Special Interest Accommodation


Tipi - Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Orongo Bay Holiday Park

5960 Russell Road          Phone: 09 403 7704      Orongo Bay Holiday Park Facebook

Chosen by the BBC to film New Zealand's rare bird-life, Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the only Enviro Gold holiday park in Northland. Immerse yourself amongst 14 acres of nature where you have the chance to get up close and personal with up to 55 species of birds, including the elusive Kiwi and North Island Weka. We have a variety of accommodation options available, such as our popular tipi and glamping tents with views over the bay. We have a selection of powered and unpowered sites as well as self-contained accommodation available.

Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Weka outside cabin - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Parks


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.

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.

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).

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


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. All of the fixtures, fittings and furnishings are recycled or pre-loved – except for the new bathroom, and bedroom carpet. The result is a quirky, cosy, country cottage, ideal for romantic getaways or families who enjoy being surrounded by nature. Comfortably accommodates four. Two night Meditation Retreats are also offered.

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


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).

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


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


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 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

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.

Cottages at The Flying Fox

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. Alternatively, there is also a sheltered campsite for those with their own tent. Workshops in felting, card making, bone carving and Oamaru stone sculpture are offered for groups of three or more.

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


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 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.

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


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.

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 loft apartment, named for the first artist to exhibit there, is above XCHC and is ideal for visiting creatives and adventurous visitors that are keen to experience the creative scene in our city. XCHC hosts art exhibitions and regular creative events making it an exciting place to stay. The upstairs apartment includes a private bedroom with en-suite, full kitchen and lounge area with desk-space, and free and unlimited wifi. In addition to featuring works by resident artists, we feature local products wherever possible. The CBD is 30 minutes walk away or we have a bike with lock and helmet free for guests to use.

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).

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 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 $180 - $230 per night.


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

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. A great base for exploring the wonderful Banks Peninsula with its dozens of bays, great walking tracks and cycleway, as well as cafes, restaurants, dolphins and kayaks in historic Akaroa. Exuberant birdsong in the morning and golden light in the evening. “Curiously timeless and otherworldly.” Latitude Magazine.

Okuti Garden
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt


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.

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