All Unusual Accommodation Listings

Spend the night somewhere unusual as you explore New Zealand. There are 89 unusual properties listed below including quirky stays like gypsy style caravans, PurePods, an earth dome and tipis, and a restored railway carriage with an outdoor bath. Unique camping locations are also listed along with Bush & Beach Escapes, and Historic properties turned into interesting places to stay. The prices shown are a guide only, please contact the properties directly for current rates.

North Island Regions
South Island Regions

Northland area - Te Hana

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.

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.

The Postmasters Lodgings


The Postmasters Lodgings

3 Parnell Street
           Phone: 09 405 7676           Tripadvisor
Nestled on the point above Rāwene township, with a panoramic view of the Hokianga Harbour from the balcony which runs around the building, the Postmasters Lodgings is a quaint, boutique B&B with a truly unique and unforgettable character. From the sumptuous bedrooms to the eclectic range of furniture and fittings evoking a bygone era, you will never forget the time you spent here.    Read and see more...

The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings

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.     Read and see more...

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


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.    Read and see more...

Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House
Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat


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).


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 Old Church Cottage

The Old Church Cottage
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport
Phone: 09 445 9826

The Old Church Cottage was formerly a Sunday School, it sits behind the owner's accommodation which prior to renovation was Devonport's Salvation Army Citadel. The cottage has been renovated to include an ensuite bathroom and a small room that's suitable for a child or third guest. From $220 including continental breakfast (there is a $20 surcharge for one night stays). The cottage is walking distance to Devonport village and the ferry to downtown 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 astronomy tours are offered and there are a variety of astronomy tools and an Observatory. Stay in the Observatory Lodge or self contained Miners Cottage. (Stargazers is 16km north of Whitianga).

Art Break Waihi


Art Break Waihi          Phone: 021 0273 8988      Art Break Waihi Facebook      Art Break Waihi Instagram      
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...

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



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.    Read and see more...

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


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


Firth Tower

Firth Tower Museum          Phone: 07 888 8369

Self contained motor homes can park over night for $6 per van per night ($12 if power is required) at Firth Tower Museum. Look for the sign in the car park for all you need to know, especially if you arrive outside Museum hours. It's free to wander through the gardens at the Firth Tower Museum but entry to the historic buildings is $5.

Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation


Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation

815 Maungakawa Road (12km from Cambridge)           Phone: 021 231 6473          *** Facebook
The original woolshed on Cassie’s Farm has been converted into secluded and self-contained accommodation using largely recycled materials. The aim was to maintain the original character of the building, the history and essential Kiwi-ness of it, as well as making it as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. Read and see more...

Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation - Kitchen
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation - Bathroom
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation - View



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.

Bay Of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupo

Warm Earth Cottage

Warm Earth Romantic Retreat
202 Thompsons Track, RD 2
Phone: 07 549 0962

If Tranquility and Serenity are what you are looking for book in to one of the two cabins at Warm Earth Romantic Retreat. There's no electricity but candle light and lanterns light the way to the bush bath. Breakfast is included and you can order a platter for the evening or cook your own dinner on the BBQ. From $220 per couple.

Treehouse at Tui Ridge Accommodation


Tui Ridge Accommodation

176 Work Road          Phone: 07 552 0061      Tui Ridge Facebook      Tui Ridge Instagram
Located up a long treelined driveway is the gardens of Tui Ridge. With views out to the Kamai’s we have various different cabin accomodation - including The Tui Treehouse and the unique Ark cabin, hand built by us. Most cabins are off-grid enabling you to disconnect, take in the views and relax. Prices range from $25 to $150.   Read and see more...

Ark Cabin at Tui Ridge Accommodation
Tui Ridge
Morepork Cabin at Tui Ridge Accommodation


Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohauiti Road, RD 3 (18kms 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).

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.




Te Waiti Stream Road, Urutawa Reserve, Opotiki      Phone: 07 929 7564     BushavenFacebook           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.    Read and see more...

