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Epic Pirate Ship in the Trees: All Reclaimed!

Wow! Check out this pirate ship in the trees!

This fun accommodation at Tanglewood Retreat in Waimauku, New Zealand was created from a 150 year old sailboat that was deemed un-seaworthy. Stace and her team took the boat, hoisted it into the trees, and transformed it with reclaimed materials into an epic getaway.

Up the spiral staircase you’ll find 129 square feet of pirate-themed fun, including a hidden rum compartment with a skull and crossbones. There’s a big seating area in the back, a cozy sleeping spot in the hull, and a skylight that gives you access to the deck.

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Sleep in A Pirate Ship Treehouse in New Zealand

The spiral staircase takes you up to the door.

Reclaimed windows give this such a fun feel.

There are tons of pirate details and decorations in this little space.

A perfect cozy sleeping area for a couple people.

VIDEO: 150 Year Old Sailboat Transformed Into Pirate Treehouse


  • 150 year old sailing ship
  • Turned into nightly accommodation
  • Almost entirely built from reclaimed materials
  • Mast found on the side of the road!
  • Spiral staircase up into the “treehouse”
  • Large seating area in back
  • Cozy sleeping area in front
  • Skylight to look at stars
  • Open it up and climb out onto the top of the ship
  • Treasure chest filled with pirate costumes

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Sheila
    August 26, 2020, 11:35 am

    This is very cool!

  • Claude
    August 26, 2020, 11:48 am

    At least, they won’t be worried about a major flood in their area.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:54 pm

      Hehe…so true.

  • Eric
    August 26, 2020, 7:19 pm

    Cough, cough, that is NOT a sailing “ship” it is a sailing “boat.” A sailing ship would be at least twice as long…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 27, 2020, 9:37 am

      Show’s you how knowledgeable I am about the sea LOL.

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