Five destinations that will make you want to extend your Anzac break

The Rees Hotel and Apartments in Queenstown.
The Rees Hotel and Apartments in Queenstown. Photo credit: Supplied.

Although Anzac day falls on a Wednesday this year, there may still be the temptation to take a couple of days leave and turn it into a five-day weekend.

According to the experts at, travelling somewhere for the first time boosts your confidence and makes you seem more interesting and successful.

So here's a few places scattered around New Zealand that could just push you over the edge to take those days off work.  

Queenstown - The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

One of the most picturesque places in the world, Queenstown never disappoints. The views from Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments are picture perfect. The floor-to-ceiling windows will mean you're likely to spend the entire evening looking at the stars above. Want a massage while you stargaze? They can do that too, including invigorating body and facial treatments. There's also a massive range of wines and fine dining.   

Cambridge - The Magnolia

The Magnolia in Cambridge.
The Magnolia in Cambridge. Photo credit: Supplied.

It's a pity there's only one because this villa books up quickly. This Cambridge three-bedroom villa is a perfect sneaky getaway with a few friends in the upper North Island. Lake Karapiro is just up the road and the house has a lovely garden with a barbeque. You won't want to come back. 

Mahana - Beech Hill Mapua

Beach Hill, Mapua
Beach Hill, Mapua Photo credit: Supplied.

For those who love getting in amongst nature. Located at Mahana and set in a quiet forest, you could ride one of the cycle trails, try your hand at mountain biking and then relax with a tasty beer before retiring to this hidden treasure of Beach Hill. 

Auckland -  The Hidden Retreat

The Hidden Retreat.
The Hidden Retreat. Photo credit: Supplied.

The Hidden Retreat in Auckland is the perfect place to unwind in a home away from home. This place ticks all the boxes with a lovely garden, barbeque, spa pool and a deck. It's not far from Auckland so you won't have to pack your car full of a week's worth of supplies. 

Papamoa - Coast House Bed and Breakfast

Papamoa Bed and Breakfast.
Papamoa Bed and Breakfast. Photo credit: Supplied.

Before you've even had a chance to be impressed by how lovely this place is, you'll have wine in one hand and food in the other - your hosts are prepared just in time for your arrival. This luxury bed and breakfast is not one to miss - it is modern, comfortable and worth the drive. 

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