Planning to take a break from the mundane life? Looking for getting away from work for a weekend? Here are some ideas courtesy Travel Corner. Whether you are looking for something outdoor and adventurous/ family time or a romantic gateway, there is something for everyone.
The one topping our list would be Rotorua. It is ideal for people looking for some adventure. White water rafting is one of the major attractions for people all over and ROTORUA has the world’s largest commercially rafted waterfalls – The Tutea Falls. At 7metres high, it will be an experience of a lifetime.
About an hour and half drive from Auckland, Goat Island could be the ideal way for our daredevils who live around Auckland and don’t wish to travel too far. It has one of the best snorkelling spots of the country. Not only that, but Goat Island is New Zealand’s first ever marine reserve, so don’t forget to carry your go pros and waterproof phones to click under water pictures of some amazing fishes.
Coromandel is one of the most favourite holiday spot for Aucklanders. The huge coastline helps keep the weather moderate all year around. Besides the beautiful beaches and hundreds of natural hideaways, make it the perfect destination for couples to have quality time with each other. The famous cathedral cave walk at Coromandel is one of the best kiwi walks and it could be the perfect natural setting for a romantic date. So why spend hundreds of dollars at a fancy restaurant?
Explore the splendid Waitomo Caves in the beautiful Waitomo region which is not only known for its GLOW WORM caves, But, also its geological and cultural history. The kids will just love the boat ride to the cave which are beautifully illuminated by hundreds of glow worms. Waitomo is known to have the highest number of glow worm population. So, make sure you plan a visit to this place soon.
Oh, well who doesn’t know of Waiheke Island? Just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland in a ferry, it is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke has something for everyone. Being an island it goes without saying that it has some amazing beaches. Boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding are few of the beach activities. Apart from these there are beautiful baches which the visitors can rent for their stay while at Waiheke. Waiheke is also known for its Zip lining which again is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Besides, the world-famous Waiheke vineyards are not to be missed.
People in South Island don’t you worry, there’s lots to do for you guys too. Nelson has the most exciting adventure called ‘SKYWIRE’. Experience a mix of both -- thrilling speed and the calmness of nature. The freefall can reach up to 100kph, well what are you waiting for? Get your backpacks and get going to experience this epic ride.
Wakatipu Basin - Off- Road Driving
A holiday in New Zealand is incomplete if you don’t get to see any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ locations. They are spread all over the country. But this one is sure the hidden gem which not a lot of people know about. Wakatipu Basin is a beautiful plain in South Island surrounded by the magnificent mountains in central Otago. It is perfect for all the driving enthusiast who are looking for an adventurous drive. The spectacular scenery is sure to leave you guys awestruck.
Want to plan something special for your better half? Nothing can be better than planning an evening star gazing and we in New Zealand are lucky to have the best place to do that. People from all over the world visit Lake Tekapo as it comes under the Dark Sky Reserve (having the darkest skies in the world). If you are lucky enough you can even witness the southern lights which will make your night even more eventful.
So, pack your backpacks, call your friends and set yourself free to one of these stunning places. Remember Easter is just once a year, make sure you spend it wisely and of course eating loads of Easter eggs!