Golden Bay Hideaway

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    Little Greenie

    Little Greenie is a serious low-energy passive solar design, demonstrating the future of sustainable house building. It's the show home of Little Greenie Design & Build. If you want to enjoy the still winter days in Golden Bay, this house catches the suns energy and stores it, this is real comfort - an experience worth living.

    • 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

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Holly

Holly

This is a wonderful place that combines privacy, an everchanging outlook of estuary, sea, mountains and greenery, comfort and amenity with high level green design. A gem.

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Jeanette

Jeanette

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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Johny

Johny

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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Denise

Denise

We had a lovely break and cant wait to go back. Lawrence went out of his way to accomodate us and it was very appreciated. We were made to feel very welcome, thanks heaps. Awesome spot.

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Andrew

Andrew

What a magic spot. A great place to spend my wife's birthday and a long weekend! Little Greenie exceeded our expectations and performed really well in the cooler weather. We would love to take this design with us back to Southland. We learned alot about Eco Design from the portfolio provided. Jackie was very helpful with questions or queries. Highly recommend this accommodation - the view from when you walk in is breath taking :-)

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Sarah

Sarah

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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Michelle

Michelle

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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Greg

Greg

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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Sarah

Sarah

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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Michelle

Michelle

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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Jeanette

Jeanette

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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Carly

Carly

This is one of those places you love so much you almost don't want everyone to know about it! Beautiful setting and house - especially from the outdoor bath. Would love to come back for a longer stay. Didn't see the hosts at all but we had everything we needed. loo Thanks again, we will be back

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Laura

Laura

Such an amazing and inspirational place! We had a lovely lady walk us through the house and explained why the Little Greenie is so great. The pictures don't do the view justice, it's just beautiful. Have already recommended to all my friends!

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Carly

Carly

This is one of those places you love so much you almost don't want everyone to know about it! Beautiful setting and house - especially from the outdoor bath. Would love to come back for a longer stay. Didn't see the hosts at all but we had everything we needed. loo Thanks again, we will be back

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和夫

和夫

Little Greeny Eco House is umbliebably fantastic. We could enjyoy breathtaking views from outside bath. One night, a bird "weka" visited us. She walked around the house. We are satisfied with atmosohere, rooms and natures.

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Rhiannon

Rhiannon

The ecolodge was absolutely stunning!!! The view is unbelievable and the home itself is really cool! Everything was absolutely perfect, we were bummed to have only stayed one night!

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Meredith

Meredith

Little Greenie is a fabulous place to stay! The "green" aspects of the house are interesting and work well. The view is enthralling - always different. We were happy to sit and watch the tide and the sky.

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Oliver

Oliver

Little Greenie Ecohouse is a bit off the beaten path and incredibly worth the trek to get there. The joy of this property is its perch on a hillside with sweeping views of Wainui Bay and the Abel Tasman area. Through the 180-degree sweep of floor to ceiling windows, this view permeates almost every aspect of living in this open concept house. Even from bed at night, we could view stars moonlight over the bay (though there are blinds for those who prefer total darkness). Little Greenie Ecohouse is situated on a larger property with several other accommodations, extremely well designed so that once you arrive at the house, the perch feels completely private, as if you were the only people on the entire rainforest hillside. The interior is clean and modern, with the best appointed kitchen of all the places we stayed in both Australia and New Zealand. There is an indoor shower, but trust me, you will spend hours in the outdoor bath (very romantic with a glass of wine and some chocolate). The only seeming "inconvenience" of the eco-design is the compost toilet, a glorified indoor outhouse, but we discovered it was stunningly odorless (incredible ventilation design work) and realized it was no inconvenience at all. The house is a quick 5 minute drive to the quiet Western edge of Abel Tasman National Park (hiking, beaches, etc.), and 30 minutes from Takaka, a somewhat bustling town stepped in hippie culture, with a nice selection of cafes and shops, full size grocery store, and evening opportunities to hear live music. We did not meet Lawrence in person, but he was easy to work with.

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Felicity

Felicity

Very relaxing and beautiful spot, we will be back!

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Tanya & Ben

Tanya & Ben

Little Greenie was the best place to relax and unwind after a 5 day hike. If it is available, you should book it. Lawrence, and managers Jackie and Joe, provide a great service. We organised a car dropoff to Totaranui (with Joe for a very reasonable additional fee), caught the water taxi to Marahau and then did the 5 day Abel Tasman Hike. It was wonderful at the end of the trip to walk the extra 1km from Wainui Bay car park at the end of the hike straight to Little Greenie. Wonderful spot and loved watching the tide ebb and flood from the bath and the loungeroom.

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