Fancy a $10 zipline adventure? Or $70 for a night in a grand chateau?
The first long weekend since lockdown, and the last until October, is fast approaching (although the Government is considering granting us an extra one) and tourism providers are offering some substantial discounts to get Kiwis out travelling after Covid-19 decimated the industry.
Here is just some of what’s on offer over the next fortnight.
Chateau Tongariro – Tongariro National Park
A night at one of the most iconic hotels in the country – surrounded by the snowy peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro – starts from just $70 a night. It’s an Economy Room (nothing extravagant) but hey, you’re still in the building ticking it off your bucket list.
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If you want a more luxurious experience, try their Chateau King Room – which has a more regal feel. That’ll set you back $91.
Over Queen’s Birthday weekend Mt Ruapehu will reopen the Sky Waka for three days. The trip takes you in a gondola 1.8 kilometres up into the clouds – passing frozen waterfalls, ancient lava flows, snow-covered valleys and ends overlooking the vast expanse of the Tongariro National Park.
How to book: chateau.co.nz (must book before midnight Sunday to get the offer)
New Zealand’s cheapest zip line – Queenstown
AJ Hacket Bungy, one of the pioneers of adventure in New Zealand, is offering massive specials – up to 80 per cent off – to get people out for the long weekend.
In Kawarau, near Queenstown, it’s offering $10 zipline rides, which are normally $50. It’s a 130 metre line, above the river, where you’ll reach 60 km/h. You can even ride “superman” lying down. But that’s not all…
Crazy bungee prices
If you’re after a little more adrenaline, AJ Hacket is also doing $88 bungy jumps – usually it’s $205. Take the leap of faith in Queenstown, Taupō or even off the harbour bridge. It’s all $88.
How to book: bungy.co.nz (specials end June 11)
For more Queenstown deals: queenstownnz.co.nz
Luxury overwater escape – Cromwell
Yes, we have an overwater resort in New Zealand. In true Kiwi-style, this one is over a lake – framed against a mountain range in Central Otago. And you can grab a night for less than $150.
Heritage Collection Lake Resort sits on the shores of Cromwell’s Lake Dunstan, in a private lagoon. The region is perfect for biking, walks and exploring the historic town.
How to book: lakeresort.co.nz use promo code “stuffpromo” for 10% off for Queens’ Birthday.
Monster Scooters – Whangārei
Headsup Adventures runs a New Zealand first: monster scooters. These two-wheel off-road buggies are powered by gravity; you’ll be shuttled to the top of a hill, before choosing one of eight tracks to race down.
There are a number of beginner tracks that weave through native bush, or the more advanced levels even have a series of jumps. The scooters are suitable for children from seven years old. HeadsUp is running a Queen’s Birthday special starting from $20 for three runs.
How to book: headsupadventures.co.nz
Luxury staycation – Auckland
Fancy a romantic night in a five-star hotel for less than $200?
Cordis Auckland, the former Langham hotel, is offering a special code to grab a room for $195 a night (or $205 including breakfast in bed) Beware: their beds are so soft, sleep-ins are compulsory.
You’ll get access to the spa, steam rooms, and pool.
How to book: cordishotels.com (use promo code CHAMP for 15 per cent off)
A flight to never forget – Milford Sound
How about doing our “8th Wonder of the World” VIP style? Take off from Queenstown, soaring across Mt Aspiring National Park, to reach the ice-carved fiords of Milford by air.
The 80 minute flight with Glenorchy Air will take you right out to the Tasman Sea and through the middle of Milford Sound, with mountains on either side. You’ll then take a different path back to Queenstown. Normally it’d cost you $399, but for the next few weeks, it’s $189 per person.
How to book: glenorchyair.co.nz (Special runs until May 31, for travel until June 15).
Luxury escape for couples – Marlborough
If you need a place to unwind the mind, one of the Marlborough’s most exclusive lodges is for you.
Bay of Many Coves is a remote five-star luxury retreat – accessed only by water – surrounded by native bush. You’ll get your own chic apartment, with an exceptional restaurant down by the sea. If you stay two nights, the lodge will give you an extra free night – the perfect way to make it a long weekend.
How to book: Prices start from $800 a night. Stay 3, pay 2 available through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 579-9771
Adventure playground – Rotorua
One of the best places to get the blood running in Rotorua is at Velocity Valley.
The adventure park, just outside the city, offers everything from sprint boat racing, a giant swoop swing, and even an outdoor wind tunnel that you can float above.
Prices are normally $55 per activity, but will be temporarily reduced to $40 over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
How to book: velocityvalley.co.nz use promo code: NZPROUD
Where will you go? Let us know in the comments.
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