Five Unique Eco-Friendly Accommodations in New Zealand, Part 2

Bird’s Ferry Lodge

The West Coast of New Zealand is a great choice for a base for those who want to explore the county’s wild outdoors. If you are looking for a location for indulging in everything the wild side of New Zealand offers, the Bird’s Ferry Lodge is a good option. Guests can enjoy can enjoy the great outdoors or simply relax and enjoy the views.

You can be sure of this bed and breakfast’s eco-friendly credentials – it was awarded the Enviro Gold by Tourism New Zealand in August 2009. This is the highest award that eco-friendly lodgings can receive.

The owners are committed to sustainability. It has solar power for water heating. The Lodge harvests water for use in its garden, which produces food for the guests. They have a comprehensive composting program and recycle materials when possible.

Guests can choose the guest house or the cottage. If you are staying in the guest house, there is a choice of two rooms – the Garden View Lodge or the Totara Valley Lodge Room. Both are nicely furnished. For the ultimate indulgence guests can choose the Ferry Man’s Cottage which sits on its own 12-acre private lot. There is a kitchen so that you can prepare your own meals. The best feature of the Cottage has to be the outdoor twin baths.

The Flying Fox, Whanganui

This delightful eco-friendly place stay is located on the lower North Island of the country. If you want to get away from it all this is the place for you. To access The Flying Fox, you either have to take a cable car or a jet boat – there are no roads to the property. You really can escape completely. For those looking to switch off their phone this is compulsory here as there is no signal. Don’t worry to too much though as there is Wi-Fi so connection to the outside world is still possible if you really can’t switch off.

The scenery is just breathtaking. You can take tours around the local area or simply sit back and take in the views.

The cottages are constructed from recycled materials. Guests can enjoy home cooked meals with fresh organic ingredients.

Magic Cottages at Takou River

You will quickly see why Magic Cottages have been voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand. You can choose from four luxurious cottages set in 150 acres of land on Takou Bay.

The Magic Cottages prove that you can have luxury and ecotourism in one package. The Cottages have their own organic garden. The owners make sure that they adhere to sustainable water conservation and recycling practices.

There is a choice of accommodation which includes the main lodge, self-contained cottages and a new ‘glamping” site. Guests can stay in luxury safari style canvas tents. You can book luxury experiences including romantic fine dining and massage therapy.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy including swimming at one of the nearby beaches or in the river.

Five Unique Eco-Friendly Accommodations in New Zealand, Part 1

New Zealand the perfect place to find eco-friendly accommodation. There are many options of unique places to stay in New Zealand which not only help sustain the environment, but help the local population as well. Here is our pick of some of the very best eco-friendly places to stay in New Zealand.

Cascade Creek Retreat

If you are wanting to stay in an eco-friendly log cabin in a stunning location, Cascade Creek Retreat in the South Otago Hills has be to on your wish list. This luxurious log cabin is located on the owners award winning farm estate. Cascade Creek offers complete privacy and seclusion, but is located within easy reach of Milton and Dunedin. You get the best of both worlds – the ultimate seclusion, but close to civilization.

The cabin is built from 50 logs harvested from the local area. The trees were selected whilst still standing so that they could be sure that they were the right size and would fit the requirements of the build. Construction began in 2010 and took almost a year to finish. The owners spent a great deal of time in selecting the décor and furnishings for the house and used second hand materials were possible. They made many of the items of furniture themselves.

The log cabin is truly off the grid and uses solar power (with a backup generator just in case).

Did we mention the claw foot bath on the deck? This has to be the ultimate in relaxation. Soaking in the bath tub whilst taking in the amazing views, and knowing that the water was heated in an eco-friendly way with solar panels. This has to be the ultimate off the grid luxury.  Cascade Creek Retreat sleeps up to 6 guests.

For more details, contact Janene and Dave Divers on +643 4174410 or visit their website at

 Manawa Ridge Waihi

If you are looking for luxurious eco-friendly accommodation in New Zealand which has a wonderful location overlooking Waihi Beach, this wonderful retreat has to be your number one choice. The Lodge has stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and Coromandel Coast.

You may not expect luxury in a house built from straw, but that exactly what you will find at Manawa Ridge. This amazing eco-friendly lodge was constructed using straw bales, mud bricks and recycled timber beams. The owners did give up their idea of a composting toilet, but they do have their own natural spring water. They are hoping in the future to have a completely wind powered electricity source.

The Lodge has only three rooms, each of which are beautifully decorated. The furnishing is unique and many are handmade. You can choose to indulge in the home cooked meals which are prepared at the Manawa Ridge. There are plenty of activities including hiking and horse riding. If you want to have a leisurely break, all you need to do it relax and enjoy the view.