10 Of The Best Tiny Homes In New Zealand To Book For A Weekend Escape

By Beau Johns
12th Jul 2022

The Tiny Home movement has taken the world (and our hearts) by storm with the idea of living with less as more, and we reckon the same philosophy applies to the sacred weekend getaway.

 We’ve scoured Airbnb from the top of Aotearoa all the way down for a collection of small spaces with big ambitious plans for your rest and relaxation. Check out of work and into a tiny vacay—small in size, big on adventure, indulgence and memories.

Pisa Cabin On A Hill

Bendigo, Otago

If you're anything like us, you regularly dream of getaways to wine country, so this cabin on a hill should be top of your list for your next wine-filled weekend. The striking architectural cabin boasts a super comfy bed, doors that open wide to take in the fresh countryside air, and an outdoor tub, as well as incredible after-dark views sans light pollution (you might even glimpse the Southern Lights). Basic food prep essentials are provided, but it's recommended that you head to one of the nearby restaurants for your meals—not that you need the excuse to try some of the exceptional cuisine in the area. Surrounded by working vineyards, there's no shortage of spots to visit nearby, either.

Arohanui Cabins 

Mangawhai, Northland

Need to unwind, stat? Gazing into stunning native bush and farmland at Arohanui Cabins is guaranteed to do the job. Bathed in sunshine and happiness, the eco-conscious Arohanui Cabins can cozily fit four people, making it a great spot to bring your crew or the family to enjoy the rope swing, outdoor pizza oven and solar-powered, open-air bathhouse. While you'll feel totally isolated, Mangawhai village is just a five-minute drive away for any essentials.

Historic Hilltop Hideaway

Sheffield, Canterbury

Christened "The Musterer & Me" as a nod to its historic use by wandering stockmen, this secluded, romantic spot is the perfect place to live out your old-fashioned, off-the-grid fantasies, and comes complete with a deep indoor/outdoor bathtub, wood-burning stove and cosy dining nook. You can always duck out to the two pubs and bakery a quick ten-minute drive away but, really, why would you when staying in looks this inviting?

Kiwi Chalet

Lake Hayes, Otago

If you need to scratch the itch for some Swiss Alps-style relaxation, we have the next best thing in the form of this Otago tiny home experience: the Kiwi Chalet. Shacked up near picturesque Arrowtown, it's perfectly placed for winter sport aficionados with the Coronet Peak ski fields close by. Unfortunately for you, there’s a big chance you won’t actually want to leave this tiny paradise, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows, incredible views of passing hot air balloons and scenery, and full kitchenette making it very easy to check in... and then stay in.

Hinterland Retreat


Seize the day, literally, at Hinterland Retreat, where you can be one of the first people in the world to watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean from your gorgeous, glamping-style accommodation. You'll take in sprawling views of farmland and the distant ocean, cook under the stars with the outdoor kitchen, and be one with the elements with the best outdoor bath of your life under the native bush. You're a five-minute drive to an incredible white sandy beach, and the town's just ten minutes in the other direction.

Raglan LoveBus With Outdoor Bath

Raglan, Waikato

A bus counts as a tiny house, right? This unique off-the-grid accommodation is set in a field on 35 acres with an expansive view of the coast and ocean, an outdoor bath on the deck, and a firepit to toast marshmallows—so it's basically the perfect cosy, romantic getaway. The Raglan LoveBus' fully equipped kitchen, super comfy interiors (yes, in the bus) and surrounding serenity will have you thinking about going off-grid permanently... 

Blue Riverview Tiny House

Queensberry, Otago

The incredible outlook over the Clutha River is what will draw you in to the Blue Riverview Tiny House, but there's plenty to explore once you're tucked up inside. With room for two in the cleverly designed space, you're set up with everything you need for a romantic getaway within 20 minutes of the bustling Wanaka or Cromwell.

Omaka Valley Hut

Hawkesbury, Marlborough

Put aside any preconceptions you have around the word hut: this stunning stay-cay spot in Marlborough ticks every box for luxury, privacy and sustainability. The off-the-grid hut is located on a working farm, and comes with a gorgeous outdoor bath, sweeping views overlooking farmland, vineyards and the southern valleys, and proximity to some epic wineries and the Marlborough Sounds. 

Alpine Cubes NZ

Ben Ohau, Canterbury

For a stay surrounded by truly striking wilderness, the Alpine Cubes are a must-book. Located on the edge of the Southern Alps, the 50-square-metre, modern cabins offer incredible stargazing, a wood-fired hot tub, and all the amenities you'll need for a comfy stay. There's plenty to do nearby, especially for the outdoorsy types, and the town of Twizel is a 15-minute drive away for any essentials when you feel like reconnecting with the rest of the world.

Luxury Secluded Wanaka Escape

Luggate, Otago

If there are two things that go hand in hand, they're tiny houses and epic bathtubs. This converted container getaway nestled amongst native kānuka trees is big on the relaxing vibes, in large part thanks to the awesome stone bath that's perched on the deck, ready for some stargazing. An easy 15-minute drive to Wanaka, this stay is perfect for a little peace and quiet while still being close to the action.

Image credit: Airbnb

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