A VC is a practical building with a bit of style designed by us and manufactured in China. We have built our first prototype and are now working on a smaller version.
They are structures made from brand new shipping containers. They are warm, cosy and make a fantastic Airbnb, farmstay, office, glamping experience or extra space family.
We use the space really efficiently and have a few designs up our sleeves!
Our cabins comprise of x2 20″ shipping containers, 1-2 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and lounge/office space. We design all the window and door cutouts, specify any walls, insulation requirements and and have them made and shipped out from Yangzhou China. (We have visited the factory and work closely with our team there for each new cabin.)
Some things are better completed here – so the windows are NZ made and the gas and electrics are all fitted here too.
We can supply just the insulated containers or more of a turnkey solution by sourcing kitchen/bathroom materials, liaise with you over electrics, builders and onsite assemble. Extra roofing, decking, sheds, etc can be added.
Our first prototype sleeps 4 people and has 2 loft spaces but this version is currently not for sale. (But you can stay in it, see below!) We did however test many of our design principles whilst building the first one and have taken our learnings onto No2! We are exploring a smaller cabin at the moment to be built later this year, it will be a studio with an optional loft space depending on the roof type you choose.
We have built our first Voyager Cabin in Millers Flat, Central Otago. This cabin sleeps 4 and is a rural retreat right on the Clutha Gold bike trail and is available for rent on airbnb.
An short break in a Voyager Cabin is a fantastic way to try before you buy.
We use closed cell foam in the container walls and roof, and a combination of closed cell foam and SIP’s panels in the floor. These products have been chosen for their durability and their effectiveness in insulation. They exceed building code regulations. We have also installed a heatpump and cosy fireplace.
The short answer is yes. Dwellings over 10m2 need building consent. Our buildings are built to the NZ Building code and are therefore ‘consentable’. We are happy to help you with your application to council if required and can produce the specifications they require.
Yes! The good kiwi DIY’er can purchase the bedroom unit and utility unit and assemble them anyway they like. In this case you will be required to get your own consent and possibly your own extra engineering done to ensure it is safe to live in on your chosen site.