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.
For the holiday maker interested in what Golden Bay Hideaway has to offer, 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.
We've deliberately kept the nightly price as low as possible so many people can experience the Little Greenie Design & Build eco-house concept.
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.
Heat is captured and stored in abode bricks.
Power comes from solar panels and battery bank.
Serious heat retention and monitoring.
Double-glazed and beautiful to behold.
No smells and makes good earth for the garden.
Stable temperature in winter.
Learn more about the construction of Little Greenie.
There's no TV but you'll be entertained all the same.
Over the water in winter and the mountains in summer.
Through lush original forest and over a swing bridge.
The clear waters around Wainui Bay are ideal.
Look at our attractions section for more ideas.
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!