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


Robertson House


Robertson House

70 Pererika Street          Phone: 07 343 7559

Robertson House is a Victorian Bay Villa and was built in the early 1900’s. The historic villa has been renovated but retains its colonial charm and many of its original features. Four spacious rooms, each with ensuite are available and the room rate includes a delicious continental breakfast and free internet access.    Read and see more...

Robertson House
Robertson House
Robertson House
Robertson House


Princes Gate Boutique Hotel


Princes Gate Boutique Hotel

1057 Arawa Street          Phone: 07 348 1179

Offering style & sophistication that depicts a bygone era & a time honoured commitment to service, the Princes Gate Boutique Hotel is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right. Built in 1897 and masterfully restored through passionate attention to detail, the 4.5 star property is situated in the heart of the city and on the doorstep of the picturesque Government Gardens.    Read and see more...

Princes Gate Boutique Hotel
Princes Gate Boutique Hotel
Princes Gate Boutique Hotel


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.    Read and see more...

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


Tiki Lodge

Tiki Lodge
104 Tuwharetoa Street         Phone: 07 377 4545

The local Maori hosts at Tiki Lodge provide smiles for free and lake and mountain views for cheap. Book a bed in this modern, Maori flavoured lodge from $22-24 per night. Female only dorms available as well as rooms with shared bathroom, kitchenette and TV, from $70.

Hawkes Bay / East Cape

Ormlie Lodge

Ormlie Lodge
17 Omarunui Road
Taradale, RD 3         Phone: 06 844 5774

Ormlie was built in 1899 as a wedding present from the "Father of Hawkes Bay" (Sir William Nelson) for his daughter Gertrude. Six luxury suites provide a home away from home with that little bit extra. Our restaurant is open 7 days for breakfast through to dinner with everything in between. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy our locally focused wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails. Ormlie is an experience. See you soon.

Te Poutapeta

Tokomaru Bay
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B
8 Waimana Street
Phone: 06 864 5411

Built over 100 years ago, the restored Post Office offers three room options - The Post Master's room (suits couples), The Mail Sorting room (suits a small family), and The Mail Clerk's Office (has two single beds). All rooms share bathroom facilities. You're a few steps away from the beach, meals can be arranged or head up to Te Puka Tavern. Enquire direct for rates.

The Ruins

Tokomaru Bay
The Ruins
109 Wharf Road
Phone: 021 0376 948

Two old caravans have been turned in to The Ruins, two cute and rustic cabins on part of the site of the old Tokomaru Bay Freezing Works. Abandoned since the 1950's, the majority of the Work's site is over grown, graffitied and derelict, a real scene for photographers. (Note: The only way to contact this property is by phone).

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.

Taranaki / Whanganui / Rangitikei

Mt Taranaki
The Camphouse
Egmont Road, Mt Taranaki           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.

Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park

Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park & Farmstay
356 Kaimata Road, RD 8, Inglewood           Phone: 06 756 7624

Up to 5 people can stay over night in The Barn. The Barn is built from macrocarpa and corrugated iron, there's a deer antler chandelier, and antlers and horns have been used for door handles, towel rails and light fittings. Meet farm animals like kunekune pigs, highland cattle and deer. Stoney Oaks is located 8km from Inglewood.

Cottages at The Flying Fox, Whanganui River


The Flying Fox

3081 Whanganui River Rd
RD 6 Whanganui
           Phone: 06 927 6809          The Flying Fox Facebook
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.    Read and see more...

Whanganui River
Aerial cable car to The Flying Fox
The Flying Fox
Glamping at The Flying Fox, Whanganui River


Rutland Arms

The Rutland Arms Inn

52 Ridgway Street
Phone: 06 347 7677

The Rutland Arms Inn is a heritage accommodation option in the town centre. The eight suites upstairs are furnished in Victorian style and down stairs is an English pub. Suites from $155 double per night including continental breakfast.

