Local Escapes

Satisfy Your Travel Bug This Summer With 5 Dreamy Last-Minute Escapes To Discover

By Avril Treasure
18th Dec 2020

There’s no doubt about it, we all deserve a holiday after the year we’ve had. Just imagine sunny strolls by a lake, long boozy lunches with friends and afternoon naps—absolute bliss.

Haven’t booked anything yet though? Don’t panic—that’s where Month Of Sundays comes in. They’re a new domestic travel provider specialising in organising unforgettable local travel experiences. So you can spend less time planning and more time partying. Luckily for you we’ve rounded up our favourite last-minute escapes, and for a limited time Month of Sundays is offering 10 per cent off for all Urban List readers—score! Simply enter the code URBAN10 at checkout.

All there’s left to do is call up your friends and turn on the out of office—summer holiday here we come. 

Take The City By Storm

Auckland, Napier and Queenstown | FROM $299 PER PERSON

Fashion, cocktails, food and your best friends—the 'Take The City By Storm' package celebrates all the best things in life. This summer getaway includes a one-night stay at a luxe hotel and breakfast the next day—in Auckland it’s QT, in Napier it’s The Crown Hotel and in Queenstown it’s The Rees—and refreshing cocktails on arrival. You and your friends will then go to your own personalised after-hours shopping experience at STORM, a female-owned New Zealand brand with a design mission to make timeless styles with an iconic edge. Learn about what styles and colours suit you, enjoy bubbles and nibbles and score exclusive offers. Next is dinnertime! If you’re in Auckland you’ll be heading to the newly opened Ahi, to Urban Winery in Napier and Rata in Queenstown. Leave to go home with some Tailor skincare and a special memory with your friends—and some new outfits. 

Book 'Take The City By Storm' in Auckland, Napier and Queenstown here. 

The Pamper Project

AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON, CHRISTCHURCH AND QUEENSTOWN | FROM $449 PER PERSON

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 AucklandWellingtonChristchurch and Queenstown here. 

The Cycle Sensation

NAPIER | FROM $799 PER PERSON

Get your friends together this summer for a weekend escape to Napier, a coastal town found in the wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay and loved for its art deco-style architecture. The ‘Cycle Sensation’ holiday is all about good food, wine and being outdoors in the sunshine. The package includes a two-night stay at the boutique Crown Hotel—which overlooks the waterfront and is four-stars—and breakfast each morning. You’ll then head off for a full day exploring Hawke’s Bay by bike, taking in the picturesque scenery of mountains, vineyards and the sea. Pedal to the local wineries and stop by the cellar doors to chat to the passionate winemakers, grab a bite to eat and of course, sample some of the region’s best wine. Be sure to visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, and marvel at the white heritage building. Come evening, the package includes a three-course dinner with cocktails—so you’ll enjoy some of Napier’s fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Book 'The Cycle Sensation' in Napier here

All About The Pinot

Queenstown | FROM $999 PER PERSON 

If you missed the mandatory Queenstown escape this winter, never fear, summer is one of the best times to enjoy this picturesque Southern region. Jet off on a three-day package to Otago, where you’ll experience world-class wine and delicious food, all the while being surrounded by towering mountains, sparkling lakes and a vibrant township. The ‘All About The Pinot’ package includes a two-night stay at The Rees, a five-star hotel that’s situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with breakfast each morning. You’ll enjoy a full day exploring Central Otago, taking in the scenery of rolling green hills and vineyards and enjoying a fresh lunch. You’ll also get to sample some of the region's finest drops including a bright and fruity pinot noir and a soft and buttery chardonnay. The package also includes a three-course dinner one evening at a local restaurant with cocktails. When it’s time to leave, you’ll be gifted with a goodie bag filled with a selection of local produce to enjoy back home—winning. 

Book ‘All About The Pinot’ in Queenstown here

The Iron Rod Experience

Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo | FROM $1,599 PER PERSON

For the golf and fishing lovers out there—this could quite possibly be the ultimate getaway. The four-day 'Iron Rod Experience' combines the best of both worlds in AucklandQueenstown and Taupo. The package includes three-nights accommodation, as well as everything you need to whip up a hearty breakfast each morning, and some of Garage Project’s finest brews to quench your thirst. Whether you’ll be going on a 4WD adventure with Queenstown Fishing, casting your rod in the Hauraki Gulf or spending a full-day mastering the skill of fly-fishing in Taupo, the trip includes all the gear and lunch, too. And 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. Plus at the end of the holiday, you and your mates will go home with some Callaway and Just Another Fisherman merch.

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

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