The Idlehouse

7 Victory Place, Port Chalmers, Dunedin
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

We are 'closed' over winter, but will can sometimes open for a two night stay @ $250 per night during that time, please email for availability. The Idlehouse is an eco-friendly, self-contained mini cottage perched on the edge of Otago Harbour in our half-acre mature garden. Only 15 mins drive (or catch the bus) from the Stadium, downtown Dunedin and the Otago Campus, we offer stunning views of the bay and surrounding hills. Unlimited wifi, superinsulation, private off street parking, garden deck and all linens. Last minute bookings and late/night check ins are always welcome. We take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously: no exploitative labour, eco-friendly products and finishes, sustainable and recyclable materials, no resident displacement or gentrification! MAXIMUM STAY: Please contact us if you need to stay longer than 4 nights. The cottage provides a secure, private self-catering base for you to explore nearby attractions or simply relax for a few days of peace and privacy. Historic Port Chalmers sits right in the midst of beautiful Otago Harbour 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 and visit the historic buildings, cafes, boutiques and studios. We live next door and while you won't usually see us, we are almost always around to help if needed. We are proudly inclusive and welcome all genders, partnerships and nationalities.

Details and amenities

No kids
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Extra Bedding
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Internet available
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Queen(s)

Special Amenities

The Idlehouse combines the privacy and independence of a self-catering stay with the security of having a host next door if required. Our Eco-build cottage is warm, quiet and provides immersive seaside and garden views. We are lucky to be able to provide both peaceful privacy and easy access to the nearby city of Dunedin, with lovely views of Sawyers Bay, Otago Harbour, bush clad hills and our half acre mature garden. Step out onto a beautiful 5K ring-walk and cycling route around Port Chalmers. We offer under cover storage for your bikes and tramping gear, and fenced storage for kayaks. Swimming, fishing and boat ramps in Sawyers Bay and at Back Beach are within easy walking distance. Kayaks and bikes hireable locally.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

All the conveniences and attractions of historic Port Chalmers, Dunedin and Otago Harbour; a supermarket, chemist, library, hairdressers, bus stops, petrol station, printers, cafes, restaurants and pubs within easy walking distance. We are 200m from an indoor public heated pool and boat ramp. Nearby beaches include Back Beach and Aramoana. Dunedin Farmers Market train station and downtown are a 10 minute drive away. Orokunui Wildlife Sanctuary is just over the hill toward Waitati. Surf beaches, cycling, tramping, boating, cruise ships, easy walks, historic buildings, photography opportunities and nature tours are all nearby.


Average Rating: 5
4 total reviews

We loved our stay at the Idle house. It is set up with everything you need and is the perfect place to relax.
Response from Owner
Wow thanks so much for that, we really try to get things right and it's great to know you enjoyed your stay. You were great guests! Cheers.
Alan Gillard
Quaint and very cosy. great setting.
Response from Owner
Thanks for that and we hope you enjoyed your stay!
Kaitlyn Hamilton
The Idlehouse was like a sanctuary. Very peaceful and comfortable. Would absolutely stay again.
Response from Owner
Hi Kaitlyn and thanks so much for saying that, we really appreciate the feedback. You were a great guest, very considerate and tidy, and you are welcome back any time. We're glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
8 Jul - 10 Jul (Weekends)$250 / Night for 2 guests2 Nights
18 Jul - 21 Jul $250 / Night for 2 guests2 Nights
21 Oct - 23 Oct $250 / Night for 2 guests2 Nights
Rest of year$125 / Night for 2 guests1 Night
8 Jul - 10 Jul (Weekends)
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
18 Jul - 21 Jul
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
21 Oct - 23 Oct
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rest of year
$125 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
Rates include all linens, cleaning, unlimited wifi, off street private parking, tea and coffee.




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