17 October 2018
Why a stay-cation should be on the cards this Labour Weekend
The National Park… obviously
The long weekend is the perfect time of year to get back in to nature. Our national park has a huge range of walks to suit whatever kind of adventure you’re after. Plan a trip to the Dawson Falls Visitors Centre, you can take a short, easy walk to Wilkies Pools for a refreshing first swim of the season. Another low effort, maximum impact walk is to the falls themselves, it’s a steep climb in and out, but it’s a quick one. If you want to push yourself further you can do the Waingongoro Hut track, including a walk across the 24m high swing bridge!
Check out the DOC website for more information.
Get in to the CBD and play tourist for the day.
The outdoor pool at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre will be opening for the first splash of summer, pack your togs and show your kids how it’s done on the diving board. If you’d rather stay dry you can get along to see National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs at Puke Ariki, it’s been a hit with young and old and is only on for one more week. Then pop up the road to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery where there are six kinetic Len Lye sculptures on display currently (don’t forget the obligatory selfie out the front). If that’s not enough, grab your coffee and head to Pukekura Park to see all the spring explosions of colour, make sure your walk takes you through the Fernery and Display Houses to see the world-class collection of orchids.
If you’re not diving in to the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre or Wilkies Pools then your Labour Weekend swim will have to be at a beach. Luckily you have heaps to choose from. So take the opportunity to steer away from your usuals. Pop out to Ōākura, it’s usually a little quieter than Fitzroy but is a great spot for swimming or surfing. Include a walk up to Goat Rock followed by an ice cream to really make a day of it. Or if you can spend a little longer in the car head out to Tongaporutu. Check the tides before you go down to the beach, and explore the amazing piece of coastline that has changed so much in recent years (with Elephant Rock's trunk disappearing). Bring a picnic to eat at the domain while you look towards the postcard perfect baches along the river.