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Top Holiday Locations for Kiwis This Summer

Top Holiday Locations for Kiwis This Summer

With many international borders closed due to COVID-19, and a fortunate lack of community transmission of the virus within NZ (at the time of writing!), most of us Kiwis are getting set to staycation. Domestic tourism is expected to boom over the summer break here in New Zealand, as we get away for the holidays, right here in Aotearoa.

But which locations are expected to see the biggest jump in traffic? Should you be booking your Auckland accommodation now, to beat the rush? Thanks to new research from , we have a pretty clear picture of where Kiwis will be heading over the next three to six months, and we’ll be breaking down their findings in this blog.

How big is the coming domestic boom?

According to the MYOB Tourism Snapshot survey, around 89 per cent of Kiwis are planning to travel domestically within the next three months. The study was first collated in July and covered a period of six months, but about 67% of respondents weren’t planning to travel within the next 2-3 months, suggesting that a majority of people were waiting until the end of the year.

This also lines up with the booking details the survey collected. Back in July, 35% of people had already booked their trips, while 65% were still planning to. That 65% is more than likely making plans now, so spots are bound to be filling up fast across the country.

How will it affect the tourism industry?

Many areas in New Zealand rely on international tourism, and the total lack of tourists has been difficult to manage for plenty of businesses. The survey suggested slightly more than 10% of respondents were planning to spend upwards of $1000-$2000 while travelling domestic, and we have seen a lot of support for local businesses across the country since the initial lockdowns back in March.

This means that retail and hospitality businesses are likely to see an uptick in revenue, with 62% of survey respondents planning to actively seek out local cafes and restaurants to spend money at.

Tourism won’t go back to normal completely, of course—according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa, it’s estimated that international, the travel industry adds about $16.2 billion to New Zealand’s GDP, but around half of that comes from international tourists.

Where are Kiwi holidaymakers planning to go?

The survey found that a quarter of all respondents planned to head for Queenstown, the nation’s most famous travel destination. This will likely help it survive in the long run, as it’s easily the location which has lost the most from a lack of overseas travellers. Even though Queenstown’s world-class ski slopes will be closed for the summer, it’s still considered the adventure capital of the country, and is drawing a younger crowd. According to the survey, 35% of those who said they were heading south were aged 25-34, and a further 28% are 16-24.

Auckland ranked at number two, and it’s easy to see why—the nation’s biggest city has gone through its toughest lockdowns, but has managed to keep many of its most well-known institutions up and running. Not to mention the beautiful beaches found on the nearby coasts, and the many gorgeous islands in the Auckland gulf. For more details on what you can do around Auckland this summer, check out our blog on the subject; Top Attractions in Auckland for Your Staycation.

The next biggest locations behind Queenstown and Auckland are Wellington and the Bay of Plenty—both common domestic travel destinations for Kiwis at the best of times. For those planning to head to the capital, there’s a higher chance of room bookings filling up quickly over the next few months, so it could pay to organise your Wellington accommodation now. The same goes for those heading to Tauranga to enjoy Mount Maunganui, as the city is a popular summer destination and is usually packed during music festival season!

Whatever the future holds, we’ll be there

The team here at CPG Hotels is wishing you a wonderful summer, no matter where you’re heading. Together we’ve overcome a lot, and it’s important to keep looking out for each other, and not get complacent about the spread of the virus. While other nations around the world have had to spend summer indoors, New Zealand is on track to spend it where we want, and we believe it’s important to be grateful for that.

No matter what happens in the future, we plan to be there, helping Kiwis be where they want to be. Contact us now to book your summer holiday.[:zh]Following on from our series of posts about the best places to eat out in the various cities where you will find a CPG Hotel, this week we look at the top five places to eat out in Auckland. The city is arguably the best places in New Zealand when it comes to eating out and the restaurant choices are pretty amazing. You can of course check out the Metro Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland and find yourself a great place to eat out, however we wanted to get more of a local’s insight and provide you with some ideas that you might not necessarily see in your guidebook.

