Explore our backyard to level up your staycation game
While holidaying in 2022 may not be as ‘exotic’ as before the pandemic, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an adventurous or fulfilling getaway. In fact, according to research from Booking.com, half of Kiwi travellers (51%) prefer the certainty of a (relatively) modest trip now over the possibility of a dream trip later and with Australian travel off the cards for the next few months, those previously planning a trip across the ditch will swap for a stunning staycation in our beautiful backyard instead.
It appears the short-haul getaway may be the experience du jour for now and Booking.com has picked three perfect holiday options to up your staycation game.
A City Escape
For anyone seeking a change of scenery for a week, a visit to Aotearoa’s largest city of Auckland offers experiences for all kinds of Kiwi travellers. From wine tasting and soaking up the sun on Waiheke Island, to soaking up a bit of culture at the Auckland Art Gallery where there’s over 15,000 marvellous works. Or head further afield to the Matakana Village Food Market to sample and indulge in various mouth-watering dishes.
A street that never sleeps in the City of Sails is Karangahape Road where you’ll find quirky cafés and vintage clothes shops by day, and some of the city’s best nightlife after dark. Further into the city is the famous Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest structure where you can enjoy 360 degree views at the top, as well as a tipple at the highest bar in the city, The Sugar Club. If heights aren’t your cup of tea, the world class retail and food destination Commercial Bay has plenty to offer and is within walking distance of the waterfront, the CBD and Britomart. After all your exploring, put your feet up, relax and relish in the luxurious waterfront views of the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
The Scenic Roadie
With 57% of Kiwi travellers saying they’re eager to travel nearby regions by car, a South Island scenic roadie could be just the ticket. Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, is the perfect start for your journey. Just a couple hours’ drive out of the city is the stunning Lake Tekapo, where you can experience world renowned stargazing and stay at the Mantra Lake Tekapo for a mesmerising night of staring at the stars. Further out of Tekapo, travellers will find the famous Mount Aoraki, the country’s highest mountain standing tall at 3,724 metres. Whether you get there by air, water, ski or foot, the opportunity to marvel at the country’s longest glacier - the 27km Tasman Glacier - is something every Kiwi should experience.
And of course, a South Island road is incomplete without a stop in the iconic Queenstown where you can choose from a relaxing luxurious stay or continue your scenic discovery on a drive out to Wanaka and Arrowtown. Or base yourself close to the snow-capped mountains and stay at the well-known Cardrona Hotel, just 25 minutes’ drive from the ski field.
An Outdoor Adventure
For the lovers of the great outdoors, the rugged West Coast of New Zealand is sure to astound you. Starting in Punakaiki you can explore the Nile River caves on a glow-worm tour, take a scenic drive along the coastal road, or visit the natural attraction of the pancake rocks. After an exciting day exploring, call in for a pint of a Kiwi classic at the Monteith’s brewery located in Greymouth. Further down the coast is the Hokitika Gorge where you can stop to view the picturesque turquoise waters.
Stretch your legs on a short walk to the stunning lookout that opens out to views of the glacial river and kilometres of native forests. As you make your way along the wild west coast, you’ll find yourself at the Franz Josef Glacier where you can navigate your way through some of the country’s most scenic hikes. An active holiday will earn your relaxation time at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier where you can toast marshmallows over a glowing open fire.