Top 5 Beachfront Holiday Homes in New Zealand

New Zealand’s coast is filled with beach-side holiday homes. While traditional bachs remain popular, modern holiday houses with premium accommodation in stunning locations have grown increasingly popular over time.

No matter if it’s just the two of you or an extended family, these cottage rentals will make your summer getaway unforgettable.

Hot Water Beach

New Zealand’s Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula is one of its most unique tourist destinations. Renowned worldwide as an incredible place where one can build their own hot tub during low tide due to geothermal activity on this beach, natural hot water seeps out and into your private spa pool – reaching temperatures as high as 64 degrees Celsius!

At high tide, this beach resembles any other on the Coromandel coast with rolling waves and jagged rocks jutting out into the sea. But come low tide, all hell breaks loose on this shore as people cluster together within 20 metres to dig personal spa pools where they soak in mineral rich hot water that reaches temperatures up to 64 degrees Celsius!

Hot water at the beach is extremely potent, so be wary where you dig. For optimal results, look a few steps past a small cluster of stones on the right-hand side and away from the ocean – bring plenty of drinking water as prolonged exposure to this hot pool can quickly dehydrate you!

There is an array of accommodation options in Hot Water Beach, such as the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park with villas and chalets; or for budget travellers there is Hot Water Beach Hideaway and Backpackers providing dormitory-style rooms.

Mt Tarawera

Mount Tarawera, part of Okataina Caldera in New Zealand’s Lakes District, is an impressive volcanic mountain that stands out with its distinctive dome shape and 17km rift down its center – truly impressive and worthy of exploration!

Volcanic history at Te Wairoa Lake Tarawera village at Te Wairoa dates back many generations of Maori residents, who inhabited this region for many generations prior to its 1886 eruption and were responsible for providing many authentic experiences available for guests today. Their cultural legacy forms part of its charm while other authentic experiences are available for visitors today. Lake Tarawera village at Te Wairoa was destroyed during that incident but has now been fully restored so visitors can witness how once looked.

Before the eruption, tourists from all over the world flocked to Lake Rotomahana’s Pink and White Terraces as one of New Zealand’s premier attractions. Once considered one of the 8 Wonders of the World, these silica deposit formations quickly become one of its top draws.

Scenic flights to Mount Tarawera’s summit offer unparalleled views of its deep craters and dramatic lava formations, stunning crater lakes, fertile farming, forestry and horticultural lands as well as distant national parks.

Lake Wanaka

Wanaka Lake, nestled into the Southern Alps, is renowned as a prime outdoor recreational location. Hikers and kayakers will both appreciate its crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain vistas; fly fishers may take pleasure in fishing here too, and scenic cruisers can visit to see “That Wanaka Tree.”

The area surrounding Lake Wanaka boasts picturesque small towns with cozy accommodations and restaurants and shops featuring local products like wine, artisan bread and ice cream. If cycling is more your style then rent one and explore your surroundings or stop in at Lake Wanaka Museum to take in its quaint display of antique boats!

Lake Wanaka town center boasts an assortment of hotel, resort and apartment accommodation to meet any budget and requirement. For example, Edgewater Hotel sits directly on Lake Wanaka with amenities including spa services, an onsite restaurant, rooms tailored specifically for you and more! This property provides an impressive range of amenities, such as a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and self-service laundry service. If you prefer, book one of the suites available at Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary instead. This spectacular New Zealand property offers five luxury Suites that make for the ideal romantic or family vacation retreat. Furthermore, a concierge service provides assistance when making reservations and organizing activities.


Greymouth, situated on the West Coast and home to world-famous glaciers and wilderness areas, serves as an entranceway. Its Maori name ‘wide-spread river mouth’ aptly describes this town situated between the Grey River’s mouth and Tasman Sea. Chiseled cliff tops and wild beaches may be first glimpsed as visitors arrive here but once inside you’ll discover stunning displays of rugged mountains and lush rainforest awaiting discovery.

Greymouth is an important West Coast hub, so expect a wide variety of amenities when visiting. Galleries offering pounamu (New Zealand jade) to the ornate Victorian Greymouth Railway Station that doubles as a museum can keep visitors occupied for days in exploring this town.

Greymouth is home to numerous popular attractions, one being the BRUNNER MINE WALK; an easy two-kilometre stroll which features rare original beehive brick coke ovens and chimneys from its operation from 1860 until its closure due to an accident in 1896 – this important archaeological site holds national significance as an archeological treasure trove.

Other attractions in Greymouth include the Kowhai Walk, an easy 0.8 km boardwalk through wetland remnants that is great for bird-watching and starting from Blaketown near the Grey River mouth, with unsupervised railway tracks crossing. If you want to immerse yourself in local traditions on a budget, one of Monteith brewery tours would make a wonderful option.