With October’s Labour Weekend just around the corner, a weekend getaway must be one your radar! The hectic city life can sometimes be too over whelming at times. Here are our top 5 weekend getaway spots to escape city life in New Zealand, make sure you click on each sub heading (it will take you to other articles we have written on the region) to find out more and get ready to fall in love again with the true beauty of New Zealand!
Where: – Just a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD is the nearest getaway spot for city lover’s you can see the city in the distance but feel a million miles away!
What we love: The laid back island life, the proximity to Auckland CBD and the friendliness of the locals.
Where: A 2.5 drive South West of Auckland, follow highway one and turn off at Huntly, and head to the ocean you can’t go wrong.
Cost: Factoring in fuel for your trip, a stay in a camp site in town, and utilising a Grab One deal for a cheap eat, should only set you back $100 for one night or a little more if you stay at a Bookabach.
What we love: Being by the sea, the surfing and the backpacking culture.
Where: Another 2.5 hours drive but this time on the opposite coast (South East coast) follow highway one and turn off at signs to Thames.
Cost: Again a night in a campsite, a meal at Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market and fuel should set you back no more than $120
What we love: Paddle boarding in the harbour, climbing Mount Maunganui for the views and the cool hip bars!
Where: 1 hour north of Auckland is a lovely inlet with a some great camp sites drive to Warkworth and it is about 8km west. This is a really great quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Cost: I wouldn’t even factor fuel in it is so close, but a night in a camp site and food may just put you back $50. Stay at Bethshan Seaside Cottages and enjoy there free kayak’s!
What we love: The beaches, the small town vibes, the locals and how close it is to Auckland!
Where: This one is a little further away from the rest but still achievable, it is a 3 hour drive from Auckland we suggest staying at Hahei or Cook’s Beach.
Cost: Factoring in a stay at Purangi Winery for free, eating there delicious pizza’s and a tank of fuel at day in the peninsula will only set you back $80 bucks.
What we love: Hahei, Cathedral Cove, digging your own hot pool at hot water beach, cooks beach, kayaking, Purangi Winery pizzas, The Pinnacles, need I go on!
Where else would you escape for Labour Weekend?! Tips and comments below!