Destination unknown: Air NZ announces return of its Mystery Break getaways

A new luxury option has also been added to the range.
A new luxury option has also been added to the range. Photo credit: Getty/Newshub

Air New Zealand's Mystery Breaks are back, where the airline plans everything for the customer - including choosing the destination - all while keeping the trip's details a secret.

Travellers can choose between a Great, Deluxe or Luxury break, pick a date and nominate one place they would prefer not to go, then Air NZ does the rest. 

All packages include flights to one of the airline's 20 domestic destinations, accommodation at an Accor Hotel with breakfast included and airport transfers or a rental car from Avis. 

Customers only learn details about the trip around two days before departure.

The new Luxury option is the most expensive and includes 5-star accommodation with breakfast and dinner included, along with a luxury rental car. 

Air NZ's general manager of brand and marketing Jeremy O'Brien says since COVID-19 essentially closed international borders, the airline has been looking for ways to help its customers explore Aotearoa. 

"We're really excited to have refreshed Mystery Breaks – it's part of doing our bit to boost local tourism. Previously these had been mostly purchased by corporate customers, but we've developed the packages further to appeal to leisure travellers," O'Brien said.

"It takes the admin out of booking a holiday – you don't have to research and plan all the separate elements – all you have to do is get on the plane."

The airline is also pitching the mystery breaks as a gift option for Christmas, as there is no need to confirm a name or date at the time of booking.

The Mystery Breaks deals start at $599 per person.