8 May 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Top 10 Queen’s Birthday Escapes 2018

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Has anyone else been hanging out for the next long weekend? Well we’re in luck – Queen’s Birthday on June 4th is fast approaching, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to enjoy a break away from our daily routines! With the allure of autumnal colours, crisp air, cosy open fires, and beautiful vistas to be explored throughout the country, it would be rude not to treat ourselves to a little getaway. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite holiday homes still available for Queen’s Birthday weekend for you to browse below, or start planning your escape here!

1. Pristine Vista, Queenstown

6 People | 3 bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $360 

This Queenstown holiday house boasts absolutely stunning lake and mountain views for an amazing backdrop to your next getaway… Relax in style as you enjoy a good read, or luxuriate in one of the many cosy spaces with your morning brew and gaze at the scenery! This home makes it hard not to instantly switch into holiday mode. You are also only a 7 minute drive to the centre of Queenstown, with breath-taking southern vistas to see along the way.

Step Inside Pristine Vista

2. Central Style, Queenstown

4+2 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $295

This 3 level Queenstown holiday home includes warm and bright open plan living on the middle level – stay snug and toasty indoors with amazing views to complete your Southern escape, or set yourself up for relaxed al fresco dining when the sun is shining, with the private courtyard and BBQ area creating the perfect space for laid back holiday living. Visit the cycle and walking trails nearby, hit the slopes, or explore the many amazing adventure activities in the area… you are also within walking distance to an array of cafes, restaurants, and bars!

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3. Hideaway Spa House, Queenstown

8 People | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $385

This 2 storey Queenstown holiday home includes spacious, comfortably appointed open plan living downstairs – stay toasty indoors by the fireplace for cosy winter stays, or soak in the spa pool after a day on the ski slopes. Stroll around the private garden with your morning brew, or breathe in the fresh alpine air with a vino in the evening! For days exploring the area, you are just minutes from The Shotover and the Queenstown Trail, or head into town an easy 10 minute drive away… Plus, you are just a 20 minute drive to both the Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields.

Step Inside Hideaway Spa

4. Banksia Cottage, Akaroa

2+2 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Pet Friendly (Inside Welcome) | From $255

Banksia Cottage is a charming 2 bedroom holiday home. Located in the heart of Akaroa this 2 storey home is the perfect escape for a couple or small family. The cottage includes a main bedroom on the ground floor as well as a second bedroom upstairs with two single beds. The open plan interior is filled with charisma and unique decor, snuggle up by the fire in the main living area as the evenings become cooler, or stroll outside and feel removed from the world in your own secret garden. Find yourself at the main wharf just a 10 minutes walk from your front door, and venture out to go swimming with dolphins, go trekking through the numerous walking tracks through the rolling hills, or stop by the town centre to sample the delicious French cuisine!

Step Inside Banksia Cottage

5. Stargazer, Ohakune

8 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $200

Stargazer is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Ohakune holiday home, located in the Snowmass division just a 1 minute drive, or 5 minutes walk from Ohakune’s cafes, restaurants, and bars! The home is set over a single level, with a large open living area facing towards views of Mt Ruapehu and its ski fields. Designed for new age fun with a vintage feel, Stargazer offers an awesome holiday set up. The spaces are warm and inviting with contemporary details and high-end amenities; that include infinity gas and an espresso machine… The drying room is also an excellent addition for safely storing all your ski gear.

Step Inside Stargazer 

6. Watermark Harbourside Villa, Central Taupo

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $325

Watermark Harbourside Villa is an upmarket 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Taupo holiday apartment with a swimming pool, Smart TV, guest parking and complimentary unlimited WiFi. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Waikato River, boat harbour and Lake Taupo from this excellent location! When you feel like heading out, you are just a 5 minute stroll from restaurants, cafe’s and local amenities, or try a spot of trout fishing from your lawn!

Step Inside Watermark Harbourside Villa

7. Tightlines Lakeside, Lake Rotoehu

6+2 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Outdoor Only) | From $145

Well positioned between Rotorua and Whakatane this charming hideaway is the perfect place to unwind lakeside. You can also fill your days with all the activities on offer: sink into a state of bliss in the nearby thermal hot pools, enjoy year-round fishing either from the front lawn or other easily accessed lakes and rivers in the area, embark on a hike, play golf at the local Hinehopu course, bring the boat for fun on the lake… or simply just relax with a glass or two in front of the open fire while watching the sunset.

Step Inside Tightlines Lakeside

8. Harbour Mount Ocean Views, Mt Maunganui

6 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $295

Harbour Mount Ocean Views is a 2 bedroom Mt Maunganui Apartment. Enjoying a fantastic position, with beach access directly over the road, this apartment is an ideal option for your next Mount getaway! You’ll love the brand new furnishings and the easy indoor/outdoor flow onto the balcony allowing for the perfect al fresco set up – fire up the BBQ, sit back and enjoy the surrounding harbour and mountain views. Located just moments from Pilot Bay, enjoy walks along the harbour side, hike up the Mount for spectacular views and try out the humming cafes and bars at your doorstep!

Step Inside Harbour Mount Ocean Views

9. The Lookout, Tairua

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | From $285

The Lookout is a modern 2 bedroom Tairua holiday home, enjoying an elevated position to capture stunning beach and ocean vistas. This upmarket home is the perfect option for a couples or family retreat! The home includes well appointed open plan living, with easy indoor/outdoor flow… Unwind indoors and admire the scenery, or set yourself up on the deck for dining alfresco with amazing ocean views, watching the world go by. Everything you need for a refreshing stay is on hand!

Step Inside The Lookout

10. Ocean Oasis, Langs Beach

8+2 People | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $310

Ocean Oasis is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Langs Beach holiday home, just one row of houses back from the beach! This modern and tastefully presented home is ideal for your next family or friends getaway. If the gorgeous ocean views from the deck aren’t enough, this home is equipped with a spa pool and outdoor shower, which are perfect for rinsing off and relaxing after fun at the beach. For winter stays, the closed pot belly fire and supply of wood will keep everyone warm and snug, perfect for group movie nights. You’re also just a 7 minute drive from Cove Cafe which will have your hearty meal cravings or caffeine fix sorted!

Step Inside Ocean Oasis


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