5 things to do this long weekend

Auckland Anniversary weekend take place this week – hello back to back long weekends! Still looking for inspiration? Here are five suggestions. 

1. Go on a road/water trip

Waiheke Island is a magical place and is hard to beat on a good summer’s day. Leave the car at home and travel in style on Explore’s black and yellow ferries departing downtown Auckland 12 or more times a day. When you arrive, sample the world class wine, gourmet food and local artisan offerings or make a day dedicated to vineyard hopping. explorewaiheke.co.nz 

2. Pack a picnic 

You don’t have to head far in New Zealand to enjoy a beautiful view. Make it even more special by making a morning or afternoon of it – pack a picnic complete with delicious snacks, blankets and unwind. The summer issue of Good features 10 amazing Real Food Picnic recipes for all the inspiration you’ll need – complete with the shopping list you can find and download here.

2. Take part in a little DIY

For many, Summer and long weekends means taking part in a little or a lot of DIY. If you’re looking to freshen up your indoor and outdoor spaces, click here for more, including this easy outdoor bar fridge makeover.

The On The Lawn Festival in Mount Maunganui takes place this weekend

4. Go technology free…

…at least during the day! Make the most of the beautiful weather, sights and company over the weekend and put your technology to the side. Too often we let our technology dictate and consume our spare time – leave it behind and live in the moment. Click here for some of our top digital detox tips.

5. Go to a festival 

Escape the big city for the weekend and head along to the On the Lawn festival on Sunday January 31 in Mount Maunganui, a sophisticated beer, food and wine celebration featuring performances from local and national music acts. 

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