I am writing this from our unique accommodation – ‘Little Greenie’ – part of the Golden Bay Hideaway (and posting at a later date from a small library in Takaka). Have a read here if you are interested in reading more but basically it is the most energy efficient house in New Zealand and is certainly different! We are so glad we came here though because we will never stay anywhere else like it. The road to get to it is quite crazy – the main road itself is made up of warning signs about the crumbling road and orange barriers sectioning off the edge of the cliff where the road has crumbled! There is a pic below. Often this results in a single track road around blind corners. Then it is about 3kms along a gravel track off the main road to the start of the road up to our accommodation. The road up is very gravelly, and steep and narrow – but the chances of meeting anyone are slim I guess because we are very isolated! Arriving at the house we are high up overlooking Wainui Bay in a very unique location. There is not another house anywhere to be seen. There is even an outside bath (we haven’t tried it yet!). The features of the house that make it so environmentally friendly include a self-sufficient heating system using solar power – a great idea although the house is very hot and heated by the sun! The inside temperature is currently 28.8 degrees celsius when it is 19 degrees celsius outside! But very clever nonetheless. There is also a composting toilet (don’t ask!) – again a very good idea for the environment but not completely practical for me who likes the comforts of home! It is a matter of sit down and don’t look down really! We saw the sun set yesterday from our stunning location, and also star gazed when it was dark as there were loads of stars to see – just perfect.
The house really is incredible and anyone coming to this part of NZ should definitely stay here for the experience and the memories – we certainly won’t forget it.