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Weekend getaways easier than you think


Media Release: 02 July 2013

Weekend getaways easier than you think

Kiwis need to be more spontaneous and use more of their weekend time for adventure.

AA Tourism chief executive Moira Penman says New Zealanders love to explore their own country but few seem to take advantage of our country’s destinations regularly.

An online survey of nearly 13,000 people conducted by AA Tourism showed that most Kiwis plan their travel at least a month ahead.

“We all know Kiwis like to travel and many do love to explore their own backyard. However, three quarters of those who participated in our survey plan at least a month in advance and half made their arrangements at least two months in advance,” Ms Penman says.

“This suggests we like to be very organised, which is good when you’re wanting to book a popular place in the favourite holiday spots. But, the survey shows we’re not very spontaneous especially when it comes to weekend getaways.”

Ms Penman says Kiwis are blessed with thousands of accommodation options throughout the country from motels to bed and breakfasts, through to luxury stays and Holiday Parks and many of them are available right up to the last minute.

“We see it as a wasted opportunity. We have a marvellous network of welcoming accommodation providers nestled among an array of amazing attractions. I challenge anyone to say they’ve seen them all, so why not get out there and do it?”

Ms Penman says it’s never been easier to make last minute arrangements.

“We can plan a weekend away on Thursday night and have it all booked and confirmed without leaving the couch. The internet has opened up many opportunities for domestic travel, and accommodation can be booked right up to the moment of arrival.”

During winter accommodation in many regions is usually easy to book. Providing an example of what is available, aatravel.co.nz offers more than 3000 accommodation options.

The survey determined the majority of respondents preferred to book accommodation online or on email, but many still prefer using the phone and face-to-face contact.

“It is a bit colder outside and sometimes people like to stay wrapped up warm at home, however, winter opens up a whole set of new opportunities and places to explore.”


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