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5 Unforgettable Escapes That Are Well Worth The Drive From Auckland

By Jessica Ellis
1st Apr 2022

Just because we're into the swing of autumn doesn't mean our holiday plans go on hold. In fact, as the colder months draw near, it's even more important to break up the dreary season with a well-deserved getaway. With Easter and long weekends on the horizon, there's no better time to start planning.

We hear your wanderlust woes loud and clear. So together with Bachcare, we're helping you find your happy place. Low effort and big reward, these spots are a mere few hours from Auckland but feel like a million miles away. 

From luxury island escapes to architectural beachfront abodes, here's where to book your next trip away. 

Indulge In A Waiheke Weekend 

Waiheke is the island of sun, sea, and wine, a trio of good things sure to make any getaway memorable. You're spoiled for choice, whether it's sampling vino at one (or several) of the local vineyards or taking on an island adventure. As for where to rest your head, Sol Spa Oasis over in Surfdale is top of the list. Glistening waterfront views, a luxury spa pool and walking distance to Kennedy Point vineyard, what more could you want? While this pick technically isn't outside of Auckland, you'll quickly feel transported to another world.

Take On The Tutukaka Coast

Trek further North to take in the beauty of the Tutukaka Coast. This scenic stretch is home to Poor Knights Marine Reserve and go-to beaches like Matapouri, Whale Bay and Sandy Bay. Really, it's no surprise it's considered one of the top coastlines in the world. Another drawcard for this holiday haven is Tutukaka Vista, a breathtaking home boasting panoramic views of Poor Knights Islands and Whangarei Heads. Plug a pod into the Nespresso machine, pull up a chair on the cloud-like couch and soak in the serene atmosphere.

Relish In Lake Rotoiti Vibes

There's something quite magical about pulling up to lakeside views when on vacation. Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua is all about these vibes, offering the perfect scenic backdrop to indulge every kind of outdoor lover. It's all at your fingertips, from waterfall walks to mountain bike trails. Lap up luxury from The Lake's Edge, an elevated holiday home that does what it says on the tin. The place is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the lake, a private jetty, and all the water toys you need.

Opt For A Coastal Coro Escape 

Further up the Coromandel Peninsula, you'll stumble upon Whangapoua, a cosy beachside 'burb just north of Whitianga. This spot boasts serious coastal clout, as it's only a stone's throw from New Chums Beach, rumoured to be one of the top 10 beaches in the world. ​​Whanagapoua Beach itself also ticks all the boxes, so we'll be booking in at The Breakers, an architecturally-designed beachfront abode. You can fit up to eight people in this home, so there's more than enough room for the crew. Stay over three nights and score a foodie gift basket stacked with treats and champers—win. 

Rest And Reset In Whakamaru

Just 45 minutes from Taupō central, you'll find Whakamaru, the home of Lake Whakamaru and the stunning Whakamaru Reserve. This is the place to base yourself if you like to move your legs. You'll have no problem closing the rings on your Apple watch from riverside cycling trails to intrepid mountain hikes. After a day of exertion, snuggling up at The Waikato Lookout will offer a welcome moment of relaxation. Sporting magnificent sights of the lake and surrounding hillside, the stylish interior, cosy fireplace and on-site waterfall is just the icing on the cake. 

With long weekends on the horizon, there's no better time to scout out your next luxurious stay. Make your life easier (and happier) by doing so with Bachcare—they've got you covered for every holiday occasion. 

Editor's note: This article is sponsored by Bachcare and proudly endorsed by Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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