Are we the only ones who feel that two-day weekends are just not long enough? Thankfully, at this time of the year we have plenty of long weekends so we can really get into relaxation mode.
Here are some ideas to try to make the most of your long weekends:
Try a House Swap
Swapping houses with another person or family is a great way to travel without having to pay the earth or forgo your home comforts. There’s often no need to pack all those little essentials like dishwashing liquid – just use whatever is in the house and reciprocate at your own place. Simply pack a change of clothes and your favourite skincare and make yourself at home. Organise with out-of-town friends or register on a website like Kiwi House Swap or Love Home Swap.
Shorthand for “glamorous camping”, glamping has risen in popularity in recent years. It allows you to stay in places that are off the beaten track, without forgoing a comfortable bed, hot shower and, if you insist, your hairdryer. Instead of a cramped nylon tent you may stay in a yurt or a teepee draped in fairy lights. Some even come with cooking supplies so you can whip up a gourmet meal. For places to glamp visit Canopy Camping or Glamping Hub.
Take a Staycation
As much as we love travelling, we also love staying home too! To have a proper staycation, you must give yourself permission to ignore all those little jobs that need doing around the house and just relax. Catch up on that stack of books on your nightstand or curl up in a sunny spot and have an afternoon nap. Browse that local bookstore or take a long, aimless walk around your neighbourhood – you never know what you might see!
It’s Labour Weekend in New Zealand, and our first three-day weekend after a long winter. In some ways it’s also the start of the holiday season, so it’s a great time to start planning a trip or two away. If you’re after ideas for a special and luxurious getaway, we’ve compiled a wishlist for you. And what makes these places even more special? They all have Evolu products available for their guests!
- Set on 6,000 acres of clifftop land that includes one of the finest golf courses in the world, Kauri Cliffs is one of our most famous luxury lodges. Go for a round, relax in the spa or just drink in the 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. www.kauricliffs.com
- On a more intimate scale, Hawkes Bay’s Millar Road is popular with both couples and larger family groups as the whole property can be booked out at once. Set on spacious grounds overlooking a vineyard, orchard and farmland in the Tuki Tuki hills, it’s a truly relaxing retreat. www.millarroad.co.nz
- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is one of Kauri Cliff’s sister properties. It too has a dramatic cliff-top location, top-notch golf course and day spa, but is instead in the sunny Hawkes Bay. If you can’t possibly choose between the two, you can always take a helicopter from one to the other! www.capekidnappers.com
- With a stunning location that more than lives up to its beautifully evocative name, the Bay of Many Coves resort is perfectly positioned to soak in the natural wonders of the Marlborough Sounds. From walking a section of the Queen Charlotte Track to kayaking, fishing or even swimming with dolphins, it’s a special spot. www.bayofmanycoves.co.nz
- If your idea of paradise is a remote alpine station in the wilderness, it doesn’t get any better than Minaret Station. Rustic yet luxurious, guests can experience world-class heli skiing, fishing and hunting and a truly unique Southern Alps experience. It’s only accessible by helicopter. www.minaretstation.com
- On the edge of Lake Wakatipu, staying at Matakauri Lodge has been described as like being in a painting. Snow-capped mountains in winter, a pristine alpine lake, native forest and luxurious facilities with impeccable service. www.matakaurilodge.com
- A pretty Edwardian Villa with a nostalgic vibe, Hawthorne House is in the heart of the Hawkes Bay. It’s the perfect location to explore the wineries, markets and outdoor activities that the region offers, or just to relax and enjoy the homemade baking and fresh eggs from the free-range hens. www.hawthorne.co.nz
- Purpose built just ten years ago, Glendeer Lodge is on a tranquil 5-acre property just outside Timaru. Used as a base for the owner’s excellent guided fly-fishing tours or anyone else wanting to experience the stunning surrounds. www.glendeer.co.nz