The great New Zealand get­away

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Book into a silo, yurt or jail­house for a unique hol­i­day stay

We’ve scoured the coun­try for what we consider to be some of our best-kept ac­com­mo­da­tion se­crets. What are you wait­ing for? Lock in that an­nual leave and hit the road

If you’ve just fin­ished plan­ning your next na­ture walk or bike ride (thanks to the pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle), find­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion will be next on your list. And while you may al­ready have a few favourites you’re fond of fre­quent­ing, we thought it was high time we brought a few out­side-the-box op­tions to your at­ten­tion. Se­ri­ously, how sweet does an overnight stay in a Raglan yurt sound? Or an old con­verted jail­house in Christchurch, for a bit of history with your hos­tel? If we’ve piqued your in­ter­est, take a look at th­ese…

When a reg­u­lar bach just won’t do

Canopy Camp­ing | Lo­ca­tions through­out New Zealand If beau­ti­ful tents sur­rounded by na­ture, quirky cab­ins packed with personality and se­cret hide­aways sound like your cup of tea, Canopy Camp­ing could be right up your al­ley. From North­land to Banks Penin­sula, you’ll find a num­ber of pri­vate, se­cluded, off-the-grid glamp­ing spots ready to ac­com­mo­date your great es­cape, all hand-picked by two friends who love the out­doors

(but with a hint of lux­ury for guar­an­teed com­fort). > COSTS: Prices vary ac­cord­ing to lo­ca­tion > BOOK: canopy­camp­ Silostay | Lit­tle River, Christchurch For some­thing out­side the square, it al­ways pays to look a-round… like a silo! At Silostay in Lit­tle River, you’ll find two con­verted si­los – one which sleeps two for a ro­man­tic week­end away, and an­other which can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two chil­dren. Clever de­sign is ev­i­dent in the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the si­los, which fea­ture sculp­tural steel stair­cases up to the sec­ond-level bed­room and even space to store your bike or kayak. > COSTS: From $180 per night > SLEEPS: Two to four peo­ple > BOOK: or via book­ Wagon­stays Lux­ury Es­cape | Kir­wee, Can­ter­bury No traf­fic, no dis­trac­tions, no pol­lu­tion – just peace and quiet. That’s the prom­ise made by Wagon­stays and it sounds pretty great to us. This Wild West-style wagon with a lux­ury twist was built in 2005 with the fron­tier in mind, and sits on a se­cluded cor­ner of a 51-hectare work­ing farm 30 min­utes from Christchurch. While on the farm, be pre­pared to meet Bud the friendly Labrador and over 100 ewes and lambs on the ad­ja­cent pad­dock. > COSTS: From $345 for a sin­gle night, or $300 per night for two nights or more. Both op­tions in­clude break­fast

> SLEEPS: Two peo­ple > BOOK: wagon­ or via book­

The Raglan Yurt | Raglan, Waikato Within a five-minute stroll of Raglan’s main shops, you’ll find a beau­ti­ful yurt just per­fect for a get­away of the to­tally Zen kind. This yurt has been de­signed with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind and was con­structed us­ing up­cy­cled and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. Upon ar­rival you’ll find lo­cally pro­duced foodie treats to keep your taste buds sat­is­fied dur­ing your stay. Get in touch with na­ture and make the most of the bar­be­cue and out­door bam­boo shower while you’re there. > COSTS: From $189 per night > SLEEPS: Two peo­ple > BOOK:

When you want a slice of history with your stay

Jail­house Ac­com­mo­da­tion | Ad­ding­ton, Christchurch On a bud­get? We’ve got just the place. Voted Top Back­packer Hos­tel in Ocea­nia in 2013 by Hostel­world, Christchurch’s Jail­house Ac­com­mo­da­tion is a must-stay if you’re on the back­packer cir­cuit. For­merly Ad­ding­ton Prison (from

1874 to 1999), the build­ing was re­fur­bished in 2006 as a hos­tel and has been a hit with peo­ple of all ages ever since. The prison was built un­der the guid­ance of Ben­jamin W Mount­fort, who also de­signed the Christchurch Cathe­dral and Can­ter­bury Mu­seum, and its 60cm-thick con­crete walls mean the build­ing has been able to sur­vive in pris­tine con­di­tion. Bright, colour­ful and with the prom­ise of comfy beds, you won’t find any iron bars or barbed wire here – just a bud­get-friendly rest stop with a fas­ci­nat­ing history. > COSTS: Prices start from $29 per night > SLEEPS: Rooms range from sin­gles to 10-bed dor­mi­to­ries > BOOK: or via book­ The Stone Tem­ple | Cromwell Po­si­tioned next to Lake Dun­stan, the 140-year-old St John’s Pres­by­te­rian Church was re­born as the Stone Tem­ple after a 10-year ren­o­va­tion project. Orig­i­nally built dur­ing the Otago gold rush of the 1860s, the build­ing was – and still is – a promi­nent Cen­tral Otago land­mark. Lead­light win­dows bathe the rooms in beau­ti­ful, washed light and two sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­eas al­low am­ple space to spread out. The Stone Tem­ple is the per­fect base while you ex­plore the area, with cafes, art bou­tiques, vine­yards and other his­tor­i­cal build­ings just a stone’s throw away. > COSTS: From $750 per night > SLEEPS: Up to four peo­ple > BOOK: stonetem­ or book­

