Aotearoa New Zealand is known as an exciting destination for explorers, adventurers and pilgrims seeking natural beauty and wildlife in these friendly isles. So, if you want your escape to include imaginative and unique places to stay in New Zealand then this list is worlds away from boring!
Each diverse choice adds to your enchanting experience deep in the South Pacific. From the sub-tropical north to the wild south take your pick from tree houses, tiny homes, eco-retreats, glamping, gypsy caravans, converted churches, yurts and so many more. You’ll be amazed by the dizzying collection!
- 1. Pagoda Lodge – Gypsy Caravans – Bay of Islands
- 2. The Yurt Wai Rua – Luxury Glamping – Whangarei
- 3. Nikau Tiny Home – Titirangi, West Auckland
- 4. Hush Boutique Accommodation – Wooden Cabins – Coromandel Town
- 5. Woodlyn Park – Hobbit Hotel Plus – Waitomo
- 6. Tui Glen lakefront Bach – Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
- 7. MountViews Glamping and Retro Caravan – Taupo
- 8. Briarwood Greytown Boutique Hotel – Wairarapa
- 9. Yurtopia Luxury Glamping – Greytown
- 10. Te Pamu Escape Glamping – Masterton
- 11. The Beach Pod at Raumati Beach – Kapiti Coast
- 12. Split Apple Lodge – Eco Stay – Kaiteriteri
- 13. Kimi Ora Eco Resort – Kaiteriteri Beach
- 14. The Woolshed Caravans – Takaka
- 15. Ngahere Hou Glamping – Keneperu Head, Queen Charlotte Track
- 16. Wacky Stays – Kaikoura
- 17. Jailhouse Accommodation – Christchurch
- 18. The Stone Temple Cromwell – Vacation/Holiday Home
- 19. Rainforest Retreat Treehouse – Franz Josef:
- 20. Oasis Yurt Lodge – Wanaka
Unique Places to Stay in New Zealand – North Island
1. Pagoda Lodge – Gypsy Caravans – Bay of Islands
Set in the beautiful Bay of Islands Pagoda Lodge is a laid back oasis with a glorious selection of quirky and affordable accommodation – Gypsy Caravans, The Pear Tree House, Glamping Safari Tents, The Wheel House and lots more. Space for solo travellers, romantics, friends, families, and groups. Read more…
2. The Yurt Wai Rua – Luxury Glamping – Whangarei
Gorgeous Yurt Wai Rua is set on a beautiful and unique farm property overlooking a small lake. The luxury yurt offers stylish bedding and furnishings. The property also includes a swimming pool and wood-fired hot tub. Meet the friendly pigs and hens and enjoy biking and walking along the farm trails and through native bush. For a one-of-a-kind holiday check availability and prices at booking.com
3. Nikau Tiny Home – Titirangi, West Auckland
Affordable and contemporary this tiny home in leafy West Auckland is a quick walk to the boutique Titirangi shops. Nikau Tiny Home is only around NZ$70 per night! Space for up to 3 guests. Read more…
4. Hush Boutique Accommodation – Wooden Cabins – Coromandel Town
Hush Boutique is a peaceful retreat in the Coromandel township across the road from the Driving Creek Railway. Lovely little handcrafted wooden cabins nestled in native bush with en-suites and little decks. Check availability and prices at Agoda.com
5. Woodlyn Park – Hobbit Hotel Plus – Waitomo
Calling all Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans! Woodlyn Park’s motto is ‘sleep in the shire’ and this quirky motel offers Hobbit Houses plus a converted plane, train and ship. Fun stays near the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Read more…
6. Tui Glen lakefront Bach – Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
At this waterfront bach you can enjoy breakfast on the jetty gazing out across Lake Tarawera or jump into one the kayaks for boating fun. Tui Glen bach is a real gem! Comfy, spacious and affordable, with bedding for up to 4 guests. Surrounded by nature with oodles of amazing views across the lake. Walk the Tarawera Trail and take a soothing thermal soak at Te Rata Bay’s hotwater beach. Enjoy bush walks around the property and at night search for glow worms near the bach. Don’t miss this fun bach stay! Check availability and prices at Tui Glen Bach.
