Overseas Winter Getaway Ideas by Susan Harte – NZ & London

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Never discount an overseas getaway, especially in winter – there are always many cultural or foodie activities to keep you occupied, just over the Tasman and as far as London.

1405_wk47_blog24Ortiga Fish shack

New Zealand is super close and easy to fly to for the weekend. Wellington my home town is a favourite – sitting on the harbour front is the world renowned Te Papa Museum who have joined forces with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop to bring you Gallipoli: The Scale of our War. Stay across the road at the Museum Hotel and eat at Ortiga Fish shack or the Wellingtonians favourite, the Boulcott St Bistro.

1405_wk47_blog20Boulcott St Bistro

Auckland at the other end of the island offers an equally fun winter weekend – stay at De Bretts – an inner city Hotel in art deco style but cleverly modernised providing great rooms that won’t break the bank. A quick stroll downtown takes you to the stylish Britomart with excellent shopping from Karen Walker to Trelise Cooper, grab a great coffee at the many fab cafes or eat at Josh Emmets Ostro.

1405_wk47_blog23De Bretts

The Auckland Art Gallery is a fantastic venue for NZ and overseas art and right in the centre of town is worth a visit amongst the shopping and the eating -which you must do at Al Browns The Depot.

1405_wk47_blog22Al Browns The Depot

For those that are heading to the Northern Hemisphere where better to start than in London. A city now thriving and in the full throes of spring may surprise those who envision a sea of umbrellas. It is a city made for beautiful soft sun summers days with endless green parks and miles of pavements, museums and galleries to explore.

1405_wk47_blog19The Auckland Art Gallery

If you are escaping the winter though I recommend you stay outdoors… the Chelsea Physic Garden is a treasure in the centre of Chelsea – a quick walk from Sloane Square – explore the early apothecaries botanical garden on the edge of the Thames while enjoying lunch at Tangerine Dream under the wisteria vines.

1405_wk47_blog25Chelsea Physic Garden

If you prefer indoors with a green theme, Skye Gyngell’s Spring is a fantastic restaurant in the heart of Somerset House.

1405_wk47_blog27Skye Gyngell’s Spring

My two other favourites are a trip out to Richmond to Petersham Nurseries for plant and antique shopping and delicious food or more inner city to what has become an institution on the Thames – the River Café – after 25 years it is still going strong and it is obvious why!

1405_wk47_blog28Petersham Nurseries

Wherever you head to this winter – enjoy the crisp clear days, the chance to indulge in art galleries and museums or just enjoy the winter harvest around a roaring fire.

a magStory by Susan Harte, A Magazine.

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