Rangitikei Farmstay

Rangitikei Farmstay
422 Makuhou Road, 'Tyrone', RD 2, Marton
Phone: 06 327 4495

Rangitikei Farmstay is set on a 630 hectare working farm that has been in the Stewart family since 1901. Stay in a rustic hut, or the bunkhouse which is furnished with farming and family history from $30 per night (minimum two night stays apply). Farm activities can be booked including a shearing demonstration - you can even have a go yourself if you're keen. Overnight guests can join the Animal Tour free of charge.

Cabins - Flat Hills Tourist Park


Flat Hills Tourist Park

5733, State Highway 1
Ohingaiti, Rangitikei          Phone: 0800 FLAT HILLS or 021 064 6204      Flat Hills Tourist Park Facebook      

Set on State Highway 1 in the beautiful Rangitikei, Flat Hills is a cafe and campground with powered sites and 4 hobbit like pod cabins. Each cabin has its own TV, fridge as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is a shower and toilet block close by and a modern campers lounge and kitchen to relax in. Surrounded by friendly farm animals, there is a maze and kids play areas including a mega bouncy castle...     Read and see more...

Inside Cabins - Flat Hills Tourist Park
Some of the residents at Flat Hills Tourist Park
Flat Hills Tourist Park
Some of the residents at Flat Hills Tourist Park
Some of the residents at Flat Hills Tourist Park


Masterton / Wellington

Biddy & the Star Gazer

Biddy & the Star Gazer
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 City Cottages


Wellington City Cottages

5 & 7 Tonks Grove          Wellington City Cottages Facebook      Wellington City Cottages Tripadvisor Reviews
Built in 1880, fully renovated in 2010 and located in the heart of the city's vibrant Cuba Quarter. Self-contained accommodation, each cottage sleeps 4. Book both cottages for a larger group. Free parking & Wifi. Baby cots available (charges apply). Other Wellington City Accommodation includes    Read & see more...

Wellington City Cottages - Kitchen
Wellington City Cottages - Bedroom
Wellington City Cottages - Entrance
Wellington City Cottages - Garden


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.

South Island

Marlborough / Nelson / Golden Bay

Jugglers Rest

8 Canterbury Street
Phone: 03 573 5570

Jugglers Rest is a small 16 bed hostel. What makes the hostel unusual is that workshops in poi, hoop and juggling are often available, there are also plenty of props for guests to use. Shared 4 bed dorms from $30, double rooms from $70.

Sennon House

Sennen House
9 Oxford Street
Phone: 03 573 5216

Stay in one of Picton's original colonial villas, built in 1886. Fourteen children were raised in the once seven bedroom property, these days visitors can stay on the first floor in studio and apartment accommodation. The Queen Charlotte studio has a carved four poster bed, the Sir Joseph Banks apartment has its own lounge and kitchen for those wanting to self cater. From $279 including continental breakfast provisions.

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1
Phone: 03 577 8328

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages are a short drive (or bike ride if you're keen) from many of Blenheim's wineries. The accommodation options - Old Dairy, Shearers Quarters, Cottage, Stables and Woolshed are all former farm buildings. The onsite chooks provide free range eggs for breakfast. Wifi, laundry facilities and bikes (first come, first served) are included in the tariff, there's also a solar heated pool. From $120 per night including continental breakfast provisions.

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 $330 per night,10% discount for two or more nights.

Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage


Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage

276 Brooklyn Valley Road, RD3          Phone: 021 2368524      Hairy Hobbit Facebook

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...

Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage - kitchen
Hairy Hobbit Eco Lodge - kitchen and fire place
Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage


The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Hot Tub


The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge

574 Riwaka Valley Road          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).    Read and see more...

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bath
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet interior
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Pool



Abel Tasman National Park
Anchorage Bay
Phone: 0800 430 744

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park from AquaPackers - the floating backpackers. Backpacker accommodation from $75 per person including BBQ dinner, breakfast and bedding. Private cabins also available.(Closed over winter).

