Nestled at Mountain Hutt on the South Island of New Zealand is the Kererū Retreat, a tiny quaint cabin surrounded by beautiful alpines. providing avid travelers with a 100% off-grid experience. The home is a fine specimen of minimal design, locally sourced materials, and sustainability. It occupies 17.3 square meters and was built using salvaged timber and galvanized iron.
Designer: New Zealand Studio Well Architecture
The home completely supports an off-grid lifestyle, so it’s great for environment lovers. It has been amped with rooftop solar panels, a rainwater collection tank, a composting toilet, and a wood-burning fireplace. The interiors of the tiny home feature a cozy sleeping quarter with a queen bed, a main living space with a folding table, untreated timber paneling, a kitchen, a hidden bathroom, and a loft zone. The sleeping quarter is accentuated by a panoramic window. The window provides beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and allows visitors to gaze at the sky. When they want some privacy, visitors can cover the window with barn-like timber shutters.
The kitchen has been equipped with everything you would need – such as a gas stove, hot water, mini fridge, kettle, and overhead storage. The bathroom, on the other hand, boasts handcrafted copper plumbing, a composting toilet, a timber cabinet, a steel-framed shower, and flooring slated with timber. The home has also been equipped with a central wood fire, that heats up the space, and is especially useful for cold days and nights. Massive glass sliding doors lead to outdoor timber decking, galvanized iron wood shutters, and piles of firewood. Now, for the best feature of the cabin – it’s been placed on top of a trailer! This allows it to be moved to different locations and sites, according to the requirement. The idyllic cabin is great for vacation getaways, where you wish to get away from the hectic city life and simply unwind. Currently, Airbnb is available for $190 per night. It also won the Canterbury/Westland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards for best Residential Compact New Home up to 150 sq m (1615 sq ft). Book the Kererū Retreat for your next holiday with your loved ones.