While the world in the northern hemisphere is all set to bask in the sun with summer on the way, our Kiwis are dealing with the not so good cold and rainy weather. Most cities have already started to experience the winter blast with temperatures going as low as -2 degree Celsius. With winter not leaving us so soon, an idea of going on a holiday doesn’t sound that bad, does it?

Here are our top picks for you to choose from to escape the winter and have all the fun in the sun –

Los Angeles - United States of America

Live your American dream. It’s just the perfect time to go especially to Los Angeles with its sprawling beaches and crazy night life – it gets only better in the summers. The city is always buzzing with concerts and carnivals. Besides, who knows if you are lucky enough you might just spot one of your favourite Hollywood stars having brunch at one of the local cafés. The temperature is as high as 30 degree Celsius these days and with longer days, cooler nights, get ready for some endless entertainment.

Getting there – Direct flight (12 hours) from Auckland to Los Angeles – Air New Zealand & American Airlines.

London – England

London is the place to be for all the Harry Potter fans. Give yourself a break this winter and visit London for a magical encounter. The Warner Bros. Studio tour will give you a true Harry Potter experience. From props, costumes to the actual film sets – it is sure to blow your mind. For all our non-Harry Potter fans, there are heaps of things to do from top class museums to just walking down the historical streets witnessing beautiful architecture. For those looking for some royal treatment – why not visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace?

Getting there –All major Airlines from Auckland – Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways.

Bangkok – Thailand

Bangkok the capital and the most populous city of Thailand is the perfect south Asian getaway. But make sure you have at least a week or two to explore as only 2-3 days are just not enough. From buzzing city life, temples, palaces to secluded beaches, Bangkok’s got everything. Also, if you are a foodie then you are in for a treat. Bangkok has a wide variety of food. Its known for its cheap eats. You will never feel like eating Thai curries at your local takeaway, once you have eaten in Bangkok. So, don’t get rid of your summer clothes just yet, pack them in your bag and fly off this winter – Bangkok is waiting!

Getting there – Direct flight (12 hours) from Auckland to Bangkok with Thai Airways.

Dubai – UAE

Looking to go on a holiday somewhere exotic? Love shopping? Well think no more – fly to Dubai. With Emirates introducing a direct flight from Auckland to Dubai, it’s never been easier for our Kiwis to explore this beautiful city which is also known as the business hub of the world. Experience how it feels to be at the top of the world- quite literally in Dubai as it has the world’s tallest structure ‘Burj Khalifa’. Besides all the gold lovers must visit Dubai’s Gold Souk (Gold Market). Guys beware, the girls with you might just go crazy there.

Getting there – Direct flight from Auckland (17 hours) with Emirates.


The ultimate destination for a nice family holiday. Singapore caters to adults as well as kids. The famous Universal Studios is in Sentosa Islands in Singapore. The thrilling rides at the theme park will be a dream come true for your children. Besides the night safari and the beautiful botanical gardens are sure to intrigue each person who visits it. Keep in mind Singapore can be a little expensive as compared to other south Asian countries, but the dollar value of Singapore and New Zealand is almost the same, with Singapore’s dollar value being slightly higher.

Getting there –Direct flight from Auckland (10 hours) with Singapore Airlines.

Vancouver – Canada

Just like our picturesque New Zealand, Canada also has a beautiful city – VANCOUVER. It has got a mix of both urban and natural surroundings with forests and mountains. A must see is the Stanley Park Seawall which is a 28 Km long pathway which is also the world’s longest waterfront path. For all tramping enthusiasts, there are couple of tracks around the famous Cypress and Grouse mountains. June to August is the best time to go to Vancouver. So, all the people looking for an adventurous holiday should stop looking for a destination and must visit this spectacular city this year.

Getting there – Direct flight from Auckland (13 hours) with Air New Zealand.

So choose one of the destinations above and call Travel Corner on our toll-free no. at 0800 224 7365 for some amazing flight deals. Happy Winters!