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The Art of the Slowcation: Experiencing it in New Zealand

Embarking on a slowcation is like savoring a fine wine; it’s about indulging in the depth, complexity, and subtlety of a place, rather than merely skimming its surface. This travel philosophy turns the traditional notion of a vacation on its head. Instead of racing through a checklist of attractions, a slowcation invites you to linger, to delve into the heart of a destination. It’s about finding the soul of a place, living like a local, and allowing the rhythm of everyday life to dictate your days. This mindful approach to travel not only deepens the experience but also treads lighter on the earth, echoing a growing desire for sustainable and meaningful journeys.

Imagine then, a slowcation in New Zealand – a land where myth intertwines with landscape, and where nature’s majesty commands a pause and demands appreciation. Here, in the land of the long white cloud, the slow traveler finds their paradise. The North Island, with its enchanting forests and tranquil beaches, invites leisurely exploration, while the South Island’s soaring mountains and serene fjords echo the grandeur of nature’s finest work. In towns like Queenstown and Wellington, life flows at an unhurried pace, offering a chance to breathe in the Kiwi culture. New Zealand isn’t just a place to visit; it’s a place to inhabit, even if temporarily. Its commitment to preserving the pristine beauty of its landscapes resonates with the ethos of the slow traveler. In this corner of the world, where the air is fresh and the vistas are like paintings come to life, the slowcation transcends mere travel – it becomes a journey for the soul.

Here are some slowcation spots to consider on your next trip to New Zealand.

Maitai Bay, North Island

Maitai Bay has crystal clear waters and soft white sand, creating the ultimate summer escape for many Kiwis every year. Whether guests are looking to swim, snorkel, or simply slow down and take in the views, this spot is an idyllic way to soak up the sunshine.

For guests looking to further immerse themselves in this picturesque spot, outdoor lovers are able to sleep under the stars at the Maitai Bay Campsite, where the only thing obscuring the view are the proud standing Pohutukawa tress (commonly known as the New Zealand Christmas tree).

Tāwharanui Regional Park – Auckland, North Island

Often described as Auckland’s best-kept secret, Tāwharanui Regional Park is located at the end of a winding gravel road an hour from central Auckland.

Home to gleaming white sands, wildlife, diverse walking trails, and rock pools

Pāmu PurePod, Rotorua

The latest in the PurePod collection is Pāmu PurePod in Rotorua. This beautiful luxurious glass house retreat, located in the middle of the lush farmland of the Bay of Plenty region, making it a great spot to catch the sunrise, sunset and epic starry views. It is also a mere 10-minute drive from the city centre, with activities and attractions a stone’s throw away. Newly opened in July 2023.

Tairāwhiti Gisborne, North Island

Long sunshine hours and balmy nights make Tairāwhiti Gisborne a great year round destination. Gisborne is the largest town in the Tairāwhiti Gisborne region and is the first city in the world to see the sun each day. In this relaxed and seemingly untouched part of the country, the world moves slowly; horses and bare feet are common forms of transport. Take your time, surf, hike and mountain bike, and enjoy this unique part of New Zealand.