tiny alpine retreat on a farm suits travelers wanting to explore new zealand's nature

tiny alpine retreat on a farm suits travelers wanting to explore new zealand's nature

Kererū Retreat in Canterbury, New Zealand


Wandering around Pudding Hill, Canterbury in New Zealand, travelers and backpackers might stumble upon a tiny alpine retreat nestled among ancient native trees. From the outside, the wooden shack Kererū Retreat already elicits gasps from the travelers, drawn from the complementing wood and galvanized iron enveloping the home.


Topped with solar panels, it seems that only renewable energy is allowed inside the Airbnb accommodation, and rightfully so when the tiny bed and breakfast is surrounded by the local nature, from the groves of decades-old trees to the cresting mountains on the horizon. The farm-placed wooden hut is enclosed with walking tracks and local attractions, so there is no excuse not to enjoy the local culture and nature.


Designed by Studio Well Architecture, the handcrafted tiny alpine retreat is thoughtfully built with relaxation in mind. It can be found an hour away from Christchurch and sits ten minutes away from the town of Methven should the travelers need access to local amenities. As homeowners Ben and Jane describe their listed sojourn, the tiny alpine retreat is the perfect escape for couples and solo adventurers.

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
images courtesy of Ben and Jane via Airbnb | photos by Stephen Goodenough



Powered by the sun


The tiny alpine retreat designed by Studio Well Architecture features an elevated queen bed fitted with fresh linen sheets, a hypoallergenic wool duvet inner, and a locally crafted wool throw blanket. A flight of steps separated the raised platform from the cozy dining room and kitchen adjacent to the sleeping area. 


Self-catering is the style in mind for the kitchen. It comes with all the essentials needed to prepare a meal such as a gas stove, hot water, and a kettle to accompany the stay with a hot drink in the morning or before going to bed. The hosts recommend a drop-by in Methven for a variety of dining options available.

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
sleeping area



Stepping into the bathroom, a mesh of wood and steel plays with the design contrast of the accommodation. Handmade copper tapware sits atop a wooden cabinet, and steel-clad shower space becomes distinct with its silver gleam. ‘Enjoy the New Zealand-made biodegradable amenities that are provided during the stay,’ the Airbnb hosts write.


The wooden cabin is fully off-grid and powered by the sun, a system that allows power to the lighting and fridge with phone charging and a power outlet available for guests. ‘We only ask guests to be mindful by conserving their energy use during their stay,’ the hosts add. In case travelers are visiting during cold seasons, a small wood-burning fire gently blasts heat across the space to warm up the guests.

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
self-catering kitchen

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
tap and sink in the bathroom

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
shower area

tiny alpine retreat new zealand
exterior view


tiny alpine retreat in New Zealand by Studio Well Architecture


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