Wildside Lodge (romantic off-grid cabin)

Lodge | Westland District | #10423

9.2/10 (93 ratings)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Quirky 2014


  • Uniquely crafted and stunning views.
  • Romantic spot with cosy fire, outdoor fire-bath, no electricity and no cellphone coverage!
  • Short drive and walk to free natural hot springs.

Enjoy our cosy, no-electricity cabin, uniquely crafted from native and recycled materials.

Open french doors for stunning views from the handcrafted bed.

Light a fire under the outdoor bath or visit natural hot-springs to soak under the stars.

Telescope available for star gazing.

Have a campfire/bbq.

Gas cooker and lantern, candles provided.

Pot-belly fire wetback heats water. Fridge available nearby.

Sample our home produce and have a taste of "the good life". Free-range eggs, farm fresh milk and home-kill butchery locally available.

Genuine West Coast hospitality from hosts who live on-site (40 metres away) but will respect your privacy.

Great for a romantic getaway.

Awarded 2014 Bookabach Bronze Piwa for Best Quirky Property.

Rural location on SH6, 2 minutes from Hari Hari village in an area of great bush-walking; renowned trout fishing streams; whitebaiting; surf-casting; excellent hunting and local bow-hunters club; lake swimming and boating; whitewater rivers; bird watching and isolated seal colony; wild lonely driftwood covered beaches for building bonfires; plus free natural hot-springs just a 5 minute drive and a 3 minute walk away (one of the West Coast's best kept secrets).

Conveniently situated to take day trips exploring up and down the Coast - 45 minutes to Franz Joseph Glacier (glacier tours, sky-diving, kayaking, horse-treking, kiwi watching, hot pools) and 45 minutes to Hokitika (greenstone, glass-blowing, kiwi house, tree-top walkway).

Wildside Lodge is on the same acre property as our other (completely different) holiday home 'Teapot Cottage'.

Special conditions: Pets may be allowed with prior approval.


  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Bath tub
  • Boat ramp
  • Dinghy
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • 1 bedroom

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 4 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night. Excludes public holidays.

  • Gifts & giveaways: Stay for more 3 nights or more and we'll give you a free bottle of our home brew wine

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
17-Dec-17 to 17-Mar-19
$140/night $140/night

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (141)

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  • For those seeking to get back to the basics and enjoy a...

    For those seeking to get back to the basics and enjoy a simple life then this property is ideal. If you want mod cons then look elsewhere. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    GlendaGr4 Dec 2017

  • Feel very lucky to have stayed at this lovely place Played backgammon by...

    Feel very lucky to have stayed at this lovely place Played backgammon by candlelight on the huge undercover decking Great experience Very posh glamping

    bevw 100%|5x Nov 2017

  • Absolutely amazing! Beautifully hand crafted, wee Bach, Romantic, warm, fun! Great people, can't wait to...

    Absolutely amazing! Beautifully hand crafted, wee Bach, Romantic, warm, fun! Great people, can't wait to come back for summer!

    AniaS592 100%|1x Aug 2017

  • It is definitely off the grid

    It is definitely off the grid. I would not say it was romantic. The bed could use some updating. I left a day early due to its lack of any and all amenities. Maybe a good place to stay over summer, but it shouldn't be open over the winter.

    RebeccaSe5 0%|1x Jun 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Off-grid as stated on profile and amenities are as stated also. Bach is very cosy when fire is going (I lit it for this woman) but should NOT be booked by people who can't handle lighting and stoking a fire. Have received no other complaints about handmade bed and romance is pretty difficult when you are on your own! She said on arrival that she had messed up her plans as she didn't realise travel times, so I suspect this is the real reason she left early and the note she left said it was nice.

    Wildside 99%|275x

  • We left after two nights despite paying for five

    We left after two nights despite paying for five. Arrived just on dark, owner seemed unprepared for our arrival. Bach and local information compendium was unavailable. Stove kept going out. Nowhere to put our luggage. Two out of three lamps did not work. Drove to Hokitika next day to replace batteries ourselves. Partner stung on neck by bees during honey extraction on site and swarms of angry bees surrounded the Bach subsequently. For us, the cabin lacked privacy, space, storage and lighting.

    tinack182 100%|5x May 2017

    Owner/manager responds:

    Verbal instructions were given that night and profile clearly states owners live on site 40m away - we are happy to help when asked, day or night. Try to respect privacy - unfortunately the couple were here at the one time of year when we needed to harvest our honey. We asked if it would be ok to do this and they said yes. Her partner seemed to enjoy it, photographing the whole process. Plenty of candles were provided and had planned to refund money for batteries but they left without a goodbye.

    Wildside 99%|275x

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