Words by Chelsea Armitage
It was Waitangi Day yesterday and even though we don’t endorse you leaving your workplace in the lurch, it would be awfully convenient if you caught a case of “the flu” and found yourself with a long weekend…
Whether you come down with the flu (in the middle of summer) or just want to take advantage of this beautiful weather, here are four ideas we’ve come up with for you to make the most of Waitangi Day and this weekend.
1. TAKE A SURF LESSON
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, the height of summer is the perfect time. There are some awesome surf schools throughout the country, at places like Mangawhai Heads, Muriwai, Raglan, Mount Maunganui and throughout the Coromandel. Do something you’ve never tried before, rake in the ‘cool’ points and reap the adrenaline rewards!
Click here for an extensive list of beginner-friendly surf schools throughout the country.
2. SEE A MOVIE... OUTDOORS
Instead of the classic dinner-and-a-movie, head outside with your other half or a group of friends and catch a flick in the fresh summer air. If you’re in Wellington, pop along to the Firefly drive-in cinema for a classic 50’s experience with your mates!
There are some great movies playing this weekend, so check out www.openair.co.nz,www.silopark.co.nz and www.fireflycinemas.co.nz for more info, times and locations. Be sure to pack a picnic and some warm clothes!
3. VISIT THE MARKETS
Hit up some weekend markets! Markets are a great way to support small New Zealand businesses and get some funky new art or fresh organic produce. With Auckland markets from Matakana to Clevedon, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
4. HEAD TO WAIHEKE... FOR A WALK
Pop over to Waiheke for the day or the weekend and bask in all its grapey glory. Of course Waiheke is the place to go for a tour of the vineyards and the winery trail, but have you ever been there for a walk? Waiheke has some stunning walks around the edges and across the peaks of the island, that give you panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf. It makes the ultimate day trip! Just catch the Fullers ferry over and talk to the information centre at the ferry terminal. They'll give you a map of the island and tell you all the places to start walking and how long each will take.
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have an amazing weekend and celebrate New Zealand for the wonderful country it is.