23 January 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Top 10 Canterbury Holiday Homes 2017

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The Canterbury region centres around Christchurch and spans across a large area of the Central East Coast of the South Island. A dramatic mix of alpine, farmland and coastal landscapes creates the perfect environment for outdoor pursuits, including opportunities for skiing, wine tasting, boating, surfing, bungee jumping and wildlife tours! From the gorgeous seaside town of Akaroa with its distinctive French flair, to the charming alpine village of Hanmer Springs, theres something for everyone in Canterbury! We’ve gathered together our most popular Canterbury holiday homes to inspire your next holiday, or check out the entire collection of Canterbury holiday homes here!

1. The Point, Banks Peninsula

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $500

Situated on a private clifftop with uninterrupted sea views overlooking Pigeon Bay in the stunning Banks Peninsula, is the eco-friendly retreat ‘The Point’ – the proud winner of the Eco-Friendly Bach Of The Year 2017. This Banks Peninsula holiday home is an off-the-grid, luxurious masterpiece. The Point is the perfect spot for those wanting to relax in total privacy, and escape the stresses of everyday life. Simplicity is key in this home, designed to be enjoyed over a single spread-out level, with the intention to allow guests to fully absorb their spectacular surrounds. Set yourself up in front of the warm glow of the outdoor fireplace, whilst listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below (of course this is also an excellent spot to enjoy a glass of wine!). The property also boasts a private swimming cove, promising an unforgettably unique experience.

When not luxuriating on site, venture into the gorgeous town of Akaroa, just a 20 minute drive away. This is a great area to explore cafes, boutique shops and to get up close and personal with the likes of dolphins, penguins and seals! For a full report on The Point check out our post introducing the home to our Bachcare Luxury Collection here!

View the full listing for The Point here

2. Charming on Cheltenham, Hanmer Springs

8+2 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Inside welcome) | From $200

Charming on Cheltenham is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Hanmer Springs Holiday Home. Located just 300m to the town centre including a wide range of dining options, as well as the famous thermal pools and spa, this spacious family haven is just the ticket for your next escape! This Hanmer Springs holiday home includes open plan living that flows easily outdoors to the private, fully fenced garden and patio, creating the perfect spot to fire up the BBQ while the kids play in the yard!

This picturesque location is a 90 minute drive out of Christchurch, with an array of stunning scenery to admire plus some great adventure activities to enjoy – indulge in boutique shopping, visit the great selection of cafes and restaurants, or head to the thermal pools and spa. There is also hiking, biking, golfing and skiing to add to your list – an ideal year round destination for an action packed adventure!

View the full listing for Charming on Cheltenham here

3. Squirrel Lake Log Cabin, Hanmer Springs

6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Inside welcome) | From $175

Enjoying a picturesque woodland setting, Squirrel Lake Log Cabin is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Hanmer Springs holiday home. This charming log style cabin is cosy and comfortable, offering the perfect wee spot for your next adventure! Complete with an open plan living design downstairs, the lounge area flows out onto the patio, and there is also a spacious garden well suited to families. Unwind and admire the tranquil scenery for easy summer living.

Welcome to Squirrel Lake Log Cabin!

View the full listing for Squirrel Lake Log Cabin here

4. Springs Escape, Hanmer Springs

8 people | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Inside welcome) | From $205

Enjoying a great position just a 3 minute walk to the town centre and the famous thermal pools, Springs Escape is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Hanmer Springs holiday home. Bright and cosy open plan living, as well as a deck and BBQ area provide an easy al fresco set up, with a fully fenced section that’s great for kids to enjoy! Pets will also enjoy the secure garden area, and are welcome to accompany you on your stay at Springs Escape.

View the full listing for Springs Escape 

5. Springs Haven, Hanmer Springs

7 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Pet Friendly (Outdoor only) | From $170

Positioned just moments from the Conical Hill Walkway, Springs Haven is a modern, cosy Hanmer Springs holiday house! This 2 storey home includes bright and homely open plan living downstairs. The sunny, wraparound deck will serve you well for cruisy summer BBQs, and the breakfast bar makes family or group brunches a must! There is a lovely section for the kids to play, with an awesome play fort they can enjoy.

