New Zealand may have come of age but a little nostalgia never goes out of style, especially if you’re travelling with kids. According to a report from Bookabach, “nostalgia tourism” is on the rise, with 87 per cent of New Zealanders revisiting or wanting to revisit a favourite holiday destination.
It’s no surprise when you consider studies have shown that nostalgia can counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. Couples reported feeling closer and also looked happier when they were sharing nostalgic memories.
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More than eight in 10 New Zealanders said their favourite holiday had been with family and one in two had tried to recreate similarly strong holiday memories for loved ones. If you want to give it a try, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time.
Get your geek on at the Museum of Transport, Aviation and Technology – better known as Motat – which covers 16ha and is spread across two sites. Marvel at the glamour of 1950s air travel, check out a fully operational 1877 pumphouse and play classic 80s video games for free in the retro gaming area. Entry includes a ride from one site to the other on one of Motat’s heritage trams.
If you’re looking for somewhere retro to eat, Happy Boy Eatery in Royal Oak and Kiss Kiss in Balmoral are your go-to, with neon lighting, bright colours and plastic tablecloths – not to mention delicious food. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq in Newmarket isn’t just an arcade with bumper cars and bowling, it’s also a retro diner. Think big milkshakes, hot dogs, pink burger buns and jellybean cocktails for over-18s.
For an equally cool yet classier drinking and dining experience, enjoy high tea at sea on the Maritime Museum’s newest heritage vessel, the Nautilus, which sails around Waitematā Harbour. You’ll find the perfect nightcap at Caretaker, a gorgeous cocktail spot inspired by New York’s classic cocktail lounges. This moody bar is fitted out with cosy tables, leather seats, smoky mirrors and dark woods, creating an intimate setting in which to indulge in a drink or two. Cocktails change weekly and include unique tipples such as a beer cocktail from 1864.
When the night is over, rest your head at the art deco-styled Hotel DeBrett, which blends mid-century modern furniture with New Zealand art and luxurious touches.
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