Golden Bay Hideaway

  • COVID-19 Protection
  • Perfect couples retreat
  • Mountain/estuary and sea views
  • Modern conveniences
  • Bath under the stars
  • Clean and green
  • Craftperson'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
  • Immaculately clean and tidy
  • Covered parking
  • Underfloor heating
  • Indoor shower and outdoor bath

What To Do

  • Nothing

    Take a moment… breathe out… and breathe in the quiet.

  • Beautiful Sunsets

    Over the water in winter and the mountains in summer. The weather doesn't matter, it'll be just perfect.

  • Outdoor Bath

    Every guest loves our outdoor baths - what's not to love? Steaming hot water, magical views and a quiet moment to just be.

  • Swim in the Sea

    The clear waters around Wainui Bay are ideal for taking a dip. Or you can simply explore the shoreline.

  • Walk to Taupo Point

    A two hour walk along the coastline from Wainui Bay is Taupo Point pa. Evening picnics at Taupo Point are very special. The beach glows under the fading evening light and the kanuka trees turn a rich, bronze colour which contrasts with the emerald colour of the sea.

  • Walk to Wainui Falls

    Just five minutes from Golden Bay Hideaway. This is one of Golden Bay's must-do short walks. A stunning native bush track along the Wainui River leads to Wainui Falls, the largest falls in Golden Bay - pack for a picnic and a swim.

  • North Park Walks

    Walk the remote northern section of the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track from Totaranui back to Golden Bay Hideaway at Wainui. You'll experience the wild beauty, golden sand beaches and clear waters - without the crowds you might encounter further south. It is a beautiful walk!

  • Kite Surfing

    Having consistent north and north-westerly winds in the main season (September to December) and the still turquoise waters in the lagoon makes it a very attractive spot for freestyle. You can have all conditions in one day, as when the tide goes out there are some nice waves on the main outer beach.

  • Kayaking

    The Abel Tasman National park is a world renowned sea kayaking destination. Golden Bay Hideaway is a perfectly positioned at the northern end of the national park to explore the many beaches, coves and headlands.

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

    There are many days with still waters from December on, and that makes SUPping an awesome experience here. Easily access the many islands and the northern part of the Abel Tasman National Park, exploring its beautiful flora and fauna.

  • Mountain Bike Park

    On-site at Golden Bay Hideaway is the best downhill bike park and jumps in the top of the south island. Lovingly crafted by Amani McIntyre. Bring your bike and get professional instruction.

  • Abel Tasman National Park

    Abel Tasman National Park is loved for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. With a mild climate and easy access its a good place to visit at any time of the year.

  • Golden Bay

    A destination for travellers from around the world, Golden Bay's attraction lies in its remoteness and proximity to internationally significant conservation areas, such as Farewell Spit, Kahurangi National Park and Te Waikoropupu Springs. This plus its relaxed festival atmosphere and friendly culture mean that the population triples during the holiday summer season.

Little Greenie


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You select your dates on the calendar and then you can enter the number of guests and your email address. Then after submitting the form you can see your total price and enter your credit card details to immediately complete your booking. Finally a confirmation email will be sent to your email.


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Single night stays are not available. Minimum stay is two nights.

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Completing Your Booking

Enter all relevant details in the form and submit by selecting the button at the bottom of the booking form. Please ensure your email address is correct.

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Submit the secure checkout form to complete the booking process.

What's Next?

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Little Greenie Pricing

Season Low Season Mid Season Peak Season
Rate $115 per night $165 per night $195 per night

Per booking


$100 one-off cleaning fee


$100 one-off cleaning fee


$100 one-off cleaning fee


June, July, August, September

Autumn & Spring
April, May and October, November

December, January, February, March

25% less when booking direct

Unlike Airbnb and, our prices are up-front and honest! Be careful when comparing prices.

All-inclusive pricing table

Inclusive of the one-off $100 cleaning fee.

