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10 Of The Best Cosy Cabins In New Zealand To Hibernate In This Winter

By Sharleen Shergill
16th Jul 2021

Snow covers the Woodbank Park Cottages and trees.

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

Hanmer Springs

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.

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 to cover your roof with a scenic backdrop of snow-covered mountains.

The interior of the Swiss Chalet shows a roaring log fire and warm wooden accents.

Swiss Chalet With Mountain Views


This beautifully appointed Swiss Chalet With Mountain Views is sure to tick all your winter getaway boxes. With room to accommodate the fam bam or mates with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the Swiss cedar chalet is an ideal base for skiing and even comes complete with a drying room for your clothes and boots after a day on the mountain and a toasty log fire and endless hot water. As if you needed further convincing, you can even bring your pets to enjoy your holiday with you. Let's go!

The Historic North Egmont Camphouse in Egmont National Park.The Camphouse

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.

Treehouses seen against a backdrop of stunning mountains.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.

A cosy looking cabin at Warm Earth on a sunny dayWarm 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 Loglodge

Waihau Beach

If you’re looking for a place to have your next business conference or family event then this is the place. Tidal Waters Loglodge 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 the 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.

12 Cozy Cabins To Hibernate In This WinterRainforest Retreat Tree Huts

Franz Josef Village

Logs, logs and more logs! Rainforest Retreat 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.

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Image credit: Woodbank Park Cottages, Swiss Chalet, The Camphouse by John Spenc | DOC, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Warm Earth Cottage, Rainforest Retreat Tree Huts.

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