The New Zealand airline is hoping that a sense of mystery will lure back travellers in these unusual times.
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that has managed to keep the Coronavirus out of its borders and return to the «new normal». However, while domestic travel has been allowed since June this year, the country’s borders have remained closed to nearly all visitors.
In a move to encourage locals to more domestic travel, Air New Zealand hopes that the answer lies in their re-launched «mystery breaks» holiday package – a package in which passengers do not know where they are going until two days before departure.
In this package, travellers pay a fixed fee to book an entire holiday package, select a date and a place they do not want to visit – the rest is taken care of by the airline.
At present, the airline flies to 20 destinations across New Zealand, including Auckland and Gisborne on the North Island, and Timaru on the South Island.
The price starts from $ 599 NZD (equivalent to £310) per person, and it is possible to choose packages from three levels: Great, Deluxe or Luxury. All packages include the flight, accommodation at an Accor Hotel with breakfast included, and hotel transfer or an Avis rental car.
The newly launched luxury package is the most exclusive and includes a 5-star accommodation including breakfast and dinner, as well as a premium rental car from Avis.