Where to take a short break in New Zealand
Just a hop, skip and jump away from Aussie shores, there’s so many great experiences to be had in the land of the long white cloud, and with short, affordable flights, it’s totally doable in a long weekend or short getaway. Here are some top picks:
Adventure Getaway - Queenstown
Jump straight in to New Zealand’s capital of fun, with direct flights straight from Australia. The great thing about Queenstown is the sheer amount of action-packed fun activities in such a small amount of space, that it’s totally doable in a short amount of time. Get your adrenaline pumping with a jet-boat ride downtime Shotover River, go horse riding on a mountain trail in nearby Glenorchy, take the plunge (literally) with a bungy jump, or head up the cable car and hit the luge above the town.
NZ Surf Getaway - Raglan
Just a short drive from Auckland, New Zealand’s premier surf spot, Raglan, is a chilled out little town with a legendary left hand point break. Stay in the town, or head along the coast towards Ngarunui Beach and hire a little cottage or train carriage (yes really!) at Solscape hostel overlooking the Tasman Sea. Surf the days away, and explore the gorgeous natural beauty of the surrounding coastal area.
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Marine Adventure Getaway - Kaikoura
For a getaway with a difference, the quaint east coast town of Kaikoura (2.5 hours north of Christchurch) offers an experience to remember. If you love the ocean you’ll love the coastline here, which is brimming with whales, dolphins, albatross, fur seals, penguins and orcas. Get up close and personal on a boating and swimming encounter with the dusky dolphins in their natural habitat. After your exciting ocean adventure, discover Kaikoura’s beautiful coastal walks and gorge yourself on the areas famous crayfish.
Romantic Getaway - Marlborough Sounds
A world away from the wild adrenalin rush of Queenstown, Marlborough Sounds is the South Island’s picturesque playground of bays, beaches and ancient sunken river valleys. It’s a peaceful and calm getaway where you can go hiking and take scenic cruises round it’s clear waters and sheltered islets of forested hills. Spread out over the top of the South Island, there’s several main towns located along the way, including the idyllic fishing village of Havelock AKA the ‘Green Muscle Capital of the World!’ Head to the legendary ‘Muscle Pot Restaurant and Cafe’ to sample some of the local seafood alongside a delicious Marlborough Sav Blanc or two.
Ski Adventure - Wanaka
For snow bunnies, there’s no better winter getaway than beautiful Wanaka. A smaller, bite sized version of neighbouring Queenstown, Wanaka is the perfect choice for a short-break, with fun restaurants and bars, lots of accommodation choices and the picture perfect setting right on lake Wanaka. It’s also blessed with two of NZ’s best skiing areas, Treble Cone and Cardrona, both just a short drive away. Treble Cone overlooking Lake Wanaka is the country’s largest skiable area, so with the area’s longest vertical run, so you’ll be kept busy exploring the mountains and enjoying the jaw-dropping views from the top of the world.
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