Unique New Zealand Accommodation for Couples? Lower North Island

Unique New Zealand Accommodation for couples - Lower North Island

Wairarapa and the Kapiti Coast are close enough to Wellington for an idyllic weekend break or a relaxing rustic stop off on your way north or south. This list of unique New Zealand accommodation for couples comes from Homeaway. Why stay somewhere boring? These quirky and cool places all cost under $200 per night. They include linen so no sleeping bags required!

Homeaway Otaki New Zealand Container House for Rent

Couples Retreat – Self Contained Container House, Otaki $

Best for: Farm, Peace (except the occasional moo), Outdoor Bath

Ever wanted to see a container conversion? Now you can stay in one! Breath in the country air as you relax in this creative bach set on a picturesque farm. Only an hour’s drive north of Wellington on the sunny Kapiti Coast, you’re close to beach, bush and outlet shopping. This farmstay has a kitchen so you can dine at home or amble to the nearby Quarter Acre Bistro. The iconic Manakau pub is a short drive away for meals and yummy sticky date pudding. Walk around the farm and at night wash away your worries in the outdoor bath with sparkling stars for company!

Outdoor of your container house Otaki - Staytopia


  • Sleeps 2
  • One night costs more than 2 nights and the cheapest rate is 3+ nights
  • 1 bedroom with queen bed and 1 bathroom
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Microwave, TV, Stereo
  • Cleaning fee
Homeaway Cosy Strawbale Studio

Cosy Strawbale Studio – near Vineyards and Village Square, Martinborough $

Best for: Peaceful, Walk to Boutiques and Cafes and Vinyards

Martinborough is a charming country village humming with boutiques and eateries. Hire a bike or walk to the nearby vineyards for wine tasting and upscale dining.
This studio is made from strawbale which is an ideal eco insulation for chilly winter nights in the Wairarapa and the dry heat of summer. Unwind at this peaceful and relaxing retreat. You’re within walking distance to amazing cafes and restaurants (Poppies, Pinocchio, Medici, Siam, Circus and In the Neighbourhood to name a few).


  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 bedroom with queen bed and 1 bathroom
  • Adults only
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Internet, TV, Microwave, Outside BBQ
  • Checkout 11am
  • Cleaning fee.

1876 Historic Homestead – Whangaimoana, Lake Ferry $$

Best for: B&B, History, Step Back in Time

Live it up in this charming colonial B&B named Whangaimoana, which means hospitality by the sea. You’ll feel welcomed by your friendly hosts at this historic hidden gem near Palliser Bay. A delicious homemade afternoon tea offered at your arrival sets the scene!

Learn about the history of the home, stroll the grounds at your leisure or venture out to the Lake Palliser Lighthouse and seal colony. Each morning you’ll love the delicious cooked breakfast served in the Homestead.

1876 Historic Homestead Lake Ferry - Staytopia

Stay at home and cosy up to the fireplace or head out for amazing fish and chips at nearby Lake Ferry Hotel, have a wine at Martinborough Village or climb up to the Pinnacles where Lord of the Rings was filmed.


  • Large 1 bedroom with queen size bed and bathroom
  • Afternoon tea and breakfast included in price
  • Minimum 2 night stay on public holidays and special events
  • Linen and towels included
  • Fireplace, TV, microwave, BBQ
  • Children welcome

Historic Brick Stables
Otaki $

Best for: Tranquil Setting, Character, Farmstay

Originally a stable for huge draught horses this charming farmstay was convereted to a cottage for guests by a conservation architect. The stables sit by the Talisman Nursery in a tranquil grove of mature trees. FYI: A free garden consultation is available to guests.

The retreat is full of character and space with a woodburner downstairs to keep you warm. Otaki Forks walking tracks and river are nearby for hiking and swimming. Retail therapy available at the Otaki Outlet shops!

Homeaway Brick Stables Otaki - Staytopia


  • Sleeps 3
  • Kitchen, dining room and bathroom are downstairs and 1 bedroom with single bed
  • Upstairs is the living area and queen size bed
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Kitchen with dishes, utensils, microwave, fridge
  • Adults only
  • Single night stay costs $30 more
  • On departure do the dishes and make sure the stables are tidy

Dottie the Retro Caravan B&B for Two, Otaki $

Best for: under $100, quirky

Step back in time for a stay in this quirky cute caravan. Dottie is an affordable B&B on the Kapiti Coast for two – three at a pinch. Drive to Otaki’s wide beach in 5 minutes for a long walk or swim. Collect driftwood and pumice stones that exploded out of Lake Taupo when this ancient volcano blew up thousands of years ago.

The caravan is parked in a beautiful private garden near the owner’s house. The bathroom is inside the house.


  • 1 double bed inside the caravan
  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Bathroom is inside the house
  • Linens and towels included
  • Cleaning included
  • Fridge and microwave
  • Access to washer and dryer
  • Children welcome

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