Incredible design, resort style living and some of the most breathtaking scenery, this collection of homes are the most luxurious respite from busy life
We’ve come a long way from the humble Kiwi bach with the new generation of holiday homes taking inspiration from resort luxury to design exceptional spaces made for entertaining and offering a premium leisure experience. Here are our pick of homes for sale around the country that capture the essence of relaxation.
1. Estuary elegance
The panoramic views out over the estuary to the dunes and the ocean beyond from the two living areas and two of the bedrooms of this Mangawhai Heads home designed by Daniel Marshall are simply entrancing.
The clean lines of the interior allow the view to take centre stage and provide an elegant canvas for beachside living. There’s a deck out the front to take in the action on the estuary and a sheltered courtyard that leads from the kitchen at the back.
With no lawns to mow this home is all about relaxing in the moment. There’s even a track providing easy access to the estuary for a dip.
2. Private beach
A secluded life by the sea doesn’t get much better than this Waiheke property— you can walk through your own grove of 500 olive trees down to pretty sandy Hitapa Bay for a swim, then enjoy relaxing on the deck while you take in the spectacular views over to the ocean to the CBD and round to Coromandel Peninsula.
The spacious living and dinng areas make the most of the outlook and there’s a private patio which is perfect for al fresco meals.
The entertainer’s kitchen and luxe bathrooms complete an idyllic retreat.
3. Exceptional lifestyle
It’s rare that you get to have a beach lifestyle all year round within a short commute to the CBD but this substantial North Shore home offers just that. With fabulous views out over the Gulf to Rangitoto, there’s a walkway down to your own private sandy beach.
The house makes the most of the impressive location and the wonderful views over pohutukawa trees to the sea from the generous light-filled living rooms.
There’s plenty of space to relax outside in the low-maintenance garden and revel in the exceptional lifestyle this home offers.
4. Entertainer’s dream
Enjoy beachside living on a grand scale at this expansive Pauanui home in a grandstand position at popular Pauanui. Stroll cross the grass for a morning surf, chill out round the resort-style pool and spa, or lounge in the huge open plan living area with views out over the beach.
There’s an al fresco area on the second level for cosy evenings around the outdoor fireplace that leads to a fun bar area.
Everything’s here to entertain friends and family in style.
5. Fun and games
Situated in lush landscaped grounds this Te Puna home has all the amenities of a lodge.
The pool is entertainment central, with a bar and multiple areas to relax, then when you are ready for a bit of activity you can choose from petanque, outdoor chess, volleyball, hit the gym, or go to the games room for a round of pool.
The interior offers plenty of flexible living and a huge chef’s kitchen. A perfect spot to be on holiday every day.
6. Unique location
It may look modest from the outside but it’s a different matter once you’re inside this secluded Kaiteriteri home.
Positioned above the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park, the views over the surrounding bush, out to Split Apple Rock and the ocean are spectacular from the extensive deck that frames the house.
The high-spec living area opens to the unique location through bi-folds and includes a central fireplace and generous kitchen area with double ovens for large-scale entertaining. Walk down the bush track for a swim or take your kayak out for a paddle.
7. Perfect spot
Relax on the paved deck of this luxury Kelvin Heights home and revel in the views past Ben Lomand to the Frankton marina.
The spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area makes the most of the dramatic outlook and there’s an outdoor area with a classy fire pit to sit around while you enjoy the amazing sunsets.
Or walk up to the spa pool platform and have a soak and a glass of wine — after all there’s a wine cellar too. The perfect spot to enjoy all that the Queenstown region has to offer.
8. Mesmerising outlook
Perched high on Queenstown Hill, this home has mesmerising uninterrupted views over the lake to the Remarkables and Cecil and Walter Peaks.
The spectacular outlook is complemented by the dramatic double-height living area with feature fireplace.
All the bedrooms enjoy the views out over Lake Wakatipu and are luxuriously appointed. Once you’re out on the deck marvelling at the vista you won’t want to ever leave.