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7. MountViews Glamping and Retro Caravan – Taupo
Inland from Lake Taupo’s Acacia Bay MountView Glamping offers glamping in a yurt and an awesome teal blue retro caravan. Enjoy the swimming pool and laze away in the hot tub. The yurt has a double bed for two guests. Highly recommended that you watch the sunrise from your bed in the yurt! Book the Yurt and check availability at booking.com.
The caravan has two double beds for up to four guests. This guest said it perfectly: “Cool caravan beautifully restored and tastefully kitted out. Wonderful landscaped gardens and patio including gas BBQ. Friendly and accommodating hosts. Lovely warm outdoor shower!” Book the Caravan at booking.com.
8. Briarwood Greytown Boutique Hotel – Wairarapa
Luxury French-style stay in the heritage shopping area of Greytown. Briarwood Greytown Boutique Hotel offers immaculate landscaped gardens, king-size beds, beauty around every corner and stunning decor. For a sophisticated stay check prices and availability at booking.com
9. Yurtopia Luxury Glamping – Greytown
Also in the heart of popular Greytown is Yurtopia – a warm and spacious yurt. You’ll discover luxurious and comfortable glamping with a skylight for night stargazing. Relax on the sunny outdoor deck, cook ‘at home’on the BBQ and explore the region with the free bikes on offer. FYI: there’s a toilet in the yurt, while the bathroom and kitchen are in a building next door. You’re a 10 minute walk to Greytown’s historic village. Book at booking.com for your yurt break.
10. Te Pamu Escape Glamping – Masterton
Relax in your luxury tented camp set on a small farm surrounded by native bush, Blue Gum forest, babbling brook, and views across the Te Ore Ore plains. A glass of wine in the outdoor bath sets the scene! Accommodation for two. Read more…
11. The Beach Pod at Raumati Beach – Kapiti Coast
A short walk to Raumati South Beach The Beach Pod is bijou bliss in a private laid back setting. Immaculately put together the pod is perfect for a relaxing weekend escape. It’s like a tiny house with a kitchenette, stylish interior and superb outdoor landscaping. You’ll love the 1.8 metre outdoor bath and rain shower. Take your tranquil Kapiti weekend break soon! Check prices and availability at booking.com.
Unique Places to Stay in New Zealand – South Island
12. Split Apple Lodge – Eco Stay – Kaiteriteri
Split Apple Lodge is perched on an isolated wilderness hill-top with glorious sea and mountain views. Relax at this eco-friendly retreat near the Abel Tasman Park and Track. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price.
From the lodge a private path takes you to Split Apple Beach. Each luxury suite has a deck and a birds-eye view of the park. Dive into the infinity pool, bask in the hot tub and embrace the spa treatments on offer to ease your body and soul. Be awed at this slice of paradise. Read more… or Check availability and prices at booking.com
13. Kimi Ora Eco Resort – Kaiteriteri Beach
Also in Kaiteriteri is the fun Kimi Ora Eco Resort. Luxury log cabins, pools, spas and a delicious restaurant sit atop a hill overlooking stunning Kaiteriteri Beach. With a view from every cabin this resort also offers bush trails, glow worms, table tennis, billiards, and spa therapies to soothe and restore. Sustainable and ecological principals guide the spirit of this resort. Check availability and prices at Kimi Ora Eco Resort.
14. The Woolshed Caravans – Takaka
These are cool and cosy retro caravans, and depending on the size of your group, you can book one or two of the caravans. The interiors are renovated with funky design for an easy-going holiday. You’re within walking distance to lovely Tata Beach. On the property watch out for native birds, wild parrots, pukeko, waka.
