Valley Views opened in Waitaki Valley, North Otago, New Zealand on the 3rd February 2017 and was founded by Amber and Patrick Tyrrell. Patrick is originally from South Africa and has a background in Civil Engineering while Amber grew up on a farm in the Waitaki Valley. The pair of them met in Israel while backpacking around the world in 1992. Fifteen years later, after a stay at a glamping site in a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa they decided to share their beautiful spot in the Waitaki Valley with others.
Valley Views has three geodesic dome tents, two lotus belle tents and one cabin. Each dome tent can sleep a maximum of four adults (or two adults and two children), the Lotus Belle Tents can sleep two adults and one child, while the cabin can fit a maximum of a couple with a child (or 2 adults).
Making full use of the diverse style of the different accommodations the lodge is a mixture of rustic, industrial, classic and bohemian styles. Amber wanted to give the feeling of being in a warm welcoming cabin in the mountains. As such, the decor in the tents is inspired by natural materials including sheepskin rugs, linen duvet covers, leather butterfly chairs and cane chair.
Two full time and three part-time staff members keep the place running and everyone is employed locally. What is really special about the place is the Expansive South Island mountain and stunning Waitaki Valley views. Located in a typical New Zealand South Island farming location it benefits from very quiet surroundings, combined with fabulous stargazing opportunities, couples massage in the domes and best of all, outdoor baths in the forest!
This year Amber and Patrick are going to change their one cabin and two Lotus Belle Tents for three new geodesic domes. This will increase the number of domes to six and give guests an even better opportunity to enjoy the singular views.
Things to keep in mind
Amber advises all guests to be conscious of driving carefully on their country roads.
“We are on a farm and surrounded by farms and therefore we suggest everyone drives with caution as there could be farm animals and other hazards on the road,” she says, “Also, our lodge and glamping site are completely off grid and the limited amount of electricity is made by solar and therefore hairdryers cannot be used. However, we have phone charging battery banks and charging facilities for cameras.”
Geodomes $300 per night, lotus belle tents $250 per night, cabin $200 per night. All include breakfast and the use of our facilities including the outdoor baths. Three-course dinner $50 per person.
ADDRESS: 161 Domett Road, Otiake, Waitaki Valley, North Otago, NZ
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +64 21 1928282