31 July 2018 | Written by Scott Martin

Top 10 – Holiday Homes Near The Snow

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Standing at the top of a snow-covered mountain, looking at a breathtaking view is one of the must-have New Zealand experiences. In New Zealand, we are blessed to have some amazing mountains with fantastic ski fields such as Mt Ruapehu, Mt Hutt, Treble Cone, Cardrona, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak!


1) Mountain Views on Millar 

Mountain Views on Millar - National Park Holiday Home - Ski holiday

4+4 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $155 per night

Centrally located, Mountain Views on Millar is a 3-bedroom National Park holiday home with sweet mountain scenery. Stay cosy indoors and plan your next day’s adventures, or chill on the deck for summer stays!

This National Park holiday home includes comfortably appointed open plan living, with all the basics for an easy home away from home. Check out the mountain views from the comfort of the couch, or step out and enjoy the fresh air when the weather is warmer – the deck is a handy place to catch up with your group during summer stays, and the sheltered off-street parking is ideal for winter stays.

Bedrooms 1 and 3 at this National Park accommodation each have a queen bed, while bedroom 2 includes 2 single bunk sets – a classic family set up or a great option for friends!

View the full listing for Mountain Views on Millar here


2) Rocky River Retreat

Rocky River Retreat - Raetihi Holiday Home - Ski holiday

4+4 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wifi | From $170 per night

Looking a holiday home to really escape to? A day up the mountain skiing or snowboarding, a spa bath for two and glass of wine in front of the wood fire. Rocky River Retreat could be just the spot you need.

This Raetihi chalet offers a relaxed and spacious living area fitted with an open, wood fireplace, comfy lounge suite, TV and WiFi so you can really settle in during those winter retreats. For that extra touch, there is an outdoor fireplace built into the deck, for those nights spent enjoying the sunset in the fresh air or stargazing and eating melting marshmallows! Two bedrooms both with a double bed and two double sofa beds in the lounge, ensuring there is plenty of bedding for your family or group.

Enjoy this great location as Raetihi is just a 10min drive to Ohakune but has a more relaxed atmosphere. Raetihi has its own cafes, superette and the Cossie Club is open to the public for great value meals.

View the full listing for Rocky River Retreat here


3) Ruapehu Retreat

Ruapehu Retreat - Ohakune Holiday Home - Ski holiday

7 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $190 per night

Ruapehu Retreat is a 2 bedroom Ohakune holiday home, perfect for couples and small groups. This Ohakune accommodation is ideal for ski weekends!

This Ohakune holiday home includes a sun deck and a toasty wood burning stove and a drying room to ensure you can enjoy relaxing evenings following a day on the ski slopes. Always in the background, there is Mt Ruapehu, resplendent in the evening sun, providing a stunning backdrop!

This north facing Ohakune holiday home has a light and airy atmosphere. There is plenty of sun and an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area with wood burner. On sunny days, you can also enjoy the very spacious lawn that surrounds the house.

View the full listing for Ruapehu Retreat here


4) Mountain Retreat

Mountain Retreat - National Park Holiday Home - Ski holiday

6 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $150 per night

Mountain Retreat is a cosy 2 bedroom holiday home located right in the centre of National Park town. This home is the perfect base for your next mountain adventure!

Inside you’ll find a bright open plan living space and modern kitchen, ideal for chilling after a long day up the slopes. Both bedrooms are equipped with queen bunk beds and ample heating, making for a cosy group stay over winter. During the warmer months, enjoy a BBQ out on the deck with your group or simply lounge back on the bean bags and soak up the views of Mount Ruapehu.

The location couldn’t be much better. You’ll love the close proximity to the Ski fields with Whakapapa just a 20-minute drive and Turoa 45 minutes away. The entrance to the Tongariro Crossing is also just a 20-minute drive from your door. For a relaxing day trip, Lake Taupo is just a 40-minute drive away for an afternoon spent by the lake.

View the full listing for Mountain Retreat here


5) Pinehaven

Pinehaven - Ohakune Holiday Home - Ski holiday

6+2 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $150 per night

Pinehaven is a 2 bedroom Ohakune holiday home. This cute and cosy Ruapehu base offers an easy getaway for up to 8 guests, within close proximity to the restaurants and bars at the Junction!

This 2 storey Ohakune holiday home includes comfortable and compact open plan living downstairs, with all the basics for a laid-back stay… A small deck off the living area ensures easy indoor/outdoor flow when the weather is warmer!

Upstairs at this Ohakune accommodation, bedrooms 1 and 2 each have a single bed plus a double bed, and bedroom 1 opens onto a private balcony for sunny summer stays. There is also a fold out sofa bed in the lounge when required.

