We’ve located some unique and bizarre South Island escapes to take advantage of this season. Experience a staycation like never before. From stargazing in glass domes to unwinding in a bath in a treehouse to remote glacial valley huts…we’ve got it all. Check out 10 of the most unique and weird South Island getaways.
Avail of this glamourous camping experience by staying in one of the six unique geodesic domes. Situated on a beef cattle farm, enjoy outdoor baths, exclusive wines and private decking where you can admire the majestic views of the Waitaki Valley. If you don’t mind sharing the eco-lodge ground facilities then this is the perfect getaway for you.
📍 161 Domett Road, Otiake 9494, New Zealand
The Treehouses offer one of the greatest South Island getaways. Located on a deer breeding farm, 30ft above ground, you’ll find this luxurious and tranquil escape. It boasts incredible adult comfort with deep soaking tubes, a warm fireplace and epic views of the Kaikoura coastline and mountain range. Kids will love this spot too because they can feed friendly deers, play in the pool and explore the grounds.
📍 State Highway 1, Kaikōura 7371, New Zealand
Step into a fairytale world at The Boot, which is a cosy cottage for two in the heart of Tasman. Follow a spiral staircase to the bedroom with a utopian balcony to complete the romantic scene. Enjoy alfresco dining by the fire in the courtyard and explore many places of interest nearby such as Abel Tasman National Park, wineries, beaches and more.
📍 320 Aporo Road, Tasman 7173, New Zealand
Accessed only via helicopter, this secluded place will put a hole in your pocket but offers one of the most unique staycations ever. Set in a remote glacial valley, experience the outdoors like you have never seen it before. In one of four chalets, create memories for life surrounded by snowfall. Luckily, the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
📍 10 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
Stay in a giant tin and experience luxurious modernism. Just a short drive from Christchurch, each tin room has the basic necessities with free Wi-Fi and a pretty garden to stroll in. Perfect for a short trip because you can visit nearby attractions like Little River Art Gallery and Bank Peninsula Eastern Bay. Book your stay via the booking.com website.
📍 State Highway 75, 4243 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River 7591, New Zealand
Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape of New Zealand by staying at this 5-star haven of excellence. The perfect escape for couples wanting to unwind after a stressful week. Wake up to nature in a private, luxurious glass cabin and watch the stunning night sky under millions of stars. Indeed, this is a unique South Island getaway and there are various locations near Christchurch.
📍 Various Locations
This world-famous stay offers an unforgettable experience. Sit in a bath with a glass of vino and take in the incredible night sky. Particularly, photographers flock here for the star gazing experience. Wake up to a phenomenal sunrise, hike on the land, admire the scenery and much more. An epic South Island getaway to say the least.
📍 47 Ben Ohau Road, Ben Ohau 7999, New Zealand
This off-the-beaten track escape is near the historic gold-mining town of Canvastown. Just one hour from Nelson, step back in time and experience life as an early settler. With beautiful handcrafted features, outdoor baths, a wood-burning stove and a roof accessed by a ladder – it offers an authentic adventure trip for both kids and adults. Although, there’s an array of unique options on the Canopy Camping website.
📍 488 Wakamarina Road, Wakamarina 7178, New Zealand
In a renovated historic church in a secluded setting experience panoramic views overlooking Lake Poerua and the mountains. A fantastic South Island getaway for the whole family because there is plenty to do in the area.
📍 2261 Lake Brunner Road, Inchbonnie 7875, New Zealand
10. Larnach Castle
If you love to be spooked, why not stay in New Zealand’s only castle in Dunedin for a night? It’s the perfect weekend adventure, steeped in history, culture and eeriness. Additionally, you can explore the award-winning gardens, indulge in high tea and much more.
📍 145 Camp Road, Larnachs Castle, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand