Winter holidays: 8 New Zealand short breaks to get us through winter

Had enough of winter already? Head to one of New Zealand’s 31 regions for a quick getaway, writes Anna King Shahab

1. Northland

Take the kids away for a Northland break — complete with vital history lessons, towering forests, and beaches that range in scope from tropical idyll to epic.

Heading north, take the Secret Coast Route just north of Kamo — rich in history, it also offers the chance to stop at the Helena Bay Cafe to take in brunch, a sculpture garden, and forever-views.

Explore Russell and enjoy dinner and a night at The Duke of Marlborough. The next day take the car ferry across and head to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds — a guided tour there really brings the history to life. Even novices will enjoy a few hours at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and hiring e-bikes mean you can cover a lot more ground: there’s 70km to burn through there.

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