Getaway for the weekend. Because sometimes life just gets a bit much. Whether you choose a weekend getaway in Auckland, or decide to get out of the city for a couple of days. What you need is a break from the washing, the dishes, the lawns, your regular life. So start planning your next weekend getaway and get going.
Weekend Getaways in Northland
They call it the winterless north for a reason. The further north you go the warmer it gets even in winter. So pack your bikini, (or speedos) and get the hell out of Dodge for a couple of days of sun.
Carrington Estate – Tokerau Beach
Relax and unwind on the Karikari Peninsula. A short drive from Matai Bay (New Zealand’s best beach). Carrington Estate has everything you need for couples or families. With spacious lodge rooms, or 3 bedroom villas, or luxury houses there’s something for every group. There’s a winery, and one of New Zealand’s best golf courses too. It has to be seen to be believed. Perfect if you’re looking for a romantic hotel in Doubtless Bay
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Reia Taipa Beach
Located in the center of Northland’s magnificent Doubtless Bay, Ramada Reia Taipa Beach is as close to Fifi as you’re going to get for awhile. So plan the school holiday, or weekend break. Northland has so much to see and do, and Ramada Reia Taipa Beach is a stunning place to base yourself for the perfect long weekend escape. Great for families but also a great beachside option for couples looking for a romantic hotel on the beach in Doubtless Bay.
Ahipara Bay Motel
Stunning ocean views, and warm weather, at the base of 90 Mile Beach. This is the place to stay if you want to surf Shipwrecks, one of New Zealand’s best surf spots. With a restaurant and bar, and a place to lay your head after a hard days surfing, or riding your Quad on the beach, or fishing. This has everything you need, so hop in your car and drive. If you’re a surfer and you haven’t surfed shipwrecks this is a weekend getaway you can’t miss.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga
If you’ve never been to Hokianga you’re missing out. Drive up through Dargaville and Waipoua forest. That way you’ll see Tane Mahuta on the way. Hokianga Harbour is absolutely stunning and this is the nicest place to stay. It’s right on the beach with uninterrupted views of the harbour. The perfect hotel for a romantic weekend in Hokianga/Opononi.
Don’t miss sandboarding at Opononi you can skim down the dunes and out into the harbour where you skip across the water.. Keep an eye out for dolphins, and orca. An make sure you do the walk at Arai te Uru as well. Fantastic fishing as well. A great place to get away from it all and recharge.
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel – Bay of Islands
There’s no shortage of things to do in the Bay of Islands, and The Duke of Marlborough is the place to say while you’re doing them. This grand old hotel is has been beautifully restored and is a genuine 5 star. The waterfront rooms offer stunning views from the balconies. This is an excellent romantic hotel in the Bay of Islands with a fabulous restaurant.
Donkey Bay Inn – Bay of Islands
Donkey Bay Inn in the Bay of Islands is a perfect for a relaxing weekend away. Nestled on a private hillside with jaw dropping views, indulge yourself in pure luxury, this is one romantic getaway you’ll never forget. More suitable for couples than families.
Looking for a weekend getaway that costs more per night than some people earn in a month. Helena Bay is the place for you. Incredible luxury, this billionaires playground gives you a taste of how the richest of the rich spend their days. If you’re trying to impress the pants off of a new partner then this is a great way to go about it.
Te Arai Lodge
A short drive North of Auckland makes Te Arai Lodge the perfect luxury weekend escape. People live here and commute to work in Auckland it’s so close. Te Arai Point is another of New Zealand’s best surf spots. It’s close to Mangawhai so there’s plenty to see and do. But Te Arai Lodge is so fine you won’t want to leave.
Weekend Getaways in Auckland
You don’t even need to leave Auckland for a getaway. All of these great spots are in the Auckland Region. So stop saying it’s to far and just book a weekend away already.
