Bali to British Columbia: Top destinations for New Zealand winter object seekers

Three days in and had adequate of a deteriorate already? Plan your escape, writes Stephanie Holmes.



This Indonesian finish has prolonged been a favourite with Kiwi travellers, interjection to approach flights and affordable prices. It’s about to get even some-more accesible with Emirates rising their approach use from Auckland to Denpasar on Jun 15. It’s an ideal winter getaway for New Zealanders — a dry deteriorate runs from May to October, with warm, balmy days and reduce humidity. While Kuta and a inebriated celebration crowds might not appeal, there are many other spots where we can find your possess square of pleasant paradise. Try Canggu, Seminyak and Ubud to find “the real” Bali. Spoilt as we are in a home countries, Australasians can mostly be unhappy by a beaches in Bali, though a accommodation options are implausible and a roller during this time of year is universe class. Avoid a high deteriorate of Jul and Aug — squeeze a last-minute understanding for this month, or devise forward for September.

Bali. Photo / Getty Images


Fly approach with Air New Zealand between Apr and October, or year-round with Emirates from Jun 15. On Emirates, surfers will be means to take their play for no additional charge. Other airlines fly one-stop services around Australian depart points.

WHY: You substantially don’t unequivocally need us to explain this one to we — Fiji is one of a many renouned destinations for a winter break. But there’s some-more to this republic than a resorts of Denarau and a Coral Coast — conduct out to a Mamanuca and Yasawa island chains, where you’ll find a operation of accommodation from barefoot budget, to upscale luxury. And even if we are staying during Denarau, we can still get divided to a white sand-framed island . . . conduct to Malamala Beach Club for a day. It’s only 25 mins by vessel from Port Denarau though feels a universe away. Think beachside cabanas, illusory snorkelling, an forever pool, cocktails and a la grant dining. Jul is a best month weather-wise; a H2O is during a clearest and dry deteriorate is in full swing. Obviously, you’ll have to cause in propagandize holidays here — prices will be aloft and accessibility reduce over this duration though if we can transport before or after, you’re expected to collect adult a good deal.
GETTING THERE: Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways offer mixed daily approach services.

Malamala beach bar in Fiji.



The name says it all. More resigned than a Gold Coast neighbour, a Sunshine Coast has prolonged seen New Zealanders flocking there for winter like migrating birds. Daytime temperatures still strech aloft than 20C around June, Jul and August, occasionally dropping into singular total during night. It’s a really outdoorsy culture, with early-morning walks, afternoons during a beach and al fresco dining still a normal even by a “winter” months. Away from a pleasing beaches of Noosa, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, a background offers old-fashioned towns, implausible plantation to list dining, and rewarding hiking.


Air New Zealand flies approach to Maroochydore between Jul and October.

Noosa beach. Photo / Tourism Events Queensland



The Bay City is an sparkling getaway with implausible food, extraordinary museums and large sightseeing attractions. But a continue is mostly a bit of a startle — conduct there in a normal US summer months of Jun and Jul and we can find yourself blanketed in fog, frozen your fingers off. Things urge vastly in Aug and September, with transparent blue skies and comfortable sunshine. Plus there’s a combined prerogative of being quieter, with fewer tourists around.


Air New Zealand flies daily approach services to San Francisco.

WHY: This is one place to be particularly avoided during summer with mountainous temperatures day and night. May to Sep is a best time to revisit Australia’s Red Centre, with a cooler meridian creation it a distant some-more beguiling experience. The colours of a stone are some-more colourful and you’re some-more expected to see waterfalls, and different plant and wildlife. Explore Kings Canyon in a Watarrka National Park on your approach to or from Uluru — a park covers 71,000ha and has been home to Aboriginal people for some-more than 20,000 years. Sunrise during both Uluru and Kings Canyon is estimable of any wish list — a changing colours as a light hits a stone will leave your camera or intelligent phone groaning with overuse.
GETTING THERE: Qantas and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Uluru, around Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns.

Uluru. Photo / Getty Images



If you’d rather spend your winter holiday on a city mangle rather than lazing underneath a palm tree, Vancouver is a good option. From Jun to a finish of September, locals and visitors comparison make a many of a comfortable temperatures, prolonged illumination hours and outside activities. Head out into Stanley Park for hiking, beaches, lakes and soaring trees or get a packet over to Granville Island, a former industrial area remade into a informative hub. English Bay has good beaches with nightfall views, and a city also boasts extraordinary restaurants, museums, and behaving arts. Vancouver Island, Grouse Mountain and Capilano Canyon give copiousness of event for outside adventures. Head to Vancouver in late Aug to a finish of Sep to get divided from a rise crowds and make a many of cheaper accommodation rates.


Air New Zealand flies approach from Auckland to Vancouver.


Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo / Getty Images


Another no-brainer — why

wouldn’t we wish to be in an overwater bungalow with a sensuous towering backdrop and transparent pleasant waters below? Jul and Aug are high season, so book in for Sep to prerogative yourself that you’ve roughly done it by another prolonged winter. It’s still dry deteriorate for another integrate of months and steam is low. There are some-more than 100 islands around a 5 archipelagos, so it’s ideal for cruising or island hopping.


Air Tahiti Nui flies

approach from Auckland to Papeete, Tahiti.

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