There’s nothing better than a classic Kiwi holiday. Usually spent parked up at the beach, G&T in hand. There’s an endless supply of magnificent spots to hide away during the summer break, and with that comes incredible batches, nooks, tiny homes and apartments just ready for you to explore.
We love the option of renting a holiday home over a hotel during summer vacations. You can get closer to the beach, spread out and make the place your own. There are so many options across the country that regardless of your destination, there is bound to be a cosy home waiting for you. But first, it’s all about deciding whether you’ll be heading North or South.
New Zealand’s North and South Islands are so different in many ways. If you’re looking for sandy beaches and hidden coves of crystal blue waters, the North Island is your pick. For a more dramatic landscape framed by picturesque mountain ranges, you’ll be heading South.
Upper North Island
A quaint chapel from the 1870s has been renovated into unique accommodations. With the entire property to enjoy, you can choose to hide away, or explore further, with Russell only a five-minute drive away.
Go bush with one of the best views of the iconic West Coast beach. You almost feel like you’re in a tree house, but with all the amenities of a luxury getaway. The outdoor bath is a standout for a couple’s night away.
There’s more to Waiheke than long lunches and wine tours. Renee’s clifftop cabin is the best vantage point for exploring the hidden beaches and secret coves below. You’ll be close enough to Waiheke’s main centre, but far enough to explore less walked parts of the island.
Matakana Bush Retreat
Situated perfectly between incredible stretches of beach, you have Omaha, Leigh, Tāwharanui and Snells Beach at your doorstep. This tranquil spot is ideal for a quick weekend getaway from Auckland.
Hot Water Beach Bird’s Nest
When we think of summer, we think of the Coromandel Peninsula. Beach-hop to your heart’s content, basing yourself at Hot Water Beach. The Bird’s Nest has the most spectacular views of the bushland and beach below.
Lower North Island
Taranaki Tree House
Show us a more unique holiday spot than the Taranaki Tree House. Fitted with its own slide, this Airbnb is an architectural marvel – your friends will definitely be asking about it! Located just south of New Plymouth, you’re in the perfect spot to explore Mount Taranaki or the beachside township.
Planning a road trip down the North Island? You couldn’t ask for a better pit stop location. You are quite literally beachfront, giving you the perfect opportunity to pop the kayaks out right off the front lawn or sit back in the outdoor tub and take in the view.
The Nest, Taranaki
Another incredible find near Mount Taranaki is The Nest. From the clifftop, it’s just you, as far as the eye can see. There’s an outdoor bathtub, of course, to take in the views in the most relaxing way with a wine in hand.
Upper South Island
Golden Bay Ecohouse
You couldn’t ask for a better spot to enjoy Golden Bay. Close enough to the Abel Tasman National Park, this Ecohouse is your post-exploring haven.
Kererū Hut Canterbury
Unplug from reality in this award-winning tiny-home in the middle of rural Canterbury. At the foothills of Mount Hutt, Kererū Retreat can’t be missed on your South Island road trip.
Woodpecker Bay Bach
The quintessential Kiwi bach, aka a rustic tin shed. Woodpecker Bay Bach sits right on the coastline, so be sure to come ready to watch the crashing waves come right up to your window.
Hokitika Fire Station
Another West Coast beauty. The Fire Station, in the heart of Hokitika, is a stylish apartment located only a few blocks back from the waterfront. Be sure to see the other listings within the building!
Lower South Island
Mackenzie Country is an experience in itself, offering rugged mountains and valleys. Spend a night under the stars from bed, with the custom skylight above. We recommend spending a few nights to really sink into relaxation.
Wanting to be closer to the action without giving up the cabin experience? The Wānaka Lookout sits high above, with panoramic views of the lake and mountain surrounds, but only a five-minute drive from the township.
Oamaru is known for its limestone architecture, Victorian heritage and the love of steampunk. It’s key to stay in accommodation that reflects the town’s quirky nature. The historic chapel couldn’t be a better pick.
Lake Views Te Anau
No Kiwi experience is complete without a trip to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. As the gateway to the sounds and Fiordland National Park, this 11-acre holiday home is an ideal getaway from all the adventure.