Make your annual leave go further for travel

  • January 30, 2019

With January seeing a surge in Kiwis searching for their next trip, up almost a quarter, leading online travel agent,, has revealed how to get 45 days of holiday in 2019 by taking just 18 days of annual leave.

Planning a full year ahead, combining long weekends and maximising public holidays are the trick to booking more downtime. Why not plan your dates and hold out for a last-minute deal? If you’re flexible on your final destination, then you really can get lucky and see some of the best up and coming places for 2019. has revealed its holiday hacks for making your annual leave go even further, along with the top destinations you should be booking to see and experience more – both in New Zealand and overseas.


The 10-day Waitangi Day Wonder: 6 days annual leave for 10 days holiday

The Waitangi Day public holiday falls on Wednesday 6 February, and it’s a great chance to get away just as school starts again – making popular destinations that little bit quieter. Enjoy a 10-day trip for just six days leave if you’re on the North Island by combining Northland anniversary day (28 January). Go one better if you’re in Buller or Nelson for anniversary weekend and get Monday (4 February) off and bag yourself an extra day of holiday.

The 10-day Easter Extravaganza: 3 days annual leave for 10 days holiday
For the first time in a long time, the Easter weekend (Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April) coincides with school holidays. With Anzac Day just two days later (Thurs 25 April), families can take advantage of a 10-day trip by booking just three days of annual leave. For those celebrating Southland anniversary day (23 April), you can get the same leave for just two days off work!


Two for the Long Weekend Legends: 2 days annual leave for 8 days holiday
With the Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday both falling on a Monday, you can turn those long weekends into four-day staycations by booking one day off work. Locals celebrating their town’s anniversary weekend can get tick off an extra trip, and even better bang for their buck by making the most of the long weekends at different points in the year.
The Ultimate Christmas Gift: 7 days leave for 17 days holiday
It may feel too soon to start planning December holidays just yet, but savvy New Zealanders can enjoy a 17-day holiday by taking just seven days of annual leave – from Friday 20 December to Monday 6 January 2020. It’s the peak summer period, so go long haul and see off the year in style!
For just 18 days of annual leave, Kiwis can enjoy more than double their days off, with 45 days of holiday to explore even further in 2019.

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