8 February 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Top 10 Easter Escapes 2018

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The Easter break offers the perfect opportunity to embrace spending time with family and friends. We’ve rounded up an egg-cellent collection of luxury holiday homes, even sweeter than a box of chocolates! A long weekend away in one of our beautiful homes provides the perfect setting for a fun filled Easter egg hunt or a long, decadent Easter brunch. From remote eco lodges in Mt Ruapehu, to baches in bustling villages, you’ll be ideally placed for both indoor and outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking to escape with a loved one, spend quality time with your family, or catch up with a group of friends – Easter is a wonderful time to see New Zealand in all its glory. Discover your happy place this Easter with our choice of great breaks across the country!

And, to sweeten the deal… anyone booking during the month of March will be in the draw for a $500 Countdown gift card. Get all the groceries you need for the Bach! So whether you’re still on the lookout for an Easter escape, or want to be the early bird and book for next summer, get booking this March and you’ll be in to win!

1. Bay Cottage, Waiheke

4+2 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | From $365

Bay cottage is a charming 2 bedroom, plus sleep-out Waiheke holiday home. Perfectly positioned at Hooks Beach with beautiful sea views, this secluded sanctuary is ideal for an island escape. This home offers 2 spacious bedrooms in the main house, as well as a beautifully decorated sleep-out. The bright living space and indoor/outdoor flow makes relaxing inside or outside a breeze. Relax with your group in the private outdoor seating area set amongst lush tropical planting, and enjoy an al fresco brunch or a few sundowners of local wine! For the ultimate relaxation soak in the spa pool overlooking the sea below (a perfect sunset spot!). You’ll also love the private access to Hooks Beach, where you can fish off the rocks or go for a quick dip to cool off on hot days!

2. Palm Vista, Waiheke


7 People | 3 bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $335

Enjoying an elevated position to capture brilliant beach scenes, Palm Vista offers contemporary comfort – and is just a 2 minute stroll from the beach! Set across 2 levels, the open plan living exudes a beachside luxury vibe, with numerous living spaces lending themselves well to cruisy summers. With a deck off each level, as well as a private and sheltered BBQ area at the rear of the property – your group has ample choice when it comes to either sprawling out in the sun, or enjoying a meal together! The modern kitchen includes a small breakfast bar area ideal for lazy holiday brunches, while the separate TV room downstairs offers a cosy nook for a movie night. Make the most of whats to offer on your doorstep – from swimming and kayaking, to local markets, and stunning wineries and restaurants!

3. Kuaotunu Lookout, Coromandel

8 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2+1 Bathrooms | From $235

Kuaotunu Lookout boasts a stunning ocean outlook and is located just a 3-minute walk down a private path to the beautiful Kuaotunu Beach! This 3 bedroom upmarket Kuaotunu holiday home enjoys excellent indoor/outdoor living across 2 levels, with expansive windows that bring you into your surrounds. The dining area is ideally positioned to take in the gorgeous sea views, and accordion glass doors lead to the outdoor living area for relaxed holiday dining with a view. The master bedroom is located off the upstairs living area, complete with its own private deck to soak up the sun and sea views!

4. The Boatshed, Tauranga

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $345

Enjoying breathtaking views, this converted boat shed enjoys an exclusive harbour front location complete with its own private mooring – making it an undeniably unique Tauranga holiday home! Sit back in comfort as you take in the serene harbour vista’s from the upstairs lounge, wake up to magical views of Tauranga Harbour from the master bedroom, and enjoy a BBQ on the downstairs deck. Each of the bedrooms includes a private ensuite – perfect for 2 couples holidaying together. With boat mooring available, everything is right at your fingertips for days on the water. Use the dinghy provided to make the short trip to your boat, or make use of the kayak to cruise around the harbour. Plus, there is fishing tackle on hand for those keen to catch their dinner, or make an Italian masterpiece in the pizza oven!

