The Shaka tiny is balanced in all aspects. It doesn't have the disadvantages of larger and heavier tiny houses or off-grid compact units. At six meters (19.6 feet), it's long enough to allow a comfortable and functional layout. Since it's not meant to be permanently on the road, meaning there are no major weight restrictions, it can be built using standard materials and appliances and construction techniques that are more economical. All of this translates to affordable costs without sacrificing comfort.
The basic Shaka boasts a total weight of just 2.6 tons, including the trailer, which means it's still easy to tow or transport on a truck even though it's slightly more spacious than the brand's off-grid version, designed to be on the road most of the time. Being compact doesn't mean that it's not sturdy or durable - quite the opposite.
Inside, the walls are lined with 9 mm ply, and the flooring is vinyl, but future owners can go for an upgrade at an extra cost. The simple layout is one of this model's main assets due to the clever use of space. The Shaka is so small that it only boasts an open-plan main-floor layout with a separate bathroom. Still, the overall space feels much bigger and is also bright and luminous during the day.
One end of the house is a multifunctional area that can double as a bedroom and a day lounge. It can fit in a queen-sized bed, a sofa, or even two small bunk beds. The main advantage here is the large window that brings in the sunshine and ensures a welcomed connection to the outdoors.
A beautifully crafted breakfast bar adds a beach house touch to this modern, informal cabin. It's placed right in front of the window, with matching bar stools. And the window isn't an ordinary one either. It's a bi-fold window that opens out onto the deck, transforming the Shaka into an indoor/outdoor entertainment sanctuary that can be enjoyed just as well from the outside as it is on the inside.
This type of dining setup is perfect for those who want to feel more connected to their surroundings and spend more time out in nature. It is also a signature feature of New Zealand-designed tiny homes, which commonly emphasize the indoor/outdoor flow.
The basic Shaka Shack is available for purchase at NZD 60,000 ($37,000) plus an extra NZD 8,000 ($5,000) for the smart trailer and is also available as a rental. The Kiwi company offers fully self-contained Shaka units with all the basics for those who need a temporary abode and who have the land for it. The Shaka can be rented for a minimum of six months at NZD 280 ($172) per month.