Eco-friendly travelers will love it


It’s 2022 and if you didn’t already know, it’s cool to care about the planet.

Luckily, New Zealand has no shortage of eco-friendly (and eye-friendly) luxury lodges, glamp-sites and seaside villas.


The Cabins
They may be inspired by the simplicity of seaweed harvester huts, but there’s nothing clear about the view one gets over Shipwreck Bay while staying in these luxurious eco-cabins. From organic bedding to sourced breakfasts, the accommodation strives to regenerate the earth while helping you reconnect with it.
From $250 per night

Ocean view at The Landing in Northland.  Photo / Provided
Ocean view at The Landing in Northland. Photo / Provided

If you love world-class food and wine, stunning scenery and sustainability, book a night (or two) at The Landing in the Bay of Islands. Proudly certified Toitū carbon zero, the 35ha of regenerated land accommodates only four residences for optimal serenity. Order a picnic for your day’s adventures, take a cooking class with the chef, visit the Kerikeri Farmer’s Market and don’t miss the wine tasting tour of The Landing.
From $4560 per night


Warblers Retreat, Albany
Whether you’re looking for peaceful relaxation or charming romance, Warblers Retreat’s five-star eco-friendly escape has you covered. Nestled in the middle of a lush forest, the accommodation is the perfect place to come back to after days of forest walks, relaxing massages, yoga classes and Reiki healing sessions.
From $450 per night

Parohe Retreat, Kawau Island
Treat yourself to a taste of island life at the newly opened Parohe Retreat. Set in native bushland, the Scandinavian-inspired cottages, cabins and sea-view villa embrace natural elements, while the 1860s honeymoon cottage is romantic and rustic. Feed your spirit with forest baths, massages, nature walks and yoga, or attend one of their wellness retreats.
From $575 per night


Enjoy a picnic at Te Awa Glamping.  Photo / Provided
Enjoy a picnic at Te Awa Glamping. Photo / Provided

Te Awa Glamping, Taumarunui
After entering your fashionable eco-tent and perusing the welcome basket filled with local treats, the days in Te Awa are free to rest or explore. Relax with a book and a few bubbles in the outdoor bath or order a nourishing picnic to take to the secluded shores. Meanwhile, 10% of the profits from hosting are spent on protecting and regenerating the precious awa.
From $440 per night


Kokako Retreat, Hamurana
Good for the soul and the environment, this new Canopy Camping spot offers a lavish glamping experience just outside of Rotorua. On a hillside in the bush, the cabin’s glass and wood exterior blends into the forest, while an outdoor tub offers epic sunset and sunrise views. Best of all, proceeds will go to the DoC Kōkako breeding program and mental health services.
From $350 per night


Ahu Ahu Beach Villas in New Plymouth.  Photo / Provided
Ahu Ahu Beach Villas in New Plymouth. Photo / Provided

Ahu Ahu Beach Villas, New Plymouth
Just 20 minutes from New Plymouth, overlooking the Tasman Sea, these sustainable beachfront villas have been lovingly built in the No 8-wire style, using old quay piles, clay tiles century-old French houses and other innovative elements to create an eco-friendly accommodation full of character.
From $315 per night


Getaway in the Puketui forest in Taupo.  Photo / Provided
Getaway in the Puketui forest in Taupo. Photo / Provided

Puketui Forest Getaway, Ōruanui
Venture into over 30 ha of private native forest and you may find Puketui Forest Escape. Totally off-grid, Puketui is mostly solar-powered, with water supplied from nearby springs and oh-so-fancy composting toilets. Your stay will also contribute to Puketui’s efforts to make the forest predator-free.
From $399 per night


Ridge Top Farm, Tapuae
Kiwi Farm Experience or Luxury Comfort? Why not both, asks Ridge Top Farm. Hidden away in scenic farmland, this countryside-themed glamping site offers stunning panoramic views of Kāpiti Island, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu from your luxury tent, complete with camp kitchen and fire pit of field.
From $190 per night


Redcliffe Farm, Redcliffe
Old-school character meets modern durability in this renovated 1880s villa in Redcliffe. Formerly a sheep farm, the luxury bed and breakfast, which has just two rooms, boasts a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award and has two adorable Labradors to greet visitors.
From $175 per night


Fossickers Shack, Canvastown
In the small mining town of Canvastown is a portal in time known as the Fossickers Hut. In the native bush with a soundtrack of birds, the four-person cabin feels like a treehouse hidden from the world. From handmade plates and charcoal cooking to a fire-heated bath, the rustic spot is guaranteed to help guests relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle.
From $250 per night


Fiordland Eco Retreat, Te Anau
Experience Fiordland National Park from a whole new perspective on this sophisticated eco-retreat. Built by locals using sustainable materials, this luxurious three-bedroom hideaway immerses you in a peaceful setting. Soak in the solar-powered hot tub while enjoying stunning 260 degree views of Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland mountains.
From $320 per night in summer


Te Wepu in Akaroa.  Photo / Provided
Te Wepu in Akaroa. Photo / Provided

Te Wepu, Akaroa
If you love outdoor adventures but also idyllic luxury, Te Wepu is a must visit. Each of the three sites can accommodate two people and is equipped with a rustic solar pod for sleeping, an outdoor fire pit, a wood-fired hot tub, a gas barbecue and a view of the Ōnawe Peninsula and French Farm Bay that will take your worries away.
From $325 per night


Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, Lake Pūkaki
Feel good and do good while staying at this lakeside location, where you can plant a tree and help them regenerate areas damaged by the recent Pūkaki fires. Explore the three luxury villas between Lake Pūkaki and the majestic Ben Ōhau Ranges to see their sustainability initiatives in action and enjoy the stargazing observatory, wine cellar, tennis court and natural tracks.
From $1,295 per night


Cascade Creek Retreat, Milton
Don’t be fooled by their charming yet simple log exterior; these Milton retreat cabins have all the hydro and solar bells and whistles. With super king beds, outdoor hot tubs, and miles of private walking trails through forest, farmland, and waterfalls, you’ll barely notice the relaxing lack of cell phone, internet, or TV coverage. .
From $395 per night


The Lodge at Tikana
Though it’s made from a mix of straw, reclaimed wood, and stone and exudes a sweet simplicity, you’ll also find a few luxurious additions like Egyptian cotton sheets, heated floors, and a wine cellar stocked with fine wine.
From $400 per night
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