What It’s Like to Stay in Magical Tiny Home in New Zealand



The tiny house is part of the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat. The property, which is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, has a café, restaurant, two tiny homes, a lodge, a lake house, and basic rooms for travelers.

The exterior of the tiny house at the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

The two tiny houses at the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat in New Zealand.

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With accommodations ranging in size and price, I booked one of the tiny houses during a winter special. One night, which included breakfast, cost $195 USD. They typically start at $250 USD a night.

The interior of the tiny home in Kinloch, New Zealand.

The tiny house has two entrances.

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I took the same route and as I moved through the twisting road — sandwiched between Lake Wakatipu and towering mountains — I saw spectacular views. I daydreamed about the vistas I hoped to see from my tiny house.

A view of the road leading to the Glenorchy tiny home.

A view of the road leading to the Glenorchy tiny home.

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I navigated through Glenorchy to the tiny hamlet of Kinloch. Soon, the paved road turned into gravel, and a herd of sheep came into view.

A view of the road leading to the Glenorchy tiny home.

Sheep dotted the farmlands sandwiching the road.

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Finally, I approached a scattering of buildings. It was my home for the night, the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

The main building of the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

The main building of the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

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But before anyone could greet me, I was welcomed by the owners’ two dogs.

Dogs at the tiny house property.

The two dogs that live on the property.

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I followed the dogs into the property’s restaurant, where I found Toni Glover, one of the property’s two owners. She welcomed me to the retreat, checked me in, and ushered me to my tiny home.

The main building.

The entrance to the retreat’s restaurant.

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We walked from the restaurant to the tiny homes and passed a small garden, where ingredients for my upcoming dinner and breakfast would be sourced.

The property's garden.

The property’s garden.

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Then we arrived at two tiny homes. Toni pointed to the first one, which was mine for the night.

The entrance to the tiny house.

The entrance to the tiny house.

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The first thing I noticed when I stepped inside was how warm the tiny home felt, looked, and smelled. An air-control system kept it heated, and with nearly every surface covered in stained wood, the room glowed with an earthy smell.

The bed in the tiny home at the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

The bed in the tiny home at the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.

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A shelving unit and wooden division created a partition between the entryway and the sleeping area.

The interior of the tiny house.

The interior of the tiny house.

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