Thursday, June 13, 2024

Ultimate Day-Out Gift Guide

Are you already in a tizzy trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones? This holiday season, you may want to consider doing your bestie or your partner, friends, and family a favour by opting for one of these unique experience gift ideas instead of a prezzie card or a boxed gift. We’re talking adventurous, experiential gifts that will add a new dimension to their lives.

A gift experience is far more exciting and thoughtful as it often creates memories to last a lifetime rather than sneakily recycling gifts to a charity shop. If you’re looking for a cool, ultimate day-out experience for your mates, the options are endless.

From a celebration of breathtaking outdoor gallery, nature and the spirit of New Zealand at the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail; to a stellar line-up of musical legends at the Waiheke Jazz Festival, which would make a perfect day trip or weekend; or a celestial adventure at the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, observing the wonders of the cosmos, there are so many options — including chartering a vintage train at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway Station or having a unique ‘first class’ rail experience in a lavish Parlour Carriage with a viewing balcony and high-tea style refreshments being served.

The added advantage of gifting an experience is that they often make the best last-minute gifts as they can be easily purchased online.

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Reconnect with the cosmos. Renovated galleries, new shows.

670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain |

Waiheke Jazz Festival

Easter Weekend March 29 – April 1 | Four days of events across the island. Come for the day or make a ‘Waihekend’ of it! BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Counties Energy Christmas Lights –  Trains at Night

8-10 & 15-23 Dec
Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Book now: | Email:

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

2km Sculpture Trail, all-day dining and boutique wines. | 09 425 4690

What is it about the sun-kissed memories of summer that tend to linger longer than the season and always bring a smile to your face? Take time this summer to discover our beautiful backyard, enjoy some of what nature has to offer and make those wishful bbq stories come true.

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