You'd be less than human if a grotty Auckland winter didn't have you dreaming about the Pacific Islands or the Queensland coast.

You'd be less than human if a grotty Auckland winter didn't have you dreaming about the Pacific Islands or the Queensland coast.

In fact, the predictable grottiness of the Auckland winter combined with the close proximity of the islands and Oz pretty much keeps the outbound tourism industry rolling through the middle of the year. Travel agents and dairy farmers are the only Kiwis who smile when they see rain.

Some years ago, I went to Aitutaki and I can confirm that it's every bit as ridiculously beautiful as you've been led to believe. Last year, I took my son to Queensland and the melatonin boost pretty much carried both of us through to December.

In today's magazine, we've got reports from Queensland, Tonga and Aitutaki. Get inspired, get booking and get yourself some sunshine.

Advertisement