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Tired? Wired? Tracey Strange gets away from it all during a weekend in Queenstown.
Big city, short time? Leave it to a group of gal pals to streamline the perfect Bangkok weekend.
Among a wealth of short forays in fascinating places, here's some of our favourites.
A short break with the family in the Bay of Islands means travelling with a full deck of cards.
Fancy a weekend away at a remote wilderness retreat? You'd never guess what goes on before you check in.
In Dunedin for a girls' weekend, Stephanie Holmes shops, relaxes, eats, shops some more.
Hamiltonian Belinda Feek heads up the highway a little for a weekend experience in the bigger smoke.
Simon Day redefines romance on the Cape Brett Track, then views mummified rats in Russell.
Napier gives Bridget Jones a lot of history and a little bump.
Australia's hottest hoods, where there's enough to savour for a weekend away or a short break.
Lapsed skier Steve Kilgallon has a religious experience on the slopes of Turoa skifield.
Getting away from it all? Not any more - we want holiday homes that have it all.
The scenery is quite spectacular on this one-day joy flight over Antarctica.
The TranzAlpine train journey between Greymouth and Christchurch is one of the 10 best in the world.
Wairarapa's wine town is dressed for olive oil adventures.
Birds, bush and a babbling brook - hideaway retreats don't get much better.
The boomerang tourism boom is on as Aussie holiday-makers return to New Zealand.
A short stay at Martinborough coincides with the town’s first olive harvest festival.
Peru's capital has superb museums, terrific food and a beguiling seaside setting.
Lakes and picnic spots, interesting architecture and top-class sports teams make this a top spot to visit.