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Autumn travel deals to savor in New Zealand

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Enjoy the lakeside delights of Lakestone Lodge. Photo / Provided

BIKE PATH TO ENJOY

Explore Nelson’s lush countryside of vineyards, orchards and hop farms. The Great Taste Trail Autumn Cycling Adventure lasts five days and four nights, covering 200km of country and coastal trails. The Baton Bridge recently opened in the Baton Valley in Woodstock, eliminating the need for shuttle transfers. You will go through the entire circuit. Pricing starts at $1049 per person and scales with your choice of accommodation. Departure dates are May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.

Contact: Cycle Journeys, freephone 0800 224 475 – make a booking quoting promo code ‘I need a break’ to the reservations team or see www.cyclejourneys.co.nz/special-offers/give -yourself-a-break/

BIG CITY LIFE

Staying in the heart of Auckland’s CBD during the fall just got a whole lot easier, with free parking for CityLife Auckland guests on Queen St. Valued at $45 a night, free parking for one vehicle includes hotel stays before August 1st. Book a stay at CityLife from $199 a night. The same free parking offer is also available at Heritage Auckland, which is just up the road from CityLife on Hobson St.

Contact: CityLife Auckland at www.heritagehotels.co.nz/citylife-auckland/special-offers/autumn-break

TAUPŌ AUTUMN COLORS

Take two thrilling rides on Taupō’s original water adventures – the Huka Falls Jet and the Chris Jolly Outdoors 52-foot Catamaran Cruise Cat. You’ll travel in comfort from Taupō Marina through the lake’s scenic bays on a 90-minute trip that takes you for up-close views of Maori rock carvings. The 30-minute Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience departs later in the day and passengers are advised to bring warm clothes – and be prepared to get a little wet. This combo deal is called The Taupō Classic and costs $127 per person, $78 per child, or $374 for a family booking. (Family groups can be two adults with two children or one adult with three children).

Contact: Huka Falls Jet, (07) 374 8572 or book at www.hukafallsjet.com/combos/taupo-classic/

MACKENZIE LAKESIDE DELIGHTS

In the heart of the Mackenzie Basin, three-course chef-prepared dinners are complimentary for couples each night of their stay at Lakestone Lodge during the fall. This enticing offer is available for guests staying in the lodge’s Super King or Suite rooms. Stay before May 31. Lakestone Lodge is accessible by vehicle or helicopter. Nestled on a hill above Lake Pūkaki, it is a 10-minute drive from Twizel. Contact: Lakestone Lodge, (03) 971 1871 or email [email protected] or book online using promo code Autumn22 at lakestonelodge.co.nz/contact/complimentary-dinner

TEE UP IN WANGANUI

Considered one of New Zealand’s finest golf courses, Belmont Links Golf Course is the perfect destination for a golf enthusiast’s two-night holiday in Whanganui. Air Chathams offers return flights from Auckland for two adults – and there’s enough space on board for one suitcase each and your golf clubs. Starting at $984 for two people, this deal includes a two-night stay at Kings Court Motel in a Premium studio room, an 18-hole round of golf for two at Belmont Links Golf Course, where you can also use a golf cart golf course (subject to availability) and two full days of car rental from Pegasus Rentals in Whanganui. The four-star motel is just 200 meters from the center of Whanganui.

Contact: Book online at app.respax.com/public/chats/tourinformation/GOLFWAG?tourDate=2022-03-14

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