Travel July 1, 2020

Stuck in NZ? 6 ways to replace an overseas holiday

A Kiwi winter is usually the ideal time to skip the country – for the balmy weather, delicious food, intrepid journeys or lazy beach days of the Northern Hemisphere. With borders closed and flights halted, many of us are missing out this year. But don’t let it dampen the fun entirely – here are six ways to replace an overseas holiday while stuck in New Zealand.  

Eat at an international restaurant

We wouldn’t blame you if your number one reason for travel was the culinary experiences. Cancelled a trip to Italy? Find your most authentic local Italian restaurant. Don’t just order the lasagne, opt for something you’ve never tried before. In Auckland, try Pane e Vino in Grey Lynn for an authentic, rustic Italian dinner.  

Go shopping (and actually buy stuff)

If you’re the retail therapy type, you probably dedicate a good few days of shopping into your travel itinerary. So what’s the difference between shopping at home and abroad? Well, you’re more likely to buy and you’ve got fresh new shops to choose from. Hit the shops at home, or plan a dedicated shopping weekend in another city. Buy a few things you really love, and maybe even take home a few goodies for friends and family.

Travel somewhere new in NZ

International travel is cool and all, but New Zealand’s also pretty sweet. Beaches, mountains, rolling hills and lakes – it’s easy to take it all for granted. Missing an intrepid South American trek? Tackle the Tongariro Crossing. Skipping a surf trip to Bali? Invest in a winter wetsuit and brave the cold at Gissy beaches. Wish you were sunning on a beach in Fiji? Warm up at Onsen Hot Tubs, Queenstown.  

Have a hotel stay-cation

One of the best parts of a holiday is a change of scenery, and a forced break from those mundane jobs at home. Funnily enough you don’t need to travel far – you just need to book a hotel! Book room service, skip making the bed, and soak in a spa bath.

Learn a new language

The challenge of another language is (usually) part of the fun of international travel. Take it upon yourself to learn the language of your meant-to-be destination, in time for when borders open again (whenever that may be). Sign up to a language course, or check out the Duolingo app.

Choose a tourist activity

Chances are there are local tourist activities you’ve never thought of doing. But chances are you’ll have a bunch of fun, without even leaving town. Jump off the Sky Tower, take the Waikato River Jet Boat, visit hot springs, take a heli-ride through mountains. Or make the most of winter (and reduced crowds) at your nearest ski field.