New Zealand

Fire Up The Group Chat, Here’s 11 Local Escapes You Need To Discover With Your Crew

By Jess Willemse
30th Sep 2020

The international border might be closed for now, but as Kiwis, our desire to travel is still very much there. Lucky for us, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world—and frankly, Zoom hangs just aren't cutting it any more.

Urban Listers, it's time to ditch your iso digs and get around our favourite new travel brand to hit the scene. Month Of Sundays has just dropped exclusive, curated travel experiences across New Zealand and we promise, their packages will take your next getaway with your friends from ‘good’ to ‘extraordinary’.

From an epic five-day fishing experience sailing around Fiordland to a luxurious weekend on Waiheke Island with dinner prepared by your own private chef, you won’t find these experiences anywhere else. 

Not only will these local travel packages save you valuable time—as everything’s thought of and organised—you’ll also find lots of added extras along the way, from local craft brews to New Zealand-made skincare products.

So what are you waiting for? Get the lads together, text your girlfriends and call up your mates—here are 11 local escapes you need to discover around New Zealand with your crew. 

For The Gals

The Pamper Project

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown

Get together with your best girlfriends for a weekend of pampering, cocktails, glamour and good food that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and looked after. ‘The Pamper Project’ includes a one-night stay at a luxe hotel in the city. You and your friends will also get treated to a pampering session for your hair, skin and nails before kicking the night off with cocktails in the hotel’s bar. Get dressed up to the nines before going out to dinner at a nearby restaurant—think the likes of Amano in Auckland, with their stunning waterfront location or Rata in Queenstown, owned by Michelin star chef Josh Emett. Have breakfast together before leaving with New Zealand-made skincare to use at home. Score.

Book ‘The Pamper Project’ in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown here. 

A Clucking Good Night

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown

Spend a weekend away with your friends and bestie before she marries the love of her life. Pack your hottest dress, some heels and be ready for a hell of a good time on the ‘Clucking Good Night’ package. The two-day experience includes accommodation, getting yourself pampered and ready to hit the town, plus cocktail mixers in your hotel room. You’ll also relax at a delicious dinner where you’ll feast on local and fresh produce. Afterwards, venture out with your girlfriends to master the art of pole dancing—it's sure to be a skill to come in handy. The next morning ease your hangover with a breakfast of bacon and eggs and a No Ugly wellness tonic to kick-start your recovery.

Book ‘A Clucking Good Night’ in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown here. 

Champagne On Ice

Waiheke Island, Queenstown and Napier

Luxurious villas, your own private chef, winery tours, spa treatments and long lunches with world-class drops—the ‘Champagne On Ice’ weekend is sure to be an experience that you’ll remember forever. This deluxe package includes a two-night stay, glasses of bubbles on arrival, fresh produce to prepare for breakfast each morning, two lunches and a private winery tour where you’ll explore and sample the region’s finest drops. The ‘Champagne On Ice’ experience also comes with in-house relaxing spa treatments, pre-dinner canapés and refreshments, dinner cooked by a private chef on the second evening and New Zealand-made skincare to take home. If you visit Waiheke Island you’ll be staying at a lakeside villa with return ferry transfers. In Queenstown you’ll spend two nights at the five-star Rees hotel, complete with VIP arrival to the South Island town with helicopter flight, alpine landing and champagne. And if you visit Napier, you’ll be staying at a retreat at Black Barn Vineyards. We’ll cheers to that.

Book ‘Champagne On Ice’ in Auckland (Waiheke Island), Queenstown and Napier here. 

Girl Gang Getaway

Auckland

There are few things better in life than a holiday with your girlfriends. Add in retail therapy, a pampering experience, cocktails and a beautiful dinner and you’ve got yourself an excellent weekend. The ‘Girl Gang Getaway’ includes a two-night stay at the five-star QT, located by Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, as well as breakfast in the hotel each morning. You and the girls will be gifted with skincare products to take home, and a No Ugly Cocktails kit to get the night started, before dinner at a luxurious restaurant like Amano, which showcases New Zealand produce—like chargrilled squid with fennel, prosciutto and crayfish aioli to ricotta gnocchi with black truffle and parmesan. The next day hit the shops with a personal shopping experience at Commercial Bay, before a visit to Dry & Tea where you’ll get your hair and nails done.

Book ‘Girl Gang Getaway’ in Auckland here

For The Lads 

Get Your Game Face On

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown

Whether it’s for a stag do or a long overdue catch-up, get your mates together for a boy’s weekend filled with laughs, whisky and good times. The ‘Get Your Game Face On’ experience includes a one-night stay in a central city hotel with some of Garage Project’s best brews waiting there for you. You’ll then head to a barbershop for a groom so you’re feeling—and looking—fresh for the night ahead. Dinner is included too and will be at a local establishment, followed by a private whiskey tasting session. If you’re staying in Auckland you’ll head to The Jefferson, which has over 500 types of whisky. If you’re in Christchurch you’ll stop at The Last Word, it’ll be Bardeaux if you’re in Queenstown and Dram Club at Poquito if you’re staying in Wellington. You’ll also take your good looks on the road and go home with a selection of New Zealand-made skincare products to keep the beard and skin looking fresh.

