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.

Facilities

  • 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 $220 $280 $325
2-3 Nights $160 $230 $260
4-6 Nights $140 $195 $220
7+ Nights $115 $165 $195

Peak Season is Summer 15 Dec - 28 Feb.
Mid Season is Autumn/Fall 1 Mar - 30 Apr and Spring 1 Nov - 14 Dec.
Winter Season is Winter 1 May - 31 Oct.

All prices are for 2 people (shared bed) and are per night. 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.

Exterior from north
Exterior from north west
View west from varandah
Interior view across dining table
Interior kitchen
Interior lounge with view
Interior king bed
Interior toilet hall
Interior bathroom
Exterior filling the hottub
Exterior bath with evening light
Exterior stars

Recent Airbnb Reviews

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Katie

Katie

+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

July 2018

Whitney

Whitney

We spent 4 nights at the Little Greenie. It was very special, unique and inspiring for us. Highlights were the reliable warmth, the view out to the bay, the walks nearby and relaxing in the big red couches. Communication with Lawrence was excellent. Everything was as expected - exactly how it is described in the listing. Perfect for a relaxing holiday. Highly recommended!

June 2018

Philippa

Philippa

An absolutely stunning spot and house to stay in! We loved our time at little greenie so much that we didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to come back. Unreal views, super warm in winter, great bird life listening and watching from the couch, stunning beaches nearby and an amazing example of eco living. Thanks!!

June 2018

Tess

Tess

I booked this house for my parents, they loved it- loved the outdoor bath, the bed was comfy and the kitchen well set up for food preparation.

Ellie

Ellie

So beautiful and peaceful! We had a lovely stay at Little Greenie on our honeymoon. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and waking up to that view everyday was a dream.

Lisa

Lisa

Outstanding views. Couldn't be more relaxing sitting in the arm chair or in the outside bath with my book and a glass of wine. Nice, warm well appointed Bach. Close to lots of fun Abel Tasman Park walks.

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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.

Recycling

Recycling

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!

Helpers

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