22 December 2015

Disability Friendly Getaways

Summer is a great time to get away, rest and recharge the batteries for the coming year. Parent to Parent has started compiling a list of disability friendly getaways for day excursions and nights away from around New Zealand.


Two cottages that provide the opportunity for short stays for people with medical, social, or family issues who are otherwise unable to get a break away. Self –contained accommodation for up to 8 people and one cottage is wheelchair friendly . The cottages are free to stay in, however donations are gratefully received.

For further information please contact:

The Lake Rotoiti Chapel Trust
C/- The Secretary
3177 Korere Tophouse Road
R.D.2, Nelson, 7072
(03) 521-1137


The Timpson Holiday House – Peel Forest

The Timpson holiday house is a retreat for carers who care at home for people with disabilities & illnesses. The house has 3 bedrooms consisting of a queen bed, four single beds (including an electric bed), a sofa double bed, a cot & a fold-out bed. There is a wheel chair accessible bathroom including a wheeled toilet chair. The house is five minutes’ walk from the Peel Forest store.

Address needed
Rosa Allan                           6963886                wattiebush@farmside.co.nz
Hilary McDonald              6963851 phone/fax         hilary_mcdonald@hotmail.com

We will request confirmation that our guests are supported &/or registered with an umbrella organisation. Bookings are essential and are limited to 5 nights maximum.

Canterbury – Adams House Wharenui             

The Adams house is a 2 Bedroom unit that sleeps up to six people, with a queen  bed, two single beds and a pull out double sofa bed in the lounge. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet and shower bathroom, as well as a cot and high chair.

18B Wharenui Road, Riccarton, Christchurch
Tariffs as at Sept 2015:
$60.00 per night

CCS Disability Action Canterbury West Coast
P O Box 1506
Christchurch 8140
TEL: (03) 365 5661
FAX: (03) 372 9507
EML: canterbury@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

South Canterbury – Lake Tekapo

CCS Disability Action South Canterbury has two units located at Lake Tekapo. The area offers a wide range of activities such as trout fishing, boating, scenic flights, golf and salmon farm. Located close to Mt Dobson, Roundhill ski fields, Mount Cook and the McKenzie Country hydro scheme. Both units can sleep up to five people each and have a wheelchair accessible toilet and shower. Unit 1 has an electric bed that tilts, is height adjustable and has side rails


The street address for the units is Allen Street, Lake Tekapo (no number). The last units at the end of the cul-de-sac on the right hand side.


Coming into the Tekapo township from the east, before you cross over the bridge into the township, turn left and then left again.


CCS Disability Action – South Canterbury
PO Box 585, Timaru 7940
TEL: 03 684 7151
FAX: 03 684 6355
EML: admin.southcanterbury@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

$50 per unit per night Monday to Thursday
$65 per unit per night – Friday to Sunday

A deposit of 1 night’s accommodation is required to secure booking

Please note: School holiday and December periods may require the ballot system due to higher demand

Single day getaways:


Wairēinga /Bridal Veil Falls –

The track to Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls follows the Pakoka River to two viewing platforms, with stunning views of the falls and is accessible for assisted wheelchairs. The track beyond this point contains steep steps and is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Approximate time: 20 minutes Location: Kawhia Road, near Raglan.

Bay of Plenty

Lake Okareka Walkway –

The walkway starts in a wetland and is accessible for wheelchairs to Silver Beach, which is two kilometres return. The wetland features a wide range of aquatic birdlife.

Approximate time: 1 hour 30 minutes one way (for full 2.5 km track)

Location: Acacia Road, Rotorua.


Gisborne Riverbank and Waikanae Beach Walk –

The walkway starts at the meeting point of the Taruheru, Turanganui and Waimata rivers. The track is suitable for wheelchairs, with multiple entrances and is 1.5 kilometres each way.

Time: 10-30 minutes

Location: Entry points along Reads Quay.

To add other disability friendly getaways  to this list please contact Parent to Parent business development manager Sue Pairaudeau  or 07 853 8491.

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