Golden Bay Hideaway

  • Perfect couples retreat
  • Mountain/estuary and sea views
  • Modern conveniences
  • Bath under the stars
  • Craftsman's attention to detail
  • Extremely energy efficient
  • Warm all year round
  • Comfortably sleeps two

If you want to enjoy the still winter days in Golden Bay, this holiday house catches all the afternoon sun, stores it, and maintains a comfortable temperature.

Little Greenie may appear to be just another modern, professionally finished house with stunning views in a beautiful location. Of course everyone will notice some differences sooner or later, but those interested in environmental technology and smart building will find the differences go right down to the foundations.

Little Greenie is designed with four major principles in mind: Energy efficiency, low maintenance/longevity, ease of construction and value for money. It may be modern, but it’s not about frills or fashion; and while it is unashamedly utilitarian, it’s definitely not drab or boring.


  • Sleeps up to two people
  • Electricity
  • Hot and cold running water
  • Radio, CD player, Stereo with media player connection
  • Fridge/freezer, cooker/oven and BBQ
  • King-size bed or two single beds
  • Linen and bedding provided
  • Covered parking
  • Underfloor heating
  • Indoor shower and outdoor bath
Season Winter Mid Peak
Single Night $240 $300 $345
2-3 Nights $180 $250 $280
4-6 Nights $160 $215 $240
7+ Nights $135 $185 $215

Peak Season is Summer (December, January, February, March).
Mid Season is Autumn/Fall (April, May) and Spring (October, November).
Winter Season is Winter (June, July, August, September).

All prices are for 2 people (shared bed) and are per night. Prices include cleaning fee. Sleeps a maximum of two people.

We've deliberately kept the nightly price as low as possible so more people can experience our eco-house concept.

You can compare the availability calendars for all our accommodation options.

Recent Airbnb Reviews

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Really amazing views and space! The outdoor bath is a must! Amazing value for money, will definitely try to come back :D

October 2018

AndrewLawrence And Kylie


Our stay at Little Greenie was absolutely perfect. It really is just like the pictures, with that stunning view over the bay from the internal space or the outdoor bath, and stylish comfort inside and out. The place is spotlessly clean and the eco aspects of the house are superb - in particular how efficiently it captures and utilises solar energy, and the odor free composting toilet. Our communication with the hosts was easy, efficient and clear - they do provided amazing local tips. We can't wait to stay again! Very very very highly recommended to future guests! Just book it!

September 2018



Gorgeous view, and really warm and cosy even in cool weather. Outdoor bath was amazing. Local walks were fantastic, particularly Separation Point/Mutton Cove. Stayed three nights and wished we had longer.



This beautiful eco friendly accommodation is more than what we imagined with ever changing views. It was hard getting the hang of not flushing the toilet but loved knowing this house is doing something great for Mother Earth. Star gazing at night in the outdoor bath is a must, however watch out for the odd friendly weka or possum. The location is a perfect gateway to Abel Tasman National Park along with Wainui Falls and many more beautiful sights. We will be back sometime soon.

MollyLawrence And Kylie


The Little Greenie is beautiful inside and out, with amazing views and exquisite attention to detail! The outdoor bath tub was very romantic and perfect for our honeymoon. Location is great, as you can walk right out the driveway into trails of Abel Tasman National Park. Can’t wait to come back!



+The view! +Solitude/privacy +Accurate pictures +Eco friendly +Stylish -A little difficult to balance temperature control and bugs -Bed is uncomfortable if you are not a fan of firm mattresses

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Travel to Golden Bay

Flights direct from Wellington from $109/person
Rental cars in Golden Bay from $49/day

How to Find Us

First 9 Star Home in NZ

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Little Greenie received 9/10 stars when rated in an April 2009 Home Energy Rating Report (HERS) from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). No other home in New Zealand has been awarded a nine before.

The building rating is a measure of how well a home's design, materials and solar orientation enable it to maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor temperature throughout the year.

In addition the report includes a water heating rating which is a measure of how energy efficient a home's water heating is. Little Greenie recieved a perfect 10/10 for this with indicative running costs of only $41/year.

Construction Photos Step-by-Step

Little Greenie Technology

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    Passive solar design

    Heat is captured and stored in abode bricks.

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    Off-grid electricity supply

    Power comes from solar panels and battery bank.

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    High tech solar hot water

    Serious heat retention and monitoring.

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    Highly insulated German window system

    Double-glazed and beautiful to behold.

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    Innovative composting toilet system

    No smells and makes good earth for the garden.

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    Solar/boiler underfloor heating

    Stable temperature in winter.

Learn more about the construction of Little Greenie.

Plenty to Do

There's no TV but you'll be entertained all the same.

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    Beautiful Sunsets

    Over the water in winter and the mountains in summer.

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    Walk to Wainui Falls

    Through lush original forest and over a swing bridge.

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    Go Swimming

    The clear waters around Wainui Bay are ideal.

Look at our attractions section for more ideas.



In keeping with its aim of fostering a high standard of environmental ethics, Golden Bay Hideaway operates a well organised recycling regime with organised bins - even the bins are recycled!


The building of Little Greenie was a great experience and it all came together with the help of friends and family - thanks guys!