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New Zealand’s best secluded stays for when you’re craving an off-the-grid escape

By Kathryn Chung

<em>The Lindis Pods are nestled in the breathtaking Ahuriri Valley</em>
The Lindis Pods are nestled in the breathtaking Ahuriri Valley
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and recharge on a weekend getaway, Aotearoa boasts an abundance of off-the-grid accommodation. Snowy mountains, winding rivers or lush rainforests, take your pick.

New Zealand is a country that’s famous for its stunning and diverse natural landscapes. And with many of us searching for ways to recharge from our busy urban lives, the burgeoning market of off-the-grid, luxury accommodation is quickly becoming a go-to option for weekend getaways.

From luxurious glass pods and cosy cabins to the quintessential Kiwi bach, we round up some of the best off-the-grid accommodation in New Zealand.

Watercliff, Tauranga

A short drive out of Tauranga takes you to Watercliff, a new eco retreat where nature and luxury go hand in hand. Sitting on the banks of the Omanawa River and surrounded by lush bush and tall cliffs, their four cabins are thoughtfully designed with modern comforts, while still offering the simplicity and serenity you want from an off-the-grid escape.

PurePod, Rakiura

Standing out with their stunning glass cabins nestled in ‘secret’ locations, PurePods has expanded its network with two new destinations in Rakiura Stewart Island. The luxurious eco-cabins, Hananui and Tokoeka, bring guests up close to nature, nestled within a predator-proof fence with special red lighting that allows for wild kiwi spotting at night, and stunning views out to white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

Ecoescape, Taranaki

Credit: Edward Lacey

Ecoescape is a self-contained home in Korito, Taranaki that boasts one of the best views of the mighty Mount Taranaki. The award-winning accommodation features a cosy eco cabin with its own hot tub and is only 15 minutes from town.

The Lindis Pods, Ahuriri Valley

Architecturally-designed and one of the most luxurious stays you’ll find in Aotearoa, The Lindis Pods offers guests the chance to take in the stunning Ahuriri Valley landscape, while enjoying world-class amenities, including an ensuite, kingsize bed, outdoor lounge and private bathtub. The Lindis offers a premium experience, including pre-dinner drinks, multi-course dinner and self-guided activities.

Glam Camping, Queenstown


Fancy a state in an off-the-grid geodesic dome? These futuristic abodes are the latest trend in glamping, offering guests memorable way to get in touch with nature. Head to Moke Lake and stay in an eco-conscious home with Glam Camping Queenstown, a luxurious take on the camping experience.

Te Awa Glamping, Taumarunui

Nestled on the banks of the Whanganui River, Te Awa Glamping is a beautiful escape that offers the best of both worlds. Unwind with the luxurious amenities, like the outdoor bathtub and fireplace, or make the most of the outdoor activites, with bike trails, river canoing and jet boat rides right on your doorstep.

The Huts, Ahipara

Located high up in Northland’s Ahipara, The Huts offer the best Kiwi bach experience in your own slice of paradise. Watch the waves roll into shore in the nearby Shipwreck Bay in one of the two self-contained huts, each featuring natural materials, locally-sourced furniture and organic bedding.

Moonlight Peak, Wairarapa

Credit: Brook Sabin

A short drive out of Wellington, Moonlight Peak is an architecturally-designed oasis that invites you to slow, unwind and take in nature’s surroundings. This charming hilltop hideaway brings comfort and luxury to an off-the-grid wilderness experience, featuring star-gazing skylights, a fireplace and a cedar hot tub.



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