Join Hospital Staff Solutions on a festive journey through some of our top New Zealand holiday destinations for our doctors to visit.  Most of our medical specialists who have newly arrived in New Zealand this year will be looking forward to their first Kiwi summer.  Many of our doctors are excited to be trading a wintery indoor Christmas of turkey and carols by the fireside for a Kiwi beach and BBQ festive season.  With its diverse landscapes and welcoming spirit, New Zealand transforms into a holiday paradise during Christmas.


Far North


Embrace the quintessential Kiwi summer in the Far North, where pristine beaches and subtropical landscapes create a haven for holidaymakers. Take a road trip to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, and witness the mesmerizing meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. Explore the ancient Kauri forests, dive into the vibrant marine life of the Poor Knights Islands and unwind on the golden sands of Ninety Mile Beach. The Far North promises a Christmas filled with sun, sea, and the laid-back charm of coastal communities.

Visit Far North



Nestled in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Ohope is a hidden gem boasting one of the country’s most loved beaches. With its sweeping white sands and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Ohope offers a tranquil escape for those seeking relaxation. Stroll along the pristine beach, try your hand at water sports, or simply bask in the sun with a picnic. Ohope’s serene beauty and warm hospitality make it an ideal destination for a peaceful Christmas retreat.

Visit Ohope Beach



For a more secluded holiday experience, venture to Whiritoa on the Coromandel Peninsula. This coastal haven is renowned for its unspoiled beaches, clear waters, and rugged landscapes. Enjoy long walks along the shore, explore hidden coves, and indulge in the laid-back atmosphere of this off-the-beaten-path destination. Whiritoa offers a tranquil escape for those looking to reconnect with nature and create lasting holiday memories away from the crowds.

Visit Whiritoa



Wine enthusiasts will find Christmas cheer in Martinborough, located in the heart of the Wairarapa wine region. Famous for its world-class vineyards and charming village atmosphere, Martinborough invites visitors to savour award-winning wines, indulge in gourmet cuisine, and explore boutique shops. Take a leisurely bike ride through the vineyard-dotted landscape, attend festive wine events, and revel in the sophisticated yet festive ambiance of this wine lover’s paradise.

Visit Martinborough Village



For a Christmas experience with a touch of marine magic, head to Kaikoura on the South Island. Famous for its rich marine life, including whales, dolphins, and seals, Kaikoura offers a unique blend of adventure and natural beauty. Take a whale-watching tour, explore the rugged coastal scenery, and taste freshly caught seafood. Kaikoura’s breathtaking landscapes and marine encounters make it a captivating destination for an unforgettable Christmas holiday.

Visit Kaikoura


New Zealand’s holiday hotspots paint a vibrant picture of the Kiwi Christmas experience.  Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or a blend of both, these destinations invite the celebrations of a festive season in true Kiwi style.  We recommend to our doctors to pack their bags, embark on a holiday odyssey, and discover the magic of Christmas in Aotearoa.