You’re halfway through the year and that calls for a well-deserved break. But winter means all you want to do is snuggle in bed. But, what if we told you that you can have a winter escape that’s cosy and requires #nofilter? The answer is secret cute cabins. Not only do they make you feel as if you’re in a movie, but they also provide picture-perfect panoramic views.
We've done the hard yards and picked out 11 of the dreamiest winter cabins to be found the length and breadth of our fair country.
Woodbank Park Cottages
Get active and relax at the same time at Woodbank Park Cottages. All you need is your favourite wine and an aptitude for adventure. Some cottages include a balcony with mountain views—you’ll never want to leave. These beaut cabins even have a garden, bbq, sun terrace and so much room for activities. You can even head out for golf and hiking while you’re there too. This time you have no excuse—your only job is to have fun.
This is the ultimate destination to get away from city life and experience life off the map. Cob Quarters is based on the banks of Waihopai River with views of the marvellous mountains. The cottage offers history, beauty and mysterious charm. It’s beautiful inside and out—with views to the mountains and views across the station you’ll be taken to a different world. You can also take your bathing to the next level, with an outdoor shower and baths that overlooks the river. Complete bliss.
Egmont National Park
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to The Camphouse. The backdrop of the mountain makes you feel as if you’ve walked straight into a painting. Here, you can climb to the summit of Mt Taranaki and even walk the Pouakai Circuit. Afterwards, head down to the Kamahi Cafe for some well-deserved brunch. Sounds like our kind of holiday.
Wainui Country Retreat, Waterfall Lodge
If you’re looking for a more luxe getaway head to Wainui Country Retreat. A private waterfall and an outdoor bath—what more could you need? This holiday cottage is on a 45-acre farm stay a.k.a the ultimate escape. This is the perfect location to capture the views and the vibes. You can even cook your own pizza on the wood-fired pizza oven. What are we still doing here? Let’s go.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Located in the South Island on a deer breeding farm, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses are not to be missed. Staying there is one of those fairy tale moments where you’ll have to pinch yourself to check if you’re awake. This luxury accommodation is right on Kaikoura’s coastline. Remember when you wanted to build a treehouse in your backyard? Well, now you don’t have to, instead have a weekend escape here instead.
Te Kouma Harbour Cottages
Both a treat and a retreat, Te Kouma Harbour Cottages provides a tranquil setting, making it the ideal location to relax and get away from any of your stress or worries. Overlooking the Te Kouma Harbour, you're guaranteed breath-taking views of the sunrise and sunset. There's also a free pool and kayaks that you should definitely take advantage of. Being surrounded by beautiful farmland, you even get to see cute little ducks and peacocks going about their day to elevate your country style getaway.
Turoa Yurt Village
Turoa Yurt Village is the definition of living outside the square. Inspired by the traditional Yurt design, artist Bret Gibson designed this unique ski village in Ohakune. The Yurt chalet has an open living area with a dome ceiling, with windows facing Mt Ruapehu. You can expect snow covering your roof with a scenic backdrop of snow covered mountains.
Warm Earth Cottage
Bay Of Plenty
Treat yourself to a perfect weekend away from your hectic lifestyle. Throw away the watch and spend some quality time with yourself at Warm Earth Cottage. The name says it all—it’s all about cosiness and warmth here. The wood-burning stove will keep you snuggled, providing all the necessary warmth required. A cute breakfast hamper will be at your door in the morning for you to cook your delicious brekkie. While you’re there, make sure to have a bath in a tub right under the stars, #magical.
Tidal Waters Log Lodge
If you’re looking for a place to have your next business conference or family event then this is the place. Tidal Waters Log Lodge is New Zealand’s largest log house set on 24 acres, overlooking a stunning beach. Sounds like it’s time for a photoshoot! You can even take your pets along too, giving them a well-deserved break and chance to be #instafamous. Make the most of your time there by indulging in wine tasting, cycling and surfing on offer. Furthermore, the lodge is solar powered and supported by a generator so you can sleep knowing your footprint is minimal.
Rainforest Retreat Tree Huts
Franz Josef Village
Logs, logs and more logs! Tree Huts are log cabins in the rainforest, each with its own private deck. It’s like something out of a movie. Activities such as lagoon kayaking, walking on glaciers and skydiving are all close by. This is the place you’ll make memories you’ll never forget. Discover New Zealand’s hidden treasures and have the time of your life while you’re at it. The opportunities are endless.
The Gypsy Cabin provides you with an opportunity to get away from your luxurious lifestyle. Why not experience life on a more miniature scale instead? This is one of the smallest and cutest cabins we’ve seen. Perfect if you want some alone time or take your best mate with you. What’s more—this is your chance to become besties with others in the cabins next to you.
Be at one with nature with one of these awesome glamping getaways in and around Auckland.
Image credit: Woodbank Park Cottages, The Camphouse by John Spenc | DOC, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Warm Earth Cottage, Rainforest Retreat Tree Huts