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-UNIQUE places to stay in NEW ZEALAND
We've finally been given the freedom to travel domestically within New Zealand! Hooray!
We know that you're keen to get going and explore New Zealand and we're all keen to support the small local businesses that are scattered throughout New Zealand and have suffered financially through and after our lockdown.
Here at "So Many Places! So Little Time!" we would like to help out too.
Here are some of the special accommodation providers who have showcased their properties.
If you're looking for accommodation for your trip check here first.
Here are some really unique places that we know you'll love!
AUCKLAND WATERFRONT SERVICED APARTMENTS
Right on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Auckland.
Onsite Resident Hosts - Graeme and Alison and the Team at AWSA welcome you to Auckland Waterfront Serviced Apartments. We extend to you true Kiwi hospitality and are here to assist you anytime during your stay.
Location! Location! Location! Our self-catering apartments are situated right on Princes Wharf in the centre of downtown Auckland CBD. All apartments have harbour views each with their own private balcony. Complimentary chilled bubbles and chocolates on arrival.
Just minutes to a huge range of restaurants and bars, public transport, the Ferry Terminal, city shops and supermarkets, and the Viaduct Events Centre.
YOUR HOSTS: Alison & Graeme
PHONE: 021 972 401
vineyard cottages auckland
Hi everyone! We run Vineyard Cottages Auckland in Waimauku, northwest Auckland. There are seven glorious settler style cottages tucked amongst the vines. Each cottage has one bedroom, a large living area, a private courtyard, and, perfect for this time of year - a cozy log burner!
We're 15 minutes from Muriwai Beach and the Kaipara Sculpture Gardens, right in the middle of the Kumeu wine country and with some bloody marvelous breweries and restaurants around us. If you're staying with us there are lots of options of where to eat if you want to go out, or we can set you up with a delicious fireside dinner from our kitchen.
Our little shop is filled with local produce from all over the region including honey, soaps, olive oil, recipe books, and all kinds of other goodies.
As the owners of The Big Foody Food Tours, we are passionate about showcasing the very best of New Zealand's food and wine so your cottage hampers are filled with delicious local cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, and chocolates.
The naughtiest Jack Russell in the world is always happy to come and say hi on check-in!
We're delighted to offer you all a discount code to stay with us over the next 6 months. When you book online at www.vineyardcottages.co.nz use the code "welovenz" in the discount box and it will give you 15% off the reservation.
YOUR HOSTS: Elle Armon-Jones
PHONE: 09 4118248
WILD THYME- WAIHEKE ISLAND
It's Bruce here from wonderful Waiheke Island. If you're planning on heading over this way, why not book a stay with us at Wild Thyme!
We have 3 beautifully appointed suites, each with their own private bathrooms and decks and all have sea views. We are a new building and it's fully insulated and double glazed to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
It's just a short 15-minute walk to Oneroa Village and Little Oneroa Beach. We have award-winning restaurants and vineyards close by. The renowned Mudbrick and Cable Bay Vineyards are 1 to 2 kilometers away and Stoney Ridge, Te Motu, and Tantalus are all within 5 kilometers.
We look forward to looking after you and sharing our knowledge of the best places to go and things to do on our Wonderful Waiheke Island and we would like to offer you a 20% discount for direct bookings until the end of October 2020.
YOUR HOSTS: Bruce & Jules
PHONE: +64+21 737 774
tanglewood retreat- muriwai-auckland
Kia Ora Aōtearoa. My name is Stacey. I’ve started a little eco-retreat out near Muriwai Beach, just north of Auckland called Tanglewood Retreat. All of our buildings are handcrafted with love out of recycled and natural materials. We run off 100% renewable energy and even have a state of the art composting toilet system.
We offer unique accommodation options for short term stays, host yoga & wellness retreats, as well as exclusive hire for weddings and corporate events. We also offer plant-based catering for weddings and group bookings. Buffet style or woodfired pizza nights.
Stay in a Pirate ship Treehouse, the beautiful Aroha Cobhouse, or the quaint Potting Shed Cabin overlooking the Waimauku Valley. Wake up to the sound of native birds and spend your evenings soaking in the woodfired hot tub and watching the incredible sunsets over the valley.
