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 $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
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Recent Reviews

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A beautiful secluded spot.

July 2017

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We loved the secluded location, great views over Wainui Bay and proximity to lots of great walks in Abel Tasman. Great bath of course :) Very accommodating host. Great house!

July 2017

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Amazing place for an escape

May 2017

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Superb location and views..

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Loved the outside bath, lots of hot water, the whole design, the privacy, the wekas, the beautiful view , easy access to walking tracks. It was even impressive when we had a storm come through. Might well have become our favourite place to stay. Loved the comfy armchairs. Great hosts and enjoyed finding out about the Eco features of the house.

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This place is an absolute gem! It's nestled in one of the most pristine areas of New Zealand - Golden Bay. It was the perfect location - handy and convenient to shops and restaurants in Takaka but far enough away that you feel totally secluded from the outside world. The house is easy to find, private, modern yet rustic and sports some impressive energy efficiency features. The compost toilet is a pleasure to use - extremely clean, odour free and a true "organic" experience. The house is situated on a hill with no view of any other houses - all you can see is ocean and bush. Your only guests will be the friendly weka (bird) on the property who pop in during your outdoor bath. The kitchen is well equipped and we were particularly impressed by Lawrence's attention to detail - everything was immaculately cleaned, a great sound system was available for use, there were magazines to read, great local information and useful instructions on how to use everything in the house. Overall, I got the impression that Lawrence really cared about his guests experience and had spared no expense when it came to creating a sanctuary for people to escape the busy day to day life. This house would suit international visitors or locals (like us) looking for a special weekend getaway. Don't be fooled by the composting toilets and energy efficiency - this house has all the modern comforts without feeling guilty! Thanks for a wonderful stay, we'll be back!

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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!