From cosmopolitan city breaks to relaxed visits in tranquil destinations, or adventurous options for those needing a buzz at the end of the week – our weekend escapes offer something for everyone and include a range of options to help tailor the package specifically to suit your preferences.
Auckland is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a busy nightlife, world-class restaurants, bush-clad mountain ranges and diverse neighbourhoods to explore. The Waitemata Harbour is a mecca for sailors, and the popularity of sailing on the harbour has led to the affectionate term, ‘City of Sails’.
Bay of Islands
A coastline of golden beaches and rocky outcrops circles the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands. Scattered with 150 islands, this region with its blue-green ocean, golden beaches and abundant wildlife, is renowned as a maritime adventure playground. Steeped in a rich and colourful history, the Bay of Islands is known as the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand. The area was discovered by Kupe the legendary Maori navigator, visited by Captain Cook in 1769 and is home to the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf. Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, the Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s best-loved holiday destinations.
With a unique thermal and volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural hot springs and bubbling mud pools, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s best known and most popular destinations. Rotorua forms part of the geologically active ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’ and evidence of the bubbling thermal activity just under the earth’s crust is surprisingly evident throughout the city.
Set on the shores of Lake Taupo, the resort town of Taupo is a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders and international visitors alike. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and is a world renowned spot for trout fishing both in the lake and from tributary rivers and no visit to Taupo is complete without trying to land ‘a big one’! The region is popular for sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, sky-diving and bungy and the magnificent Huka Falls.
With more than 200 vineyards, 70+ wineries and 30+ cellar doors, the toughest decision you’ll have this weekend is where to start! As well as wine, Napier is also well known for its a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture.
Wellington is renowned for its vibrant creative culture fuelled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee! It was also recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.
Situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough, Blenheim is one of our sunniest towns. You’ll find an array of cafes, restaurants, wineries, bars, shops and artisan food outlets. As the producer of 75% of New Zealand’s wine, there’s no better reason to visit!
The Nelson region is stunning area of natural landscapes – lakes, mountains, rivers, native bush, beaches. But it also has great shopping, eateries, arts & artisans and activities.
Christchurch, known for its English heritage and is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Wanaka is an alpine town and is the ultimate hub for outdoor adventures, and with Mount Aspiring National Park located close by it’s the perfect destination for exploring the Southern Alps. The crystal-clear water of the lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking, fishing, lake cruises and jet-boating, or to get an aerial perspective of the region take a scenic flight and you can even land on a glacier.
Feel inspired by Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a weekend full of adventure, discovery and rejuvenation.
Tucked into a sheltered harbour on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Ōtepoti Dunedin is a city rich in heritage, renowned for its wildlife and distinctly quirky character. Visit Dunedin and you’ll discover an intriguing mix of vibrant urban culture, wildly beautiful places and exceptional local cuisine.