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5 Awesome Auckland Escapes For The Long Weekend

By Olivia Atkinson - 22 Oct 2015

After what feels like a ridiculously drawn out winter, the upcoming Labour Day long weekend gives us a chance to escape the city and get a taste of summer.

Guess what? A long weekend is upon us—hurrah! It’s the perfect reason to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and plan a getaway.

Whether you’re looking for a rural roadie, or would rather stay closer to home, we’ve rounded up some of the best escapes to book this long weekend in Auckland.

Delamore Lodge

Waiheke

Few cities in the world have an island as stunning as Waiheke on their doorstep, and at the Delamore Lodge you can really make the most of it. We’re talking wine sipping at vineyards, soaking in the Delamore spa, and watching the sunset in their infinity pool. And while most of us are likely to arrive via the Matiatia ferry terminal, the lodge has a dedicated helipad for those who prefer to make a glam entrance.  

Castaways Glam Camping 

Waiuku

If you love the great outdoors but not the idea of camping in a tent, then glamping in Kariotahi Beach might be your kinda getaway. Located 50 minutes south of the CBD, overlooking the wild west coast is Castaways Glam Camping. Each cottage-like tent comes with its own golf cart and map in order to find it—they’re that spread out! Chuck in an en-suite, king-sized bed, and outdoor bathtub overlooking the beach, and you’ve got yourself a perfect few days away this long weekend. 

The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast

St Heliers

There are B&B’s, and then there is the Consulate, which takes the concept to a whole new level of awesome. With a swimming pool, tennis court, and rooms overlooking the sea (they’ve got heated marble en-suites, too. Fancy.), it’s a slice of luxury only 20 minutes from Auckland city. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of bubbly and a cheeseboard on arrival—anywhere that welcomes with cheese is okay in our books. 

Hauraki Blue Cruises 

CBD

If you think cruises are just for oldies, think again—cruises have made a comeback and are a totally fun thing to do this long weekend in Auckland. If you still need convincing then you’ve got to try an Auckland cruise with Hauraki Blue. These overnight cruises depart from the CBD, and explore the gorgeous islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Your ticket also includes a delicious three-course meal and cheese platters (more cheese, woo!), as well as access to kayak and snorkels. 

Pagoda Lodge

Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Although only three hours from Auckland, the Bay of Islands feels like a world away from gridlocked city streets and housing market chatter. The Pagoda Lodge offers something for everyone, from a luxury stay in the original 1930s Chinese-inspired lodge, to a night in a safari tent or tree house. But for a getaway with a bit of old-fashioned romance, get your hands on a colourful gyspy caravan. Decorated with stained glass and vintage fabrics, these beautifully styled caravans overlook the river, and are a unique way to spend your long weekend.

Thanks to the team at Booking.com, Bay of Islands Marketing Group and Hauraki Blue Cruises for their help with this list!

After some budget-friendly adventures this weekend? Check out 50 Things To Do In Auckland Under $50.

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