If you’re in Auckland and only have a weekend for a well-deserved break, then you want to ensure you make the most of it. So that you can discover all of the delights of the North Island, we’ve created a list of the best weekend getaways and luxury escapes that are within a few hours’ drive of Auckland. From gorgeous luxury holiday homes in the Bay of Islands to beautiful boutique hotels in Lake Taupo, these are our favourite weekend getaways from Auckland.

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is a great weekend getaway from Auckland especially for families, has an outdoor pool and manicured gardens

10. Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, Rotorua

Nestled along the banks of Lake Rotorua among lush rose gardens and sweeping lawns, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is a stylish retreat offering the best of lakeside luxury at Kawaha Point. This unique hotel boasts 9 fully-appointed rooms overlooking a serene lakeside setting, complemented by luxurious amenities such as a swimming pool, sauna, secret grotto, private jetty, and a superb restaurant.

Distance from Auckland CBD: A little over 2.5 hours

Treetops Lodge & Estate family weekend getaway from Auckland

9. Treetops Lodge & Estate, Rotorua

Disconnect from earthly cares and unwind at Treetops Lodge & Estate, a beautiful hotel set on 2,500 acres of native forest in Rotorua. This wildlife sanctuary and retreat is nestled within breathtaking terrain, offering outdoor activities centred around streams, lakes, and adventure trails. Treat yourself to a stay in one of 13 guestrooms complete with modern conveniences and spa amenities – perfect for both couples and families.

Distance from Auckland CBD: Around 3 hours and 10 minutes

Hilton Lake Taupo's outdoor pool, misty mornings and laid back vibe.

8. Hilton Lake Taupo, Taupo

Just 10 minutes from Taupo town centre, Hilton Lake Taupo is a 5-star hotel on New Zealand’s North Island. Set in a 19th-century building, this distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types, with interiors that combine modern styling and Victorian charm. Here you can enjoy the outstanding location, breathtaking panoramas, exceptional service, intimate ambience, and contemporary luxury of the highest standard.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 3.5 hours

Pullman Rotorua's dining area

7. Pullman Rotorua, Rotorua

Modern and stylish, Pullman Rotorua offers guests a contemporary stay with luxurious flair. Located in the city centre and only minutes from the lakefront, this stunning 5-star hotel boasts 130 comfortable rooms and suites, an executive lounge, a state-of-the-art gym, and vibrant dining and bar. Surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions, this hotel is the perfect base to explore and enjoy the region’s highlights.

Distance from Auckland CBD: A little over 2.5 hours

Plume Villas contemporary interior

6. Plume Villas, Matakana

Located in picturesque Matakana, Plume Villas offer boutique luxury where guests can relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful country setting. Twelve villas are set in a beautifully landscaped environment, offering comfortable accommodation amidst vineyards and native bushland. Guests have access to an array of wine-centred amenities, highlighted by cuisine and hospitality on hand at Plume Restaurant.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 1 hour

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Villas Waiheke outdoor pool and shaded loungers

5. Villas Waiheke, Waiheke Island

Located on Waiheke Island, Villas Waiheke is a 4.5-star luxe resort within a 10-minute drive of Wild on Waiheke and Te Motu Vineyard. Escape to paradise in one of 5 well-appointed villas designed with privacy and exclusivity in mind, complete with modern conveniences and recreational facilities. Views are centre stage – each villa commanding a personal panorama of Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 2 hours with ferry transfer from Half Moon Bay to Kennedy Point

Solitaire Lodge in Lake Tarawera is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway from Auckland

4. Solitaire Lodge, Lake Tarawera

Nestled on a private peninsula overlooking Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge is a luxurious lodge located in Rotorua. This luxe retreat features a contemporary and subtle design, bringing the majesty of the outdoors in, and inviting its guests to soak up the peace and quiet of the tranquil setting. Styled with comfort in mind, all nine suites feature panoramic views over the lake and are equipped with modern conveniences making it one of our favourite weekend getaways from Auckland.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Kauri Cliffs has gorgeous sea and landscape views from its infinity pool.

3. Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

Amongst the rolling hills and gorgeous sea views, Kauri Cliffs is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in 6,000 acres of private land in Matauri Bay. With jaw-dropping vistas of Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands, this luxe getaway offers 24 guestrooms with private porches overlooking the sea. The epitome of refinement, this luxury lodge brings a new level of comfort along this untouched coastline.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Huka Lodge has an elevated homely vibe perfect for family weekends in Auckland.

2. Huka Lodge, Taupo

Set on 17 acres of countryside on the banks of the Waikato River, Huka Lodge in Taupo is a luxurious lodge just a 10-minute walk away from Huka Falls. Find peace and tranquillity in the sound of flowing water as you unwind in one of 25 elegant guestrooms, complete with lounges and private patios looking over serene river views. Treat yourself to the well-appointed amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, and an exquisite wine cellar.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Eagles Nest's ultra luxe pool.

1. Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands

Sat atop a private peninsula overlooking New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest is an award-winning luxury estate located in Russell. Featuring sleek contemporary interiors, this boutique retreat offers 5 individually designed villas that blend seamlessly into the natural landscape. Here you can enjoy total relaxation with a selection of luxurious comforts that provide the ultimate in exclusivity and five-star hospitality.

Distance from Auckland CBD: 3 hours, 50 minutes

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A lover of the finer things in life, Mat is a travel junkie who is addicted to the excitement and sense of wonder you experience when visiting a destination for the first time. His passions include music, good food and fine wine, but his epicurean tastes don't get in the way of enjoying life's simpler pleasures like gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours.