You’re halfway through the year and that calls for a well-deserved break, preferably one with a big cosy bed to snuggle into, and maybe even a piping hot outdoor bath. Luckily, Aotearoa is home to many a cosy winter cabin. From cute-as-a-button and quirky to boujee AF, a stay here will make you feel like you’re in a movie, and then there's the picture-perfect panoramic views.
We’ve done the hard yards and picked out 11 of the best cosy cabins to hibernate in this winter.
Tucked between rolling hills, Kawakawa Hut makes for a very cosy getaway indeed. In fact, it took out Airbnb’s Best Nature Stay award in 2023. Off-grid and made from repurposed materials, kick back and enjoy the view of Mount Tongariro or contemplate the cows grazing peacefully nearby. The hut offers a queen sized bed, a sofa by the fire and a gas cooktop and a BBQ. Better still, is the crystal bath which was handmade by one of the owners from concrete and locally sourced obsidian crystals.
It’s as if this cabin is straight off a Pinterest board, gorgeously styled with white and timber tones, and house plants. Hidden within a rainforest, Boho Hill features a flat-screen TV, a self-contained kitchenette and a private bathroom. Palm Beach is just a four-minute walk away, and local restaurants and wineries like Tantalus, Te Motu and Stonyridge are 10 minutes’ drive, as is the Waiheke Ferry Terminal.
If you're looking for a luxury winter cabin getaway that does luxe with a capital L, check out the dreamy Lindis Pods in the Ahuriri Valley. Nestled out of sight but within easy distance of the famed Lindis Lodge, expect the same luxury touches and attention to detail with no expense spared. With stunning double-glazed mirrored glass walls on three sides, these luxuriously heated and totally private pods mean you'll be treated to A+ views for days, and nights. Add to this an ensuite, kingsize bed, private bathtub and outdoor sitting area, and you might never want to leave.
The Last Straw Cottage
It may be called ‘The Last Straw’ but book into this cottage and you’ll feel like you lucked out. 28km from Nelson, in a town called Brightwater, this cute cottage is anything but small. With three bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a bathroom, BBQ, a garden and a washing machine, it makes for a great family vacay. Continental breakfast and airport shuttles can be provided if needed, and there are lots of skiing and hiking opportunities nearby.
Ski bums will love The Nook, a one-bedroom cabin in Arthur’s Pass National Park. Boasting an on-site ski storage space, outdoor bath, BBQ, garden and spellbinding views of the snow-capped mountains, the cabin isn’t as fancy as some on our list but it has a tonne of character and everything you need for a wonderful stay. The cosiness of underfloor heating and the consideration of soundproofing makes this a pretty solid option. The nearby Devil's Punchbowl walking track will get you up close and personal with a 131m mountains waterfall.
Okay, so this isn’t actually a cabin but who wouldn’t want to get cosy in a restored railway carriage? Especially one that’s been fitted out with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and outdoor bathtub. Just 10 minutes' drive from Kaikoura town centre, Hapuku Carriages makes for a quirky, fun-loving stay. Marvel at the mountain views from your patio, stroll along the nearby beach and tuck into the complimentary beer, wine and chocolates. Delightful.
Egmont National Park
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to The Camphouse. The dreamy mountain backdrop will make you feel like you’ve walked straight into a painting. The historic building sleeps 34 people in five rooms of bunk beds. While there is basic heating, it’s best to rock your favourite oodie, just to be safe. Summit Mount Taranaki or walk the Pouakai Circuit then head down to the Kamahi Cafe for a well-deserved brunch. Sounds like our kind of holiday.
Made almost entirely of glass, and the best cabin for star-gazers and sunset-lovers alike, Greystone PurePod is a luxury eco-cabin set above an organic winery in Waipara Valley. Fully self-contained, the swoon-worthy stay comes with cooking facilities, a bathroom, BBQ, games, towels and linen. Bring your own food or choose the breakfast and dinner package add-on. Choose here for a private, peaceful vacay that’ll become a treasured memory. Booked out? The PurePod has two sister properties in Kaikoura—Kahutara and Manakau.
The Hermitage Solo Retreat
A stunning wooden annexe opens up to ocean views at The Hermitage Solo Retreat. Located on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges, you might rise with the sun to meditate and then spend the day wandering nearby nature trails or exploring Karekare Beach. The self-contained, completely private cabin includes a kitchenette, bathroom, terrace and an à la carte or vegetarian breakfast can be arranged. We can feel ourselves relaxing just daydreaming about this place.
Exquisite in design and amenities, Blackwood Cabin is a Raglan gem. The one-bedroom stay has an outdoor bathtub to get cosy in, a hanging egg chair in the garden to kick back in, and comes with a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom and flat-screen TV. Needless to say, it’s a favourite among couples and besties alike. While close to town the cabin is secluded with a private, relaxed vibe. Perfect for some rest and relaxation.
Warm Earth Cottage
Bay Of Plenty
If you’re in need of a grounding, nourishing escape, Warm Earth Cottage could be it. The name says it all—it’s all about cosiness and warmth here. Warmed by the wood-burning stove you’ll feel yourself unwind, and any stress melt away. A cute breakfast hamper will be delivered to your door in the morning for you to cook a delicious brekkie. Be sure to have a soak in the bathtub under the starry sky. Magical.
Up for more cosy inspo? Have a squiz at these Airbnbs with fireplaces.
Image credit: The Lindis Pods, Boho Hill, The Lindis Pods, The Last Straw Cottage, The Nook, Hapuku Carriages, Department of Conservation, Greystone PurePod, The Hermitage Solo Retreat, Blackwood Cabin, Warm Earth Cottage.
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