Kick back and relax, or head out to explore – hike The Conical Hill walkway, or visit the great selection of dining options within a few minutes from your door. The thermal pools and spa are always a good option, plus you can enjoy hiking, biking, golfing and skiing – there is something for everyone! Springs Haven awaits for your next adventure!

View the full listing for Springs Haven here

6. Luxury Views, Akaroa

9 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $305

Within 5 minutes from Akaroa township, Luxury Views is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Akaroa holiday house with breathtaking views! This stunning location offers an ideal option for a refreshing escape, with designer living and postcard perfect scenery. The floor to ceiling glass captures beautiful views no matter the weather. For warmer stays, make the most of the fantastic indoor / outdoor flow with generous decking to dine alongside the seaside vista, or simply soak up the scenery! Special touches such as a Nespresso machine to ensure your daily caffeine fix is catered for, and an outdoor bath are included for the ultimate relaxation!

Stay on site and unwind, or set out on an adventure – a quick drive will have you at the township with a selection of shops, dining options, galleries and boat tours available. Your Luxury Views await!

View the full listing for luxury Views here

7. Akaroa Charm, Akaroa

7 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Pet Friendly (Inside welcome) | From $145

Akaroa Charm is a 3 bedroom Akaroa holiday home, enjoying a cute and cosy set up, this home is a great base for your next getaway! This Akaroa holiday home includes relaxed open plan living, with a warm and welcoming set up for your stay. Unwind in the peaceful and private garden for laid back summer days that roll into the evening. Everything you need for a comfortable holiday base is on hand – stay on site and spend time out with your group, stroll to the wharf for walks along the harbour, or enjoy the local cafe’s and restaurants.

Welcome to Akaroa Charm!

View the full listing for Akaroa Charm here

8. French Colonial Cottage, Akaroa

2 People | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | From $140

French Colonial Cottage is a charming Akaroa holiday home set among serene garden surrounds. This romantic hideaway is the perfect option for a couples retreat, and is located within walking distance from the waterfront and cafe’s! During warm summer months, make the most of the beautiful garden setting – fire up the BBQ and dine al fresco, or simply unwind and admire the tranquil scenery while exploring the garden.

When it’s time to head out, you are just minutes from town with a selection of shops, cafe’s (be sure to indulge in some French pastries!), and galleries to visit, or simply enjoy strolls along the harbour. French Colonial Cottage welcomes you for a gorgeous Akaroa getaway!

View the full listing for French Colonial Cottage here

9. Harbour View, Akaroa

8+1 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Pet Friendly (Outdoor only) | From $195

Enjoying an elevated position to capture gorgeous sea and town views, this cute and cosy Akaroa holiday home is a great option for families and couples! Harbour View includes warm and welcoming open plan living upstairs. Chill out indoors, or enjoy easy outdoor flow onto the deck – an idyllic spot to dine al fresco and soak in the serene harbour views. Downstairs at this Akaroa accomodation, bedroom 1 opens outdoors for summer stays and is fitted with a king bed. Bedroom 2 has a queen bed, while bedroom 3 includes 2 single bunk sets. Upstairs, a small 4th bedroom is fitted with a single bed.

You are also within walking distance to the township when you feel like a great bite to eat or a spot of sightseeing!

View the full listing for Harbour View here

10. Akaroa Escape, Akaroa

6+2 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $305

Akaroa Escape is an immaculately presented 3 bedroom Akaroa holiday house. This unique home is ideal for up to 8 guests, with ample room to unwind and enjoy your time away. Offering both comfort and style, this spacious escape is mere minutes from town, with everything you require for a refreshing break away. Make the most of the large upper deck for al fresco dining when the weather is warmer, and be sure to take a dip in the salt water swimming pool!

This is an amazing space to enjoy peace, quiet, and a touch of luxury, or set out on adventure with an array of fantastic places to explore in the local area. Your Akaroa Escape awaits!

View the full listing for Akaroa Escape here


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