South Island tiny house getaways fit for a winter escape


If you’re looking for a new kind of weekend adventure this winter, consider bunking in one of these affordable tiny house retreats for some much-needed relaxation.


The South Island has plenty of destinations ideal for the colder months – from national parks and powder-covered ski slopes to quaint towns packed with fireplace-warmed restaurants and cellar doors. And what better accommodation option is there to keep truly snug and cosy than in a tiny house?

From Nelson Tasman to Canterbury, tiny house accommodation company Tiny Away has a growing listing of rural getaways on the South Island, ready to welcome travellers looking for that perfectly quaint, winter escape. The eco-friendly tiny houses are perfect for travellers seeking alternative and unique accommodation experiences.


A step up from glamping, each tiny house offers hot showers, air conditioning, a cosy queen bed, and a kitchenette. And for an eco-conscious getaway, the charm of the tiny houses will match your satisfaction of holidaying sustainably. From mountain-side retreats to winery getaways, we’ve rounded up the best escapes when you crave a winter getaway with a difference.


Under the Vines, Earnscleugh


Nestled amongst the vines, surrounded by dense woodlands and amazing views of the weathered rock landscapes of Central Otago, Under The Vines is (literally) set in a gorgeous vineyard landscape but close to Alexandra, and the region’s top orchardists and winemakers. Shaky Bridge Wines and Paulina’s Bar are two popular places for a tipple, while the nearby Flat Top Hill Conservation Area is a great starting point to explore the area’s otherworldly schist rock formations.




Forest Hill Farm, Herbert-Hampden


At Forest Hill Farm, guests can enjoy stunning views and fresh air that will make them feel a million miles away. Located in the small township of Herbert-Hampden, the farm stay accommodation is nestled on 9-acres of dense woods and wide-open fields, all of which highlight the grandeur of this stunning landscape.

Forest Hill Farm, Herbert


Lake Stella, Mount Lyford Village


Lake Stella Mountain Retreat is an ideal winter tiny house getaway, set in the lesser-known Mount Lyford alpine village between Kaikoura and Hanmer.


Mount Lyford Adventure Park offers self-guided mountain access for snowboarding, skiing, and ice skating on the lake in the winter. The north-facing slopes make this ski field the ‘warmest’ in New Zealand, suitable for all levels, with a fantastic learner’s area and a toboggan luge.


Lake Stella, Mount Lyford Village


Dove Creek, Thorpe


The ultimate weekend getaway close to three national parks for hiking, this tiny house is a perfect winter escape if you’re keen to strap on your boots and explore the stunning surroundings of Nelson Tasman. Motueka River, the Great Taste Trail, Tasman Bay Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, and the Dovedale Stepping Stones walk are just a few nearby attractions.



About Tiny Away

Founded in 2018, the Tiny Away network includes a range of comfy eco-friendly ‘tiny houses’ for travellers seeking alternative and unique accommodation experiences.


Tiny Away offers adventurous road-trippers and weekenders the chance to immerse themselves in nature, without compromising on comfort. A step up from glamping, each tiny house offers hot showers, air conditioning, a cosy queen bed, and a kitchenette.


The sustainably built tiny houses are typically positioned on a working farm, often totally off-grid, and hosts offer all sorts of unique activities that give guests a taste of rural life.


Using a profit-sharing arrangement that sees landowners earning up to 45% of rental revenue, Tiny Away considers itself a partner with landowner hosts on a mission to create rare and exceptional accommodation experiences.



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