The Kiwi summer has kicked off and we're all itching to get out of the workplace and off to the beach.
Whether you'll be travelling with little ones in tow or heading off with friends, we know you'll want to be as close to our beautiful shorelines as humanly possible.
With the help of Booking.com, we've compiled a list of the most beautiful beach-side accommodations around the country, so you never have to stray too far from the sea.
Blanket Bay Lodge – Glenorchy
Blanket Bay Lodge is New Zealand's ultimate lake-side alpine escape. Voted as one of the world's best luxury lodges, this retreat appeals to both adventure junkies and cocktail-sipping pool loungers. Blanket Bay Lodge is a one minute walk from the beach and is surrounded by marvelous mountain peaks – what more could you ask for? If you're keen to immerse yourself in some of New Zealand's most scenic wilderness, we highly recommend a stay at Blanket Bay.
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Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments – Nelson
Right on the edge of Kaiteriteri beach, so close you could almost dip your toes in the sand, sits the dreamy Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments. Located at the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, this unique holiday destination offers all things outdoors, including kayaking, sailing, walking and mountain biking. After a day of activities, you can sit back and watch the sun set over the water on the terrace of your apartment.
Donkey Bay Inn – Russell
There's nothing quite like the Donkey Bay Inn. This quirky, rustic inn set on a private beach is bound to be one of the coolest places you have ever stayed. It's a short walk from the town center of Russell, but you don't need to leave to satisfy your hunger — the resident chef has you covered with delicious meals. Spectacular ocean views will keep you company while you dine on the deck or read a book in the sun. If you deserve a treat this summer, book a stay at the Donkey Bay Inn &mash; you won't regret it.
Romantic Piha – Piha
This one is for the love birds. A short 45-minute drive west from Auckland Central, you'll find Hotel Romantic Piha, where breathtaking ocean views are just the start. Nestled among beautiful native forest surroundings above the iconic surf beach, the hotel is extremely secluded — making it ideal accommodation for chilling out and soaking up the sun in serenity.
The Dunes Golf Resort – Matarangi
Surrounded by the remarkable Coromandel ranges, The Dunes Golf Course Resort offers self-contained 5-star villas, each with peaceful lake views. These cosy villas will feel like a (slightly more luxurious) home away from home. Take your pick at a relaxing or active holiday, as The Dunes is located a stone's throw away from the golf course, the beach, coastal walks, fishing and art galleries &mash; there's plenty to keep you and the family busy during your stay.