“We loved the interior layout with its rustic yet luxuriously modern feel, and the outdoor bath was magic looking up to the night sky. We’ll be recommending WagonStays as a luxurious and unique getaway, as well as a fantastic gift for a deserving couple.”

Sarah & Nathan

“WagonStays provided the perfect haven you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else. The meal was amazing, the wagon was warm and cosy despite it being below zero outside, and attention to every last detail made it a getaway we would definitely recommend.”

Lisa & Andy

“This place is amazing! Thank you so much for making our anniversary so special and memorable. The wine & heart cakes on arrival were such a lovely touch. We will be telling everyone how wonderful it is out here!

P.S. Dinner was delicious”

Livvy & Tony

All the authenticity & atmosphere from 1870, but with the comfort & luxury of home

Meet the wagon…

The Wagon was built in 2005 by Ray Whiting, a design engineer who found himself with time on his hands. Why he decided to recreate a Western style wagon with a luxury twist is something he is not sure about himself but he made an extraordinary job of it. The Wagon is one of those wonderful things that has been created with love and we thank Ray wholeheartedly for putting so much time and effort into creating the Wagon that we are now very proud to call our own.


Ray & his wife Denise ran the wagon as Bed & Breakfast accommodation at their Cashmere property and enjoyed much success. The wagon was popular with tourists & locals alike and they also won awards for their ingenuity. Fortunately the devastating 2010 September 4th earthquake in Christchurch left the Wagon unscathed. (There were guests in the Wagon that night and the earth definitely moved for them!) However, there was significant damage to their car park area and they were not able to use the wagon. Their loss was our gain, the Wagon changed hands and in January 2011 we had the Wagon picked up by crane, put on a truck and slowly driven out to Courtenay.


It was a huge relief to have it safely onsite and then the work began in earnest. An ordinary old horse paddock has been transformed into a haven that complements the Wagon beautifully and is an area in which to relax and rejuvenate before heading back to the real world.