Golden Bay Hideaway

Evolution to Revolution

Lawrence McIntyre of Little Greenie Design & Build has been involved in the building or renovation of three very different forms and flavours of accommodation. The three accommodations, all located at Golden Bay Hideaway, can be seen as paralleling the evolution of his thinking and experience regarding construction.

  1. 1. House Truck

    The first stage of this evolution is House Truck. It is well preserved, has real style and is a funky little gem; but from a builder’s point of view it requires lots of painting and other care to keep it nice.

  2. 2. Hippie House

    Similarly the second stage in this evolution: Hippie house is a larger, more permanent structure with all the normal sewage and mains power facilities.

    It is now a well finished, fully permitted house and it too is bursting with charm… but again from a builder’s perspective, it entails a lot of unnecessary work. While its seven rooms on seven levels with multiple angles are imaginative, Lawrence is faced with a maintenance programme that reflects the needs of a building prone to leaking and vulnerable to the limitations of 2nd hand materials.

  3. 3. Little Greenie

    That’s where the third evolutionary stage comes in and the true revolution begins. Little Greenie is a unification of low-energy, low-impact alternative building ideas with proven NZ building techniques. It utilises high-tech components (not gadgetry), with the principles of low energy and low maintenance requirements. It is designed to be long lasting – much longer than the average New Zealand home and is comparatively low in cost, given the building’s expected longevity and substantial energy and maintenance savings.

  4. 3. Kiwi Greenie

    Kiwi Greenie continues our progress with the four major principles: Energy efficiency, low maintenance/longevity, ease of construction and value for money. It takes eco-home design a step further and improves on the award-winning foundation achieved in Little Greenie. 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. It's a living, breathing home.

To the best of the knowledge of the trades people involved, Little Greenie Design & Build believe they have the best easily available technology in NZ to create the best product possible at this time. They are open to be challenged for the good of the environment and of society… and hope you are too.

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.