The Wild Irishman

The Wild Irishman


The Wild Irishman is located in East Otago - approximately one hour from Dunedin and 30 minutes inland from the famous Moeraki Boulders.

Nestled in a secluded valley, The Wild Irishman offers stunning panoramic views of the steep bluffs. Watch the graceful fantails flitting about, while New Zealand falcons soar above. You may even spot wild deer in the gully below.

From the very moment you step inside the hut, expansive windows offer front-row seats to the impeccable view. The interior includes a super-king bed and a plush leather couch. Just down the hall, you'll find an indoor bathroom and a well-equipped galley kitchen.

And what better way to unwind than taking in the view from the deck while soaking in the outdoor hot tub.

A short stroll away, down a set of stairs, awaits a cedar-lined sauna. A sanctuary of warmth on a crisp Otago morning. And when it's time to cool off, head over to the outdoor cold shower - and feel completely revitalised.

As night descends, the magic of Wild Irishman truly comes to life. Ignite the wood fire, snuggle up and admire the stars as they glow above. 

FROM $420 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
            Dogs welcome
      Dogs welcome

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


Ritchie Road, Dunback 9483


The Wild Irishman is set in Dunback, a small town in the Otago region, and just one hour's drive from Dunedin.

Detailed directions and arrival instructions (including your host's contact details) will be provided in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • eating and drinking

    The Wild Irishman is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the 4-burner gas stovetop provided in your kitchen and BBQ outdoors. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Moeraki Tavern offers a classic Kiwi pub experience, with hearty tucker and a good selection of beers only 30 minutes drive from the property. For something a bit closer, Macrae's village has 'The Stanley', an 1882 historic pub - just 12 minutes away.

    Palmerston has a 4-Square for groceries and is a 15-minute drive from The Wild Irishman.

  • things to do

    Once you get to this magical spot, you won't want to leave. With an assortment of games, you'll have plenty to keep you entertained.

    The hot tub is the place to while away the hours. Take in the spectacular views during the day, and stargaze at night.

    If you're keen to see some of the area, the Moeraki Boulders are a 30-minute drive to the North, with a beautiful beach to explore.

    Matanaka, thought to be New Zealand’s oldest surviving farm, is a 25-minute drive to the South. The clifftop farm features a well-preserved collection of homesteads and a school from early settlers. They are the oldest remaining buildings of their kind in the country.

    If you're keen to get active, a short drive away is the nature reserve at Trotters Gorge - great for a walk. In Palmerston, is Puketapu Hill, a steep walk through a farm with incredible views of the East coast at the top. 

  • your hosts

    Rob Hewett is a 4th generation farmer working on this beautiful land.

    The station is a beef, sheep and grain farm that he and his dad work on together. Heléna met Rob in Dunback a few years ago at a winter ball hosted by Rob. She is an English doctor working in Dunedin.

    Rob had dreams of diversifying for years. Rocky Ridge Hut was the first cabin the couple launched to make his dream happen - with The Wild Irishman following a few years later. 

    As their family flourishes and expands, this year promises to be a whirlwind of bustling activity for them both!

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