We are currently booked out until the end of April. Please note that, while we are nominally open via this website until the end of May, we may not be able to accept bookings if the epidemiological situation in NZ changes along with future government advisories. If you choose to book during this period of travel uncertainty, we will not be able to refund you if your plans change.
The Idlehouse is a stand-alone facility able to be used to self-isolate if required. We will consider providing accommodation during May and June if requested (according to individual circumstances) and are happy to shop for food for guests who are unable to do so. If you are arriving from overseas to self-isolate, please understand that we will not break social distancing rules and you may have to undertake your own cleaning tasks while staying.
Keep safe! We will update this message when new information becomes available.
Historic Port Chalmers sits right in the midst of beautiful Otago Harbour, an easy ten minute drive from Dunedin city amid an array of increasingly renowned local walks, beaches and natural attractions. We are a leisurely stroll from Port's main street precinct where you can stock up on supplies at the local supermarket & visit the historic buildings, cafes, boutiques and studios.
Offset your travel footprint by choosing independent, low-impact accommodation that directly benefits the local community, not exploitative hotel chains and overdevelopment.
No gentrification: the Idlehouse was purpose-built on a modest footprint and no one was displaced from our neighbourhood in favour of short-term rentals. All food and toiletries supplied in multi-use packaging to minimise waste. All linens laundered with low-irritant eco-products and sun-dried. We retained our trees and plant our garden to facilitate the return and retention of native species. We are more than happy to accommodate your vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements and do our best to serve organic dairy and NZ produce. We respect your privacy and do not gather or pass on your personal data.
We offer: Independent, self-contained, secure accommodation for 1-2 adults
Queen bed + All linens + Fully-equipped kitchenette + Tea & coffee
Continental breakfast + Microwave, kettle, toaster & refrigerator + Table seating
Toilet & shower room + Luggage racks + Private garden patio + Private off-street parking
Complimentary unlimited broadband
$140 NZ per night
when booked via this site
($145 through Holidayhouses.com)
Maximum 2 people, all inclusive
Max stay 4 nights (unless negotiated prior)
No minimum stay
10am Check out - Check in from 2pm or negotiable with notice.
Please note that we regretfully cannot accommodate children or pets. The Idlehouse & gardens are smoke-free. We are proud to offer a welcoming and secure destination for all
genders, orientations & nationalities.
inclusive booked through this site
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Self-contained cottage with totally private access & own off street parking bay
Last-minute bookings welcome
Flexible/Late night check in available
Digital detox on request
Historic Port Chalmers
Local artists & boutiques
Heritage buildings & walks
Swimming- bay and heated local pool