Unique Stays in New Zealand

Unique Stays Staying in a Hobbit House in New Zealand

New Zealand boasts some truly remarkable operators and architects who are creating some remarkable accommodations around the country. From gypsy caravans to glass pods, these quirky stays offer an unforgettable way to take in one of nature’s most stunning landscapes.

No matter your interest – history buff, aviation enthusiast or Lord of the Rings fan – there’s a place for you here. Take a look at our selection of 89 unique accommodation options that will make your trip to New Zealand extra special.

Hobbit House

Fans of The Lord of the Rings will adore staying in a Hobbit House in New Zealand. This charming home is situated within Shire, an expansive 2,500-acre movie set dedicated to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.

On the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit film series, Airbnb is offering three overnight stays at this stunning destination. Guests will stay in a space designed by Creative Director Brian Massey and also have access to The Millhouse and Green Dragon Inn – home to authentic Southfarthing beer and cider – both located on-site.

These unique homes are inspired by Middle-Earth and designed to look just like its homes. Each is encircled by hedges and mature trees from nearby farms, while all bricks used in the chimneys and houses were handmade locally.

War Plane

On the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Airbnb is offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the actual movie set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were filmed – on 2,500 acres farm in New Zealand’s Waikato region. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity within The Shire itself on this unique 2,500 acre farm!

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime deal that includes access to your own private Hobbit Hole, an exclusive tour of the set, an evening feast at Green Dragon Inn and two complimentary “second breakfasts” and “elevenses”. All for only $10 a night!

This property is situated on 2,500 acres in Matamata, New Zealand and it looks as if it’s been plucked straight from Middle-earth by J.R.R Tolkien and Sir Peter Jackson’s scouts.

Navy Boat

At 2,500 acres in Waikato, New Zealand, an exclusive overnight stay is being offered that gives guests the chance to sleep in their very own Hobbit hole. Those who book will get exclusive access to tour the 12-acre set used for filming the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies as well as stay in accommodations designed by art director Brian Massey from those movies.

While staying in a Hobbit hole is certainly unique, there are other unique lodging options for those seeking something truly exceptional. Guests at Woodlyn Park can choose to rest their head in either an authentic steam train car from the 1800s or an ex-war plane at this themed estate that offers various unique lodging experiences.

New Zealand’s Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has a proud and storied history dating back to the 17th century. While it may appear outdated now, RNZN has always demonstrated a fierce dedication to maintaining and strengthening New Zealand’s defense capabilities.

Steam Train

No matter if you’re an aviation enthusiast or just a fan of Hobbit Houses, New Zealand has some unique accommodation to offer. Woodlyn Park in Wellington has some truly quirky options – all just a short drive away from Waitomo Caves!

These quirky lodging options provide a comfortable night’s rest between Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Plus, they’re an excellent way to experience New Zealand’s quirky culture.

The SiloStay team in Little River has transformed a metal grain storage silo into an inviting hobbit-style house perfect for couples or small groups. Complete with kitchenette facilities and private outdoor shower, this package is sure to please.

Steam trains are a beloved form of transport in New Zealand and offer an authentic glimpse into rural New Zealand life a century ago. Not only that, but they provide fun transportation between Auckland and Tauranga as they traverse along the coastline. Take these train rides to experience New Zealand’s stunning natural splendor as well as discover its fascinating history!