Auckland: Slow boat to slumber

TRUE ROMANCE: Despite the fact that you're sharing it with 70 or so others, getting around the Hauraki Gulf on a giant catamaran can be surprisingly romantic.

An overnight cruise around Auckland's harbour turns out to be a very calming - albeit undemanding - experience.

6 of the best stays on Waiheke Island

Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island.

Discover the great wine, food, views and laidback luxury on offer on Waiheke Island.

A bach beside the sea

SEASIDE: Woodpecker Bay Bach on the West Coast north of Punakaiki, and positioned directly above the edge of the Tasman Sea, was last year voted as having the country's best site, by Bookabach users.

Woodpecker Bay Bach on the West Coast has the best location in NZ, according to Bookabach.

Hitting the girls' weekend jackpot

TOP SPOT: Auckland has everything you need for a fun girls' weekend away.

With its bars, concerts, galleries and vineyards, Auckland proves the perfect place for a girls' weekend.

The ultimate sanctuary

WARM WELCOME: Hiwinui Country Estate.

The long road trip from Auckland to Wellington needn't be such a hardship after all.

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