Anderson’s Potting Cove Shed. The attached photo
Midwinter in Matariki
Few things are worth getting out of bed to experience – even if it’s in the wee hours. Fullers360 is conducting a one-off sailing on Friday, June 24, in partnership with Ngāti Pāoa and Dark Sky Waiheke Island. Priced at $65 and $35 for children, passengers will experience Matariki at sea while cruising under the dark Tīkapa Moana skies. The ferry will leave from downtown Auckland at 4am, heading to the far end of Waiheke Island, where there is no light pollution. Gather on the upper deck to watch the starry night and hear its cultural significance from Ngāti Pāoa and astrology from Dark Sky Waiheke Island. The ship returns to port at sunrise. A light breakfast and a hot drink are included
Contact: book tickets online at fullers.co.nz
In the heart of Surfers Paradise, a five-night luxury coastal retreat awaits at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa. Return flights in New Zealand, private airport transfers, daily breakfasts and bonuses are included in the package price, starting at 1999pp. Rewards include $100 wine and dining credit, two signature resort cocktails, a bottle of wine upon arrival, and admission to local experiences and attractions. Book by June 30th. Travel before September 15th.
Contact: My Queensland, toll free 0800654 180 or check myqueensland.co.nz/package/gold-coast-jw-marriott-resort-and-spa-5-nights-mountain-view-king-flights/
Price for a seven-night Singapore City and Beach Break trip starts at $2,769, double share, and includes return tickets for Singapore Airlines from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. You will stay for four nights at Village Hotel Bugis in Singapore, then three nights on nearby Sentosa Island at Oasia Resort Sentosa. Daily breakfasts are included, along with a S$30 dining credit at Oasia Resort Sentosa and an EZ-link Transport Card each. Travel from Auckland between October 23 and December 3 or between January 30 and March 31. Travel from Wellington or Christchurch between February 13 and March 31.
Contact: House of Travel toll free 0800 713715 or check out hot.co.nz/singapore
Luxurious country residence
Three-night trip to boutique Orpheus Island Lodge in Great Barrier Reef, and accommodation in the South Room, including daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, starting at $4,129. Also includes helicopter transfers to the five-star resort and daily experiences such as snorkeling, sunset cruise, guided hikes, cocktail lessons, wine tasting, and low-altitude walks. There is unlimited use of the resort’s water sports. Book by June 30th. Travel between January 7, 20, 23 and 26; January 29 and February 1; March 1, 14, 18 and 31. Flights from New Zealand and transportation to Townsville to meet the helicopter are additional.
Contact: Travel Associates, toll free 0800951655 or check out travel-associates.co.nz/accommodation/orpheus-island/orpheus-island-lodge-16059487
Destiny by helicopter
The Potting Shed at Andersons Cove isn’t too far north of Auckland city life, but far enough away to feel like you’ve escaped into blissful relaxation. Here, a couple can spend two romantic nights by the fireplace after soaking in the garden hot tub, glasses of champagne in hand, and dine at a three-course dinner each evening. Heletranz will ensure you get there, with a 30-minute scenic flight over the stretch of East Coast beaches north of Auckland. This package is available until October 31, starting at $6,200 for a two-night luxury stay and return flights in an R44 helicopter. Prices for flights on a Eurocopter for two nights start at $6950.
Contact: Heletranz, (09) 415 3550 or check out heletranz.co.nz/product/the-potting-shed/