Bush & Beach Escapes

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.

Kokohuia Lodge

Kokohuia Lodge

101 Kokohuia Road          Phone: 021 779927      Kokohuia Lodge Facebook      Kokohuia Lodge Tripadvisor Reviews

An award winning luxury Eco B&B with stunning views of the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes. Perched above the native bush, and accommodating only one couple, it is sophisticated and private. Relax and recharge to a soundtrack of native birdsong, and fall asleep to the sound of the sea. The lodge has been architecturally designed and constructed highly sustainably. We’re proudly off-grid, producing our own solar electricity and solar hot water. The 1.5 hectares of native bush, maturing orchards and gardens is managed organically. Delicious breakfasts are prepared using home-grown or local produce wherever possible and dinner is available on request.

Kokohuia Lodge
Kokohuia Lodge - Bath
Kokohuia Lodge - Interior & Deck
Kokohuia Lodge - Deck at sunset
Kokohuia Lodge - Qualmark Gold


Tutucabana, Tutukaka


Be surprised! Two compact buildings all to yourself: one for sleeping (with bathroom), the other for relaxing and preparing your meals, and a large deck for relaxing even more. Free wifi available. All this is just 2.5 hours drive north of Auckland, set in rural bush just a stroll away from your own private beach. Located 1km from Tutukaka marina, a boat ramp to launch your own craft, four restaurants and bars, retail stores, art gallery, dive shop etc. Enjoy the aesthetic appeal for which National Geographic Traveller rated Tutukaka Coast 2nd equal best coastal destination in the world.

Tutucabana, Tutukaka
Tutucabana Kitchen
Tutucabana Bathroom
Tutucabana Beach


Cob Cottage - Tara Retreat

Tara Retreat

247 Tara Road          Phone: 021 0279 7970      Tara Retreat Facebook      Tara Retreat Instagram

Welcome to Tara Retreat in Mangawhai on Northland’s east coast. We have a hand-built cob cottage, a self-contained studio and a renovated “revolutionary” caravan. Onsite is also a yoga studio, massage therapist and naturopath. Help yourself from the surrounding gardens and orchard trees or pop down to the weekly village market. Nearby are cafes, a golf course, lovely bush and coastal walks, and of course many great beaches.

Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House

Valley Vista Eco Retreat

233 Baldrock Road          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


Whatipu Lodge

Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
          Phone: 09 811 8860     *** Facebook

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.

The Nikau Loft

Waiheke Island
The Nikau Loft

232 Waiheke Road
Onetangi          Phone: 09 372 7946      

Perched high above the treetops and with stunning sea views over Onetangi Bay and neighbouring farmland our Loft offers privacy and style for couples or singles looking for a weekend escape. Awaken to birdsong and sea views from your comfy queen size bed and then breakfast on the spacious deck in the morning sunshine. The Loft is furnished with a retro theme, and has a well-equipped kitchen plus an outdoor BBQ. Two cafes in Onetangi Beach are only 5 minutes by car, plus there are several vineyards in the vicinity, and for the adventurous - EcoZip Adventures. Off street parking is available, and you can also visit the onsite Art Gallery.

The Nikau Loft - Lounge
The Nikau Loft - Bathroom
The Nikau Loft - Kitchen
The Nikau Loft - Dining Area


Friesian Luxury Ensuite Tent - Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping

Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping

268 Mercer Ferry Road          Phone: 027 702 0555      Luxury Under Canvas Facebook

Experience unspoilt natural bush, amazing night skies with no light pollution, abundant wildlife and total relaxation in luxury glamping tents on a working farm in the glorious Waikato, 45 minutes south of Auckland. Perfect for couples, families or small groups. The Friesian Luxury Ensuite Tent can sleep up to six adults, the Angus Belle Tent can sleep two adults and two children, and B&B accommodation is also available in the farmhouse.

Angus Belle Tent - Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping
Angus Belle Tent Interior - Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping
Deck of Outdoor Kitchen - Soft Leaf Farmstay Glamping
Outdoor Bath - Friesian Luxury Ensuite Tent


Kahiwi Log Cabin


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. Kahiwi Log Cabin sleeps 4 adults, and nearby is the Survival Hut which sleeps up to 2 adults. Note: A 4WD vehicle or larger is required as access is across a rocky stream.

