If you’re in need of a summer getaway, we’ve discovered some of the most unique and bizarre North Island escapes in New Zealand. Experience a staycation like never before by checking out one of these exclusive places. From stargazing in glass domes to bathing in warm hilltop baths to sleeping in a hobbit hole…we’ve got it all. Here’s 10 of the most unique North Island getaways from Auckland.
1. The Treehouse Waiheke Island
Bathe in a secluded spa pool, among lush gardens under the stars, at this romantic hideaway. It has won countless awards for its uniqueness. It is set over three levels featuring a magical master bedroom accessed via a spiral staircase, a snug living room, kitchen and a second bedroom. Enjoy the tranquil scenes of Waiheke Island because the stay is close to plenty of vineyards, Oneroa Village and the beach.
📍 Church Bay Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
2. Woodlyn Park
Sleep in a boat, train or plane at this pellicular spot. Experience magical moments by choosing the Bristol Freighter Plane which was one of the last allied planes taken from Vietnam. While those Lord Of The Rings obsessed people can opt for the unusual hobbit hole that can facilitate up to ten people and features impressive décor. This stay is fantastic value considering its exclusiveness.
📍 1177 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
3. The Lighthouse
Just 15 minutes from Wellington, this accommodation is spread over three floors with marvellous views of the sea and coastline. It makes a perfect romantic night away for all those needing to unwind. Relax on the deck, day or night, for the best experience.
📍 326 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
4. Canopy Camping
Canopy Camping have plenty of unusual sites across New Zealand, making it hard to narrow down the best ones. From the Te Tuhi Dome on a hilltop in Taupo to a Kawakawa Station at Cape Palliser…whatever type of traveller you are, you’ll find something to suit you.
📍 Various Locations
5. The Wellington Container House
This quirky holiday home is set on three levels that’s comfortable and offers families a chance to experience futuristic housing. With two large outdoor decks, you can watch the sunset or sunrise or opt to chill with a bottle of wine in the spa bath while stargazing. Excitingly, it has a cinema room where kids can be entertained while parents relax. It can cater up to eight guests so large groups can avail of this.
📍 173 Happy Valley Road, Ōwhiro Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
6. Waitomo Hilltop Glamping
Escape to the remote countryside and stay in this luxury eco-friendly safari tent. Turn off your phone and invest time in board games fun, campfires, an outdoor pizza oven and much more. The greatest feature has to be the instagrammable bath tubes outside the property that offer epic 360-degree views of the rolling green landscape. You’ll be pining for a visit after checking out their Instagram profile.
📍 485 Mangarino Street, Hangatiki 3986, New Zealand
7. The Flying Fox
This intimate and remote destination in Whanganui National Park can only be accessed by aerial cable car or boat. Nevertheless, it is bustling with fun activities set amongst camping, glamping and comfortable cottages. Wake up to nature, hike around the land and take in some spectacular scenery. Certainly, one of the rarest North Island getaways.
📍 3081 Whanganui River Road, RD6, Whanganui 4576, New Zealand
8. Kokohuia Lodge
This 5-star award winning B&B offers majestic views of the Harbour and sand dunes. Located in the native bush with the ocean on your door step…what more could you want to refuel after a stressful week? Additionally, you can request breakfast and dinner so you don’t need to worry about cooking.
📍 101 Kokohuia Road, Ōmāpere 0473, New Zealand
9. Solscape Retreat
A trendy spot for backpackers as it offers a variety of unique accommodations like earth domes, manmade forest huts and recycled railway cabooses. It’s the perfect getaway for a group of friends because you can head to the beach for surfing, opt to do some yoga and meet new people through the shared communal facilities.
📍 Wainui Road, Raglan 3225, New Zealand
10. The Keep
Another one of the best North Island getaways is near The Lighthouse in Wellington. The interior consists of a beautiful lounge and kitchen, a bedroom with a spa bath on another level, and at the top there is a hatch that opens onto the roof. Facing the sea, you can watch an incredible summer sunset with a glass of vino to hand.
📍 116 The Esplanade, Houghton Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand