11 February 2020 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Our top 9 Romantic Retreats!

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Top 9 Romantic Holiday Homes

Treat your better half to a romantic weekend away! Explore our range of romantic retreats perfect for Valentine’s Day, celebrating anniversaries, milestones and spontaneous getaways – just ‘cos.

From beachfront abodes to charming boltholes set amongst native bush, to cosy alpine lodges, we have the best holiday homes to suit your next romantic getaway. You’ll be thrilled to know you can even take your canine companions to many of our homes which are pet friendly too.

Explore our top 9 romantic retreats



1. Woodside Bay Cottage – Waiheke Island

Perched harmoniously up on the hillside boasting phenomenal panoramic views out over the rolling hills of Waiheke Island and the glistening blue water. Indulge in a glass or two of wine from one of the many surrounding vineyards, whilst soaking in the outdoor bath. Holiday bliss.


2. Casa Matau – Queenstown

Step into a postcard-perfect scene at Casa Matau, with views for days spanning across Lake Wakatipu and snow-capped mountains. Make use of the pizza oven in the courtyard and enjoy dinner al fresco with one epic backdrop!


3. Hector’s Tiny House – Akaroa

Perfect for a couple’s retreat, Hector’s Tiny House provides an idyllic bolthole for some rest and rejuvenation! Soak in the spa after a day of adventure, watch the sunset across the bay and if you’re lucky you may even spot the playful Hector’s dolphins in the distance.


4. Spencers Sanctuary – Lake Tarawera

Complete with all the essentials for an unforgettable stay – take the kayak down to the lake and explore the local landscape, lay back on the bean bags outside and soak up the sun, get the BBQ going and enjoy a glass of wine, or simply enjoy a quiet night in.


5. Matakana Magic – Matakana Village

This cosy hideaway is ideal for 1-2 couples to get away from the hustle and bustle and recharge. Tranquil rural views, outdoor seating and a spa pool complete this gorgeous spot. Wineries, a cinema, restaurants, beaches and a farmers market are also just minutes from your front door.


6. The Britten Stables – Christchurch

For those who seek an experience that is completely unique, this is the place for you. The Britten Stables featured on Grand Designs and was originally built by Motorcycle Designer John Britten. It offers its guests unprecedented luxury and phenomenally rich history. You won’t want to leave!


7. Garden View Villa – Napier City

Garden View Villa is filled with character and is utterly charming from tip-to-toe. Kick back, make memories and feel like you’re in your home away from home – inside by the fire, outside by the fire, or on one of the decks catching some sunshine, drinking fine wine, listening to birds and watching the sunset – yes please!


8. Moonlit Knights – Tutukaka Coast

Boasting brilliant 180-degree views of Tutukaka Harbour out to the Poor Knights, this spot is perfect for couples craving a fun and refreshing getaway. Completely chill out by the pool, watch the ongoings in the bay from the generous deck, or head out to explore the Poor Knights or surrounding beaches. The choice is yours!


9. Pukawa Country Lodge – Lake Taupo

This might be the best romantic hidden-gem in Pukawa Bay. Perched perfectly up on the hillside looking out over the lush native greenery and blue waters of Lake Taupo – welcome to Pukawa Country Lodge! Ideally situated for a winter ski escape or the perfect base for exploring the National Park and Tongariro Crossing. Cosy up and enjoy quality time together.


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