4 April 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Top 10 School Holiday Homes – April 2018

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With the school holidays fast approaching we’ve got our minds set on spending quality time with family, and making some incredible memories together! Why not do so in a new holiday location or an old favourite? The beginning of Autumn is a beautiful time to head out and explore the picturesque Aotearoa with your loved ones. Get amongst some adrenalin packed activities, or simply relax on site at a beautiful holiday home while the kids enjoy large gardens, trampolines, beachfront locations, kayaks, media rooms, private lakes and more! We’ve hand-picked our top 10 school holiday homes to suit a range of family needs to inspire your escape!

1. Shotover Woolshed, Queenstown

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Inside welcome) | From $245

This charming Queenstown holiday home set against a dramatic alpine back drop is just the ticket for a refreshing break away! Warm and welcoming open plan living, a wood-burning fireplace for the ultimate cosy hideaway, stunning mountain vistas, as well as your own lake – what a treat! Unwind with your group in comfort and admire your scenic surrounds from indoors, or take time out on the deck when the weather is warmer, and enjoy strolling about the tranquil grounds.

Everything you require for an amazing getaway is on hand at this gorgeous spot – for local amenities, an easy 10 minute drive will have you at Frankton, or make your way into the heart of Queenstown centre just 15 minutes away… For the ultimate Queenstown escape, Shotover Woolshed awaits!

2. Queenstown Haven, Queenstown

8 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 2+1 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $335

Queenstown Haven is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom holiday home offering unlimited Wifi, a luxurious spa pool, and views out to The Remarkables! With sleeping for up to 8 guests, and positioned just a short 5 minute drive from town – this Queenstown home is an excellent option for a family holiday. Cosy up indoors with peaceful lake and mountain views, or hang out on the deck with a fantastic set up for your stay including a BBQ area and a spa pool… bliss!

When you are not admiring the view from the living area or enjoying a soak in the spa, head into town to try a famous Fergburger (yum!) or brave the thrill of a jet boat ride. Alternatively, there is a bus stop right next to the property, so you can head out to the array of activities in the area that the kids are sure to love. Queenstown Haven awaits!

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! With open plan living downstairs, including a wood-burning fireplace for toasty autumnal and winter retreats, as well as a lounge area that flows onto the patio for warmer stays – allowing you to unwind, admire the tranquil scenery, and fire up the BBQ while the kids play in the spacious garden!

Hanmer Springs 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. Hiking, biking, golfing and skiing are all available to enjoy, ensuring an ideal year round destination for the family. Welcome to Squirrel Lake Log Cabin!

4. Lakes Family Haven, Lake Taupo

8+2 People | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $180

This 2 storey Kuratau holiday home just moments from the lake edge includes fresh, bright living upstairs with an open plan set up ensuring easy group holidays, with plenty of room for everyone to relax. The outdoor area is perfect for alfresco BBQ dining on the deck, while the downstairs lounge and games room provide ideal options for indoor days and extra space.

Relax on the sunny deck while the kids burn off some energy in the garden, or share a laid back meal with lots of space both indoors and out. This is a great spot to base yourself for a lake adventure – enjoy Trout fishing, days on the lake, hiking, cycle trails, and more. Ideal for family friendly holidays, everything you need for a relaxed lake base awaits!

5. Cossey’s Cottage, Lake Rotoiti

2+3 People | 2+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $195

Tastefully refurbished as a home away from home, this 1950’s boutique cottage enjoys a private, lake-edge position with mature gardens plus its own jetty! Cossey’s Cottage is a 2 bedroom Okere Falls holiday home enjoying cute and cosy open plan living, including a modern kitchen and bathroom. The fireplace is perfect for cooler stays, and the tranquil section offers a beautiful backdrop for al fresco living as you gaze out to the lake. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity, the birds, the stunning view and the wonderful sunsets as you relax on the lawn or on the sun-drenched deck.