The Shady Rest, Takaka


The Shady Rest

139 Commercial Street          Phone: 03 525 9669      The Shady Rest Tripadvisor Reviews
Welcome to Shady Rest in beautiful, sunny Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Shady Rest offers boutique, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a 100 year old historic doctor's residence on Takaka's main street.    Read and see more...

The Shady Rest - Lounge
The Shady Rest - The Green Room
The Shady Rest - The Grand Room
The Shady Rest - Outdoor Bath


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 August - April.*

Reef Cottage Bed & Breakfast
51-55 Broadway
Phone: 0800 770 440

Reef Cottage was built in 1887 and was originally a barrister's office, the old office vault has been turned in to an en suite for one of the bedrooms. There is a guest lounge, kitchen, and garden. The Reef Cafe next door serves breakfast for guests and is open for lunch, evening dining seasonal. B&B from $90 single, $100 double.

Te Nikau

Te Nikau Retreat Backpackers & Self Contained Accommodation
19 Hartmount Place
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 3km north of Pancake Rocks).

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 a unique accommodation experience which includes a purpose built ‘station’ housing a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and rustic outdoor soaking bath. 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, star gazing on a clear night and wake up to bird song, you won’t be disappointed.    Read and see more...

Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage - kitchen


Lake Brunner Guards Van

Refurbished Historic Guards Van
           Phone: 021 174 5333           Lake Brunner Guards Van Facebook

Experience your slice of heaven. Set on a hill in Moana overlooking Lake Brunner we have a special and unique Bed and Breakfast. Relax and unwind in the recently refurbished historic guards van carriage. The carriage is stocked with everything you could need for a comfortable night's stay.

The guards van is eco friendly and runs solely on solar power. It is equipped with a luxury queen size bed, bar fridge, underfloor heating, and an RV style kitchen and bathroom. There is a private deck and bbq area. Adjacent to the carriage is a conservatory that can be open to the beautiful fresh air or enclosed by heavy duty plastic walls.    Read and see more...

Moana Guards Van
Moana Guards Van
Moana Guards Van


Teichelmann's B&B

Teichelmann's B&B
20 Hamilton Street
Phone: 03 755 8232

In the heart of Hokitika and opposite the museum, Teichelmann's B&B offers ensuite rooms. The house was built in 1910 for Dr Teichelmann, a mountaineer, photographer and conservationist; as his home and medical rooms. Trip Advisor reviews are excellent and many reviewers enjoy learning about the history of the house, and about the life of Dr Teichelmann. From $145 single.

Kaikoura - Waipara

Kahutara PurePod on a hot summers evening


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!    Read and see more...


Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge
12 kms 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     Hapuku Carriages Facebook     Hapuku Carriages Tripadvisor Reviews

Hapuku Carriages is a uniquely Kiwi Bed & Breakfast in the Hapuku settlement, a few minutes drive from Kaikoura. Spend the night in a beautifully restored railway carriage with the Kaikoura ranges in the background and a peaceful beach across the road.    Read & see more...

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.    Read and see more...

The Factory
The Factory
The Factory
The Factory


Manakau PurePod in the early morning


Manakau PurePod          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Manakau PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

The Manakau PurePod is 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, in a vast landscape with perfect views of the mountain range. 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!    Read and see more...


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.

Korimako PurePod - early morning views from the deck

Greta Valley

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The Korimako PurePod is 90 minutes north-east from Christchurch, on an historic Greta Valley sheep farm, nestled amongst native bush filled with bird song and with sea views across to Motonau Island. 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!   Read and see more...


Atatu PurePod - stunning sea views with beautiful sunrise

Greta Valley

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The Atatū PurePod is 90 minutes north-east from Christchurch, on an historic Greta Valley sheep farm, perched high above the coastline with sweeping sea views (plus absolutely stunning sunrises) to the front and rolling hills and native bush behind. 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!    Read and see more...


Waipara Sleepers

Waipara Sleepers

12 Glenmark Drive (77kms 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.

Greystone PurePod - delight in the milky way


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The Greystone PurePod is an hour north of Christchurch, nestled high above an organic winery in Waipara. 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!    Read and see more...


