When life gets a little hectic, sometimes all you want to do on the weekend is snuggle up and hide away. And we don’t blame you. But NZ has heaps of cosy getaways where you can find as much (or as little) excitement as you like. Here are five of our faves to get you inspired.
Why we love it: Following the 2016 earthquake, this charming, adults-only hotel underwent an enchanting transformation. It’s now the town’s most stylish accommodation, perfect for a seaside weekend getaway. Right on the seafront, with beautiful, nostalgia-inducing rooms, the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is designed to inspire from the get-go. Relax in the gardens or lounge in the champagne bar for an intimate evening over a glass of bubbly. Back in your room, you’ll enjoy designer toiletries and premium bedding, helping you make this your home away from home.SEE KAIKOURA BOUTIQUE HOTEL DEALS
Why we love it: With a lakeside location on the shore of Lake Rotoiti and seven acres of landscaped gardens and tranquil surrounds, the VR Rotorua Lake Resort is perfect for cosy family getaways. The interior has a natural colour palette, which creates a sense of comfort combined with woodland chic, and every room comes with its own deep soaking tub and fluffy bathrobes. Add to that an outdoor heated pool, a spa and a sauna, and you’re set for the ultimate relaxation getaway. Plus it’s within easy reach of Rotorua’s most popular attractions.SEE VR ROTORUA LAKE RESORT DEALS
Why we love it: At this alpine resort, warmth is combined with unrivalled luxury. The suites are furnished with high-class elegance, complete with gas fireplaces and spa baths – perfect for chilly winter nights. The plush common areas are designed to make you feel right at home, plus you’ll have the choice to really pamper yourself with one of the Lodge’s many indulgent spa packages. Just the place for a decadent weekend escape!SEE BRAEMAR LODGE AND SPA DEALS
Why we love it: The Heritage is literally a piece of Christchurch’s heritage and a surprisingly cosy hotel for a weekend break in the centre of a major city. Opened in 1913, the hotel retains many of its original features, coupled with all the modern comforts. Plush bedding and classic furniture add the finishing touches, making it a truly memorable getaway.SEE HERITAGE CHRISTCHURCH DEALS
Why we love it: Having your own cottage in the countryside is the definition of a cosy weekend away. Think lakeside retreats, a wine garden with an open fire, and gourmet food, all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Each cottage features wood-panelled walls and floors and extremely comfy beds. They also have self-catering facilities, so you can choose whether to stay in or whether to take advantage of the on-site bistro and cellar door for some of the Gibbston Valley’s best foodie experiences. Bon appétit!SEE KINROSS COTTAGES DEALS