Park Hyatt Viaduct Harbour
Get away from the suburbs and take a mini vacation in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Park Hyatt in Auckland’s newest super luxury hotel. With 4 restaurants to choose from plus room service you’ll not need to leave. But if you do everything Auckland City has to offer is right at your doorstep. You are in the centre of the Viaduct and Wynyard quarter and an easy walk from Britomart and Queen Street. Make the most of our beautiful city with a weekend at the Park Hyatt.
Spend a weekend on Auckland Harbour without going on a boat. Auckland’s Hilton Hotel is built on a wharf that juts out into the harbour. Watch the ferries come and go, while you enjoy a beer in the bar. Dine at the magnificent Fish restaurant or just relax and unwind in your room with a view.
Warblers Retreat is a luxury eco lodge on 5 acres of regenerating forest just outside of Albany on Auckland’s North Shore. This fabulous weekend getaway is only a short drive from Auckland CBD, but feels a world away. It’s beautiful, secluded and quiet (except for the birds).
Yes Waiheke Island is part of Auckland. So hop on the ferry and take that well deserved weekend break at Delamore Lodge. This is super luxury a stones throw from Auckland. Make the most of Waiheke’s beaches and vineyards while you’re there. Take the helicopter there to make it a getaway you’ll not forget.
Waitakere Resort and Spa
Set in the Waitakere Ranges with views back to Auckland city this hotel is the perfect weekend hideaway. A great spot to enjoy all the Waitakere Ranges have to offer with hiking, waterfalls and beaches being the main attractions. Or you can just soak in the pool and enjoy the views of Auckland, while you listen to the bird song.
Escape to the Coromandel for the Weekend
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort – Pauanui
Puka Park is set in 25 acres of native bush. Built on the side of Mt Pauanui. This has long been a popular weekend getaway for Aucklanders. Pauanui is a beautiful white sand surf beach. Enjoy the beach by day and then retreat in the evening to the luxury of the lodge. There’s a restaurant, day spa, and a great pool. Perfect for a mini break.
Getaway to Taupo
Taupo is a great spot for a weekend getaway. It’s Central location and stunning attractions make it a popular holiday spot for families from all over the North Island. There’s world class fly fishing, two world class golf courses, geothermal activity, the lake, and some of the best mountain biking NZ has to offer. There’s also great hiking and trail running, hot pools and it’s an easy day trip to Mt Ruapehu for some skiing.
Here’s our list of the best places to stay in Taupo.
Huka Lodge (Taupo)
Huka Lodge is New Zealand’s original luxury lodge. They pretty much invented the super luxury segment in NZ and one look tells you why it’s so popular. Huka Lodge does not disappoint. It’s really close to Taupo so there’s lots to do but you won’t want to. You’ll be busy enjoying the luxury and privacy of the lodge.
Rotorua Weekend Getaways
Rotovegas. It is the most popular weekend getaway location. There’s so much to do. Mountain biking, fishing, hunting, culture, geothermal activity, beautiful lakes, white water rafting and kayaking, spas. It’s a wonder we don’t all just move there. And of course there’s the infamous Luge. No trip to Rotorua is complete without a visit to the luge.
Solitaire Lodge – Lake Tarawera
Solitaire Lodge is an idyllic peaceful weekend getaway on the shores of Lake Tarawera. Relax in and unwind in this luxury lodge, or try your hand at some fly fishing, bath in the natural hot springs. You will forget all your troubles for a day or two.
Tree Tops Lodge – Getaway and go Fishing
Near Rotorua, and only a 2 hour drive from Auckland, Treetops Lodge is a luxury hunting/fishing destination set on 2500 acres of forest and game reserve. With 13 trout fishing lakes and over 60 streams in easy reach from the lodge you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to fish. Or you can just stay put, relax and enjoy the lodge.
A perfect Family Escape – Holiday Inn Rotorua
The perfect family getaway in Rotorua. Holiday Inn Rotorua is right next to Whakarewarewa. I meant you can see the geysers from your window close. They’ve got a great heated pool that families will love, and the breakfast is incredible. Just how much bacon can a 9 year old girl eat? Find out at Holiday Inn Rotorua.