Grand Mercure Puka Park, managed by Accor Vacation Club

Timeshare Travel Review – Grand Mercure Puka Park

Call of the Coromandel

 Pristine beaches, gorgeous mysterious forests and an overall relaxed atmosphere make The Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island is an ideal place to escape the daily grind.

Just a hop skip and jump across the gulf from Auckland, it rightfully earned its place as one of New Zealand’s favorite holiday spots – and with Accor Vacation Club members too who choose to check out the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort!

 

Underwater love

The area is famous for diving and snorkeling, with an underwater world rivaling anything you’ll find above land.

Whanguanui-aHei Marine Reserve in Mercury Bay, is a popular location, with calm waters and beautiful reefs just below the surface. The 7 islands of this bay boast a diverse range of underwater life including turtles, moray eels, stingrays, marlin and kingfsh, and submerged caves and drop-offs will delight divers who like a challenge.

Novice divers and snorkelers will revel in Gemstone Bay, where a beginners’ snorkel trail is available pointing out the way and key details with the use of buoys and information panels. Want to know what fish just swum by? There’s a panel for that too!

There are also multiple boat cruises, kayaking tours and fishing spots to explore if admiring the ocean from above is more your style.

 

Walk the Walk

If you love exploring new regions by foot, then check out the Coromandel Coast Walk. A 7 hour return hike, this coastal walk is truly spectacular allowing an opportunity to appreciate the peaceful natural beauty, beach vistas and sparkling bar highlights from the ridges of the Peninsula. Stony Bay and Fletchers Bay mark the start and end points of the track, and both are hidden jewels in their own right.

If you are looking for a more leisurely option, there are many shorter walks or more casual strolls available. For example, just 3 kilometres from the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort lie the golden sands of Pauanui Beach, one of the most popular on the Coromandel coast. The beach is perfect for a morning or afternoon walk, as well as ideal for an ocean swim, surfing, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle-boarding. Or maybe just sitting and watching the world go by…

 

Put a spring in your step

If spa life is more your thing, then the natural variety is not to be missed when in this part of the world. The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa in Whitianga is a naturally heated spa with rejuvenating thermal waters reaching the surface from the deep earth below. Combine this with soothing waterfalls and beautiful floral and you’ll be blissed out before brunch time! For those who prefer a traditional spa experience indoors, the destination boasts many great day spas with a range of local and traditional treatments to enjoy.

 

Treetop serenity and stargazing

Solitude and quiet nature are usually what people love most about staying at the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, one Accor Vacation Club’s most popular hotel destinations for Members.

This luxury lodge is an ideal base to explore the Coromandel Peninsula and its surrounds, set on 25 generous acres of mostly untouched, pristine New Zealand bushland on Mt Pauanui.

Two-hours drive from Auckland the resort is touted for its seclusion and ambiance. Many a guest has spent their evenings stargazing from their private decks, with some selected chalets offering a memorable treetop experience!

 

Resort features

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort completed a soft room refurbishment in 2018, introducing some beautiful, fresh soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location, an onsite tennis court, heated pool with views of the Coromandel Ranges as a backdrop, and gymnasium, spa and sauna facilities.

The resort’s elegant bar is welcoming, complete with majestic fireplace for those cosy cooler evenings, while a stunning sunlit deck off the main building is the perfect place to soak up the view before the sun sets below the treetops.

 

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 Address: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Mount Avenue, Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Phone: 0064 (0) 7 864 8088 

Visit: https://www.pukapark.co.nz/

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

 

Senior women enjoying and laughing

Places to visit on a New Zealand holiday

Planning a first trip to New Zealand is never an easy task, unless you have all the time in the world, and the money to enjoy it. There is just so much to take in! For the rest of us on limited time and budget, where do we start; the North Island, or South Island? If you’re a member of Accor Vacation Club, and planning a vacation to New Zealand, things get a whole lot easier. With a selection of quality, thoughtfully selected accommodation options to choose from on both islands, its best to rely on popular culture to make the choice for you as opposed to hotels – and in that case the Hobbits of the North have it sorted!

Hobbiton Village

In the centre of North Island’s farming country, Hobbiton Village sits on the edge of Matamata, and was used to make the Hobbit films and Lord of the Rings movie. When booking your Hobbit tour, look at booking the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves tour as well. It is close by, and the kids will be fascinated by their little glow-in-the-dark friends.

Auckland

You may well have landed at Auckland Airport, but the city is worth more than just a cursory glance as you head toward your destination. Opportunities abound for unique photographs of dormant volcanoes, bubbling mud pools, cascading waterfalls, and surfers riding the rolling breakers on the local beaches. As the children tire, head into the centre, and round the day off at Auckland’s famous Sky City and its many attractions.

Wellington

Before heading to the South Island, take a few hours out. If time allows take a whole day, and explore the sights and culture of New Zealand’s capital city. Visit the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Walk or ride to the top of Mount Victoria for the most fantastic views. Jump on the Wellington Cable Car, or go back in time at Zealandia. All before you board the ferry for your three hour trip across the Cook Strait to Picton, at the top of South Island.

