With the borders shut, we Kiwis have an extremely unique opportunity to explore our backyard and I know I’m guilty of thinking that often I need to “get away” to get a break.
But “getting away” can be done fantastically without really leaving town. A staycation even! I’ve now had two stays at Waipuna Estate at Tai Tapu – a small rural town just 18km’s from Christchurch City (full disclosure: both nights I was hosted free-of-charge as part of a social media collaboration).
Waipuna is a beautifully appointed house – available to hire in its entirety (sleeps 10), or by room, or if you’re inclined to get married they do that too – they host luxury pamper packages where you can grab the squad, head out there and have facials and massages! And there’s an amazing romantic getaway package you can get, and you too can look as romantic as Mark and I do (haha).
Perched up on the southeast side of the Port Hills, Waipuna Estate is peaceful, calm, warm and just so damn relaxing.
Hot tip from me: book it for a Friday night getaway, pack your togs (yes there’s a glorious spa), a couple of bottles of wine which ALWAYS goes good with some cheese and just chill. It’s magical.
And trust me, a night away just a quick drive out of the city works wonders for the soul.
To find out more, go to waipunaestate.nz
By Brodie Kane