Season Low Mid Peak
2 nights $165 per night $215 per night $245 per night
3 nights $148 per night $198 per night $228 per night
4 nights $140 per night $190 per night $220 per night
5 nights $135 per night $185 per night $215 per night

The longer you stay the cheaper it gets!

Important Details

  • Our direct booking prices are up-front and honest.

    The cleaning fee is often hidden on third-party booking websites, not shown until you're paying.

    Our accommodation can be found and booked on Airbnb and where it can "appear" less expensive. However, these websites often hide additional fees and their booking cancellation policies may differ.

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  • Minimum two night stay.

    Sorry, one night stays are not available.

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  • Max two people in a shared bed.

    Little Greenie sleeps a maximum of two people. Standard price is for a shared bed. There is an $30/night additional fee for choosing to have separate beds.

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  • Future season pricing may differ.

    The displayed prices are for the next upcoming season (Low, Mid or Peak). Pricing for future seasons (eg. a year later) may differ. A final price will be shown prior to any payment.

  • Prices in NZ dollars.

    All prices are in in NZ dollars and include applicable taxes (GST).


Lawrence & Kylie

Your Hosts Received…

29 Reviews  



Really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful spot. Amazing views and great house with everything we needed.

January 2022



Amazing spot! Loved every minute

January 2022



Beautiful spot, I have never stayed somewhere so stunning... The house is well equipped and super relaxing. A holiday we will never forget, thank you!



Beautiful place. Wonderful views. One of our favourites in New Zealand and we have been many places!



Absolutely gorgeous bach with amazing views. Highly recommend!



Amazing stay, with amazing views! The outside tub is such an experience and stays warm even if the wind is blowing! Even our 6 month old enjoyed the views



Had a great few nights away. Such a nice place to stay with great views and brilliant amenities! would highly recommend staying here



Beautiful setting and amazing property!



Great stay. Wonderful locality . so amazing to enjoy warmth on rainy days . A great retreat.Loved the wekas



Precisely as advertised - perfect getaway in a perfectly appointed home. highly recommend!

Wendela & Charles

Wendela & Charles

An absolutely stunning location. The perfect place to unwind and relax. We were a bit worried about the compost toilet but it wasn’t a problem at all. The bed was comfortable and the outdoor bath was a real treat. We’ll definitely be back.



Exactly as described and reviewed. An absolute gem. 10/10 recommend booking.



Great place, amazing views, unique stay, nature, this place has a lot to offer! The one thing we feel to warn people about that you might not see on the listing is there is no keys for the locks on the doors so you will not be able to leave the place secure or go to sleep knowing the place is locked. If this isn't an issue for you, you will have a great stay!



We had two nights when our travel plans in the area changed last minute. Was a great option, communication and check in were easy and the location unbeatable, near the end of the Abel Tasman. The house was immaculate and cosy. Will be back for sure.



Amazing location the bath was the best!



Fantastic spot! A must stay in Golden Bay! Clean, warm, beautiful scenery and quiet. Highly recommend!!!



Outstanding place to stay - very comfortable, great view and well appointed.

Brittany And Tim

Brittany And Tim

The Little Greenie had been on my wish list for years and the wait was most definitely worth it. The views were incredible, the peace and privacy unsurpassed, and what a delight to stay in such a thoughtfully designed and built space. I had the best night’s sleep in a very long time and the location was perfect for accessing the northern end of the Abel Tasman. To top it off was the outdoor bath under the stars. I will absolutely come back and highly recommend booking Little Greenie.



An absolutely stunning place! We enjoyed the perfect weekend getaway at Little Greenie. 10/10



Beautiful spot with amazing views over Golden Bay in a secluded spot. Right on the door step of Abel Tasman it’s handy for exploring or chilling out



Warm, relaxing , amazing view and inspiring technology.



The view, the view! Close to many lovely walks, would stay again.