Jacksons Retreat

Arthurs Pass
Jacksons Retreat
Phone: 03 738 0474

Located 33 kms west of Arthurs Pass, Jacksons Retreat provides unique accommodation for those in tents and camper vans – covered camping barns. Each barn has its own water and power supply, and large windows to take in the alpine view. Facilities include free bikes and BBQs, a small pantry shop sells free range eggs. Sites from $40 for two.

Christchurch / Little River / Akaroa


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.

The Eco Villa - Front of house at Twilight


Eco Villa

251 Hereford Street          Phone: 03 595 1364      Eco Villa Facebook      Eco Villa Instagram      Eco Villa Twitter      Eco Villa Tripadvisor Reviews
Eco Villa is a new boutique eco accommodation that wonderfully combines different accommodation categories to create a home from home in the centre of Christchurch City. The Eco Villa features a beautiful upcycled fully equipped shared kitchen, dining room, a shared lounge, expansive edible garden, private twin outdoor baths, free bikes, large deck, a games/meeting room.    Read and see more...

The Eco Villa - Edible Garden & Deck
The Eco Villa - Shared Lounge
The Eco Villa - Triple Room - The Matai
The Eco Villa - Outdoor baths


XCHC Christchurch


XCHC – The Zeiser Room Loft Apartment

376 Wilsons Road          Phone: 027 828 3757      XCHC Facebook      XCHC Instagram      XCHC Twitter      XCHC Tripadvisor Reviews

The Zeiser Room is a loft apartment above Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), a creative hub located in The Old Pickle Factory close to the Christchurch CBD; ideal for visiting artists and adventurous visitors that are keen for an experience.

XCHC hosts regular exhibitions and creative events to connect people with the local community, culture, or their own creative ideas. The cafe team and artists in the studios love sharing facts about their alternative approach to business, community building, creative work, and play, making it an exciting place to stay and meet new people.    Read & see more...

The Zeiser Room loft apartment bedroom
The Zeiser Room loft apartment kitchen & living area
XCHC Gallery
XCHC Gallery


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).

Pohue PurePod

Port Levy

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The Pōhue PurePod is just an hour from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula with beautiful views of the historic Port Levy bay, and surrounded by tussock covered rolling hills and magnificent rocky outcrops. 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!    Read and see more...


SiloStay Accommodation

Little River

SiloStay Accommodation

State Highway 75 (next to Little River Cafe & Gallery)
           Phone: 03 325 1977     SiloStay Facebook      SiloStay Tripadvisor Reviews      SiloStay Instagram

Usually silos house grain but not at Little River, SiloStay Accommodation provides a four star plus home away from home, especially for those cycling the Little River Rail Trail.   Read more...


Okuti Garden Yurt

Little River

Okuti Garden

216 Okuti Valley Road          Phone: 03 325 1913      Okuti Garden Facebook      Okuti Garden Instagram      Okuti Garden Tripadvisor Reviews

At Okuti Garden you can stay in a yurt, tipi or house truck. All are really nicely set up amidst wild flowers, fruit trees and organic veggie gardens on the sunny side of the lovely Okuti Valley. The Garden Kitchen is surrounded by pick-your-own herbs. Art Box, games, friendly animals and free WiFi.    Read and see more...

Okuti Garden
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt


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.

>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.

Otiake / Oamaru / St Bathans / Clyde

Valley Views Glamping


Valley Views Glamping

161 Domett Road          Phone: 021 192 8282      Valley Views Glamping Facebook      Valley Views Glamping Tripadvisor Reviews

Valley Views Glamping takes camping to an exciting new level. It provides 'glamorous camping' in luxury geodesic dome and lotus belle tents nestled into the foothills of Mt Domett overlooking the Waitaki Valley, only eight kilometres from the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.  Read and see more ...