The owners have created a clever canopied central living area with kitchen and bathroom so you don’t have far to walk. Cook outdoors on the BBQ. Kick back and enjoy the tranquility of the rural surrounds. This is a fun and affordable stay in cute caravans. Check availability and prices at booking.com
15. Ngahere Hou Glamping – Keneperu Head, Queen Charlotte Track
Escape to this divine bush setting with the choice of a luxury 6 metre yurt or a beautiful summer cabin. This is sustainable and off-grid accommodation with amazing views down Keneperu Sound. Sit back in the hot tub and contemplate life! Stroll through the bush at night for views of the local glow worms.
You’re at the midway point of the Queen Charlotte Walk so this is a beautiful stop-off stay as you walk this amazing track. Or water taxi in and base yourself here while you hike in either direction.
For swimming and sunbathing you’re only a 5 minute stroll down the hill to Ngahere Hou’s private beach. You can access the site by water taxi or car. Here’s what guests say: “A little oasis! The little extra touches made our experience even more wonderful, the bottle of wine waiting, hot tub ready, a walk to see the glow worms at night, fresh bread and croissants for breakfast the next morning”. Don’t miss this slice of paradise. Check availability and prices at booking.com
16. Wacky Stays – Kaikoura
Take your pick from 6 quirky places to stay in this Kaikoura farm and landmark! Wacky Stays is an out-of-the-ordinary experience for travellers of all ages. Take your pick from the cool House Truck, comfy Yurt, amazing Train Carriage, awesome Tipi Tent, incredible Colonial Wagon and a two-bedroom Farmer’s Cottage. You get 2 hours a day to spend with the farm animals (Llamas, pigs, sheep, alpaca, etc) plus Free WIFI and breakfast too! Guest comment: “Love the house truck we stayed in, it had everything we needed and was beautifully crafted and unique inside.” Check availability and prices at Wacky Stays.
17. Jailhouse Accommodation – Christchurch
This gothic jail has been transformed into a contemporary and cool stay in the heart of Christchurch. The Jailhouse has single, shared and dorm rooms for everyone on a budget. A guest says: “Very funny experience to stay in an ex-jail. The room was small and narrow with a source of light coming from a high window, it really felt different than any other hostel or hotel.” Time to go to jail! Check availability and prices at booking.com
18. The Stone Temple Cromwell – Vacation/Holiday Home
At The Stone Temple gothic meets contemporary. This 140 year old gothic church has been transformed into a chic retreat in the historic goldrush town of Cromwell. With gorgeous interiors, a fully equipped kitchen and a contemporary fireplace for winter climes, this is a dazzlingly designed renovation. Close to beautiful Lake Dunston and local activities: cycling trails, wine tasting, and jet boating. Witness the beauty and book at booking.com.
19. Rainforest Retreat Treehouse – Franz Josef:
Rainforest Retreat has a unique range of four star accommodation in lush rainforest. In the heart of the West Coast’s adventure activities you’ll find tree houses and deluxe tree lodges for up to 3 guests. While the deluxe spa tree houses can accomodate up to 6 guests. There’s also rooms, holiday homes and backpacker accommodation.
The on-site Monsoon Bar and restaurant are popular with guests. You’ll find the friendly staff can organise tours and offer local recommendations. With ravishing mountains and forest as your neighbours this location is unbeatable. Ever wanted to stay in a Tree house? Here’s your chance – check availability and prices at booking.com
20. Oasis Yurt Lodge – Wanaka
Cool luxury yurts with garden and mountain views in a peaceful spot on the outskirts of Wanaka. This is an eco-friendly place for awesome sky gazing and to make new friends.
Here’s what guests say: “The yurt itself was very unique, yet fitted with all the mod cons and luxuries that we needed to make our stay comfortable; they had thought of everything. “
Enjoy a zen experience and join in the morning yoga sessions in the teepee. Super clean communal kitchens, bathrooms and facilities. Great for groups and families but fun for couples too. The yurts are warm in winter with fireplaces and delightful in any season. Make the most of the free bikes and see the countryside. Discover this hidden retreat for yourself. Book at Agoda.com.
Happy Travelling! I hope you’ve enjoyed this eclectic mix of unique places to stay in New Zealand. If you need any more information or want to join the conversation please share in the comments section below. Alisa
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