take a horse ride down the beach, you can definitely befriend the farm pets. Stay the night in one of two self contained accommodation options, from $100 double including self serve breakfast.

Moanarua Beach Cottage

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.

Love Shack, Bushhaven

Te Urutawa Reserve
Te Waiti Road (20 minutes from Opotiki)                 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

Maraehako Bay
Maraehako Bay Retreat
State Highway 35           Phone: 07 325 2648

Maraehako Bay Retreat is located on the beach and is surrounded by rocks. Activities include horse riding, fishing, bush walking, and the opportunity to meet Maori spiritual carvers. Tariff from $28 per night for a dorm bed, single room from $43, double from $66.

Tidal Waters Lodge

Tolaga Bay area
Tidal Waters Log Lodge

432 Waihau Road, Waihau/Loisels Beach          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

Morere Hot Springs Lodge          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

Mt Taranaki
The Camphouse

Egmont Road           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.

Wassail Brauhaus

Wassail Brauhaus B&B
4 Olsen Street, RD 6, Egmont Village          Phone: 06 752 2029

Bed, breakfast and beer, you get all three at Wassail Brauhaus. Your bed is upstairs in the self contained chalet, continental breakfast supplies are in the kitchen or a cooked breakfast can be provided on request. A brewery opens into the lounge and in the evening an antipasto platter accompanies the ales. From $120 single, $165 couples.

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 Stay & Dream package includes a one hour consultation for your Tiny Home project.

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.

Booklovers B&B

Booklovers B&B
123 Pirie Street, Mt Victoria          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.

Jugglers Rest

8 Canterbury Street          Phone: 03 573 5570

Jugglers Rest is a small 16 bed hostel, what makes the hostel unusual is that you can arrange workshops in poi and hoop spinning (fee payable) or just have a go and get free tips from the staff. Most nights guests and/or staff will provide the entertainment. You can camp at Jugglers Rest from $20 pp, shared dorms from $26.

Art Hotel, Westport

Art Hotel, 10 Brougham Street           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

Kowhai Riding School

711 Island Road, View Hill, Oxford          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).

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.

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.

Stargazers at Onuku Farm

Onuku Farm
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)          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.

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.

Gunn's Camp

Hollyford Valley
Gunn's Camp
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.