Gift Yourself Experiences & Adventure This Summer

Enjoy this insightful guide to exploring Aotearoa these holidays (and all year round)

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INTIMATE ESCAPE

Schedule time with someone special at one of the six glass eco-cabin Pure Pods across the country — designed for a vivid experience where you can reconnect with, and admire the beauty of nature. The luxurious, warm and immaculately styled cabin has been designed from its foundations up to foster environmental sustainability and minimalist luxury. Throughout your stay you can revel in the birdsong and explore the stars of the Southern Sky from the comfort of bed. From $590.

PurePods Ltd

WINE & DINE

For those that love a long lunch, gifting yourself a ‘Half Day Scenic Wine & Lunch’ from Ananda Tours on Waiheke is the perfect celebration at the end of the year. Including spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond, accompanied by three stops at local vineyards. You could choose to make a weekend of it, or just the day, regardless, you'll be thanking yourself for taking the fuss out of your next trip to Waiheke. $195.

Ananda Tours Ltd, Waiheke

TAKE TO THE SKIES

Perfect for a thrill seeker, give yourself an experience of a lifetime and finally tick one off your bucket list — the chance to experience the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand from 20,000 feett with an 85 second freefall. From $100.

Skydive Auckland

HIGH POINTS

If you're an adventurer, treat yourself to an experience that will connect you to our wonderful landscape, with four days adventuring on the rail and river. Beginning in Taumarunui, 'The Epic' hosted by Forgotten World Adventures travels across wide expanses of countryside and native bush, over 47 bridges and through 20 tunnels, and includes visits to the incredible Blue Duck Station, settlements on the Whanganui River, the Bridge to Nowhere and Lauren’s Lavender Farm. $2759.

Forgotten World Adventures, Ruapehu

SPRING AWAKENING

Give yourself an opportunity to relax and unwind in the quaint Hanmer Springs with a treatment from The Spa. There's plenty to choose from, whether you want an hour-long massage, an indulgent mani-pedi, or for something really special, a package to make the most out of your stay. $79.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Canterbury

ON POINT

Indulge in the tranquillity of an iconic Onsen Hot Pool experience. The idyllic cedar-lined hot tubs have long been a beloved addition to any Queenstown itinerary — filled with heated, pure water from the surrounding mountains. Leaving you to kick back, relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains across the Shotover River. From $108.

Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa, Queenstown

FLIGHT OF FANCY

Take flight with Southern Lakes Helicopters — the Milford Sound scenic flight showcases breathtaking, birds-eye views of some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in Fiordland. You'll soar over the shores of Lake Te Anau, the remote Wick Mountains and its rugged landscape. Spot Lake Iceberg, soak up the stunning views of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound. $995.

Southern Lakes Helicopters Ltd, Fiordland


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