We are only 30 minutes from Auckland city but feels like a world away. And we are a short 10min drive to Muriwai Beach for surfing, and to the Te Henga walk, Goldie’s Bush Walk and Mokoroa Stream Track. All gorgeous hikes.
We will also be opening up for exclusive hire for those wanting to self-quarantine in the future, so keep us in mind if you have families or friends coming back from overseas that want a safe space to isolate out of the city, just 45minutes drive from the airport.
YOUR HOSTS: Stacey & Peter
HOT WATER BEACH TOP 10- Coromandel peninsula
We are the owners/operators of Hot Water Beach TOP 10 located in the stunning Hot Water Beach area. We developed this park 11 yrs ago from a bare paddock.
Our emphasis was providing full-time employment for locals and bringing families back together by providing memorable holiday experiences.
We are a 10-minute walk from the famous hot pools at Hot Water Beach and a 10-minute drive from Cathedral Cove.
YOUR HOSTS: Sheree Webster
PHONE: +64 7 866 3116
anglers lodge- coromandel
Escape to the beautiful Coromandel - and help support our family-owned business we only purchased 2 months ago - perfect timing (NOT)!
Anglers Lodge Coromandel is a beachside accommodation option, approximately 25-minutes north of Coromandel town in peaceful Amodeo Bay. A great spot to come to relax, or as a base for fishing lovers with all the facilities you need, including boat launching services or even head out on our own private fishing charter boat. We have comfortable rooms with TV and Wifi.
On our doorstep we have bush walks, beach options, great fishing right across the road, spa pool, pool, sports equipment and games, playground, covered BBQ area, and a fish filleting area. Additional services: barista coffee on-site, a small store with simple groceries/alcohol and ice cream, bait, tackle, rod hire, etc.
Book now on www.anglers.co.nz or send us a message or
YOUR HOSTS: Laura, Lathan & The McFarlane Family
PHONE: +64(0) 7 866 8584
The French Country House- Tauranga
Kia Ora everyone! My name is Kay and I am the host of The French Country House close to Tauranga. The French Country House is a boutique bed and breakfast situated on a lovely horse farm.
If you are looking for luxury Tauranga accommodation whilst on a weekend escape, special holiday or a romantic getaway, The French Country House will enchant. Nestled in the hills, the views from the balcony over the Bay of Plenty countryside to the sea are spectacular.
We have three large luxury suites, the Farm View Room, the Blue Room, and the Green Room. Our living areas are spacious, light, and relaxing, with the pairing of luxury antique furnishings and comfortable modern facilities. The farmhouse is designed to offer individual privacy for romantic getaways or corporate retreats, with excellent access to explore this beautiful region.
We really do believe this property is a wee slice of heaven for a New Zealand retreat and I feel blessed to work here and meet so many amazing people from all over the globe.
The NZ MARKET is a big part of our business so I am looking forward to hosting wonderful guests again and also intimate weddings from 2 - 70 guests as soon as we are able to! There will be a special offer available for Stay 3 nights / Pay 2 nights.
YOUR HOSTS: Kay
PHONE: +64 (0)7 548 2339
My husband and I own and operate a unique accommodation place in rural Waikato - Underhill Valley
Underhill is a boutique accommodation on our rural property. It is the perfect, romantic, glamping retreat for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond.
You’ll enjoy the warmth and ambiance of an old coal range... the soft glow of candlelight... a glass of wine on a seat by the pond, under the stars or just snuggle into the luxurious bed...
When the COVID levels drop, Underhill is the perfect getaway to have a change of scenery, relax, and get back to nature in the fresh air... Vouchers available
YOUR HOSTS: Jessie Moon
wildcoast ruapuke horse adventures- RAglan
Kia Ora Aotearoa! We are a small family run horse trekking company called Wildcoast Ruapuke Horse Adventures located near Raglan. We have been operating for the last 20 years and have loved every minute of it!
We love our horses and the land we ride over. And we especially love sharing it with others.
Like many tourist companies in NZ we have come to a grinding halt. We hope that kiwis will soon be able to travel our beautiful country again and experience some of the amazing activities that are offered.
We we have horses suited for all levels of ability from novice to advanced. We have a minimum age limit of 12 years.
Alongside our horse adventures we also have two off-the-grid eco-cabins that are situated amongst the native bush with amazing ocean views for the perfect getaway.
