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3 Day Long Weekend Itinerary

Want to experience the hustle and bustle of Auckland’s vibrant city, thrilling extreme experiences, and natural beauty – all while keeping the travel time down? This Auckland-based itinerary is tailor-made for those looking to get the most out of their New Zealand long weekend getaway.

Departure Day – Thursday

Depart from Newcastle Airport aboard a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 at 7:30pm. Before jetting off enjoy dinner in the departures lounge with a selection of Hunter wines and chef-prepared meals from Epicure or Broughton & Bay Bar.

Kia Ora, New Zealand! Arrive in Auckland at 12:25am. Once clearing security and customs, you can find accommodation nearby at Novotel Auckland Airport or Ibis Budget Auckland Airport, or head to Auckland City for a range of accommodation options including 5-star hotels.

Day One – Friday

Just 35 minutes from Auckland City is the Hauraki Gulf, a collection of islands Lonely Planet has named the best experience in New Zealand. Choose from a selection of islands and experiences based on your mood – there’s plenty of choice! Waiheke Island not only offers wineries and vineyards surrounded by gorgeous coastlines for wine-lovers, but has a range of activities for thrill-seekers too, including zip-lining and horse-riding. Outdoors-types will love the Great Barrier Island with its numerous forest walking tracks, fishing spots, and the 627 metre high Hirakimata Mountain, giving brave climbers panoramic 360 degree views.

Day Two – Saturday

Experience a true New Zealand Summer with a trip along Auckland’s west coast beaches and waterfalls. Karekare Beach may look familiar with its vast stretches of black-sand featuring in Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Piano. On your way north stop by the 40-metres-tall Kitekite Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges. Finally, arrive at Piha Beach, the perfect spot for surfing and taking in the magnificent scale of the iconic Lion Rock.

Day Three – Sunday

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, has plenty to offer with a range of activities from the cultural to the extreme. Take in the full scope of the city atop New Zealand’s tallest building, the 192m SkyTower. For the truly adventurous, go on a SkyWalk around the tower’s outer ring, giving those brave enough 360 degree views with no handrails! Another monument on the must-see list is Auckland Bridge, where you can bungee jump into the waters below.

Learn more about New Zealand’s fascinating history and culture with a trip to Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum. The latter offers New Zealand’s best Māori cultural performances and the world’s largest collection of Māori artefacts.

Pick up some souvenirs (or just treat yourself to some personal shopping) along Auckland’s shopping districts. In addition the City’s Main Street, head to Ponsoby for hip offerings from New Zealand fashion labels, or indulge in Auckland’s café culture and upmarket retail at Newmarket.

Fly back to Newcastle direct on the 5:10pm NTL-AKL service.

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