We loved our stay at little greenie. stunning view of Wainui Bay, so peaceful and untouched. The bath was wonderful, especially in the evening looking up at the clear sky. Highly recommend 👌



Beautiful spot and lovely warm house. Great to see how well passive heating can work in winter.



This trip was a birthday present for my Father and his partner. They had a great time, they spent a long time on the phone telling me about the beautiful views, wonderful location, and the lovely hot bath…it’s safe to say this trip has got me lots of brownie points!



Fabulous spot, wonderful outside bath,very peaceful and perfect for a true get away. Great to see the energy efficiency in action during our winter stay



Fantastic batch with an amazing view definitely recommend!!



Gorgeous, warm and comfortable place to stay. Loved the bath under the stars.



If you are interested in Passive Housing this is the place for you. We didn't realise what this place was when we booked , it's pretty impressive and interesting. Great views.

Clean and Green

In keeping with our aim of fostering a high standard of environmental ethics, we operate a well organised recycling regime with organised bins - even the bins are recycled!

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

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

  • Passive solar design

    Heat is captured and stored in abode bricks.

  • Off-grid electricity supply

    Power comes from solar panels and battery bank.

  • High tech solar hot water

    Serious heat retention and monitoring.

  • Highly insulated German window system

    Double-glazed and beautiful to behold.

  • Innovative composting toilet system

    No smells and makes good earth for the garden.

  • 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.

  • Beautiful Sunsets

    Over the water in winter and the mountains in summer.

  • Walk to Wainui Falls

    Through lush original forest and over a swing bridge.

  • Go Swimming

    The clear waters around Wainui Bay are ideal.

Look at our attractions section for more ideas.

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

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Protection Plan

COVID-19 Protection Plan

We're taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and we're prepared to make everything as safe, easy and affordable as possible for our guests. Golden Bay Hideaway is tackling this challenge with a range of important measures:

All Guests Welcome

We've taken measures to ensure our accommodations are safe for all our guests. For this reason we are not requiring vaccine certificates or passes. All our staff are fully vaccinated.

Exceptionally Clean

We're very proud of our record on providing an exceptionally clean and safe environment for all our guests. The many glowing reviews in this regard are truly appreciated.

Each home is cleaned on a regular basis and a deep and thorough clean is completed before you arrive for your stay. This involves but is not limited to:

  • Deploying hospital grade cleaning products.
  • Sanitize all 'high touch' surfaces.
  • Dust and clean floors.
  • Clean and shine windows and doors.
  • Refreshing linen and towels and restock supplies.
  • Wash and inspect dishes.
  • Removing of any rubbish.
  • We double-check that everything is clean and safe for your stay.

Golden Bay Hideaway cleaning staff are fully vaccinated, trained in good hygiene and follow recommended cleaning guidelines from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. We encourage our guests to do the same.

Soap, hand sanitisers and disposable (and compostable) hand drying towels are provided for every visitor's safety.

Low-touch Bubble

Each of our accommodations is completely separate from the others. There are no shared facilities. You'll feel like it's just you and the view.

Our "low-touch" approach to the check-in/check-out process means you'll likely never meet any of us face-to-face. When you arrive at Golden Bay Hideaway you can use the intercom at the gate to announce your arrival. From there you simply follow the signs to your accommodation of choice - ready and waiting. And for checkout you can just leave.

Our (fully vaccinated) staff will never arrive unannounced and burst your bubble. But of course we're always around should you need us - just call or send us a message.

"No worries" Cancellation

Book your bubble break with confidence!

In these uncertain times it can be hard to make a plan for the future. We reckon taking a break shouldn't be a stressful experience. So we're making it easy for you to have no worries with our generous cancellation policy.

While the NZ Government maintains strict border controls for COVID-19 we are only accepting bookings that meet various criteria. Please read all latest information.

Please have a read of our cancellation policy.

Lawrence and Kylie

Go well and please get in touch if you have any questions and comments.