YOUR HOSTS: River Knuiman
bay of plenty- redwood farm glamping
Hi everyone! My husband and I have a tiny house glamping escape located just outside Te Puke in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
We are all set up for autumn/winter escapes with a little cracker fire, electric blankets, and an outdoor hot tub, big enough for two.
The views are what it's all about at this spot. 360-degree views capture the coastline and Mount Edgecombe. On a clear winters day, the snow-capped peak of Mount Tarawera can be seen.
Watch the sunrise from your bed - and on a clear day see White Island on the horizon, billowing smoke.
An outdoor hot tub, big enough for two, is the perfect place to take it all in.
When the sun goes down, spark up the fire pit. Toast some marshmallows, drink some red wine, and take in those incredible stars in that crystal clear night sky.
YOUR HOSTS: Emma McGlashan
Bookings can be made via Canopy Camping Escapes
two rivers- ohakune
Wow, loads of great ideas! Autumn accommodation Deals at Two Rivers Ohakune.
Walk or cycle the Old Coach Road, walk to Taranaki Falls, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Waitonga Falls plus many more.
Relax in our hydro and aromatherapy spa, with a glass of complimentary sparkling wine, and watch the sunset on Mt Ruapehu.
YOUR HOSTS: Two Rivers, Ohakune
PHONE: 022 687 2505
river belle glamping- taranaki
Hi all! I have a wee business just launched 9 Feb before the craziness set in.....River Belle Glamping.
We are in Taranaki and have created a unique, tranquil, beautiful spot for couples to go and recharge or just get away from it all, in their own space nestled by the Mangaoraka River looking up at Mount Taranaki.
We have the cutest wee fire going in the tent as soon to keep you snug in the cooler winter months. Perfect for a board game and a bottle of red.
We would love to share this special spot with you, hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
PHONE: 027 257 3063
l'amour nest- napier
We are L'amour Nest; family-owned boutique accommodation in Napier. Located in a private gully 3 minutes drive from the city centre, L’amour Nest is the perfect adults-only retreat to base yourself from to take advantage of all the things Napier has to offer.
We officially opened in January but haven’t really had the chance to launch. We think kiwis will travel and explore New Zealand when all this is over and we hope people will consider us when visiting Napier!
Each chalet is finished to a high standard with guests absolute comfort in mind. A generous bedroom with a king bed looking out into a private gully and an ensuite with a rain shower. The living spaces are well lit and situated to make the most of the picturesque surrounds. Perfectly proportioned to be spacious yet cozy, guests enjoy a superb level of comfort while feeling that they can literally disappear here.
YOUR HOSTS: Ash-Leigh Wilson
PHONE: 027 844 6456
Seafield View in Hawkes Bay
Six months ago we completed our guest house, Seafield View located in Bay View, Hawke’s Bay. It is perfect for anyone needing an indulgent yet affordable getaway.
Although it feels remote, it is only a 10-minute drive to Napier city and just minutes from our fabulous local wineries -Crab Farm and Linden Estate. The house is privately positioned (100 meters from our home) and has two double bedrooms, luxury linens, an outdoor bathtub and stunning 360 views. Come and enjoy some Hawke’s Bay sunshine... we look forward to hosting you
You can follow Seafield View on Instagram and Facebook.
YOUR HOSTS: Joanna Demanser
LAKE VIEW COTTAGE- Taupo/ Turangi
We are a locally owned and run B&B specializing in accommodation for visitors to Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, as well as visitors to the world-famous Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Located halfway between Taupo and the Snow Slopes with lovely gardens and amazing views north over the lake.
Relax and admire lake and mountain views whilst enjoying a drink on the balcony. Being owner-operated we are able to provide pricing at lower rates than other larger accommodation houses resulting in our guests receiving the best value for money.
Large lounge area with a warm fireplace and a balcony overlooking the lake. Rooms have heating, television and tea and coffee making facilities. Additionally, we offer bathrobes, towels, hairdryers, and toiletries.
We are a 10 minute drive from the village of Turangi (with supermarket, Z service Station, Visitor Information Centre and Tavern).
YOUR HOSTS: Treive and John
PHONE: 07 3867386
waitahanui lodge- taupo
Hi everyone. We are Anthony & Bron. The Waitahanui Lodge is all about the real kiwi bach experience. We are situated on the lakeshore, 10 km south of Taupo. A comfortable holiday spot with 1950s character.
