Bring On the Holidays!

Bring On the Holidays!

After the most challenging of years, many of us are counting the days until we can take a well-deserved break.

The PSA can now offer members the opportunity to holiday in the adventure resort of the South.  From December 11 we have two 3-bedroom units available in beautiful Queenstown.

queenstown view resizedThe first with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and a games room is available for $170 per night, while the second smaller unit with views from the backyard is priced at $140 per night.

The units are located in Fernhill, just a 5 minute drive to the centre of Queenstown, 20 minutes to Arrowtown, and 45 minutes to Glenorchy.


The new accommodation opens as most of our holiday homes are running at over 90 percent capacity between now and March. That’s 10 percent higher than for the same period last year.

A brand new 3-bedroom house in Mangawhai Heads has been heavily booked since it opened last December and is proving a hit with members.

While some members have been concerned about travelling due to Covid-19, others have been snapping up the opportunity to travel around New Zealand.


The PSA holiday home team prides itself on looking after members, families, caretakers and communities.

We have prioritised health and safety during the pandemic and are following public health guidelines including thorough cleaning, the use of QR codes, and the provision of hand sanitiser, soap and disinfectant onsite.

Any cancellations due to changes in alert levels will be refunded in full.   


It’s been a busy year for our team but we’ve continued our planned maintenance and upgrade of holiday homes.

The homes and apartments are self-funding with all maintenance and expenses paid for by income from the occupancy.


Last year’s holiday home photo competition proved very popular with members so we’re repeating it this Summer.

Angela Bennett Whitianga 2020 Winner resized

Angela Bennett's winning entry from Whitianga last year

This year Noel Leemings is donating a UE Megaboom 3 for first prize, while 10 runners up will receive $100 discounts on their next PSA Holiday Home booking.

So if you are holidaying at one of our homes between December 21 and January 31 get snapping to be in to win. The more fun and creative the better!

Conditions of Entry:

  • The photos must be taken onsite at the homes or at a nearby tourist attraction
  • Entries close February 10 and winners will be contacted by February 15
  • Winning snaps will be published by PSA in the PSA News and Working Life

Send entries to:


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