Golden Bay Hideaway

About Us

We share a vision for a sustainable future. We created Golden Bay Hideaway to demonstrate a practical, comfortable and cost effective eco-home solution. You can come and stay anytime and experience how we've created the best eco-home in New Zealand.

We moved to Wainui Bay and started working on Golden Bay Hideaway in 2004 with the intention of creating an environment for couples to visit and rejuvenate their relationship. Taking time and finding space to nurture a relationship is an important part of making it work. Inspiration came from an experience we shared and a similar holiday retreat was just what we needed. We decided to provide a place for passion and space for being together without the interruptions of our normal daily lives.

After ten years of world travel and living and working around the globe in places like Africa, New Guinea and Germany we returned to New Zealand to raise our two boys, Amani and Finn. Golden Bay attracted us for its diversity of culture and the tolerance of the people who live here. Here you'll find folk who hold different values, ideologies and political allegiances but somehow we all have an attitude of getting along and working for the better of the community.

A trip to Germany in 2003 to visit family supplied us with inspiration to create a passive solar building in the 'simple house' (Bauhaus) german philosophy. It's a wave of thinking that materialized after WWII with an emphasis on simplicity and maximizing efficiency in every regard. In Germany Lawrence was impressed with the attention to detail and the fact that statements about efficiency and insulation were based on actual measurements and statistics - the Germans were walking the talk.

It's time to bring this thinking to New Zealand building. We want to challenge people, government and industry to talk about eco-building issues and bring a results based approach to building techniques. We've started this process by inviting people to experience Little Greenie Eco-home and feel for themselves what is possible and what can be achieved today.

We want to provide a quality retreat holiday for all and we're genuinely interested in any and all feedback.

How to Find Us

Follow the directions and map to come and visit.

About Golden Bay Hideaway

Golden Bay Hideaway offers holiday accommodation in Wainui Bay neighboring Abel Tasman National Park. Three very different forms of holiday home are offered.

About Little Greenie Design & Build

Little Greenie Design & Build is a consultation and building service company. Owner Lawrence McIntyre has a passion for sustainable building with an emphasis on energy efficiency, low maintenance/longevity, ease of construction and value for money. The Little Greenie holiday home was created as a show home for these principals.

About this Website

We're keen that this website is comprehensive enough to answer almost every question you might have. Its a work-in-progress and if you've got any suggestions or further questions then please read our FAQs or contact us.

Website design by Mike Howe.

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:

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 trained in good hand 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.

We'll 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.

Rates Reduced

That's right, we're dropping our nightly rates during this time of hardship. Everyone's feeling the pinch and we reckon that we can help each other out in this situation. You get a great deal and our houses are not sitting empty - nice!

As always you can book instantly via our website with our updated pricing.

Lawrence and Kylie

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