Now that Aotearoa is out of lockdown, the prospect of a long weekend is far more appealing as we don't have to spend it on the couch.
When it's behaving, Labour Weekend gives us that first taste of summer, and the allure of the beach and sunshine becomes irresistible to many.
With New Zealand's coastlines offering a mixture of wet and wild Tasman on the west and the expansive Pacific on the east, there really is a spot for everyone.
If you're struggling for inspiration, here are five properties suggested by Booking.com that could be ideal for a weekend escape.
Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection
This property in beautiful Akaroa offers uninterrupted views of the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and is a working coastal farm set along the scenic Banks Peninsula.
Annandale is said to provide an instant escape from the everyday world. Guests can take a walk along the Pigeon Bay walkway for spectacular coastal views or drive to Akaroa Beach on the eastern shore where, if they're lucky, they can spot the rare Hector's dolphin swimming in the bay. The accommodation offers an outdoor pool, tennis court, fitness centre and 5day spa, so there are plenty of activities to enjoy with family, friends, or even by yourself.
Waiheke may just be a ferry ride away from Auckland but a weekend escape to this beautiful island, known for its sunshine filled days and top-notch vineyards, may be all you need to recharge.
The Moeraki holiday home is situated just 100m from the long stretch of Onetangi Beach via a private path. Days can be filled with barbecues and lazing around on the deck soaking up the sun, or guests can head out to explore the island. With several of the island’s top vineyards and restaurants nearby, Moeraki is the perfect for a few days of wining and dining, or several days of indulgent relaxation.
This architectural stand-out luxury holiday home is built for the sun and the beautiful panoramic views of Waihau and Te Rangiharu Bays of the East Cape.
It's right next to the tranquil Oruaiti beach, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing in the sun. Nearby is the Raukokore Historic Anglican Church and the East Cape lighthouse and guests can also go fishing at the Ranfurly Banks onboard a coastal fishing charter.
Cable Bay Nest
The Nest is a modern, eco-friendly, coastal retreat situated right on the Nelson coast with unparalleled views of Cable Bay, Pepin Island and beyond.
Guests can take in the panorama from anywhere in the house, or even from the bath over a glass of local award-winning wine. Short garden trails lead to the water's edge and offer the opportunity for coastal walks or a variety of water sports - the Nest provides kayaks, a rowboat and bicycles.
The city of Nelson is just a 20 minute drive away and boasts frequently being New Zealand's sunshine capital as well as an acclaimed home to the arts and crafts.
Water's Edge is located in Opua, Bay of Islands and sits right on the beachfront. Guests can enjoy amazing views over the bay, with stunning sunrises and sunsets.
The property offers an outdoor spa pool, a sun-drenched deck and gas barbecue. Guests can enjoy kayaking, swimming or walks along the beach, as well as heading out for a day of exploring the various sites and activities on offer in the Bay of Islands such as fishing, dolphin encounters, island visits, bush walks, parasailing, cycle trails and more.
Are you heading away for Labour Day Weekend? If so, where are you going and where are you staying?