We have 5 stand-alone, self-contained cottages that sleep from 3 to 5 guests. Two are absolute waterfront, while the other 3 are only metres away from the lake. In total, the lodge can accommodate up to 21 people.
Popular holiday spot, great for fishing, and a great venue for weddings, 21sts, or that special occasion.
We have the Lodge Tackle shop on-site, open 7 days, which stocks fishing tackle, merchandise & toiletries. We also have fly rods and waders for hire and can issue fishing licences.
We have a private boat ramp (for small boats) to enjoy the lake activities, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, & sailing. Rowboats, kayaks and paddle-boards are here free for our guests to use.
Enjoy free use of our BBQs and our outdoor undercover area, where you can play darts, smoke a trout, have a few drinks, and have a great time. We also cater grazing tables and or platters on site.
YOUR HOSTS: Anthony & Bron
PHONE: +64 7 378 7183
centennial house, taupo-large Groups
Have the lodge to yourselves! Corporate Events - Wedding Venue-Family Retreats & Vacations
We are a husband and wife team, John and Caroline Elliot who own and operate Centennial House in Taupo.
This 5-star luxury boutique lodge can cater for every occasion, be it a Corporate Event, an Amazing Wedding, Family Retreat, Vacation, or Romantic Weekend Getaway.
Centennial House is set on 5 acres of lush park-like grounds. Stroll around and discover hidden treasures among the beautiful mature trees, stunning private gardens, and water features.
The lodge offers 6 spacious Deluxe Suites, 1 Twin Deluxe Suite and 1 Deluxe Queen Bedroom which combined can sleep a total of 20 guests, each suite has its own unique interior styling most with en-suite and private lounge areas. (18 guests sleep in luxury beds 2 children on fold away flexi slat beds.) Children Welcome! And yes- you get the whole lodge to yourselves.
Please check out our website for extra information. If you book directly through our website we offer you a discount of 5% plus chocolates, wine and other goodies.
YOUR HOSTS: John & Caroline
PHONE: John 021912743 or Caroline 021342144
Aruhe Holiday Home- Whanarua Bay- EAST CAPE
I have a self-contained cottage on SH 35 between Whakatane and Gisborne at Whanarua Bay. Besides being a pretty spot it is tranquil and secluded. Breakfast provisions are provided for you to prepare as and when you wish.
Aruhe offers private, premium studio accommodation set amongst native New Zealand bush with glorious East Coast ocean views.
YOUR HOSTS: Kim Baker
PHONE: 07-325 2047
Tarata FISHAWAY- On the RangitikEi River near Taihape
Hi Everyone - so excited to share our piece of paradise with you all.
We are a small family run business, 'Tarata Fishaway' located on the Rangitikei River in the Mokai Valley, Taihape. We have a range of lovely accommodation overlooking the River and the Ruahine Ranges. We offer scenic rafting through the magnificent Rangitikei Gorge, visits to Middle Earth & a secret waterfall. Great for all ages and your furry friends can come too.
Try some trout fishing, some of NZ's best remote fishing right at your doorstep. Camp outs, walks, and lots of friendly farm animals.
If it's a romantic getaway you are looking for, our River Retreat is perfect. Fully self-contained retreat with your own private spa pool on the decking to enjoy the breathtaking views.
Our Treehouse accommodation is great for a family get together - fully self-contained with a spa pool on the cliff's edge. - turn off the devices and enjoy what Tarata has to offer.
We also have our very popular dog-friendly courtyard. Fully fenced courtyard complete with a kennel and water bowls and your furry friend can even come into your living area to enjoy your company. Give your dog a farm adventure too!
YOUR HOSTS: Brylee Bond
PHONE: 06 3880354
spencer lodge -Lake tarawera/ Rotorua
My husband and I own a Lodge style holiday home at Lake Tarawera nearr Rotorua. The Lodge can accommodate up to 8 guests. It is located on a private estate with breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and mountain. Surrounded by native bush, sheep grazed paddocks, and landscaped gardens.
We are keen for bookings once we are all free to travel around again and will be offering 20% off the listed rates. A great place for special birthdays, family gatherings, a holiday with friends, or an intimate wedding party. We have a private chef available to book for a special meal or we can provide sharing platters and/or breakfast provisions if required.
