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How to Spend a Weekend in New Zealand

If you only have a week to be in New Zealand, you will be a little overwhelmed by the number of fun activities you would have on your plate. The truth is, there is never enough time to explore this beautiful country, but we have narrowed down to 5 must-do activities for all levels of fitness and ages.

What do you require for a productively relaxing week here? Nothing more than a happy attitude, adventurous spirit, and energy to tackle some physically yet super cool places in New Zealand.

The Grand Traverse – The Unbeaten Track

You probably want to get off the beaten road and see the parts of nature that you would otherwise not see. A hike into The Grand Traverse gives you the opportunity to experience the serenity of outer spaces. The tracks here are a combination of hilly and flat terrain, and there will be lots of walking – at least 5 hours a day. It would ideally fit people that have been working out at least three months before the hike.

Now, the weather in this part of the country is quite unpredictable as it is one of those rare places you will experience snow, a little sunshine, and strong winds all at the same time. The major upside is the way these conditions make the hike manageable. You want to carry reasonably warm clothing for this expedition.

 

New Zeland
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Some Sand at Tauranga

The beach is still one of the best places to go for a weekend away, and so we had to squeeze it in here. Tauranga is everything wrapped in one delicious city – a metropolitan hub, fishing paradise, the whitest sandy beaches, and the ideal place for sailing. The waterfront setting at the city’s harbor is attractive enough to just sit and watch as vessels sail by, but then you would be missing out on the dolphins. Here, you find all the services you need to make a relaxed weekend even more enjoyable.

Nights are lively in Tauranga as are daytime cafes that line the harbor. You don’t just get to watch the dolphins; you could also swim with them if you purchased a ticket.

New Zeland Beaches
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Unwind at the Casinos  

After eating and moving around quite a bit, it doesn’t hurt to take a few chill hours. You don’t want to leave without exploring at least one of the fastest payout casino NZ, and they are quite a number. From the top Jackpot City to Spin Palace and Casino Land, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to online gambling.

New Zealand not only has some fast payout casinos, but they have games for new as well as seasoned players planned perfectly. You don’t have to leave your room either since they are instant-play and accessible through mobile devices. Game variety and quality are two things these establishments don’t take for granted, thanks majorly to stiff competition.  

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Sample the Local Cuisine

Some people travel for food, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The Kiwis love their food, and after seeing what they have, you understand why. Seafood is a staple here, and so a typical meal will have fresh oysters, green-lipped mussels, and other delicious catches that nourish both body and soul.

Kiwi pie is a nationally loved dish that can be served hot or cold, while you will find the most succulent roast lamb in almost every eatery. Take a walk in one of the best cities to visit in New Zealand – Auckland – to enjoy the street food that speaks volumes of the Maori culture. Hangi, a traditional Maori way of cooking that fuses vegetables and meats cooked all day in an underground oven is a must-try. If you have a sweet tooth, it would be unjust to leave without trying the delectable Pavlova.

Dining
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Total Unwind at Waiheke Island

Most of us are literally tethered to our phones, and so it would not hurt disconnecting digitally even if for a day or weekend. That is what Waiheke Island offers – a complete detox from technology. What makes it even more enchanting is its proximity to the big city, craft stores for souvenirs, and all these quaint wineries. Oneroa, one of the best beaches for walks and swims in Waiheke, is also scenic fort all your Insta captures. Little Oneroa is where you want to be for seclusion because internet connectivity is intentionally sketchy. There are bike rentals so you can explore the serene beach with ease and have the chance to see as much of nature as possible.

The vineyards in central and east Waiheke accept tours whose highlight is the bottle of fine wine. In the evening, you will certainly want to catch beautiful sundown at the Onetangi Bay while enjoying fresh seafood and more wine from nearby wineries. The last on the Waiheke Island trip would be a mini-hike into Whakanewha Regional Park, and if you are an adrenaline junkie, catch some zipline action in these wetlands.

New Zeland Beach
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