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.
Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
www.whatipulodge.co.nz Phone: 09 811 8860
Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.
www.artbreak.co.nz Phone: 021 0273 8988
Fun and affordable, a painting retreat with a difference - run over two nights in a contemporary bach within a short walk of Waihi’s sandy surf beach. Naomi and Heather, who share years of experience with painting, share their skills and passion for painting using acrylic, water colour and ink. Read and see more...
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.
Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohauiti Road, RD 3 (18km from Tauranga i-SITE)
Phone: 07 5443 481
Stay in a bush whare, feed unique sheep and see native birds at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary. (Note that bookings must be prearranged by email or phone, the sanctuary and glow worm tours are exclusively for guests).
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
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.
http://www.hairyhobbitcottage.co.nz/ Phone: 021 2368524
Nestled in the Brooklyn Valley hills overlooking Tasman Bay, Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage is modern and self-contained. The cottage offers a peaceful retreat in 70 acres of native bush, bursting with birdlife and with fantastic views over the bay. The cottage lies between Motueka and the beaches of Kaiteriteri. Ideal for day trips to Nelson or Golden Bay or to visit the huge scenery of the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks. Read and see more...
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.
Beaconstone Eco Lodge
17kms south of Westport on State Highway 6
Phone: 027 431 0491
The development of Beaconstone Eco Lodge has been a labour of love and it will be appreciated by those who like their accommodation to have a minimal impact on the environment. The property is solar powered, has composting toilets (loos with views) and rainfall is the water supply. From $27 per night. *Beaconstone is open August - April.*
Te Nikau Retreat Backpackers & Self Contained Accommodation
19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki
Phone: 03 731 1111
Hide away in the rainforest at Te Nikau Retreat in the Stargazer - a rustic wooden hut with a partial glass roof, from $51 double. You can also pitch your tent or stay in one of the lodges or small cabins. Muffins and bread are baked daily and are for sale. (Te Nikau is located 3kms north of Pancake Rocks).
12 kilometres north of Kaikoura
Phone: 0800 KAIKOURA
At Hapuku Lodge you can camp out in style in a tree house built 10 metres above the ground in a canopy of Manuka. Walk through the olive orchard or follow the track through native bush to the beach. Luxury five star accommodation at five star prices.
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 $75 per night.