We asked all our staff members at the Hotel Grand Windsor and Greenlane Suites in Auckland for their top picks for places to eat out and here are the top five.

1.      The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club at the top of Auckland's Sky Tower

The Sugar Club at the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower

The Sugar Club is a Peter Gordon restaurant and the quality of the food is matched only by the quality of the experience – situated on level 53 of the Auckland Sky Tower, this restaurant sets exceedingly high standards in service and their menu will not disappoint. This is a great restaurant to take visitors to Auckland as it certainly has the ‘wow’ factor as well as serving delicious food. Easy to see why this one is popular with staff, The Sugar Club is currently also part of Auckland Restaurant Month (August 2016) and there are some great deals available to don’t miss out!

Find out more on the Sugar Club website.

2.      Depot

Depot Eatery in Auckland is owned and run by celebrity chef Al Brown

Depot Eatery in Auckland is owned and run by celebrity chef Al Brown. Photo credit: Centurion Magazine

Another celebrity chef-owned restaurant, Depot is situated on Federal Street right next to the Sky Tower and is owned and run by star of New Zealand Masterchef, Al Brown. They have a no reservations policy so it can be tricky to get a table at this hugely popular restaurant but if you do, it will be worth the wait. The food at Depot clearly matches Al Brown’s outlook towards food: local, in season, beautifully cooked cuisine to be enjoyed with friends. Most of the cooking is over charcoal and the flavours are exquisite.

Find out more on the Depot website.

3.      Ortolana

Ortolana is located in the fashionable area of Britomart

Ortolana is located in the fashionable area of Britomart

Ortolana is a contemporary bistro set within an elegant, sun-filled conservatory in the Pavilions at Britomart. The name Ortolana means ‘Market Gardener’ in Italian and is symbolic of their use of the best seasonal, local produce from their own farm and from other local growers. Ortolana offers an all-day, European-inspired menu and is a great place to grab a bite to eat. Another of the restaurants participating in Auckland Restaurant Month, there has never been a better time to sample some delicious food in the city.

Find out more on the Ortolana website.

4.      Jack Tar

Jack Tar in the Wynyard Quarter attracts a lively crowd

Jack Tar in the Wynyard Quarter attracts a lively crowd

Jack Tar is a lively, spacious waterfront bar and eatery with alfresco courtyard just a two minutes’ walk from the Viaduct Basin, Events Centre and Silo Cinema. Set in the trendy Wynyard Quarter on the Auckland Viaduct that was established for the Rugby World Cup in 2011, Jack Tar attracts a mixed crowd of young and old and is the perfect place in summer for enjoying an afternoon drink in the sun and watching the world go by. Their menu is a mix of traditional pub food like burgers and sandwiches as well as more traditional mains like fish and chips and pork belly. There is a good kids’ menu too so this is a great place for the whole family.

Find out more on the Jack Tar website.

5.      Woodpecker Hill

Woodpecker Hill is a cool location in Parnell

Woodpecker Hill is a cool location in Parnell

Woodpecker Hill is a trendy restaurant up in Parnell and a great place to go for dinner, especially if you like sharing plates. Here you will find briskets and king fish, ducks and beef rib. The fresh prawns, the salmon and beautiful pork cuts all charred, smoked and flame-grilled on chef’s barbeque. The menu has a distinctly oriental feel and the barbeque flavours are to die for. This is the kind of place to come with a big group where you can try lots of different things on the menu and pass the plates around to share.

Find out more on the Woodpecker Hill website.

There are literally hundreds of great places to eat out in and around Auckland and although this may be the top five places recommended by our staff, we could recommend another 50 in a heartbeat! As always, if you are looking for a great recommendation for a place to eat out, speak to our staff at either the Grand Windsor or Greenlane Suites and they will be more than happy to provide some ideas based on your personal preferences.