This post was written by Tyler and Kara.
We are a family of four who have been traveling around the world for ten months. We have slept in caves, in tents out in the African bush, in teahouses on the Everest base camp trek, and even under the stars in the Indian desert. While in New Zealand we had the chance to sleep in a silo. Our stay at Silo Stay may be the most unique and fun place we have stayed in so far. Kara even says that this is her favorite hotel yet.
We stayed in the silos for one night. We had two silos, one for Kara and I and one for our parents. It was so nice to have our own space. The silos have many interesting features. The kitchen looks like it is based off of a garage workshop. The drawers, which look like toolboxes, are filled with kitchen supplies such as plates, cups, and flatware. The sink is filled with water from copper pipes. One of the coolest features is the toilet. On top of the water tank for the toilet is a small sink. When the toilet is flushed, fresh water comes out of the faucet of the sink for washing our hands. This water then fills up the toilet water tank so it can be used again. It is environmentally friendly features like this that make the silo so special.
A spiral staircase takes you up to the second level. There is a very comfortable double bed in the middle of the room. There is also a small bathroom. Behind glass walls is a shower and sink area. There are more copper pipes supplying the sink and shower. These pipes double as a towel rack and when the shower is being used the hot water warms the pipes that warms our towels. Above the double bed there is a skylight where you can look up at the stars at night! Under the bed are blue LED lights that gave the room a very cool look.
I really liked staying in the silos because it was a very creative place to stay. It was so much fun having our own silo where we could chillax without our parents. I also really liked it that the silos are built to be ecologically friendly. I wish there were places like this in the US to stay. I hope to stay here again someday.
Kara says: I thought that the silos were a very creative idea. The beds were comfy and there was a lot more space in the silos than I was expecting. What a cool design. Also, upstairs, the blue light around the bottom of the walls is really cool! It is amazing how a place where they used to store corn can make such a great hotel!
Silo Stay is located on the Banks Peninsula in Little River, New Zealand. It is 50 minutes from Christchurch and 30 minutes from Akaroa. We highly recommend a stay at Silo Stay and our family loved it here! Too bad we only stayed one night!
Click here to visit Silo Stay’s website.
Want to learn more about traveling in New Zealand? Check out our New Zealand Travel Guide.