View the full listing for Pinehaven here


6) Dunstan Retreat

Dunstan Retreat - Cromwell Holiday Home - Ski holiday

4+6 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wifi | From $150 per night

Dunstan Retreat is a 3 bedroom plus sleepout Cromwell holiday home. This warm and welcoming holiday home is cosy and bright, with easy indoor/outdoor living for an ideal year-round getaway!

This Cromwell holiday home includes open plan living, with a fireplace for toasty winter stays… The sunroom is a great addition for extra space, or set yourself up in the fully fenced, private backyard for alfresco living!

In the main house at this Cromwell accommodation, bedroom 1 is fitted with a queen bed, while bedrooms 2 and 3 each have a queen bed plus a single bed. The sleepout is ideal for larger groups, fitted with a queen bed.

View the full listing for Dunstan Retreat here


7) Aurum Retreat

Aurum Retreat - Cromwell Holiday Home - Ski holiday

6+2 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $170 per night

Aurum Retreat is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Cromwell holiday home with WiFi, within easy walking distance to local amenities. Enjoying a peaceful garden setting, this relaxed holiday base is a great option for up to 8 guests.

This Cromwell holiday home includes open plan living with a cosy set up – the fireplace is an ideal winter option, while the tranquil gardens offer the perfect backdrop for summer BBQ’s on the deck!

Bedroom 1 at this Cromwell accommodation has a queen bed. Bedroom 2 is fitted with a single bunk set plus a single bed with a trundler. Bedroom 3 includes 2 king singles that can be zipped into a super king size bed – this is an excellent option for families and couples, with 2 bathrooms to complete your convenient group set up.

View the full listing for Aurum Retreat here


8) Waenga Wonder

Waenga Wonder - Cromwell Holiday Home - Ski holiday

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2+1 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $170 per night

Waenga Wonder is a 3 bedroom holiday home in Cromwell. This warm and welcoming holiday home is an excellent family friendly base for your next Otago adventure!

This multi-level Cromwell home includes 3 spacious bedrooms located on the top floor and a relaxed open plan living space on the ground level. This comfortable set up is perfect for year-round getaways. Unwind in comfort by the fireplace for snug winter stays, or take full advantage of the sun-drenched patio, with the BBQ on hand for cruisy outdoor summer living. Designed to capture maximum sunlight with floor to ceiling windows, you’ll be able to enjoy the sun throughout the day.

Head into Cromwell Old Town, just a 30 minute walk away and explore Cromwell’s heritage. Set out on an adventure and cycle the famous Otago Rail Trail, go on a guided tour through the Goldfields Mining Centre or go wine tasting at one of the nearby Central Otago Vineyards, all within 20 minutes drive.

View the full listing for Waenga Wonder here


9) Cromwell Getaway

Cromwell Getaway - Cromwell Holiday Home - Ski holiday

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $170 per night

Cromwell Getaway is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Cromwell holiday home with free Wi-Fi. Enjoying a central location, this relaxed and cosy holiday home is a great base for your next adventure, within easy proximity to amenities and just a 40-minute drive to Arrowtown and Wanaka!

This Cromwell holiday home includes sunny open plan living, with easy indoor/outdoor flow onto the patio and BBQ area… This is the perfect spot to soak up the sun and enjoy time out with your group.

Bedroom 1 opens onto the patio at this Cromwell accommodation, has an ensuite bathroom, and is fitted with a queen bed. Bedroom 2 includes a king single bed plus a trundle bed, and bedroom 3 has a queen bed. In addition to the master ensuite, a family bathroom services the remaining bedrooms.

View the full listing for Cromwell Getaway here


10) Modern Cromwell

Modern Cromwell - Cromwell Holiday Home - Ski holiday

8 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $170 per night

Modern Cromwell is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Cromwell holiday home, enjoying a relaxed and spacious set up for your stay. Within easy proximity to local amenities, this modern haven is a great option for your Southern Lakes adventure!

This Cromwell holiday home includes well presented open plan living, with ample room to relax and unwind – stay toasty indoors with a heat pump for year round comfort, or enjoy the private, fully fenced section for laid-back summer living.

Bedroom 1 at this Cromwell accommodation is fitted with a king bed, bedroom 2 includes a queen bed, and bedroom 3 has 2 king single beds plus 2 trundlers – with 2 full bathrooms, this is an ideal option for couples and families to holiday together while enjoying their space!

View the full listing for Modern Cromwell here


Plan your next ski holiday before the ski season is over!

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