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 $220 $270 $295
2-3 Nights $160 $210 $235
4-6 Nights $140 $185 $195
7+ Nights $115 $155 $165

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 3
Interior 2
Interior kitchen
Interior open plan
Interior toilet hall
Interior bathroom
Exterior bath
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Recent Reviews

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Superb location and views..

February 2017

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Great location

January 2017

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Such a stunning place in a beautiful part of the world. The bath was a beautiful way to relax on an evening and the eco aspects of the property were great! Would recommend for anyone to stay here! It's a gorgeous area so definitely stay for more than one night! We wish we could of stayed longer!

January 2017

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Little Greenie is a real gem. We stayed a whole week which allowed us to soak up the extraordinary views, get to know the resident wildlife, and watch the tide ebb and flow. This is not a place for those who cannot entertain themselves as it is a 30 minute drive to Takaka along a scenic, but small and winding road. We enjoyed the outdoor bathtub and made most meals for ourselves. The kitchen is well equipped. The bed is comfortable and large. Do not have any qualms about the composting toilet. It works perfectly and truly has no smell whatsoever. There is no WiFi, but you can get cell signal, though occasionally it is a bit spotty. There are some hiking tracks you can do nearby, as well as the start of the Abel Tasman Great Walk. As it is a bit remote, it makes exploring the rest of Golden Bay more time consuming. However, for a private, secluded experience, with a view to die for, it can't be beat. Lovely place!

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This is the most amazing place for a private getaway. Nestled in a beautiful part of New Zealand, friendly hosts. The house itself is simple but feels spacious and luxurious. Very inspiring design. There are some lovely walks to do in the area ; we enjoyed the wainui falls walk and one to Taupo point. We would love to return; might fly instead of drive next time !

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This property is absolutely incredible. It's so secluded and incredibly romantic. The view is spectacular, and we were the only ones on the beaches. Good to know that it's a ways from the nearest airport in Nelson (2 hours), and the only towns nearby are tiny. Absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway.

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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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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!