Australia Day & Waitangi Day – Make a long weekend of it!

17th January 2020

With Australia Day and Waitangi Day just around the corner, why not make a long weekend of it and plan a last-minute getaway – we’ve got some of our favourite Queenstown homes still available for a long weekend minibreak, so flick on your ‘out of office’, pack your bags and get excited for a few days in Queenstown

Australia Day – 26th January

This year, as Australia day falls on a weekend, the public holiday is “mondayised”, giving our Aussie friends across the pond Monday 27th as a public holiday day off. If you want to take this opportunity to get away from it all for this long weekend, these gorgeous Queenstown homes are guaranteed to offer everything you could possibly need, and still have some last minute availability for the Australia Day weekend:

Three Peaks

The epitome of easy living and the local lifestyle, this chic home is a tranquil retreat just 5 minutes from the shops and cafes in Frankton. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the private spa pool as you look out to the mountain ranges all around, then dry off by the outdoor fireplace whilst enjoying a cheese platter and bottle of Central Otago red. Perfect for families or a group of friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful mountain setting. A darts board, ping pong table, and lawn croquet will keep you entertained at the house all weekend, and the trails along the Shotover River which are just down the road are a gorgeous spot for a morning stroll to make the most of the fresh mountain air. If you do want to venture into Queenstown town centre or Arrowtown, both are just a short 15-minute drive away.

Sleeps 8 / 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms


Bring the whole extended family in this huge rambling countryside estate. This character home can sleep up to 14 people, and features a private tennis court, expansive lawns, a private spa pool and outdoor fireplace. Indoors, the huge living area has a pool table and open fireplace, and a separate snug offers a great retreat to peacefully read a book, or set the kids up in front of the TV. Less than 5-minutes’ drive will have you in Arrowtown, or a 20 minute drive through the countryside will take you to Queenstown.

Sleeps 14 / 7 bedrooms / 4.5 bathrooms


If modern luxury is your thing, this gorgeous serene oasis is a fantastic choice if you want to escape the busy-ness of the world. The gated private property features ponds full of birdlife, with a backdrop of iconic mountain ranges in all directions. The house itself is uber-modern, with a very well equipped kitchen, open plan living and dining space, separate study and separate media room, and plenty of space for groups of up to 12. We think this home is perfect for 2 families travelling together, with the house separated into two wings.

Sleeps 12 / 5 bedrooms / 4.5 bathrooms

Waitangi Day – 6th Feb

As Waitangi falls on a Thursday this year, why not treat yourself to an extended long weekend and book Friday 7th off work too – a great excuse for a 4 day minibreak in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful tourist destinations.

Pinnacle Villa

This light-filled spacious property has a real home-away-from-home feel about it. The views of The Remarkables mountain range are hard to beat and guests can enjoy those views whilst kicking back in the private spa pool. Enjoy lazy afternoons ready books in the gorgeous sun room and make the most of the long summer evenings around the romantic outdoor open fireplace. Just 5 minutes drive away you can enjoy cafes and restaurants at Queenstown’s newest precinct in Frankton, and if you do want to visit Queenstown town centre, it will take you just 15 minutes to get there.

Sleeps 8 / 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms


Dreamy Kahurangi really does tick every box – picture-perfect views, walking distance to town, modern amenities, a lake-view spa pool… The list goes on! The Scandinavian-inspired interiors take a nod to the alpine environment, and the house feels fresh, modern and bright. Get the BBQ cranking on the large sun terrace and soak up the mountain and lake views whilst you cook up a storm and celebrate a long weekend getaway. 

Sleeps 8 / 4 Bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms

Queenstown Heights

High on Queenstown Hill overlooking the town centre in Queenstown Heights, which enjoys stunning views of Queenstown Bay from its elevated position. You can either walk down hill to town to wander the shops and enjoy the world class restaurants which are close by, or jump in the car and explore the local area. The famous Queenstown Hill walking track starts just moment away from the house, and is a great circuit for a morning hike to start the day.

Sleeps 6 / 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms

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