Golden Bay Hideaway

Proven Design

Ensuring that Little Greenie matches our high standards has always been important. We built sensors into the house right from the start so we could know we were getting results we planned for.

This is without using any internal heating, just passive solar. Each of the spikes represents a peak daytime temperature and you'll notice the indoor room temperature is comparitively stable and only dips below 20°C once - when it's approaching a chilly 5°C outside!

Getting the Facts

An independent report commissioned by The Hikurangi Foundation and EECA covered:

  • Orientation
  • Glazing
  • Air-tightness
  • Passive ventilation
  • Thermal envelope
  • Thermal mass
  • No fuss design
  • Renewable electricity
  • Relatively small footprint
  • Composting toilet
  • Fancy cylinder
  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Materials specifications

Excerpt from the report summary:

The Little Greenie house provides the following key benefits compared to an equivalent size and design of house built to current building code standards.

  • A 9 star HERS rating as compared to a 4.5 HERS rating for a code compliant house.
  • Little Greenie delivers a comfortable indoor environment that consistently meets World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended indoor temperatures year round with minimal reticulated energy input.
  • Only marginal additional costs to build (at $2,136/m2 compared to $1,766/m2 for the code level equivalent), which provide a return on investment in less than 21 years and have the potential to add to the capital value of the house.
  • An estimated return on investment in excess of $77,000 over a 50 year period when lower maintenance costs are also taken into account
  • Little Greenie provides a practical and achievable method of building to a higher level of performance through well crafted passive solar design techniques and high levels of insulation that deliver a unique opportunity to educate and inspire the residential construction sector in New Zealand.

The report concludes with an analysis of the lessons learned, discussions for future potentials and a summary of recommendations for further work.

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

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.