Little River silo stay, New Zealand review: Round house

Read our writer's views on this property below

Granted, it's an unusual place to bunk down, but a silo stay in New Zealand is the newest, and likely the most comfortable, grain storage unit one will ever rest in.

In the town of Little River on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region, and at the end of the cycling rail trail from Christchurch, eight environmentally friendly units are heated by a gravity-fed wood-pellet boiler.

Insulated by wool under the floor, in the walls and in the ceiling, there's LED lighting within individual silos and external boardwalks. Passive cooling in summer involves opening the hatch at the top of the silo lid for a glimpse of the night sky from bed.

One-bedroom silos for two people have a kitchen with a sculptural steel staircase leading to the bedroom with bathroom and balcony. The Accessible Silo, meanwhile, has wheelchair access and caters for up to four. From Little River, guests can explore the southern bays of Magnet, Tumbledown or Te Oka.

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