At Tarawera there is loads to do.- A tour of the lake and Natural Bush hot pool.- The Tarawera falls walk. -Fishing for rainbow trout. -Horse trekking. -Ancestral footprints tour. -The buried village. -Mountain biking. All this and only 20 minutes from Rotorua. Check out our website at www.spencerlodge.co.nz
YOUR HOSTS: Angela
PHONE: 07-362 8153
PEAK view retreat-Whangamoa ranges (between Nelson & Marlborough)
Welcome to our luxurious mountain top retreat, set amidst 150 acres of native bush in a spectacular wilderness location. Peak View is designed as an adults-only wilderness retreat. We are located on top of a mountain in the Whangamoa ranges between Nelson and Marlborough.
You will have exclusive use of the entire home. There are two levels- the upper level comprises of the living areas. It's totally open plan. There is also a toilet upstairs. Downstairs are the bedrooms suites, laundry, and wood-fired hot tub.
Soak in the wood-fired hot tub surrounded by nature. Explore Cable Bay, Nelson's adventure destination.
Visit the wineries in Marlborough. Climb Mt Duppa for epic views. Take the road trip to the Abel Tasman National Park. Visit local artists in their home studios supporting local business.
"Peak View Retreat is spectacular - the pictures don't do it justice. We've stayed in vacation rentals all over the world - Peak View Retreat is the best we've seen. And Natalia & Carl were the best hosts - responsive, available, and warm. We came to New Zealand from San Francisco thinking this was a once in a lifetime trip. Because of Natalia and Carl, we are definitely coming back" (Guest review).
YOUR HOSTS: Natalia & Carl McAllansmith
Adrift in golden bay- top of South Island
Hi all! We’re a family-owned and operated, luxury beachfront accommodation business in beautiful Golden Bay at the top of the South Island. We have five self-contained seaside villas (each built for two 🌹🥂) that are Qualmark rated 5-star Gold, spread over a hectare of landscaped gardens and operated with care by 3 generations of our family.
If you’re thinking about escaping for a few days after restrictions have lifted or want to plan your summer holidays to look forward to, you can see more about our business at www.adrift.co.nz
We’re offering a pared-down service over the next few months at special rates so you can have a completely self-contained experience and peace-of-mind while you relax in paradise 🤩☀️🌿💦🏖
Appleby house & Rabbit island huts- nelson
My parents have an amazing accommodation spot in the Nelson region! They have a 5-bed house, 6 huts, and a glamping tent. Perfect to rent individually for romantic nights away or rent all together for big family holidays and events.
Having the business suffer like so many others over the last few months, they are really looking forward to getting back into what they do best, providing their guests with a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of New Zealand ☺️
They are taking bookings now for guests to stay from the 12th of May!
YOUR HOSTS: Jane & John
PHONE: 027 6632 639
The lodge at Te Rawa- Marlborough Sounds
HI everyone. Looking for a break after lockdown? My husband and I own a small lodge in the middle of the Pelorus Sound in Marlborough.
We are off-grid, so no roads, no traffic, no streetlights, just beautiful scenery, kayaking, fishing, walking, or sitting on your own private deck enjoying a glass of New Zealand wine and a million-dollar view.
We are boat access only but you don't need your own boat, we can arrange transport to suit your budget. 90 minutes from Blenheim, 2 hours from Nelson, and 45 minutes from Wellington with Pelorus Air. You could be enjoying these views in your very own apartment or cottage this weekend.
or book the whole place for that special birthday or anniversary which was missed in lockdown. Prices start at $220 for an apartment but there is a 10% discount for bookings made directly from this post. It's time to get out New Zealand and what better place to explore than the unspoiled beauty of the Marlborough Sounds.
YOUR HOSTS: Anne & Rob
merivale manor- christchurch
Hi everyone! We are a New Zealand owned boutique accommodation property in Merivale, Christchurch. We have stayed open during lockdown and have a range of beautiful rooms to suit everyone’s needs from luxury spa studios, one-bedroom suites, and modern 3 bedroom apartments.
Merivale Manor is truly your home away from home in Christchurch. It is a place of affordable luxury, where at day's end you can relax - away from it all - in the heart of Merivale. Close to everything that's important in Christchurch, we offer 'all inclusive' accommodation and service that is friendly and unique.