Book ‘Get Your Game Face On’ in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown here. 

The Vegas Project

Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown

Gambling, drinking beer, private dining rooms at restaurants and premium strip clubs—pretend you’re living it up in Vegas for a few days with your mates on ‘The Vegas Project’. Stay the night in a centrally located hotel and drink Garage Project beers to get the evening started. Dinner for you and your friends at a restaurant is included, before you venture to the Calendar Girls in Auckland and Christchurch, or The Club if you’re in Queenstown, for some adult entertainment with a private table and bottle service. The experience also comes with $50 casino chips to try your luck with. And to soothe your inevitable headache in the morning, you’ll be given No Ugly wellness tonic to help with the recovery. The weekend will be just as good as Vegas—minus the price tag.

Book  ‘The Vegas Project’ in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown here. 

The Iron Rod Experience

Auckland, Queenstown and Taupō

With a full day of fishing and another day of golf—playing on some of Aotearoa’s top courses—‘The Iron Rod Experience’ combines the best of both worlds. Gather the lads and embark on an epic few days of activities, which includes a three-night stay and everything you need to whip up a hearty breakfast each morning. Whether you’ll be going on a 4WD adventure with Queenstown Fishing, casting your rod in the Hauraki Golf or spending a full-day mastering fly-fishing in Taupō, the trip includes all the gear and lunch, too. Just remember that whatever you catch, you’ll be cooking for dinner at a local restaurant that night. Put your best foot—or swing—forward the next day as you partake in 18 holes of golf, followed by lunch. At the end of the trip you’ll go home with some Callaway and Just Another Fisherman merch to remember the great holiday that was.

Book ‘The Iron Rod Experience’ in AucklandQueenstown and Taupō here. 

The Codfather 

fiordland

Forget about taking the dingy out for a quick spin in the harbour in search of a snapper—this is the ultimate weekend of fishing, with prime locations to cast your rod, expert fishermen, nights onboard and a chilly bin full to the brim of beers. 'The Codfather’ includes four-nights accommodation—the first evening you’ll stay in Te Anau and have dinner at a pub. The next morning you and your mates will ride in a helicopter to Dusky Sound, where you’ll then journey and fish with Fiordland Charters. Spend three nights onboard the MV Pembroke, marvel at the beauty of the fiords, native flora, cascading waterfalls and learn all there is to know about fishing. After your charter, catch a helicopter back to Te Anau and a transfer to Queenstown. 'The Codfather’ will provide you with great times, and bragging rights for years to come.

Book ‘The Codfather’ in Fiordland here

For The Crew

The Cosmopolitan

Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown 

From a chic martini to a refreshing mojito and a pretty cosmo—some of life’s greatest adventures happen after cocktails. Get the team together for a night of shaking, drinking, good food and dancing and learn how to make your favourite drinks. Paint the night pink on ‘The Cosmopolitan’ package, which includes a night staying in the heart of town, a signature cocktail in the hotel’s bar, followed by a private cocktail class where you’ll attempt to master the craft of mixology. Afterwards, enjoy dinner in the city and head out for a night of dancing. Breakfast at the hotel the next morning is included, as well as a selection of premium tonics and tipples, so you can practice your newfound skills at home.

Book ‘The Cosmopolitan’ in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown here. 

The JAFA Way

Auckland

Home to a turquoise harbour, some of New Zealand’s most impressive restaurants and vibrant eateries and the gateway to Waiheke Island, Auckland is much more than just high rises and JAFAs. Experience the best things about this city on ‘The JAFA Way’ holiday package, where you’ll spend your days feasting, drinking and exploring Auckland. The experience includes a two-night stay at the indulgent QT Auckland, with breakfast each morning and a progressive dinner of entrée, main and dessert. The next day, ride the ferry to Waiheke Island where you’ll explore the beautiful surroundings, visit some of the wineries, have lunch and sample gourmet produce including award-winning olive oil. What’s more, you’ll be given a selection of Waiheke’s finest produce to enjoy once you’re back home.

Book ‘The JAFA Way’ in Auckland here

All About The Pinot

Queenstown

Gather all your wine-loving friends for a weekend spent wining and dining in Queenstown, a place loved for its pristine blue lakes, majestic mountains and a township that sparkles at night. Found in the Otago region, the South Island town is also renowned for its world-class wine—think a bright and easy-drinking pinot noir to a soft and buttery chardonnay—as well as its restaurants. You and your mates will experience the best food and wine Queenstown can offer on the ‘All About The Pinot’ package, which includes a two-night stay at The Rees, a five-star hotel that’s situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The holiday package also includes breakfast in the hotel each morning and a full day of exploring Central Otago. Throughout the day you’ll sample some of the region’s finest drops and enjoy a relaxing lunch, taking in the surroundings of rolling green hills and vineyards. Stroll around the lake in the afternoon before dusk hits and it’s time for cocktails and a decadent dinner of entrée, main and dessert. Return home with a selection of the South Island’s best local produce—from creamy cheese to sweet chocolate, and a memory that will last for many years to come.

Book ‘All About The Pinot’ in Queenstown here

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