Wharekauhau County Estate
Set amid 5,000 acres of scenic farmland, this boutique estate has been around since the mid 1800s. 90 minutes from Wellington lands you a world away, and you can sit back in luxury accommodation with not much but the sheep for company. The big draw here is the organic gourmet food and the sensational wine cellar.
The cultural heart of New Zealand, this vibrant city boasts everything from museums to ballet companies to botanic gardens. The Waterfront is the perfect place to while away an afternoon and take in the café society, or you can take a cable car for some harbour views or tour Parliament House.