Marlborough Sound

Close to Picton, Marlborough Sound covers over 90 miles of New Zealand coastline. You could spend all the second half of your vacation, walking and cycling the coastline, visiting the nature reserves, and cruising the sunken valleys of this stunning part of New Zealand. If time is of the essence, book a three hour boat trip, to get a real feel of what this area has to offer.

Christchurch

For a laid-back, family day out, Christchurch ticks all the boxes. Enjoy a boat trip, or try your hand at punting on the River Avon. Stroll in the sunshine around the beautiful botanic gardens, or, if the kids are being a little restless, take them over to the International Antarctic Centre, to find out what it’s like to get caught up in an arctic storm.

From Puka Park to Wellington, Queenstown and Wanaka (and beyond!), as an Accor Vacation Club member, the fabulous facilities at each Club property, or Accor Hotels Select accommodation partner, will prove difficult to leave. Nonetheless, to find out why New Zealanders are in the top ten of the world’s happiest people, you need to get out and about, and find out what really makes your average Kiwi tick.

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Timeshare travel review – Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Many people rave about the spectacular destination that is Queenstown, but not too far away in the Queenstown Lakes district on Lake Wanaka awaits an equally amazing resort town, brimming with mountain vistas and activities crossing every season.

The idyllic South Island village of Wanaka is a year round destination that has appeal for those who love the great outdoors and seek a food and wine fuelled relaxation break away from it all.

Situated on the crystal clear waters of New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine tasting or golfing. In winter, the snow covered slopes of Treble Cone and Cardrona are close by for ski enthusiasts.

The city also hosts an annual event, ‘Warbirds Over Wanaka’, which is the largest three day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.

For some inspiration on all the major events and attractions not to miss, check out this fabulous and comprehensive list of things to do, and the 10 top reasons to visit Wanaka, courtesy of Wanaka Tourism.

We love the sound of Wanaka River Journeys, for a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with a jet boat adventure (to get your pulse racing!). Another fantastic way to immerse yourself in the wilderness, this time on foot, has to be a guided walk or hike to enjoy the mountains, glaciers and for a spot of Lord of the Rings location spotting along the way.

Pool view at Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

When it’s time to turn in after a day of adventure  in the great outdoors, check into the Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka. Set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps in Wanaka, the resort presents Accor Vacation Club Members with a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments.

One-bedroom apartments can sleep up to four people and include a full kitchen, access to a communal laundry, one bathroom and individually controlled heating for the cooler months. The two-bedroom apartment option can sleep up to six guests, and also features heating and a kitchen, in addition to a convenient internal laundry, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms.

Beyond your apartment, the Oakridge Resort on Lake Wanaka offers two heated swimming pools, seven hot tubs, a 25 metre lap pool plus a gym and sauna.

Of course if pampering is an essential part of your holiday schedule, look no further than The Sanctuary Day Spa, located onsite at the resort. The spa offers a full range of massage and beauty treatments that you can check out here.

For local eats, Jacob’s Grill Restaurant and Bar is open for guests for breakfast and dinner seven days a week. The resort’s pool bar is also open daily from 3pm.

To plan your next holiday escape with Accor Vacation Club to explore the best of Otago and Wanaka in New Zealand, visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

Hotel St Moritz, MGallery by Sofitel - heli picnic Memorable Moment.

How to make a moment into a memory, Queenstown style

Queenstown is one of those magical destinations where making holiday memories comes easy. Blame it on the breathtaking scenery, crisp mountain air and wonderful wineries weaving their magic at every turn!

Of course to ensure that a fleeting moment in time with a loved one become a fully-fledged ‘forever’ memory, it definitely helps to enlist the skills of an in-the-know local to craft a truly one-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Hotel St Moritz, an MGallery by Sofitel property included in Accor Vacation Club’s New Zealand accommodation portfolio, is one such place offering that service for visitors to Queenstown.

In addition to its impeccable service, five-star facilities and captivating designs, the hotel offers guests the chance to indulge in its Queenstown Memorable Moment, curated by the staff themselves.

Flight of fancy – a heli picnic on an extraordinary alpine plateau…

Hotel St Moritz ‘Memorable Moment’ package is indeed spectacular, featuring a flight by private charter helicopter to “The Ledge” on Cecil Peak for a magical half hour of tranquility.  There, overlooking The Southern Alps you will enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by the hotel’s own Lombardi Restaurant.  It’s definitely a worthy addition to your bucket list, creating an incredible sensory moment, where the imposing scale of nature is awe-inspiring.

The Memorable Moment experience from Hotel St Moritz  is available on request and can be taken at your leisure during your stay. To find out more, call the hotel on +64 3 442 4990 and speak to the concierge, or visit www.stmoritz.co.nz

What is a Memorable Moment?

MGallery by Sofitel is comprised of a collection of captivating boutique hotels that exude luxury, charisma and a profoundly local character. Each hotel has developed its very own Memorable Moment for guests, taking various forms, however always remaining deeply rooted in the local landscape, culture and hotel character. Your moment could be something as intimate as a dinner, or as grandiose as a helicopter ride to survey a local landmark.

In any case, the experience is likely to be one of the most defining of your stay. For more visit https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/brands/hotels-mgallery.shtml

Feeling inspired?

If you now feel inspired to explore an Accor Vacation Club Membership and plan your next holiday to Queenstown, contact a representative of the Accor Vacation Club Member Services team on 1300 761414.