New Zealand

9 Ways To Give The Gift Of Experience This Christmas

By Natasha Van Der Laan
19th Dec 2022

The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and we've found the ultimate spot for all your gift giving this season.  100% Pure New Zealand have pulled together a gifting hub where you can buy incredible experience vouchers to give to your nearest and dearest. There’s something for everyone on your Christmas list—send your little bro on a zipline adventure, treat Nan to a high tea, and pamper your partner with an indulgent night away. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gift experiences below and for more ideas, check out the gifting hub here.

Get Up Close & Personal With Fishy Friends

Glass Bottom Boat, Coromandel | $120 Per Adult

See Cathedral Cove from a different perspective this summer (literally). Gift a voucher to experience the Glass Bottom Boat that offers scenic two-hour boat tours exploring the Coromandel coastline and the magical Te Whanganui-A-Hei marine reserve. Their unique vessel has glass panels that give a front-row seat to the bustling marine life below. The tour also has the option of swimming among the fish with supplied masks and snorkels. It’s a great family-friendly adventure with gift vouchers for adults and children.

Star Gaze From A Luxe Glasshouse

Pure Pods, Various Locations | From $590

Treat your special someone to a unique getaway they’ll be raving about for years to come. PurePods are glass eco-cabins that provide a totally luxurious getaway while surrounded by breath-taking nature. The glass pods ensure uninterrupted views in all directions, including a glass roof so guests can stargaze from the comfort of bed. There are seven unique locations throughout New Zealand with gift vouchers allowing your lucky recipient to choose their favourite spot.

Soak In The Beauty Of Queenstown

Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown | From $107

A getaway to Queenstown isn’t complete without a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Pools. The day spa invites guests to relax in a private, cliffside hot tub while overlooking the Shotover Canyon and its breath-taking scenery. Onsen gift vouchers offer something for everyone and every budget—from their Signature Soak to the aptly named Serenity Soak that includes a blissful massage and/or facial. It’s an oh-so indulgent experience to gift this Christmas.

Gift The Ultimate Luxe Staycation In Auckland

The Hotel Britomart, Auckland | Value of your choice 

The Hotel Britomart tops the charts as Auckland’s trendiest hotel. All details are carefully considered with timber-lined walls, beautifully tiled bathrooms, and hand-made ceramics. The contemporary accommodation is nestled in downtown Auckland and within walking distance to some of the country’s best restaurants and bars, as well as laneways full of incredible shopping. A voucher here allows loved ones to experience vibrant city life alongside luxury R&R.

Sip On Award-Winning Oolong At A Serene Tea Estate

Serene Tea Estate, Hamilton | Suggested Price: $75

Know someone who loves a cuppa? Why not treat them to a day out at the picturesque Zealong Tea Estate. The estate is famed for its organic, award-winning tea that is grown, processed, and packed on-site before being enjoyed throughout the world. There’s a range of experiences for tea connoisseurs, including high tea overlooking the beautiful estate or a guided tour that includes a ceremonial tea tasting.

Uncover The Magic Of The Waipoua Forest By Night

Footprints Of Waipoua's Twilight Encounter, Hokianga | $105

Discover New Zealand’s unique native forest like never before with Footprints Of Waipoua’s Twilight Encounter. As day turns to night, adventurers will be joined by a local Māori guide to discover Northland’s Waipoua Forest. They’ll be introduced to the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world as well as enjoying insightful information, stories, and waiata. It’s a memorable experience to give to those who enjoy culture and nature.

Marvel At A Bird’s-Eye View Of Aoraki/Mt Cook

Southern Lakes Helicopters, Southern Lakes | From $295

Not all of us can claim to have seen New Zealand’s awe-inspiring beauty from above. Gift the unforgettable experience of a lifetime with a voucher for Southern Lakes Helicopters. Their heli-tours venture into some of the Southern Lake’s most remote and untamed landscapes. Gift voucher recipients get to choose their desired adventure with scenic flights venturing to Aoraki/Mt Cook, Milford Sound, and the Tasman Glacier.

Explore Nelson's Stunning Waterfront By Kayak

Paddle Nelson, Nelson | $75 Per Adult

For the oudoorsy type, how about a voucher to explore Nelson via kayak with  Paddle Nelson. They operate three-hour guided tours of Nelson’s beautiful waterfront. The adventure sees paddlers visit the iconic Fifeshire Rock, say kia ora to marine life on Haulashore Island, and check out the historic Boulder Bank Lighthouse. All ages and abilities are welcome, making it the perfect experience to gift families this Christmas.

Toast Your Way Around Marlborough

Marlborough Tour Company, Marlborough | $120

If your nearest and dearest is an oenophile (that’s a wine connoisseur FYI), consider a wine tour with Marlborough Tour Company. The intimate tours showcase the famed wine region, visiting iconic and boutique wineries for delicious tastings. Choose between an afternoon tour that includes four cellar door visits with tastings, or the full-day tour which includes a relaxed winery lunch. It’s a gift worth toasting to.

Sort your Christmas shopping with 100% Pure New Zealand  by checking out their gift hub here. They’ve got you covered with unforgettable gift experiences and getaways for everyone on your Christmas list.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by 100% Pure New Zealand and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

Image credit: Southern Lakes Helicopters via Instagram, Onsen Hot Pools via Instagram, The Hotel Britomart via Instagram, Pure Pods via Instagram, Paddle Nelson via Instagram, Glass Bottom Boat, via Instagram, Zealong Tea via Instagram, Miles Holden, Malborough Tour Company via Instagram.

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