The rooms are elegant yet practical allowing you to stay connected from anywhere on the property. We are just a short stroll to many leading cafes, bars, and restaurants located in the upmarket Merivale Village and very close to the city centre. Designed by travellers, for travellers - Merivale Manor welcomes you.
YOUR HOSTS: Merivale Manor
PHONE: +64 3 355 7731
the vicArage- geralDINE
Hello from THE VICARAGE in beautiful Geraldine. Almost 3 years ago we decided to reinstate the old Vicarage as a focal point of the community and convert it into boutique accommodation with six luxury rooms. Last October we were delighted to host 800+ visitors to an open day, before welcoming our first guests.
Pretty Geraldine with its village vibe and active arts scene is often described as New Zealand's most beautiful town, and as lifetime residents we totally agree! The Vicarage’s central location finds you right next door to the town’s newest attraction, the Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery which is perched on the Waihi Riverbank overlooking the beautiful Riverside rhododendron walkway. Whether its art galleries, day spas, speciality shops, foodie adventures, horse trekking, bush walks, golf courses or a tour of the night sky, there is something for everyone.
If you're thinking of taking a road trip when restrictions allow, we welcome you to enjoy this special piece of NZ history in the centre of Geraldine with our post-lockdown deal. When you book on-line, enter promo code; C19BB. (ends 31/09)
YOUR HOSTS: Michael & Brigitte Barker
PHONE: 027 6939027
te wepu- intrepid pod retreats -banks peninsula
Two years ago my husband and I set up our Glamping accommodation business
‘Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats’ which is situated at French Farm, Banks Peninsula (just 1hr from Christchurch).
Here at Te Wepu we have 3 private pod sites, suited for couples. We have our own website which ensures that our guests will be suited to this slightly intrepid but luxurious escape before they book.
Each private Pod site has two pods. One is a sleeping Pod and the other is the utility pod (Bioloo, robes, and towels) Each site has its own private hot tub and fire pit set amongst the Kanuka Bush. The heating of the hot tub is included in the nightly price.
- NOTHING is shared, just the incredible view of the Onawe Peninsula. My (Kate’s) homemade Hampers are available and include the infamous Cob loaf as well as our own farmed meat (processed to MPI accreditation)
We are a family run business and are unsure how our business, post lockdown is going to look but if you are looking for a place to escape to when this is all over - we will be here Because we are a family run business, weekends are minimum two night stays.
YOUR HOSTS: Kate and Richie Bocock
PHONE: (0800) 839 378
Te Nikau Retreat -South Island's West Coast near Pancake Rocks
Hi everybody! My partner (James) and I just got into the tourism industry (I know…what timing!), but I’m sure we are all going to get through this. The Te Nikau Retreat is nestled in the native West Coast bush adjoining the Paparoa National Park, only 3 km north of the spectacular Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. It’s truly one of the most unique accommodation secrets you are likely to come across in your travels.
We offer lodges, cottages, and dorms – perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families – each place is different, unique, and enjoys its own privacy being surrounded by sub-tropical palms and forest. It’s just a few minutes’ walk through the rainforest via the Truman Track to the breath-taking coastline and Truman beach.
Also, we’ve got fantastic short- and day-walks in the area, suitable for any fitness level. It's the perfect place to relax - restore - explore. We are looking forward very much to welcome guests to our Retreat.
We’d like to offer a special discount. >> Book two consecutive nights and get 20% off <<(just mention this post when you get in contact with us)
YOUR HOSTS: Tami & James
PHONE: 03 731 11 11
west coast- hydrangea cottages & Punakaiki horse treks
If you need a uniquely New Zealand experience, close to nature, but with all the cosy homely comforts and genuine down-to-earth friendly service, we welcome you to the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki to be refreshed and revitalised.
We’re a Kiwi husband-and-wife hospitality business, and over the last two decades we’ve developed rustic cottages on a terrace overlooking a wild West Coast beach with views towards the iconic pancake rocks. Using recycled materials and salvaged timber we now have six cottages nestled among gardens, lush native forest and huge limestone outcrops, as well as a larger beach house. Hydrangea Cottages is open year-round, with some guests returning each year to re-discover the most important things in life.
