Spacious stays around Aotearoa to spend quality time with loved ones

Spending quality time with family has always been a key reason for Kiwis to travel and escape the daily hustle. Before the global pandemic, research from Booking.com showed that 66%** of New Zealand travellers said traveling together as a family was one of their primary motivations to take a trip.

We may have spent more time indoors with our families than expected over the past few months but getting away and reconnecting with our whānau is still high on our list of priorities - perhaps just with a bit more space.

We are quickly approaching Spring, a time of longer days, outdoor fun and uplifting sunshine. This is the perfect time to take the family away for a spacious stay in our beautiful backyard. Why not celebrate Dad this Father’s Day (6 Sept) with a weekend away, or take the kids on a road trip for the school holidays (26 Sept - 11 Oct)?

To spark some inspiration, Booking.com shares its top five spacious stays in New Zealand - ideal getaways for those seeking space to gather and reconnect with the family.

Ohope Beach Resort

Ohope Beach Resort, in the eastern Bay of Plenty, is a great beach escape suitable for the whole family. Spend days relaxing by the poolside soaking up the sun rays and enjoy family barbecues while taking in magnificent views. Each apartment at Ohope Beach Resort includes a spacious open-plan living area, two bathrooms, satellite TV and laundry facilities with a fully equipped kitchen. On-site facilities include two hot tubs, a fitness centre, a sauna, a games room and a petanque court. Ohope Beach Resort Apartments is a three-minute drive from Ohope Beach Golf Course and less than 20 minutes’ drive away from Whakatane town centre.

Wanaka Lakefront Gem

Wanaka, the beautiful South Island town known for its Alpine lakes and outdoor adventure, is a special treat for all who visit. Soak up the views at the Wanaka Lakefront Gem, located within 2.7 km of Puzzling World and 27.4 km of Treble Cone, this vacation home comes with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large patio. Rent some bicycles and visit the Wanaka Tree just 1.3 km from the property or walk along the Wanaka lakefront and enjoy an afternoon picnic under the trees.

Punakaiki Forest Retreat

Get in touch with nature at the Punakaiki Forest Retreat situated on the West Coast. Hidden among the trees, this stunning holiday home boasts breath-taking views and is just six minutes from the famous Pancake Rocks. The private holiday home features a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, Wi-Fi and terrace. The area is perfect for walking and cycling, with beaches and forest walks, and spending quality time with the kids.

Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park

in the Karikari Peninsula. The holiday park is just 100m from Perehipe Beach, perfect for afternoons spent swimming in the sea or evening strolls to watch the sun set. All accommodation features a patio and refrigerator, and guests can enjoy the hot tub, a children’s playground and BBQ area.

Tihi Retreat

Boasting panoramic views and spacious living, the luxury Tihi Retreat is a private home situated just 10 minutes from Rotorua town centre. The expansive house features free Wi-Fi, a media room with an incredible sound system and 65-inch flat-screen satellite TV, and an open-plan dining and living area. The split-level house has a fully equipped kitchen and three bedrooms, each with their own full en-suite bathroom. Spend sunny days lazing on the deck or exploring all the fun activities Rotorua has to offer.

*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2019.