We opened on the 3rd of February 2017 starting with 6 lotus belle tents. We have since changed to the geodesic domes as they suit the environs more.
Yes! Breakfast is included in the price of the accommodation; it is a continental breakfast consisting of a selection of cereals, yoghurt, juices, bread for toasting, condiments, our very own farm fresh eggs, plus excellent teas and coffee.
We love our furry friends but unfortunately, we don't allow dogs. We have 3 dogs here ourselves (1 that doesn't like other dogs), plus sheep and cattle on the farm. So, you see there are many variables to think of. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Yes! Absolutely! Most domes accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 children, and the super king beds are big enough for an extra little one if you would like them to sleep in the bed with you.
Yes! We have two sets of twin tubs in our forest, one with fantastic views of the valley, and the other with amazing views of a tussocky gully. Station Peak dome also has private baths in front of it.
No, people simply work it out for themselves when they are here. We have signs on the trees to indicate if the baths are 'in use' or 'not in use'.
Our lodge is our communal kitchen/dining/bathrooms facility which is beautifully designed and makes you feel you have arrived at a fancy hut in the mountains. The kitchen has everything needed for cooking (although, we don't have a microwave oven). There is a large 12-seater table plus two outdoor dining tables for the warmer evenings.
Station Peak, Lone Hill, and Te Kohurau domes all have an ensuite composting toilet. Our lodge has shared bathrooms with mens, ladies and accessible bathrooms.
It is a waterless, no-smell, no-fuss eco-friendly disposal system that doesn't waste or pollute water and turns your ones and twos into a useful compost. You simply scoop a handful of wood shavings onto your business and close the lid! It really doesn't smell (you might have to try it to believe me).
Absolutely not! We purposely don't have wifi as we encourage people to unplug, digitally detox from phones/screens and immerse themselves in nature. We have plenty of board games and cards. You won't be able to take your eyes of the views anyway! We do have good cell phone coverage though.
Yes. It's pretty good actually.
Yes! We are open all year round! during the colder months (May to September) you are able to use the little log burner fires in the domes. We have blocked off the 1 dome that does not have a fire during these months so that everyone staying will be snug and warm in the domes.
It can get cold on some nights in summer too, we assess the temparature and make the decision on an as-needed basis if the fires are to be used. We also provide hot water bottles which warm the beds up beautifully! Generally the fires can be used from the beginning of May to mid-October.
We have electricity in the lodge. It is completely off-grid and we run our lights and fans from solar panels. There is no electricity in the domes but we have solar fairy lights and candles (so romantic!)
These take a lot of electricity to run, so no you can't use them here, sorry!
Yes it does get warm during the day, but we have solar extractor fans which take the hot air out and provides great air flow. Our typical NZ cooler nights are perfect for sleeping though.
The domes are positioned for privacy, although Kirkliston Range dome is not as private as it is overlooks 2 domes in front of it (still great veiws though!). We do have curtains in this dome and in Mt Domett dome.
We have 6 domes. FIve domes are 6 metres in diametre, and one dome – Station Peak – is 7 metres diametre, it's massive!