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New Zealand's First Unyoked Cabin Has Arrived North of Auckland and Is Now Open For Bookings

Tiny cabin Maia sits on its own private five-acre meadow with spectacular views of the river and evening sunsets.
By Sarah Templeton
August 02, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
August 02, 2022

Does your manic workload or this bitter winter snap have you craving a break? You're in luck — off-grid Australian accommodation offering Unyoked has finally built its first New Zealand cabin: a forest and mountain-adjacent haven for those desperate to get out of the city.

Australian startup Unyoked was founded by twins Cam and Chris Grant back in 2016, as a way to provide the convenience and comforts of four solid walls, alongside the adventure, spontaneity and closeness-to-nature of camping.

Since then, it's been a raging success, with a number of compact cabins located around NSW, Victoria and Queensland catering to burnt-out city slickers looking for some R&R in remote — and sometimes pretty rugged — areas. It was announced back at the beginning of June that they'd be launching their first Aotearoa cabins this year.

It's all in the name of wellness: Cam and Chris believe spending time in the wild is beneficial to the body, mind and soul. The company's ethos is about total immersion in nature — something New Zealand has a lot of, making it a fairly natural fit as their next country to conquer.

Enter Maia, a cosy plywood cabin that offers all the benefits of an off-grid escape — without skimping on creature comforts.

Of course, as with all Unyoked cabins, the exact location of Maia is unknown. But we do it's in Ōkaihau, about three hours north-west of Auckland, and it sits on its own private five-acre meadow surrounded by native bush. Facing west, the cabin has spectacular views of the river and evening sunsets.

The team say they "John Muir'd [their] way off the beaten track and created an epic pathway to find her".

With a minimum two-night stay for Friday and Saturday, Maia will cost you $269 for weeknights or $299 for weekends.

To learn more about Unyoked and to book in a stay, head to the official website.

Images: @johnny_goose

Published on August 02, 2022 by Sarah Templeton
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