Lidgard House | Kawau Is­land Re­fur­bished Lidgard House, owned by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, is a sea­far­ing family’s dream. Sleep­ing up to eight guests in three rooms, this his­tor­i­cal beach house in Smelt­ing House Bay on Kawau Is­land is ac­ces­si­ble only by boat, mak­ing get­ting there all part of the mar­itime ad­ven­ture. There’s a ferry run­ning from Sand­spit Wharf (40 min­utes’ drive north of Auck­land) that can get you there in a jiffy. As far as food goes, it pays to take your own if you want to make use of the bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties for a clas­sic Kiwi cook-up, or fol­low the boat­ies’ path around to the Kawau Boat­ing Club if you fancy din­ing out. > COSTS: From $450 per night for eight guests (non RNZYS mem­bers) or $350 per night for mem­bers, with a min­i­mum two-night stay

> SLEEPS: Up to eight peo­ple > BOOK:

When you feel like be­ing im­mersed in na­ture (mi­nus the tent)

Raglan Tree­house in the Woods | Raglan, Waikato Like some­thing out of a child­hood dream, this off-the-grid tree­house 12km from Raglan has all the mak­ings of a clas­sic ad­ven­ture. Bring your gum­boots and stomp around in the fields, sit on the pri­vate deck and en­joy the view of pas­ture and na­tive bush along the 15-hectare prop­erty, and take a break from life – and tech­nol­ogy, while you’re at it. Let the kids tag along for some se­ri­ously out­doorsy fun or indulge in a quiet week­end for two. > COSTS: From $146 per night > SLEEPS: Two to four peo­ple > BOOK: The Boat­shed | Tauranga, Bay of Plenty En­joy serene har­bour vis­tas from this ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed, award-win­ning con­verted boat­shed right on the Tauranga wa­ter­front. Boat­ies can moor their boats at the pri­vate moor­ing or make use of the shed’s own dinghy and kayak to cruise around the har­bour. You can even grab the fish­ing tackle and catch your own din­ner. With a bar­be­cue, pizza oven and some of the best restau­rants in town within walk­ing dis­tance, you def­i­nitely won’t be short of op­tions when it comes to din­ing ei­ther. > COSTS: $335-$550 per night > SLEEPS: Up to four peo­ple > BOOK: bach­ (ID 2601) Tiny House Re­treat | Kai­teri­teri, Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park Tiny houses are big news in the prop­erty world right now, so why not get a taste of com­pact liv­ing by rent­ing one for a week­end? This wee gem may look minute, but it boasts two loft bed­rooms over­look­ing the liv­ing space and can ac­com­mo­date one or two cou­ples with ease. You’ll find ev­ery­thing you need for a self-catered stay, including plenty

of out­door seat­ing and a bar­be­cue. And with Kai­teri­teri Beach at your doorstep and Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park and Golden Bay within driv­ing dis­tance, you can truly make the most of this lit­tle slice of par­adise. > COSTS: $140-$240 per night > SLEEPS: Up to four peo­ple > BOOK: bach­ (ID 4427)

when you han­ker for a lit­tle lux­ury off the beaten track

Down the Road | Whangarei, North­land Just a 30-minute drive from Whangarei Air­port, Down the Road is a family-run or­chard cot­tage which has been re­pur­posed from its for­mer life as a croquet clu­b­rooms. With views of sway­ing gum trees and across the beau­ti­ful bush val­ley, it will be tempt­ing to sim­ply indulge in all the cot­tage has to of­fer and stay put for a cou­ple of days. If that takes your fancy, the lovely own­ers can sup­ply a pro­vi­sions bas­ket filled with lo­cal pro­duce to en­joy for brekkie or take to a pic­turesque spot for a pic­nic lunch. > COSTS: From $160 per night (for two peo­ple) for the Or­chard Cot­tage; $180 including break­fast or pic­nic pro­vi­sions of lo­cal pro­duce.

> SLEEPS: Up to four peo­ple > BOOK: down­ Hill House Queens­berry | Cen­tral Otago A hol­i­day home boast­ing se­ri­ously im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and stunning scenic sur­rounds, Hill House Queens­berry is one very spe­cial piece of real es­tate. Lo­cated an hour from Queen­stown Air­port, this gem is a foodie’s dream, with a 900mm-wide oven in a new, commercial-qual­ity kitchen. Take in the South­ern Alps and all they have to of­fer or hun­ker down by the wood-burn­ing fire with a warm­ing glass of mulled wine… > COSTS: Standard rates start at $295 per night > SLEEPS: Up to four peo­ple > BOOK: hill­house­queens­ Pure­pods | Waipara, Banks Penin­sula and two lo­ca­tions just out­side Kaik­oura Im­merse yourself in a to­tally pri­vate slice of New Zealand par­adise in a Pure­pod. Th­ese glass struc­tures al­low you to ex­pe­ri­ence the wilder­ness from the in­side, or you can pull back slid­ing doors on three sides for to­tal one­ness with your surroundings. Each of the four Pure­pods prom­ises a unique New Zealand wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and has been de­signed for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. The pods are raised off the ground so no veg­e­ta­tion is im­pacted, so you can see na­tive plants grow­ing un­der your feet by day and the twin­kling stars above you at night. > COSTS: Rates start at $490 per night > SLEEPS: Up to two peo­ple per Pure­pod • > BOOK: pure­

Canopy Camp­ing

Wagon­stays Lux­ury Es­cape


The Stone Tem­ple

Jail­house Ac­com­mo­da­tion


Hill House Queens­berry

Raglan Tree­house

Lidgard House

Tiny House Re­treat

The Boat­shed

Down the Road

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