One way to appreciate the scenery is on a horse ride with Punakaiki Horse Treks, which operates during the Spring to Autumn season, from late October to May, offering small-group rides up the valley to the Paparoa National Park, finishing along a beautiful picture-perfect beach.
We look forward to welcoming you to this unique part of heartland New Zealand. Punakaiki is less than an hour’s drive from Greymouth or Westport, or under 4 hour’s drive from Nelson or Christchurch.
YOUR HOSTS: Karen Dickson
PHONE: +64 3 731 1839
welcome rock- queenstown
My husband and I operate our small family business called Welcome Rock. Located in the deep south on our high country farm, 45 minutes from Queenstown airport.
Welcome Rock is a cross country single track trail set in the high country. The trail has been built by hand (by my hubby Tom – it took him 2 years to build the trail with picks, shovels, and some very good volunteers). The trail is a 27km loop track suitable for mountain bikers and walkers.
We have two backcountry huts that guests can stay in overnight to extend their stay. Both huts have outdoor baths to soak in under the expansive night sky. We converted an old wool shed into a studio apartment down at the farm which has two outdoor baths next to each other.
We are fourth-generation farmers and Tom’s family has been here since 1911. The area is full of history, it is educational as well as recreational. An affordable, private, memorable kiwi experience.
YOUR HOSTS: Katie O'Brien
PHONE: + 64 (0) 27 239 2628
Highland Escape- Ohau / twizel
Hi there! I have a one-year-old, 3 bedroom house which was built as holiday accommodation, under the Ben Ohau Mountains, 3km back from Lake Ohau near Twizel. We are surrounded by salmon fishing canals and the Ohau River. (Just around the corner from High Country Salmon).
We've lost a few months of bookings and 70%+ of our guests were overseas tourists. We'd love you to come to stay once restrictions ease. This area is unique, isolated and we are situated on 11 acres so BYO dog or horse!
Follow us at 'Highland Escape' for updates.
YOUR HOSTS: Chanelle O'Sullivan
cascade creek retreat- OTAGO-25 mins to Dunedin aIRPORT
We would like to introduce our "little taste of luxury, in a little slice of paradise' Cascade Creek Retreat. Cascade Creek Retreat is an authentic hand-built, 100% 'off the grid' Qualmark 5 Star log cabin which my husband and I designed and built ourselves, opening 8 years ago.
The Retreat is completely self-contained and un-hosted, with nothing but native bush, rolling hills and farmland for miles. Privacy, serenity, and luxury are just some of the highlights our guests get to enjoy when they come and stay. The Retreat is located in a stunning native bush valley, with 'cascading creeks', private walking trails (options from 5 minutes to full-day walks), 2 steaming hot outdoor baths, a roaring hot fire (to roast marshmallows and /or enjoy a lovely wine in front of!) and the Retreat even has its own herd of 'pet sheep' to enjoy during guests time here.
We have an amazing Chef who either prepares 'Gourmet baskets' for our guests upon arrival or guests can enjoy their own private Chef for the evening if they wish! We also employ a wonderful cleaner and amazing Manager and all of our staff are local people whom we treasure immensely.
We would love kiwis to come and 'enjoy their backyard' with us, to help recover from this crazy time and perhaps celebrate ' the little things in life again'. We are located in Otago, 25 minutes from Dunedin Airport, 50 minutes from Dunedin City centre.
YOUR HOSTS: Janene and Dave Divers
PHONE: 027 216 7210
FRANZ josef Glacier- Holly homestead b&b
Welcome to Holly Homestead! Our colonial homestead whispers history. Originally constructed from beautiful native timber in 1926, it has been now tenderly refurbished staying true to the Arts & Crafts style of architecture.
Our rooms are large, homely and very comfortable with a cosy open fire in our large living room. Start your day early with a panoramic view of the Franz Josef neve from the breakfast table. Our guests just love Gerards hot home-cooked breakfasts!
We can help you plan your day with lots of tips and local advice, or you can go exploring at your own pace and come home to a glacial sunset, a glass of port in the guest lounge and a welcoming bed. We are just a 15 minute walk from Franz Josef township. Age restriction: Children 12+ welcome.
YOUR HOSTS: Bernie & Gerard Oudemans
PHONE: +64 3 752 0299
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