Help! I need a (cost-conscious) holiday!

Looking for an affordable family holiday in one of NZ’s most popular tourist destinations? We’ve found a simple, cost-effective way to take your next vacation with the kids, with holiday homes you can rent from as little as $37 a night (yes, really).

We Kiwis love our overseas travel, but in this post-lockdown era, hopping on a plane to a far-flung destination is out of reach for a lot of families. However, now is a great time to check out what there is to do in our own backyard – after all, there’s a reason tourists love to come here! There are incredible deals on to encourage Kiwis to travel domestically, with lots of attractions offering special rates and family-friendly activities. 

And for Manchester Unity members, you and your family can enjoy access to 13 affordable holiday homes in six beautiful locations nationwide, so you can spend more time with your family and less on pricey accommodation.

Here are six tourist hotspots where you can take advantage of these great-priced holiday homes without the usual crowds of people or hefty price tags.


North Island


Mt Maunganui

Voted New Zealand’s best beach, Mt Maunganui is perfect for families looking for a seaside escape. Play on the white sand beaches, relax in the hot pools, or take the family up Mt Maunganui, there is something for every family.

Choose from three units located across the road from the beach, with a range of attractions and activities close by. Prices start from $59 a night.

The view from Mauao (Mt Maunganui) down to the beach


Escape to Taupo and explore the region’s geothermal hotspots, volcanic terrain, and vibrant arts culture. Be it winter or summer, Taupo always has something to offer, and families with young kids will love the farm parks, playgrounds, and family-friendly restaurants, while those with older kids will appreciate the mini golf, thermal fun park, horse treks, and more.

Centrally located, with the town centre 10minutes away and Huka Falls, Spa Thermal Park, and Taupo Golf Club on your doorstep, the units here can be booked from $66 a night.

The beautiful Waikato river in Taupo is popular for walks and water sports, and there's a secret hot water mineral pool alongside the river on Spa Road


Warm waters, safe swimming, and great weather make Ohope a perfect choice for a family holiday. Enjoy a relaxing beachside holiday, or get the kids outdoors on the many trails in the area. Take a stroll along the stunning beach and grab a coffee or enjoy a host of native walks. 

With the The Maraetotara Reserve next door to the units, this is a great spot for all the family and offers BBQs, playgrounds, and vehicle access to the beach. It’s within walking distance to the local Four Square, chemist, and Ohope Chartered Club, and Ohope International Golf course is only a 10-minute drive away. Stay here for as little as $37 per night.

Ohope Beach has surfing and paddle boarding lessons, and equipment for hire.

South Island


Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is Canterbury’s resort town, best known for its natural hot pools and magnificent landscapes. With boutique shopping, world-class cafes and restaurants, family parks, golf, thermal pools, and spas, there is something for everyone. For families with older kids seeking more adventure, you can enjoy an array of activities such as mountain biking and skiing.

Accommodation in Hanmer Springs can often cost upwards from $150 a night, however, Manchester Unity have two fully equipped, cosy two-bedroom units from as little as $41 a night. 



The adventure capital of New Zealand caters to more than just thrill-seekers. Surrounded by the stunning Southern Alps, there is plenty to do here year-round for everyone. Sitting on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a popular holiday spot in any season for families who want to get the most out of their holiday.

A ten-minute walk from the centre of town and a 20-minute drive to ski fields, wineries, and Arrowtown, there are two units that can be booked from $66 a night.

The Remarkables is a short drive from Queenstown, and has fantastic facilities for kids.


Nelson is famous for its lovely beaches, highest sunshine hours, great markets, and wonderful wine. The Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri is about 45 minutes’ drive away.

This home is the ideal location for your Kiwi holiday in Nelson, with the beach, restaurants, shops, and playgrounds all in walking distance. Nelson’s main shopping centre is just a few minutes by car. You can book it from $59 a night.

Nelson has the Abel Tasman on its doorstep, which has amazing walks and beautiful beaches that are perfect for families.

What’s the catch?

Each Manchester Unity holiday home is beautifully maintained and fully furnished, with all the conveniences of home, like TV, microwave, washing machine, dryer, duvets, electric blankets, and pillows. If it all sounds too good to be true, well, there is one catch – you have to bring your own towels and sheets! 

There has never been a better time to explore our Kiwi backyard with Manchester Unity’s affordable holiday homes. Become a member for as little as $10.75 per quarter ($43 per year), and not only will you enjoy access to Manchester Unity’s holiday homes, members also have access to Manchester Unity’s special discounts on power, $9 movie tickets, and more! Sign up as a member now to gain access to these affordable holiday homes and book a holiday to remember.

For more information regarding accommodation with Manchester Unity, please email Renee on .
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