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

Would you love a family holiday but your budget disagrees? 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).

As 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.

We rate six of New Zealand’s best tourist hotspots where you can take advantage of these great-priced holiday homes. 


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. 

Race down the hydro-slides or take on our dizzying SuperBowl ride at Hanmer Springs


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.


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.


Voted New Zealand’s best beach in 2020, 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


The number one destination Kiwis want to visit, 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.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one! 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 $8 a month ($96 per year), and not only will you enjoy access to Manchester Unity’s holiday homes, members also have access to Manchester Unity’s special discount app.

Find all your discounts in one place, including a 10% discount on travel with Great Journeys of New Zealand (Interislander, Bluebridge ferry and the three trains, Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine). Complement this with Manchester Unity’s car rental discounts with Hertz or Thrifty and you can save yourself thousands!

You can also treat yourself to $9 movie tickets, pharmacy discounts, retail discounts and more.

Sign up as a member now to gain access to these affordable holiday homes and discounts and book a holiday to remember.

Also available is Manchester Unity’s discount app. Hundreds of discounts at your fingertips! Save money at big retailers such as JB HiFi, Bunnings and much more! With a Manchester Unity membership you can also apply for assistance for the mounting costs of your child’s education.

There are so many reasons to become a member and gaining access to these incredible offers is as easy as signing up for as little as $8 a month. Find out more here.

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