9 of the most unique local staycations to check out this fall

Without a doubt, fall is our favorite time to travel to Aotearoa. Between the golden technicolor leaves and the crisp, cool breeze, the atmosphere of fall is unmatched by any other season.

It’s also the perfect excuse to finally book that epic accommodation you’ve been coveting. Whether it’s a rural glass shack or a luxury glamping spot, there’s no doubt it will look stunning in the fall.

Wondering where to start? We’ve teamed up with 100% Pure New Zealand to put together the definitive list of New Zealand’s most unique places to stay.


Kāpiti Coast, Kaikoura, Greta Valley, Waipara, Port Levy

There’s no doubt you’ll be impressed with a PurePod when you arrive. Scattered across the country, these glass capsules aim to connect with the landscape and all its natural wonders. Each pod is made mostly of glass, outfitted with premium bedding and indulgent amenities. The locations are serene and private, positioning you to soak up spectacular views, whether it’s soaring mountain ranges, rugged coastlines or sparkling night skies.

Fiordland Lodge


Settle into style on a wonderful getaway at Fiordland Lodge. As the name suggests, this is the perfect location for a Fiordland getaway, exploring World Heritage National Park, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. The lodge offers nothing less than perfection, with spectacular architecture giving way to panoramic views of Lake Te Anau. Help yourself to a Pinot, cozy up by the fire, or dip into the private spa, the choice is yours.

Warbler Retreat


Beyond the glitzy hotels of central Auckland lies a hidden gem that is sure to surprise you. The Warblers Retreat is an eco-lodge nestled in the rural landscapes of Paremoremo. The team’s specialty here is couple escapes; dunk yourself in for a night of romance with wine, sweets, a two-course dinner and a candlelit forest bath.

The Cabins


Get away from your busy schedule with a well deserved trip to The Huts in Ahipara. These thoughtful spaces are designed with the intention of living slowly, encouraging an appreciation for the simple things. There’s a lot to enjoy here: soothing natural materials, sweeping views of Shipwreck Bay, and organic breakfast treats. If you’re staying for a few nights, also check out their extras: Maori healing (body work), sunrise yoga, or weaving workshop.

Cross the hill

Hawea Lake

If you still haven’t stayed in one of these dreamy geo domes, consider this your official sign to do so. Book a night (or three) at Cross Hill Glamping in Lake Hawea. Their domes are designed to bring you closer to nature, but with all the luxury of a five-star stay. Watch the sun rise over the mountain ranges, slip into the outdoor hot tub, or book a three-course tasting. Pure happiness.



If you’re looking for lakeside opulence, you can’t go wrong spending a few nights at EcoScapes. It won’t surprise you that EcoScapes do things with the planet in mind; the rooms are built with green technology and use minimal energy. But it’s not at the expense of comfort. Expect cozy interiors made with local handicrafts and large windows drawing out striking mountain views.

Te Wepu Glamping


About an hour from Christchurch you’ll find the charming Banks Peninsula, a natural wonderland dotted with picturesque bays and hidden sojourns. One such location is Te Wepu, a working farm with a history dating back to the 1840s. Now it also houses an exclusive glamping facility with three well-appointed wooden pods nestled throughout the farm. Each has a wood-fired hot tub for relaxing evenings spent under the stars.



Turn your trip to Oamaru into a complete experience with a stay at the stylish Poshtel. This architectural space offers many surprises to discover. Each room has its own style and personality; there is a tasteful space for you, whether you like music or bowling. While you’re there, stop by the in-house art gallery or settle in for a drink on the leather sofa, and that’s it before you even walk through the front door.

Hokitika Fire Station


Experience a slice of Kiwi history at the Hokitika Fire Station. You guessed it, this is a beautifully restored historic building that has been transformed into tasteful accommodation right in the center of town. Each self-contained apartment is fitted with modern amenities, with design touches alluding to the heritage of the fire station. Snuggle up in your space or go for an adventure – you’ll be perfectly positioned to experience the natural splendor of the West Coast.

Already packed your bags? We feel you. Treat yourself to the finest things this fall with a glamorous getaway – go on, you deserve it. Head here for more fall inspo.

Editor’s note: this article was produced in partnership with 100% Pure New Zealand. Thank you for supporting the partners who make Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy, click here.

Image credit: PurePods via instagram, Fiordland Lodge via instagramwarblers retreat via instagram, Cross Hill via instagramEcoScapes via instagramTe Wepu Pods via instagramPosttel via instagramHokitika Firestation Apartments via instagram

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