I don’t know about you, but I don’t sleep well on airplanes. It’s a combination of the noise, the lack of space, and the anticipation of the destination I’m heading to. While traveling about the north island in  New Zealand, Jeff and I were intrigued by the idea of an airplane hotel for a possible shoot location. At Woodlyn Park, you have the option of sleeping on an old war plane, a train carriage, a navy patrol boat, or a hobbit home. We chose the airplane.

I was surprised by how perfect the accommodations were–while it was small, they have everything you need here. There are two units on the plane, and we chose the one with the cockpit. It has two bedrooms–one downstairs, and one upstairs by the cockpit. There is also a bathroom and small kitchen area that has a microwave, stove, small refrigerator, dishes, and some nice teas (always important, even though I had brought my own matcha).  After checking out the motel, we went to the Waitomo glow worm caves a couple of minutes away and then drove to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in  Rotura.  More to come on these adventures!

An image of the plane back in the day

The stairs lead up to the cockpit and the second bedThere is another small bedroom across from the cockpit! 


Photos: Jeff Tse

Pants and top:  Cotton On 

Jacket:  Rock & Republic (website seems to not be available–have had this jacket for awhile!)

Shoes: Asics Gel Kayano


Would you rather sleep in the hobbit house, boat, plane, or train?

-Hillary

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