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.

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 Reviews

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David

David

This is a lovely house in a stunning place and if you're not thinking about going here for a holiday then you need to re-examine your life. Utter peace. Great.

October 2017

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Sophie

Sophie

Absolutely loved our stay at the little Greenie house. The view is just amazing and the house is very private. Great place if you want to get away from busy life and just read, walk, relax and sit in the bath outside. It was hard to leave but we will be back very soon! Thank you!

October 2017

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Rosie

Rosie

Everything about Little Greenie was absolutely breathtaking! The home itself is a work of art amongst an incredible setting. A perfect couple's getaway!

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Sascha

Sascha

Phenomenal eco designed house, with all the lush bits. That composting toilet is a revelation. The view to wake up to, with a few cameos of a friendly Weka, was stunning. An architecturally thoughtful house. Made the days and nights more comfortable and happy. Get there now!

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Shannon

Shannon

An outstanding location and view, an interesting and functional environmentally-friendly house. Highly, highly recommended!

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Jesse

Jesse

A beautiful retreat in Golden Bay, just on the doorstep of Abel Tasman. Breathtaking views, unforgettable sunsets, and an all around stellar experience. The only downside for us, although forthright in the amenities shown on AirBnB, was that we had no mobile service, so we were fully disconnected from our daily routine. Of course this was found to be a blessing in the end and we do not mind slowing down and enjoying some of the finer things in life, my partner and I could have been better prepared for the weekend if we knew we would have a full disconnect from work and daily accouterments. We loved the space!! And it was a real inspiration to see what can be done in such a small space. All the best in the future for #Hideaway Bay

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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.

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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!

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