12 December 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Our Top 10 – Romantic Holiday Homes of 2018!

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We’ve rounded up 10 of our best romantic holiday homes to make your next romantic escape one to remember. You can even bring your dog along to a few of our retreats!

Romantic retreats away with your significant other are a wonderful way to enjoy some special moments together and make memories to last a lifetime.We have many gorgeous holiday homes that are ideal for two or a few more for a couples retreat! From island hideouts and cosy lakeside lodges to charming lofts and breath-taking farm estates.

Indulge in some overdue ‘couple’ time, celebrate something special or just simply treat your better half to an amazing escape. Our romantic retreats are perfect for when that little something extra special is required. Expect to find hot tubs with views to suit, inspiring locations, luxurious four-poster beds, thoughtful furnishings and roaring open fires… and that’s just the beginning!


1. Kereru, Waiheke Island

4+2 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $215 per night

Kereru is beautifully decorated, with relaxed beachy vibes and eclectic pops of colour and style throughout. Take delight in the beautiful polished wooden floors, bohemian art, comfy couches and luxurious beds. The spacious and sun-drenched living areas open onto three large wooden decks, waiting for you to BBQ and picnic in the summer sun or beneath the dappled shade of a mature Kowhai tree. Wake up slow in the morning before enjoying your morning coffee in the sunshine. Sink into the outdoor lounger with a good book and enjoy the fruit trees on hand for easy summer snacking. The indulgent slipper bathtub in the bathroom is the perfect place for a soak at the end of the day.

View the full listing for Kereru here

2. The Black Barn, Lake Tarawera

4+1 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Pet-Friendly Outdoor Only | From $275 per night

Welcome to The Black Barn, where idyllic rural bliss meets upscale country glamour! This two-bedroom converted woolshed is a unique find, nestled on the banks of Lake Tarawera, and situated on the grounds of private Spencer Lodge. A true highlight of The Black Barn is the stunning outdoor living on the deck and patio, with cedar hot tub and bar leaner. This luxury rural retreat with spring-fed natural water boasts spectacular lake and mountain views, and there’s tame sheep on the property you can visit and feed! There’s boat parking onsite and your furry friend can come along for the adventure too.

View the full listing for The black Barn here

3. Matakana Magic, Matakana

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom | From $360 per night

Enjoying an elevated position to capture tranquil rural views, this modern home includes everything you need for a refreshing escape, just a 5-minute walk from the village! Unwind indoors and gaze at the peaceful scenery, dine al fresco on the spacious deck, or soak in the spa for the ultimate relaxation… This beautiful spot is ideal for 1-2 couples to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a slower pace with supreme views.

View the full listing for Matakana Magic here

4. Hector’s Tiny House, Akaroa

2 People | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | From $175 per night

Discover Akaroa and views second to none over Robinson’s Bay – you may even be able to spot the playful Hector’s dolphins in the distance! Perfect for a couple’s retreat head to Hector’s Tiny House for some rest and rejuvenation. Soak in the spa after a day of adventure, or step outside onto the private garden with your favourite glass of wine and watch the sunset across the bay. Bliss!

View the full listing for Hector’s Tiny House here

5. Waipapa Cottage, Lake Taupo

4+2 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $285 per night

Enjoy an indulgent Kurutau stay with breathtaking lakefront views over the majestic Kaimanawa Ranges. This Kuratau holiday home sits above the pristine southwestern shores of Lake Taupo. Unwind indoors by the fire and admire the scenery, or dine alfresco on the deck with spectacular views. The salt water spa is a romantic setting for the ultimate relaxing evening!

View the full listing for Waipapa Cottage here

6. The Loft, Hastings

2 People | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | From $170 per night

For a taste of New York style right in the heart of Hawkes Bay, book your stay at The Loft. Light and airy with an open plan living space to unwind in and equipped with all the comforts you’ll need for a pleasant stay, including Wi-Fi, Smart TV and of course the luxurious King bed! While you’re in the Hawkes Bay, a visit to at least one of the 70 wineries in the region is a must. Be sure to bring a bottle home to enjoy while gazing out at views of Te Mata Peak.

View the full listing for The Loft here

7. Mana Sarovar, Lake Tarawera

5+3 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 3 Bathroom | From $550 per night

Lush green grass, sparkling lakes and blue skies as far as the eye can see. Step into your postcard-perfect dream escape at Mana Sarovar, a designer holiday home perched on the edge of Lake Tarawera. You’ll be pinching yourself as you take in the jaw-dropping scenery from the deck as you enjoy your morning coffee and gaze out across the lake. At the end of the day, a bubble bath in the luxurious spa bath is truly what dreams are made of. Park the boat on site, or enjoy the kayak you can take out to explore the waters.

View the full listing for Mana Sarovar here

8. Wonderful Coastal Farm Near Whangamata, Onemana

4+4 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Pet-Friendly Outdoor Only | From $230 per night

This special place just 15 minutes drive from Whangamata sits on a plot of 50 hectares that you arrive at via an unpaved 6km road. It is wrapped to the West and North by the Wharekawa River estuary as the river winds its final turn to the Pacific Ocean. To the south lies forestry creating a ‘land island’ and a true sense of privacy. Activities on site include a 1 km river walk during mid to low tide, a 1 km walk through an ancient pohutukawa forest to a Maori Pa site and a headland where you will find a picnic table and running water from which you have an outstanding view of the Bay of Plenty, many safe swimming spots, as well as kayak and boogie boards for use at the beach and on the river.

View the full listing for Wonderful Coastal Farm Near Whangamata here

9. Little Tiri, Waiheke Island

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $220 per night

Fresh and modern open plan living, with beautiful island and sea views from both indoors and out! When the weather is warmer, open the generous bi-fold doors and enjoy al fresco living at its best! The BBQ is on hand for classic kiwi summers, or simply take time out and take in the scenery. Stay on site for some much needed rest and relaxation, or explore the island with a great selection of cafe’s, restaurants, and vineyards to visit!

View the full listing for Little Tiri here

10. Havana Lakeside, Lake Rotoiti

6+6 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 3 Bathroom | Pet-Friendly Outdoor Only | From $290 per night

Enjoying a brilliant lakefront position, this Lake Rotoiti holiday home includes a bright and funky open plan living area in the main house, with peaceful lake views… Stay snug indoors and relax by the fire, or set yourself up outdoors for fantastic kiwi summers by the lake. The waters edge is just moments from your door for days on the lake – fish, swim, water-ski, or simply admire the scenery!

View the full listing for Havana Lakeside here


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