5. Beach and Mount Retreat, Mt Maunganui

5 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $260

Enjoying an incredible location just moments from the beachfront, this well appointed apartment has access to all on site facilities; including a gym and a swimming pool, as well as being central to all that Mt Maunganui has to offer! Beach and Mount Retreat is a modern 2 storey Mt Maunganui holiday apartment, with superb open plan living. Expansive bi-fold doors ensure relaxed summer living, with plenty of room to dine al fresco – complete with views to the beach! Chill out on the deck and admire the view, hit the gym or enjoy a dip in the pool. Plus, the ocean beach is just a stroll across the road, and Pilot Bay is just moments away for meandering along the harbour side!

6. Lakeside Beauty, Lake Taupo

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $460

Everything you need for your lakeside retreat awaits at this tranquil Hatepe haven! Beautifully presented, this holiday home is perfect for the ultimate escape – unwind on the deck with a good book and a glass of wine, or simply admire the scenery. The BBQ area is an excellent addition for al fresco foodie afternoons with your group, or wander down the steps to the lake edge and take a dip to cool off! There are tennis racquets for your use at the local tennis courts, a jetty for those keen to be on the water, kayaks available, and waders for those planning on fishing. You will feel worlds away at this peaceful and private lakeside setting, yet you are just a short drive from all the action Taupo has to offer – enjoy the best of both worlds!

7. Triple Peaks Eco Lodge, Mt Ruapehu 

7+2 People | 5 Bedrooms | 2+1 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $355 

Triple Peaks Lodge is an upmarket 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom National Park holiday house. This modern holiday house enjoys expansive decking, spacious living areas, and breath taking views overlooking Tongariro National Park! Park up on the deck for your morning cuppa, a spot of sunbathing, or a few cheeky sundowners with forest and mountain range vistas as your backdrop! The fireplace is on hand for cooler stays, ideal to cosy up with your group as you gaze at the panoramic views. Triple Peaks Lodge offers an ideal Ruapehu retreat, with everything you need for a refreshing escape – well away from the hustle and bustle of city living!

8. Wharepuni, Martinborough

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $335

Wharepuni is a 3 bedroom, light and airy open-plan Martinborough holiday home. Architecturally designed with open plan spaces for living, dining and cooking – each space flows seamlessly out to the sun drenched courtyard, facing a sumptuous solar heated swimming pool. There is a BBQ in the sheltered area – ideal for a lazy weekend by the pool. To the rear there is a large grassed area ideal for a game of backyard cricket, and there are also kayaks to use for your aquatic pursuits. Wharepuni is located close to many of the region’s fine wineries and golf courses, as well as being across the road from tennis courts & Oak Park!

9. Point Vista, Queenstown

8+2 People | 5+1 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $760

Point Vista is an upmarket, architecturally designed, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Queenstown holiday house located at Jacks Point. Enjoying a dramatic setting, this modern and spacious holiday house is an ideal option for a refreshing Southern Lakes escape. The home includes exceptionally well appointed open plan living spaces, with stunning mountain and lake views, and fantastic indoor/outdoor flow – with multiple doors leading out to the postcard-perfect landscape. Relax in the private patio area with ample room to dine al fresco, and enjoy the outdoor fire place for cooler nights. You are just a 10 minute drive to Queenstown Airport, and a 15-20 minute drive into the town centre for all that Queenstown has to offer!

10. Lakes Retreat, Queenstown

8 People | 4 Bedrooms | 3+1 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $405

Enjoying a serene lakefront and mountain setting, Lakes Retreat is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Queenstown holiday home. This spacious retreat is set just 15 minutes away from Coronet carpark, 10 minutes from Queenstown and Arrowtown, as well as being close to Otago cycle trails! This 2 storey home includes generous living areas – providing plenty of room for your group to unwind in comfort. The gas fireplace is ideal for toasty evenings as you discuss the days adventures, or open the french doors and admire the tranquil garden and alpine scenes. Find your favourite spot indoors and relax with a good book, dine outside against a gorgeous backdrop, or soak up some sun by the waters edge. For the keen adventurer there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy within easy driving distance, or simply head into Queenstown for a great selection of shopping and dining options!

Let us help you plan your trip – contact our luxury travel curator to tailor your stay, arrange experiences and offer unique add ons!

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