The Accommodation

Each SkyBed nestles within native scrub and tussocks in a private location. With the units recessed into the ground, you feel part of the environment, whilst also having shelter and privacy. The bed rests at ground level, so you are, in terms of perspective, lying on the ground viewing the stars.

This unique building comprises a glass-roofed bedroom, as well as an earth roofed kitchenette and bathroom.  Outside, in a sunken courtyard, you can relax in a 2m long stainless steel-cedar bathtub. No chemicals are added – just pure (heated) water – sourced from a nearby spring.

New SkyScape Units Open

We now have three SkyScape units available.

The two new buildings are the same in design as the orginal building, with just a couple of small adaptations to improve thermal performance. Each building is located on it’s own and in such a way that you cannot see one building from the other. Their private and secluded location provides you with the feeling of being alone in the vast Mackenzie Country. Each SkyScape unit is fitted with blinds for added privacy. 

If you are travelling with friends or family and would like to book 2 units they are a short drive or 5 min walk away.  Walking at night is not recommended over the rough terrain, with out light.


One building is accessible meeting the building code 4121.  Amenities include a ramp down to a sunken courtyard, a walk in shower with handrails and a fold down wall seat, floating vanity and accessible toileting facilities .  A floating kitchen table and wheel chair access to the sink, low shelves and drawers for accessible access.  Please note that accessing the outdoor bath may be challenging for those with limited mobility.  Please notify us at the time of booking if you wish to stay in our accessible room.


Only 12km from Twizel

Optional evening meal on request

King Bed

Snuggle under a feather duvet with natural fibres to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

100% pure water

Sourced from a spring under the Ben Ohau Range

Air Conditioning

Central Heating

Continental Breakfast included

Luxury cedar outdoor bath tub

Relax with a glass of wine and be overwhelmed with the darkness of our sky and the clarity of the stars and Milky Way.

Sleeps a maximum of 2

Please note that all guests must be over the age of 16 years.

Free wifi


A gourmet continental breakfast is provided which can be prepared in the kitchenette. This includes a selection of Muesli, Yoghurt, Fresh Fruit, Bread, Local Jam, Juice, Tea and Coffee

An evening dinner platter or salad is available on request.

  • Option One- Evening Meal Platter for 2. Local cheeses, local smoked salmon, cured meats, chutney, fresh vegetable sticks, fresh bread and crackers.
  • Option Two – The Ultimate Salad for 2. Leafy salad greens, local feta cheese, local smoked salmon, pickled beetroot, cherry tomatoes, orange segments, sweet lemon dressing and fresh bread.

Book your stay in a Skybed today.


Outdoor courtyard

Recessed into the ground

So that your bed is at ground level, as if you are sleeping in the tussocks.

Stone wall

Rock sourced from the next door paddock!

Native planting

To help blend the building into the environment

Only 12km from Twizel

Continental Breakfast included

Luxury cedar outdoor bath tub

Relax with a glass of wine and be overwhelmed with the darkness of our sky and the clarity of the stars and Milky Way.

Sleeps a maximum of 2

Please note that all guests must be over the age of 16 years.

Wow, amazing! What a lovely idea brought to reality. This place is perfect for any day of the year. We enjoyed the big view, the full moon, stars traveling across the sky, low fog in the morning thickening with the first sun, then fog drifted up from below to envelope us as we left. Well done, guys!


Mark and Phillipa Houston, New Zealand


Temperature control

Concrete mass, ventilation, extraction fans, roof blinds and an air conditioning unit all help keep the SkyBed cool in summer. Central heating keeps you warm during the cooler months.


Summers are usually very hot and winters cold, often with a frost in the early morning followed by a clear sunny day. Being so close to the Southern Alps means our weather is very changeable and often we have four seasons in one day – so come prepared for all eventualities!


Here at SkyScape we are completely off-grid, using solar, gas and a back- up generator for those cloudy days, so we ask you to please conserve energy where possible.

Access tracks

A dirt road leads to your SkyScape accommodation, traversable by standard 2WD vehicles.


The spring water, sourced from deep under the Ben Ohau Range, is as pure as it gets and free from contaminants. No chlorine is added, just 100% pure NZ water.


All planting around the unit is native to the area to help the SkyBed blend into the environment.


This building is the creation of New Zealand designer, Ian Perry. The shape of the building, chosen to reflect the angles of the mountain peaks around, is recessed into the ground to allow guests to feel part of the landscape.

Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve

Twizel is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This area of sky is protected from light pollution by local bylaws, with tight controls on outdoor lighting. This means that the stars you see in Twizel, Tekapo or Mt Cook are some of the clearest in the world.

Book this room today and reserve your spot.