Quirky Accommodation


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


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



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.

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


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


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


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).

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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
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...


Waipara Sleepers

Waipara Sleepers

12 Glenmark Drive (77km 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.


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.

Pohue PurePod

Port Levy

Pohue PurePod          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Pohue PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

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


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


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).

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.

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