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Weekends Spent: Auckland

Just 3 hours from Newcastle Airport, it's about to become your next must-visit international destination

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If you like your escapes to include a little bit of activeness, a foodie experiences to brag about and that all-important downtime, then Auckland needs to be at the top of your travel list.
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Besides the fact it’s as-easy-as to get to with direct flights departing from Newcastle Airport on 22 November until 17 February 2019, and operating three times per week (Tue, Thur & Sun). It makes complete sense to get exploring Auckland and its surrounds which are jumping with just about every kind of activity you could ever wish to experience. Starting with… 

The Caves of Waitomo
2 ½ hours south of Auckland

Unique to New Zealand, be prepared to be dazzled by thousands of tiny little glowworms that radiate their magical luminescent light. Experienced via boat, your tour will have you gliding silently through the starry Glowworm Grotto along the Waitomo River. For more info
Waitomo Caves
Image credit: @moonmountainman


Black Water Rafting
2 ½ hours south of Auckland

If you’ve ticked white water rafting from your list, then here’s your next challenge - Black Water Rafting, as in rafting in the dark. The spectacular Ruakuri Cave underworld is where it's at for all those who like it dark, deep and just a little bit creepy. There are different cave experiences to suit all fitness and bravery levels with each offering an adventure you’ll never forget. For more info


The Coromandel
1 1/2 hours east of Auckland drive or 30 mins scenic flight

Natural beauty doesn't get any better than at The Coromandel. From spectacular walkways, lush bike trails, gorgeous gorges, Cathedral Coves and even hot water beaches, I guess that's why they say The Coromandel is good for your soul. Top of your list in this area should be the Coromandel Coastal Walkway which is loaded with dramatic views, giant Pohutukawa trees and stunning secluded beaches. It's an easy 10km round trip and ideal for those who like to take it a bit easy and soak up the scenery. For more info.

Hot Water Beach
Image credit: The Coromandel

Redwoods Treewalk
3 hours south of Auckland

One of Rotorua’s must-do attractions, Redwoods Treewalk allows you to wander amongst century old forests on one of 23 elevated suspension bridges. By day it’s all about getting up close and personal with the forest and all its beauty, by night it’s a whole other experience, with 30 specially designed lanterns bringing an atmospheric ambience to the forest scene. For more info
Tree Tops
Image credit - @treewalknz

Waikete Valley Thermal Pools
3 1/2 hours south of Auckland

Relax in the 35-38 celsius soft calcite-laden mineral waters of Rotorua's Waikite Valley Thermal Pools , and let the minerals do all the work for you. The collection of six thermal pools each offer their own unique thermal experience along with views of the Waikite Valley and beyond creating a truly unique setting. For more info

Hobbiton Movie Set
2 ¼ hours south of Auckland

Even if you’re not into the movie or books you can’t help but get swept up by this fantastical movie setting. Those lush rolling hills which featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies have become a tourist mecca for fans all over the world. If you’re still not convinced this is a must visit, perhaps combine your trip with the Hobbiton Beer Festival held on Saturday 3rd November 2018. More Info Here
Image Credit: Hobbiton

Parnell Rd, Auckland

It wouldn’t be a weekend away without an extraordinary foodie experience and Pasture, situated in the heart of Auckland city, is one you’ll be talking about for a long time to come. The 6 seater restaurant has guests perched at the bar table which looks directly into the open kitchen giving guests the opportunity to converse, observe and have the ultimate chefs table experience.

If you’re wondering what’s the on menu, don’t bother Googling, owners Ed & Laura Verna prefer the element of surprise and to take you on the Pasture journey as soon as you arrive. What we can say is that the Pasture philosophy is on working with whole animals, seafood and line caught fish with the menu very much being seasonally driven. 
Image credit - Pasture

So if you want to avoid the inconvenience of tolls, freeway congestion and train delays – flying out of Newcastle Airport is the smarter way to start your holiday.

Don't miss this chance to take advantage of the first international route, if Auckland proves a success where in the world next? This seasonal service is for a limited time only so book now at Newcastle Airport.

First image credit: GrylledSteak

Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is 25 minutes from both Port Stephens and Newcastle, on the east coast of NSW in Australia. We’re ideally located to access, within an hour’s drive, amazing beaches in Newcastle and Port Stephens; world-class wineries in the Hunter Valley; a world-heritage listed rainforest, Barrington Tops; Australia’s largest salt water lake, Lake Macquarie; and some of the world’s most famous horse studs in the Upper Hunter. And, award-winning conference and function venues.

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