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Kiwi Magic – Unusual Places to Stay in New Zealand

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Published 29/05/2020 Kiwi Magic – Unusual Places to Stay in New Zealand


You might be forgiven for thinking that the grand, naturally awe-inspiring New Zealand landscapes speak so well for themselves, that there'd be no need to waste time and energy on crafting an ‘unusual' retreat.  

This is prime Lord of the Rings country, after all!

Yet with creative escapes that include glinting glass pods, a hand-built ‘spaceship', and reconditioned grain silos (yes, really), it won't just be the amazing scenery that sparks your senses.

(There may even be a Hobbit ‘hotel' or two to choose from - and who could possibly resist acting out the role of Bilbo Baggins in such a deliciously authentic setting?)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Kahutara PurePod | Kaikoura

SiloStay

SiloStay

Uniquely innovative, eco-friendly accommodation set within New Zealand's Banks Peninsula...that truly goes against the grain! We can guarantee that you'll never have stayed anywhere like New Zealand's innovative SiloStay before. Endlessly original, fascinating and on a mission to be mindful of the environment, SiloStay consists of individual, circular hotel units in the shape of…

The Boot

The Boot

You've heard of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but have you ever actually imagined life in a fabulous piece of footwear? Wonder no longer at The Boot, a fairytale B&B on New Zealand's South Island! The Boot is a wonderfully imaginative, superbly crazy hideaway for two on the Tasman coast, found at the northern point of the Island. Expertly crafted with the appearance of...well, a…

Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge

Dreamlike comfort and outstanding views await you in this eco-friendly Kiwi paradise, featuring a lodge and treehouses set on the dramatic coastline of Kaikoura. Lovingly created by a family of dedicated builders and architects, it's fair to say that a visit to Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses will be imbued with some of the most spectacular scenery you can see - both in and out of your stunning…

Greystone PurePod

Greystone PurePod

A striking off-grid glass cabin set high above New Zealand's award-winning Greystone vineyard - time to switch off and relax! If you were ever to sit back and imagine the ideal location for a glistening self-contained glass cabin, the invigorating natural heart of New Zealand's Waipara Valley would be it.   The PurePod way of life involves an individually secluded, completely…

Kahutara PurePod

Kahutara PurePod

Take a Kanuka tree-lined walk to discover an idyllic off-grid glass cabin overlooking the best of natural New Zealand. With so much famed natural beauty to be found on New Zealand's South Island, wouldn't staying in a standard hotel room be something of a waste? The PurePod way of life involves an individually secluded, completely off-grid glass cabin especially located to provide…

Manakau PurePod

Manakau PurePod

At Manakau PurePod you can gaze out over majestic mountain views from the immersive comfort of a nature-surrounded New Zealand glass cabin. New Zealand's South Island is famously blessed with some of the most naturally breathtaking landscapes you'll ever see. Now, discover a whole new and immersive way to experience those outstanding views. The PurePod way of life involves an…

Pohue PurePod

Pohue PurePod

Luxuriate in a uniquely secluded and immersive PurePod experience in the midst of the captivating New Zealand landscape. If you're not careful, you'll soon find that the PurePod way of life has become completely addictive. Once you've experienced total off-grid relaxation in the middle of New Zealand's breathtaking natural vista, from the comfort and blissful seclusion of your very own glass…

The Flying Fox

The Flying Fox

An interesting and quirky range of eco-friendly accommodation, set on the banks of New Zealand's Whanganui River. If you want to leave your stressful daily life far behind you for a while, this is certainly the place, as The Flying Fox can only be accessed by aerial cable car or by boat, and there is no mobile reception or televisions to be found once you're there! The site of an old…

Korimako PurePod

Korimako PurePod

Disconnect from life's trials and troubles, in a secluded glass pod surrounded by native New Zealand bushland. Beautifully nestled within wildlife-steeped native bush along the Greta Valley coastline, you'd never guess that Korimako PurePod is a mere 90-minute drive from Christchurch. Your picturesque journey begins with a soothing drive through forest and farmland...perhaps with a…

Atatu PurePod

Atatu PurePod

Glimpse the golden sun rising from the New Zealand sea, in a gorgeous glass pod secluded from the rest of the world. Have you ever felt like spiriting your loved one far away from the world, to a glass-walled haven that feels like heaven itself? Atatu PurePod is exactly that - a completely private and sustainable pod set far from the beaten track. Your scenic journey begins with a…

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Gaze at the ultra-dark New Zealand night sky in all its star-studded glory, from a handcrafted ‘spaceship' with mountain views. Always wanted to embark on a space mission, but were put off by the heavy space suits and cumbersome oxygen tanks (plus, the not-so-trivial issue of leaving the Earth to do it)? With a stay aboard Apollo 11, a hand-crafted ‘spaceship' set close to Mount Cook in…

Woodlyn Park Hobbit

Woodlyn Park Hobbit

An authentic New Zealand Hobbit ‘hotel', complete with round windows and rustic furnishings, hidden under the green hills of Waitomo. Waitomo, with its sleepy village and captivating glow worm caves, is a magical location on New Zealand's North Island, one that time seems barely to have touched. It's the perfect setting for Woodlyn Park Hobbit, a lovingly constructed, family-friendly Hobbit…

Arrowtown River Hut

Arrowtown River Hut

A cosy, architect designed studio for two, beautifully positioned in a historic ‘gold rush' New Zealand village that's packed with nature.Looking every inch as though it's been taken from the pages of an enchanting adventure tale, Arrowtown is a charming village, nestled below the spectacular peaks that surround New Zealand's Arrow river.Here you'll discover the architect designed Arrowtown…

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse

Experience both pure luxury and blissful privacy, from a breath-taking New Zealand clifftop retreat with panoramic Pacific Ocean views.Steeped in luxury of the highest level both inside and out, The Glasshouse provides an exceptional setting for a romantic holiday with a distinct atmosphere of paradise on Earth.First up are those incredible panoramic ocean views, out to the captivating Whangarei…

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