Art Break Waihi

Art Break Waihi          Phone: 021 0273 8988      Art Break Waihi Facebook      Art Break Waihi Instagram      Art Break Waihi Tripadvisor Reviews

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. Guests are given the time to learn and enjoy new skills whilst being accommodated and catered for. A nurturing environment is provided within a small friendly group. Retreats run over one weekend per month year-round.

Art Break Waihi - Water Colour Class
Art Break Waihi - Acrylics Class
Art Break Waihi - Lunch time
Art Break Waihi - Group of guests (Heather 2nd to left, Naomi far right


Earth Dome, Solscape Eco Retreat

Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road
           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


Karamu Valley Lodge -  Safari Cabin

Safari Cabin at Karamu Valley Lodge

207 Old Mountain Road, Karamu (19km from Hamilton)          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


Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

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. Trip Advisor reviewers note the knowledge and hospitality of the hosts, and the evening glow worm tours as highlights of their stay. Tariff. (Note that bookings must be prearranged by email or phone, the sanctuary and glow worm tours are exclusively for guests).

The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea

The Old Shearers Quarters

3848 Galatea Road          Phone: 021 131 7867

Built in the 1960s, the shearers quarters was designed to house the shearing gangs that would come to shear sheep on the part dairy, part dry stock farm in Galatea. The Old Shearers Quarters has since been renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts whilst maintaining its original character. The bright and airy living space encompasses a kitchen, dining and living area and has picturesque views of the mountains and dairy farm. Lake Aniwhenua is a short stroll through the adjoining paddock and is abundant in Rainbow and Brown trout and can be fished all year round.

The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Living/Lounge Area
The Old Shearers Quarters, Bedroom
The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Kitchen/Living Area
The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Trout Fishing



Te Waiti Stream Road, Urutawa Reserve, Opotiki      Phone: 07 929 7564     BushavenFacebook      Bushaven Tripadvisor Reviews      Bushaven Brochure

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.

Te Waiti Stream
Love Shack
Mountain bikers about to depart on their Pakihi Track adventures


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

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.

Cobb Quarters

Cob Quarters at Off the Mapp
Phone: 03 572 4222

Cob Quarters @ Off the Mapp is located at the top of the Waihopai Valley an hour from Blenheim. Built in the 1900s, it provides 'Unique and Boutique' self catering accommodation for six people. A highlight is the outdoor bath and shower perched on a rock ledge above the Waihopai river. The Station has a large conservation area which provides the perfect place for hiking,mountain biking, fishing, swimming, hunting or just relaxing.

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Deck

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge

574 Riwaka Valley Road, Motueka          Phone: 03 528 4664      The Resurgence Facebook      The Resurgence Tripadvisor Reviews

Voted 'one of the world's 25 best luxury eco-lodges' by National Geographic Traveler. Close to Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking, hiking, boat trips and eco tours, with easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios, wineries and cycle trails. Select Boutique Lodge Rooms on half-board, or unique self-contained Bush Suites (self-cater or with dinner). Farm-to-table lodge dining showcases Nelson wines and produce. Child-free, smoke free resort with pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, bikes and 5km of trails. Ideal for honeymoons and active couples who enjoy good food and nature. 45 minutes from Nelson airport.

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bath
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet Bedroom
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Dining


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.

Beaconstone Eco Lodge

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 from October - May.*

Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

15 minutes south of Greymouth          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


Te Nikau

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).

Kahutara PurePod in Summer

Kahutara PurePod          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Kahutara PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

The Kahutara PurePod is 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, perched high above the Kahutara river. 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.


Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge
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.

Hapuku Carriages

Hapuku Carriages
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku          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

The Factory

The Factory
5 Hapuku Road, Hapuku      Phone: 03 319 3034     The Factory Facebook      The Factory Tripadvisor Reviews

The Factory is just north of Kaikoura and offers luxury accommodation in an old dairy factory with dramatic views of snow-covered mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. In a separate wing of the building, the exclusive, self-contained accommodation has three king bedrooms and a bathroom with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. With luxurious furnishings and linen, a log burner fire and heated flooring throughout, as well as a private courtyard with outdoor spa and barbecue, The Factory offers a uniquely decadent stay in a historic beachfront building.

The Factory
The Factory
The Factory
The Factory


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 $75 per night.

Gunn's Camp

Te Anau
Gunn's Camp
Hollyford Valley, Te Anau     Gunn's Camp Tripadvisor Reviews

Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity in the evenings and mornings. 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 $20 per person, backpacker accommodation from $30 per person.

Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp