12 January 2018 | Written by Jessie Riley

Top 10 getaways for Auckland Anniversary weekend

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Auckland Anniversary weekend is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect excuse to be back on holiday and enjoy the glorious summer weather! We’ve put together our Top 10 holiday getaways for this Auckland Anniversary weekend, still available for a long weekend BBQ.

#1 Mangawhai – Modern Mangawhai

Modern Mangawhai

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

This spacious haven offers comfort with fresh designer flair, just a short walk to local amenities, cafes, the tavern, and the estuary!

The tastefully furnished, well equipped interior offers a premium space to chill and unwind; share lazy family brunches at the breakfast bar, or relax in comfort on the large yet cosy sofa. The spacious and sheltered deck is a great spot for cruisy long weekend afternoons with the BBQ on hand.

When it’s time to head out, a short stroll will have you at a selection of cafes. A 10 minute walk takes you to the tavern and estuary, or hit the surf beach just a 10 minute drive from your door. There are other awesome activities to enjoy on your Auckland Anniversary weekend in the local area, including a selection of wineries, several beaches within driving distance and local walks and cycle trails.

View the full listing for Modern Mangawhai here


#2 Waihi Beach – Open Spaces

Open Spaces

5 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $140 per night

With a sweet combination of swimming pool and views this Waihi holiday apartment makes a refreshing Waihi escape.

Located below the main dwelling, the apartment includes modern, well appointed open plan living. The easy outdoor flow is ideal for al fresco living, with a spacious and sheltered BBQ area on hand. The playhouse is a great option for the kids, or take a dip in the pool and admire the rural and sea views! Each of the bedrooms includes an ensuite making this the perfect set up for couples and families. All rooms flow seamlessly onto the sheltered patio for cruisy summer stays.

For days at the beach, a 10 minute walk will see you in the sand and surf at Waihi! The cafe’s and local amenities are also only a short drive away so everything you need is within reach.

View the full listing for Open Spaces here


#3 Lake Taupo – Harbourside Central

Harbourside Central

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2+1 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $220 per night

This apartment is situated in a fantastic location with WiFi and a swimming pool on site. Enjoying easy access to everything on offer in the Lake Taupo region, this modern apartment is perfect for friends, families, and couples!

Enjoy the modern open plan living on the middle level, or head out on the deck to enjoy your morning cuppa. The lower level courtyard is perfect for al fresco summers; fire up the BBQ and soak up the sun!

You are an easy stroll along the river to parks and Taupo Central Shopping Precinct. Enjoy the restaurants and markets, or visit the picturesque marina and boat ramp only 5 minutes away.

View the full listing for Harbourside Central here


#4 Rotorua – Roto City Style

Roto City Style

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $245 per night

Step on site and relax into your Auckland Anniversary weekend! Generous bi-folds flow easily outdoors for refreshing summers on the front and rear patio; perfect for a chill summer BBQ. Sip on a cold beverage and enjoy the laid back al fresco lifestyle!

You will easily find your favourite spot to unwind, with light open plan interior and low key neutral tones. There are 3 comfortably appointed bedrooms, including a master with ensuite to ensure plenty of space and privacy.

This easy location means you are slightly removed from the hustle and bustle, yet mere minutes from the lake edge and key attractions. Enjoy a spa day at the Polynesian Spa, or Cruise around Mokoia Island, both just 10 minutes away. Not to mention the proximity to the Redwoods, just a few minutes drive away.

View the full listing for Roto City Style here


#5 Arrowtown – A La Mode

A La Mode

6+2 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $255 per night

This well equipped holiday home is surrounded by stunning hill and garden, instantly putting it’s guests at ease. Soak in the Arrowtown magic and relax! You will love the tastefully furnished interior with it’s chic yet cosy vibe, along with plenty of facilities to keep your crew happy. A Sonos sound system is just the ticket for listening to your holiday soundtrack.

On sunny long weekend days, you can’t go past the epic outdoor living space where you can fire up the BBQ in true kiwi style. Or simply take a load off and admire the tranquil scenery.

If you’re looking for adventure, it’s only a 3 minute drive to the golf course for a day on the green. Or for a spot of shopping a 3 minute stroll into town provides a selection of shopping and dining options.

View the full listing for A La Mode here


#6 Leigh – Tui Harbour View

Tui Harbour View

8+2 People | 4 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $235 per night

There’s no denying you’re on holiday as you arrive to palm trees and a spacious section. The multi level living ensures ample room for your group to unwind, with sweet sea views from the deck and the awesome addition of a games room downstairs. Keep the family entertained with table tennis and darts. Cook up a BBQ meal and admire the ocean views, or chill on the sofa for lazy Netflix evenings. Or just enjoy a glass of wine listening to your favourite Spotify playlist via the Bluetooth Bose sound system.

If you’re looking for some adventure over the long weekend this is the place for you! Only a 5 minute walk to the harbour or 2 mins by car to launch the boat for a great days fishing and diving and a 5min drive to Goat Island marine reserve for snorkelling or diving. If a quieter day is more your style, it’s just a 2 minute stroll up to Leigh Bites café for your morning coffee. The Sawmill Cafe is a 10 minute walk away or for something a little closer a 2 minute walk will take you to the local shops/bar/restaurants. Plus, you are a 15 minute drive to Matakana, famous for its Saturday Markets and movie theatre.

View the full listing for Tui Harbour View here


#7 Paihia – Paihia Centre Peace

Paihia Centre Peace

6+3 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $325 per night

This 2 storey holiday home includes beautifully presented open plan living downstairs. The seamless outdoor flow lends itself perfectly to summer living, with floor to ceiling bi-fold doors that open onto the sheltered deck! The spacious kitchen is ideal for whipping up your Auckland Anniversary weekend meals and includes filtered drinking water and an ice maker. The upstairs deck provides an excellent option to dine al fresco, with peaceful surrounds and your own private bird watching sanctuary, a BBQ, and comfortable outdoor furniture.

Stay on site and relax, or set out on adventure with an array of activities within walking distance; only a 5 minute walk to Paihia township and beach, along with the wharf, amenities, cafes, and more! Plus, you are just a 2 minute walk to the local school field and BMX track, or to the start of a 45 minute bush walk and Opua Forest lookout.

View the full listing for Paihia Centre Peace here


#8 Kaiteriteri – The Treehouse

8 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | From $285 per night

Recently named amongst the top ten holiday homes in New Zealand, The Treehouse is set amongst peaceful and private bush surrounds.

This modern Kaiteriteri holiday home offers comfort and style with open-plan living. Fitted with floor to ceiling glass throughout, relax and take in the tranquil bush surrounds from your preferred vantage point. The glass doors open from the living and kitchen onto wrap-around decking for amazing summer living!

The spacious and well appointed kitchen is ideal for the keen chef, or simply sit back and enjoy your morning coffee with a brilliant backdrop!

Relax onsite or visit the beach just a 3 minute drive away.

View the full listing for The Treehouse here


#9 Waiheke Island – Palm Vista

Palm Vista

7 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms | From $335 per night

Enjoy the brilliant beach scenes in this contemporary holiday home. The open plan living includes a beachy yet modern vibe and is just a 2 minute stroll to the beach! Make the most of the seamless outdoor flow for fresh air and sunshine on the deck. Kick back in the outdoor sofas with your morning coffee and soak up the scenery!

Multiple outdoor living spaces lend themselves well to al fresco summers. With a deck off each level, as well as a private and sheltered BBQ area at the rear of the property where your group can gather and plan the next days adventure. The modern kitchen includes a small breakfast bar area for a lazy long weekend brunch, while the separate TV room downstairs offers just the spot for a movie night.

There is plenty to see and do nearby; you’re moments from Palm Beach with safe swimming and kayaking. A 5 minute walk to the local dairy, 5 minute drive to the markets at Ostend and another couple of minutes to wineries at Stoneyridge / Te Motu. Or head to Oneroa Beach and village, its selection of cafes and restaurants are sure to please.

View the full listing for Palm Vista here


#10 Napier – Seaspray Cottage

Seaspray Cottage

5 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms | Wifi | From $160 per night

Seaspray Cottage is a 2 bedroom Napier holiday home, located right across the road from the water!

This great holiday home includes a cosy living area with great sea views. On stunning summer days, set yourself up on the deck surrounded by the summer garden, where you can dine al fresco on Auckland Anniversary weekend with ocean views!

There’s plenty to do close by. Enjoy the area with a skate park within walking distance from your door and the Aquarium a 20-minute walk away! Plus, the Hawkes Bay Cycle Trail is right across the road! For other amenities, the CBD is a mere 5 minute walk making this an ideal base for the Wine Trail and Art Deco Festival! 

View the full listing for Seaspray Cottage here


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