Valley Views Glamping
Valley Views Glamping
Valley Views Glamping
Valley Views Glamping with the stars


Criterion B&B

The Criterion Hotel
3 Tyne Street
Phone: 0800 259 334

The Criterion Hotel was built in 1877 and is located in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. Check out the gallery of photos on the website to see the interior. Accommodation is on the upper floor and downstairs is a popular bar. The Blue Penguin Colony is a waddle away.

St Bathans Cottage

St Bathans
St Bathans Jail & Constable's Cottage
1648 Loop Road
Phone: 0800 555 016

The former gaol (jail) and constable's cottage were built in 1884. The jail sleeps two and the self contained constable's cottage sleeps six. From $145 per night including continental breakfast. For other meals and beverages you can take a short walk to the Vulcan Hotel.

Olivers, Clyde


Olivers Lodge

Holloway Road (or Fache Street on some maps)          Phone: 03 449 2600      Olivers Central Otago Facebook      Olivers Central Otago Tripadvisor Reviews
Olivers Lodge has undergone an authentic restoration, reflecting its significant place in the chronicles of the Central Otago region and its category one NZ Heritage listing. Located in Clyde’s historic precinct, the stone-walled complex was built in the 1860s to service prospectors during the Otago gold rush.    Read and see more...

Olivers Lodge - Courtyard
Olivers Lodge - Bedroom
Olivers Lodge - Bedroom
Olivers Restaurant and Bar



Creeksyde Holiday Park

Creeksyde Holiday Park & Motels
54 Robins Road
Phone: 03 442 9447

Curious, quirky and unusual all describe the facilities at Creeksyde Holiday Park & Motels. From the ‘Tapas Room’ barbecue pavilion to the trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) murals in the communal bathrooms.

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).

Dunedin / Otago Peninsula

Chapel Apartments


Chapel Apartments

81 Moray Place          Phone: 027 205 0163      
Chapel Apartments are housed in Dunedin's oldest church, built in 1863. Our seven self-contained, modern apartments are located one block from the heart of Dunedin – the Octagon. All apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, and TV. Each apartment makes use of the historic church building in a unique way, whether it's stained-glass windows, architectural features, or skylights that allow you to view the beautiful vaulted ceiling.    Read and see more...

Chapel Apartments - Living Room
Chapel Apartments - Living Room
Chapel Apartments - Mezzanine
Chapel Apartments - Bedroom


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.


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.    Read and see more...

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


Te Anau Lodge

Te Anau Lodge & Train Carriage

52 Howden St
Te Anau          Phone: 03 249 7477       Te Anau Lodge Tripadvisor Reviews

Experience the genuine warmth of traditional hospitality in the relaxed and tranquil environment of our 1936 relocated former convent, in one of New Zealand’s most scenic locations - stunning Fiordland. With breathtaking lake and mountain views, Te Anau Lodge has been lovingly restored maintaining its original and delightful charm, with modern facilities. Te Anau Lodge is quiet and secluded, yet only 15 minutes walk from Te Anau town centre.   Read and see more...

Te Anau Lodge - lounge/library
Train Carriage Accommodation at Te Anau Lodge


Milford Wanderer

Milford Sound

Milford Mariner & Milford Wanderer
Phone: 0800 656 501

Book an over night cruise on either the Milford Mariner (private cabins with ensuite) or Milford Wanderer (twin share with shared bathrooms, limited quad share) and experience the magic of Milford Sound. Bus transfers to the vessels can be arranged from either Queenstown or Te Anau.

Victoria Railway Hotel

Victoria Railway Hotel
Corner Leven & Esk Streets
Phone: 03 218 1281

The Victoria Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel and was built in 1896, it is located opposite the Invercargill Railway Station. Gerrard's Restaurant is onsite and serves locally brewed beer and New Zealand wine. Rooms from $130 per night.

Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge
51 Herbert Street
Phone: 0800 885 557

Safari Lodge offers 5 star luxury with a touch of Africa. Each of the four ensuite rooms are furnished with a hand carved four poster bed. Tariff from $280 double including breakfast.