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Time to Say ‘G-Day’ Once More? Our Favourite Australasia Breaks

9 February 2022

The announcement of a quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble was welcomed with wide open arms last year, but has been a little stop/start since – thanks to further lockdowns!

The most recent report states that Australia plans to reopen its borders to international tourism from February. Meanwhile, New Zealand will allow Australians to visit once more from July, before allowing other countries from October. With this positive news we doubt anyone will want to check into a soulless hotel room!

Because let’s face it… this will be far from an ordinary holiday.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our finest retreats on both sides. Full of originality, awe, and scenery-showcasing wonder, they offer the perfect setting for that long-anticipated break.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Aplite House | Tasmania

SiloStay

Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand
Uniquely innovative, eco-friendly accommodation set within New Zealand's Banks Peninsula...that truly goes against the grain!
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per silo
From
£100 / night

The Boot

Tasman, Nelson, New Zealand
You've heard of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but have you ever actually imagined life in a fabulous piece of footwear? Wonder no longer at The Boot, a fairytale B&B on New Zealand's South Island!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£170 / night

Bubbletent Australia

Nr Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
The Australian outback, star-studded skies, and just you and your loved one to enjoy them all from the luxury of a fabulous inflatable bubble...it can only be Bubbletent Australia!
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 2 per bubble
From
£140 / night

Love Cabins at Mount Tomah

Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Relax amongst the awe-inspiring World Heritage bushland of Australia's Blue Mountains, in a cabin built for nature-inspired indulgence.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per cabin
From
£180 / night (tee pee)

Hapuku Lodge

Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
Dreamlike comfort and outstanding views await you in this eco-friendly Kiwi paradise, featuring a lodge and treehouses set on the dramatic coastline of Kaikoura.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£450 / night

Paperbark Camp

Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Luxury and eco-friendly African safari-style camping in the paradise setting of Australia's breathtaking Jervis Bay.
Bedrooms: 12 tents
Sleeps: 3-6 per tent
From
£175 / night

The Flying Fox

Matahiwi, Manawatu, New Zealand
An interesting and quirky range of eco-friendly accommodation, set on the banks of New Zealand's Whanganui River.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£31 / night

Qii House

Lorne, Victoria, Australia
A bold and quirky architectural gem, superbly nestled within the lush rainforest ferns of Australia's Great Otway National Park.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£369 /night

Sal Salis

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Explore the outback in an exclusive beachside safari camp, remotely set within the dunes of Australia's Cape Range National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 3 per tent
From
£982/night

Aplite House

Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
A privately secluded, architect-designed eco haven that showcases Tasmania's unique beauty to its best, most dramatic effect.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4 (+1)
From
£174 / night

Billabong Falls

Olinda, Victoria, Australia
Resort-style paradise in Australia's lush Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by ancient tree ferns and sparkling waterfalls.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£595 (2 nights)

Desert Cave Hotel

Coober Pedy, South Australia
Experience the South Australian outback at its authentic best, with dug-out style luxury living and an underground bed!
Bedrooms: 50 rooms
Sleeps: 2-4 per room
From
£77 / night

Reefsuites

Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the magical Great Barrier Reef in all its glory, with a jaw-dropping stay in Australia's first underwater suites.
Bedrooms: 2 suites
Sleeps: 2 per suite
From
£410pp /nt

Ross Beach TOP10 Holiday Park

Ross, Westland District, New Zealand
A boutique, funky, couple friendly retreat with quirky shipping containers for accommodation & facilities set on New Zealand's stunning South Island, West Coast. 
Bedrooms: 11 Units
Sleeps: Varies
From
£83 /night

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