If you feel like exploring, you are an easy 20 minute walk to the renowned Okere Falls Store for all your food and drink needs, and Rotorua City is a just 30 minute drive away for fun filled activities! Everything you require for an amazing escape awaits at this beautiful lakefront location, welcome to Cossey’s Cottage!

6. Lagoon Retreat, Lake Tarawera

8+2 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $385

Positioned on the shores of Otumutu Lagoon at the quiet, northern end of Lake Tarawera, Lagoon Retreat is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Tarawera holiday home, boasting a spa pool, jetty, and WiFi! Enjoying tranquil bush surrounds and bordered by a babbling trout stream, Lagoon Retreat includes warm and welcoming open plan living that flows easily onto the deck. Enjoy a BBQ dinner with the family, or enjoy soaking in the spa for the ultimate relaxation (glass of bubbly optional for the adults!). As the jetty is in the lagoon, it is sheltered from all wind directions – so if you’re bringing you boat you can safely leave it there overnight.

The lake is well known for stunning scenery, trout fishing, water sports, bush walks, and is a great base from which to explore Rotorua’s many other lakes and attractions, as well as mountain biking in the Redwoods Forest. Lagoon Retreat welcomes you!

7. Absolute Beachfront Dreams, Mt Maunganui

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

Absolute Beachfront Dreams is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom beachfront Mt Maunganui holiday home, occupying a prime location for a cruisy beach retreat with stellar sea views! Wander onto the deck and spread out with your group while taking in the beautiful views. When its cooler make the most of the T.V room situated downstairs, a great set up for the kids to have their own space!

When you are not enjoying the scenery from the deck with a hot cup of coffee or evening sundowner in hand, hit the beach just moments from your door, or stroll down to Bayfair Shopping Centre!

8. Absolute Waterfront, Matarangi

4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | From $260

Absolute Waterfront is a 2 bedroom Matarangi holiday home with a brilliant waterfront position! Enjoying tranquil harbour views, this modern and comfortable beach base is an excellent option for a family getaway. Ample room to relax and unwind, a heat pump to ensure year round comfort, and seamless indoor/outdoor flow promise a refreshing escape! Dine indoors and admire the pristine waterfront scenery, or fire up the BBQ while you soak up the sun from the deck!

Find your favourite vantage point and chill out in comfort, or set out on adventure with a selection of beautiful Coromandel beaches nearby. For the keen golfer, you are mere moments from the golf club, or spend days at Matarangi beach within easy walking distance from your door. Kick back, relax, and enjoy Absolute Waterfront!

9. Beach Days, Onetangi

6 People | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | Pet Friendly (Outdoor only) | From $260

Set just steps away from the sand, and a short walk to the local seaside cafes, this sunny island bach is sure to please! Situated on an elevated north facing site, one block back from Onetangi beach, Beach Days is a 2-bedroom Onetangi holiday home, including a bright and cosy lounge that flows seamlessly onto the deck with sea views. make the most of the BBQ and enjoy classic kiwi dining and a sunset in this magical setting! The relaxed kitchen and dining area are fully equipped with a funky bach vibe, including everything you need for a fully self-catered stay.

Each of the bedrooms at this Onetangi accommodation offers sweet sea views. This is a perfect set up for friends and family to share! Chill on site and settle into island time, or head out to enjoy some of the well known vineyards and restaurants on Waiheke Island. Plus, there are plenty of adventure activities including hiking, golf, zip-lining, and water activities all within easy reach of Beach Days. Your fun Onetangi haven awaits, welcome to Beach Days!

10. Haven on Kedge, Mangawhai

8+2 People | 4+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $205

Haven on Kedge is a modern 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Mangawhai holiday home just a 5 minute drive to the beach. Within easy walking distance to the village, this bright and spacious holiday home is an excellent option for couples and families, with a comfortable set up including ideal indoor/outdoor living! A separate games room is the perfect option for indoor days, or make the most of the generous decking for soaking up some vitamin D.

Stay on site and chill out with your group, head to the village for tasty meals out, or pack a picnic and hit the beach for days in the sand and surf. Haven on Kedge awaits for an amazing Mangawhai stay!

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