North Canterbury, Family Accommodation

  • Wacky Stays - Kaikoura

    Wacky Stays offer unique accommodation that will provide a memorable place to stay for you and the family.  They have a Colonial Wagon (sleeps two), House Truck (sleeps two or three), Farmers Cottage (sleeps up to six + a baby), Yurt (large 7M - sleeps up to four), Tipi (large 7M – sleeps up to four).  Staying with Wacky Stays also provides you with FREE unlimited entry to the Kaikoura Farm Park (during open hours), PLUS two hours in the park before opening to general public.  All guests enjoy exclusive access to our early morning animal feeding.  Families will love Wacky Stays!

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  • Village Lake Apartments - Hanmer Springs

    2 and 3 bedroom, Qualmark rated 5 star apartments, just a few minutes stroll from the Hot Pools and restaurants of Hanmer Springs. All rooms have King beds and the spacious living space includes a private balcony and separate dining area. Our three bedroom suites have two separate bathrooms, ideal for families.

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  • The Factory Luxury Holiday Home - Kaikoura

    Luxury, three-bedroom accommodation on the beachfront near Kaikoura. The 100 year old dairy factory is full of character and has been converted to provide private, absolutely gorgeous accommodation for you and your family. The house features three bedrooms and one bathroom with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. Log burner and heated flooring throughout and luxurious furnishings and fittings. You are fully self-contained at The Factory and gourmet breakfast is included. Enjoy your own courtyard with outdoor furniture and spa. The main part of the factory includes laundry, library and office with computer, which you are welcome to use. This beautiful home is beachfront with mountain backdrop, and just 10 minutes drive from Kaikoura.

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  • Alpine Pacific Holiday Park - Kaikoura

    There is a great range of quality self-contained accommodation, including motels, ensuite cabins and cabins available at the Alpine Pacific Holiday Park. Facilities include: heated swimming pool, hot pools, BBQ area, children's trampoline, mountain bike hire, SKY TV and portacot and highchairs for hire.

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  • Jackson's Retreat Alpine Holiday Park

    Nestled at the foot of the mighty Southern Alps and 33km from Arthurs Pass village you will find a haven of peace and tranquility. Our unique and award winning retreat is surrounded by breathtaking scenery with uninterrupted views of majestic snow-capped mountains, striking rainforest abundant with native birds and wildlife, cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. Set on 16 acres of grounds, our sites are terraced to take full advantage of the mighty Taramakau River views, overlooking the Trans Alpine train crossing & the stunning Alpine Ranges.

    Exclusive for guests' enjoyment we offer our Ngarimu Walking Track into pristine native rainforest and your next night time adventure has to be to see natures little wonders "Glow Worms", again exclusive and free to park guests.

    Accommodation options include: spacious 3 bedroom self-contained apartment with a cosy log fire that sleeps 1-8 pax, generous campervan and tent sites or our unique under cover camping spots - park your camper, pitch a tent or we offer ready to go pre-pitched tents!  We also offer a quintessential Kiwi Cabin or 1980s caravan.

    Park guests have full access to our modern and immaculate 5 Star facilities, large modern kitchen, lounge & dining area. Our bathrooms are large, modern and beautifully presented with an access unit, free hot showers. Park guests also have free use of our BBQ, Pizza Oven, DVDs, fresh drinking water, dump station etc.

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  • Waves at Kaikoura Holiday Homes

    Waves on the Esplanade in Kaikoura provide eleven luxurious 5-star apartments just a stone's throw from the water's edge. Waves on The Esplanade apartments suit families, with two bedroom motel rooms sleeping up to 5 guests.  The apartments are all double glazed, smokefree, with heat pump/air conditioning and fully equipped kitchens and laundries with modern appliances: Sky Guest Select, DVD player, CD player/stereo unit, free wireless internet access.

    Master bedroom has ensuite and king-size bed, bedroom 2 offers king/twin option and own separate bathroom. All our apartments have their own completely private balcony - the ultimate spot for that relaxed drink and outdoor dining. Extra portable beds, portacots and highchairs are available for children.

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  • Broadview Motel

    We are an hour and a half out of Christchurch and just under three hours to Picton. We are ideally positioned for people seeking a rest stop between destinations or for people wishing to explore the North Canterbury area.
    We offer seven, one, two bedroom units, all units have their own en suite bathrooms and living areas, as well as cooking facilities.

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  • Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park

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  • Alpine Holiday Apartments and Campground - Hanmer Springs

    A quiet family park set amongst the beautiful Hanmer Forest and only 2km from the town centre  There is a range of accommodation on offer from The Smithy (a unique alpine experience), to self-contained units, family cabins, powered and non-powered sites. Facilities include: outdoor games, BBQ facilities and plenty of space to explore.

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  • Pines Holiday Park - Hanmer Springs

    Quiet family holiday park situated approx 900metres from the village centre & Thermal Reserve in Hanmer Springs. Pines Holiday Park in Hanmer Springs also offers pet friendly accommodation so you don't have to leave your loved pets at home!  Our two bedroom family unit sleeps upto 6 guests.

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  • Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park

    The Team at Kaikoura Peketa Beach welcomes you to our Holiday Park and we hope to make your stay a spectacular and memorable Kiwi camping experience.
    With breath-taking mountain views and the beach right at your doorstep, Peketa Beach is the place to stay! Out of town, away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to all the local tour attractions and activities. Wake to a magnificent sunrise stretching over the only beachfront holiday park in Kaikoura set for a new day of adventure or relaxation.
    We can offer the best beachfront powered sites in Kaikoura and large powered sites. Pitch your tent on the beachfront or amongst the native trees. Cabin accommodation is available for couples and families.

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  • Lobster Inn Motor Lodge - Kaikoura

    Quality modern accommodation offering studio to family style units. Warm and cosy, all are equipped with fridge, microwave, Sky TV, toiletries and hairdryers. Studios with tea/coffee/breakfast facilities, suites and family units with kitchens. Units with bath available. Heated swimming pool and BBQ area.

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  • The Chalets Motel - Hanmer Springs

    Ten cute timber chalets, well spaced, completely detached and fully self contained, in spacious, park-like setting. The chalets are either one or two bedrooms and for added luxury we also have a very spacious, brand new one bedroom spa chalet. Large childrens' play area and trampoline on-site and excellent mountain views.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.