Life's a beach
Booking.com presents the top destinations to escape the summer heat
The Kiwi summer has kicked off (hoorah!) and we know you’re itching to get to the beach. Whether you’ll be travelling with little ones in tow or heading off on an adults-only getaway, we know you’ll want to be as close to the gorgeous New Zealand beaches as humanly possible. So, with the help of Booking.com, we’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful beach-side accommodations around the country, so you never have to stray too far from those luscious Kiwi shores.
Blanket Bay – Glenorchy
Blanket Bay Lodge is New Zealand’s ultimate lake-side alpine escape. Voted as one of the world’s best luxury lodges, this retreat will appeal to both adventure junkies and cocktail-sipping pool loungers. Blanket Bay Lodge is a one minute walk from the beach and is surrounded by marvelous mountain peaks – what more could you ask for? If you want to immerse yourself in some of New Zealand’s most scenic wilderness, we highly recommend a stay at Blanket Bay.
Kaiteriteri Beach – Nelson
Right on the edge of Kaiteriteri beach, so close you could almost dip your toes in the sand, sit the dreamy Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments. . Located at the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, this unique holiday destination offers all-things-outdoors, from kayaking, sailing, walking and mountain biking. After a day of activities, you can sit back and watch the sun set over the water on the terrace of your apartment.
Donkey Bay Inn – Russell
There’s nothing quite like the Donkey Bay Inn. This quirky, rustic inn set on a private beach is bound to be one of the coolest places you have ever stayed. Donkey Bay Inn is a short walk from the town center of Russell, however you don’t need to leave to satisfy your hunger as the resident chef has you covered with delicious meals. The spectacular ocean views will keep you company when you dine on the deck or read a book in the sun. If you deserve a treat this summer, book a stay at the Donkey Bay Inn, you won’t regret it.
Romantic Piha – Piha
This one is for you, love birds. A short 45-minute drive west from Auckland Central, you’ll find Hotel Romantic Piha. Breathtaking ocean views are just the start. Hotel Romantic Piha is nestled among beautiful native forest surroundings above the iconic surf beach. Hotel Romantic Piha is extremely secluded making it ideal accommodation for chilling out and soaking up the sun in serenity.
The Dunes Golf Resort – Matarangi
Surrounded by the remarkable Coromandel ranges, The Dunes Golf Course Resort offers self-contained 5-star villas, each with peaceful lake views. These cosy villas will feel like a (slightly more luxurious) home away from home. Take your pick at a relaxing or active holiday, as The Dunes is located a stone’s throw away from the golf course, the beach, coastal walks, fishing and art galleries; there’s plenty to keep you and the family busy during your stay.