With career becoming more and more important to individuals, we have all been worked to the bone this year. The old working hours of 9 to 5 are long gone! There is no doubt that everyone looks forward to the long-awaited Summer Holidays. A chance to unwind from work, catch up with family and friends, read those summer books instead of work papers and importantly, take some time out from work for yourself. So to celebrate the beauty that is the summer holidays, and the beauty of New Zealand, we got our team together to create our top five New Zealand holidaying spots.

Momentum are a mixed team of born and raised kiwis, travellers from England, people from South Africa, America and other countries. So it is safe to say, New Zealand has drawn us all in for different reasons, and our list is made up of some of those drawing points. Are you enjoying your work break at any of these spots? Or have we missed any of your favourite spots off this list? Let us know! We love to hear from you.


Our Digital Creative Director, Olivia Kelsey’s Top Pick

Hot Water Beach is a must visit for those travelling around the Coromandel area of the North Island over Christmas. It’s right there in the title, Hot Water Beach is exactly that, a beautiful beach that has underground hot springs to create your own hot pools in the sand.   

  • MUST DO – Dig yourself a spa pool when the tide is right, recommend going in the later evenings when it is less busy
  • MUST STAY – The Top Ten Holiday Park Camping Grounds
  • MUST EAT –  Fish n Chips at the Top Ten Holiday Park


Our Recruitment Consultant, Jessica Smith’s Top Pick

Taupo is a great central spot for North Island travellers, and an essential spot to visit if you are headed up from the South. Taupo is known for its beautiful lake that provides a pristine, glassy surface amazing for those with water toys like a jetski or a boat. Looking for a more budget friendly Taupo experience? Grab some fish n chips and head down to the lake instead! 

  • MUST DO – Fishing, water-skiing and ski biscuit!
  • MUST STAY – The Hilton
  • MUST EAT –  Bistro Lago


Our Associate Consultant, Chelsea Scahill’s Top Pick

Great wine, great food and even better scenery, Hawke’s bay is simply stunning and a must-see spot if travelling around New Zealand. Located on the East Coast of New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay has a rich art deco culture boosting impressive architecture and in contrast, amazing scenes of untouched New Zealand as well. 

  • MUST DO – Take an outdoor bath in the sun with a wine, exclusive to the glampsite
  • MUST STAY –  Canopy Camping Site, Birch Hill
  • MUST EAT – It is very secluded, so bring your own food if staying at the glamping site. But they have an amazing grill so pack some BBQ foods!


Our Recruitment Consultant, Emma Cree’s Top Pick

One of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal cities, Napier is located in our Number Three Spot, Hawke’s Bay. After an earthquake devastated the city in 1931, Napier was rebuilt and like Hawke’s Bay, is known for it’s art deco landmarks.   

  • MUST DO – Tour the vineyards, check out the art deco buildings and relax in one of the amazing eateries in the area
  • MUST STAY – If you have a car you can really stay anywhere in the Napier area! Otherwise there is some amazing accommodation along Marine Parade
  • MUST EAT – Mission Estate Winery, it has delicious food and wine!


Our Recruitment Consultant, Natasha Zyzalo’s Top Pick

Located in Northland, New Zealand, Mangawhai Heads is renowned for it’s gorgeous white sand beaches. As it is one of the lesser known spots, it makes for a great vacation spot with the family.  

  • MUST DO – The gorgeous beach you can spend hours at; soft white sand for laying out, clear water for swimming and then running up the sand dunes to burn off some energy, and of course a holiday at Mangawhai isn’t complete without a visit to Bennetts Chocolate Factory.
  • MUST STAY – Pretty much anything you can book on air bnb or book a batch. It isn’t a large place so you can be pretty sure wherever you stay isn’t far from the beach.
  • MUST EAT – Wood St Freehouse for their amazing ribs!

We hope you all enjoyed reading about some of our top spots to spend your holiday break in New Zealand. Thank you to our amazing staff, candidates and clients that have been working extremely hard this year. You have all earned your break and we will see you in 2018! Merry Christmas from the team at Momentum.