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Get Concrete Playground's take on the latest travel news, events, places and trips
  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Be Able to Holiday in Hong Kong Without Going Through Hotel Quarantine From September 26

    Hong Kong is the latest country to drop its strict pandemic-era border restrictions — and travellers will no longer need a negative PCR test to enter, too.

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    Berambing

    Love Cabins

    Give us a home among the gumtrees...

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    Six Senses Zighy Bay

    This mega-luxurious resort lies in Oman's remote Musandam Peninsula, sandwiched between rocky mountains and clear blue waters

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan Will Fully Reopen to Individual Tourists From October 11 — Without Visas or Package Tours

    Start making holiday plans: Japan's borders will completely reopen to international travel in mid-October, and the country's daily arrival cap will be abolished.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Get Ready for an Unforgettable Auckland Getaway with VIP Spring City Tickets

    There are a highly limited number of spaces available for this exclusive, ultra luxurious New Zealand trip.

  • Travel & Leisure

    This New Tiny Home Features a Stargazing Platform and Will Pop-Up in Three Different Victorian Regions

    Worth planning a long weekend over the ditch for, 'Stella' features a luxe shower, a roll-out stargazing sleep platform and eats by Alejandro Saravia.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Introducing Concrete Playground Trips — Your New Home for Booking Unique, Unforgettable Getaways

    Book unique, unforgettable getaways in the world's best locations — curated by our editorial team of passionate travellers.

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    Getaway Alert: The Outrageously Luxe Hotel Clicquot Will Head to Noosa This Summer

    Veuve Clicquot's latest pop-up hotel is so extra — with exclusive dining experiences, sunrise surfing lessons, boat rides along the Noosa River and all the most extravagant ammenities.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Disney Is Bringing Its 'Magic at Sea' Cruises Down Under for the First Time From October 2023

    Fancy hitting the seas surrounded by Disney, Marvel, Pixar and 'Star Wars' fun? Disney's cruise line will soon set sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

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    Japan's Dazzling Digital Art Gallery Has Closed — But It'll Reopen in a New Tokyo Location in 2023

    The dazzling teamLab base shut its doors at the end of August, but it'll be back in a different part of Tokyo next year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Soon Be Able to Holiday in Japan Again Without Booking a Guided Tour

    Japan's border rules are changing, relaxing some of the requirements around tourism — including for holidays from Australia and New Zealand.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Jetstar Is Giving Away Free Flights This Week in These Giant Gift Boxes Hidden Around New Zealand

    Solve the clues, hunt down the giant orange boxes and you could score free flights to Rarotonga, Sydney, Queenstown, the Gold Coast and more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Qantas Is Restarting Flights to New York in 2023 — and Starting a New Direct Route From Auckland 

    Big Apple trips are about to get easier, with Qantas flying from Auckland to NYC from mid-2023 — including a leg from Sydney to NZ first.

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    You Can Tour New Zealand's Coastal Art Trail in this Campervan Filled With Works From Local Artists

    The best way to see a whole bunch of art galleries? In a moving one, of course.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best (and Booziest) Spots for Après-Ski in Queenstown

    In this stunning alpine town, the hours spent off the slopes are just as important as the ones on them.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Essential Spring Long Weekender's Guide to Hobart

    For New Zealanders in search of epic adventures, incredible scenery, delicious gastronomy and damn good wine, you don't have to travel far.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand's First Unyoked Cabin Has Arrived North of Auckland and Is Now Open For Bookings

    Tiny cabin Maia sits on its own private five-acre meadow with spectacular views of the river and evening sunsets.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Why You Should Put Rakiura (Stewart Island) on Your List for a Wild Winter Escape

    Take a winter holiday with a difference — to this rugged and raw slice of paradise at the bottom of Aotearoa.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You Can Now Spend a Night at the South Korean Estate Where BTS Filmed 'In the Soop' Thanks to Airbnb

    Get a dream glow holidaying in the dynamite South Korean estate where BTS kicked back in season two of their reality show.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Mayfair, Christchurch's New $23m Boutique Luxury Hotel Has Finally Opened

    The premium new hotel is offering a relaxed take on luxury for visitors to the garden city.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Repose's Luxe New Off-Grid Eco-Cabins Offer Stays with Breathtaking Views Around New Zealand

    Each cabin boasts an indoor fireplace, an outdoor bath and views that have to be seen to be believed.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Here's an Offer You Can't Refuse: Airbnb Wants You to Spend a Month in 'The Godfather' Mansion

    Fancy spending all of August in Staten Island, following in the footsteps of the most iconic gangster movie ever made? Now you can.

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    We're Giving Away a Wild Winter Escape For You and a Mate (or Date)

    Spoil your mate or impress your date with an unforgettable holiday this winter.

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    Wellington's First Movenpick Hotel Has Just Opened with a Signature Daily Chocolate Hour

    With chocolate treats galore and ice cream sundaes available 24/7, this new hotel offering in the heart of Wellington is offering sweet-toothed travellers the stay of dreams.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Be Able to Slumber in the Sky in Air New Zealand's Lie-Flat Economy Sleeping Pods From 2024 

    The game-changing bunk bed-style economy skynest will feature on the airline's new Dreamliners, and will boast room for six sleepers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Now You Can Travel to Fiji, Here's Everything You Need to Know Before Your Trip

    We asked the Tourism Fiji team all your burning pre-holiday questions, including where to stay, whether you'll need cash, and yes — what happens if you test positive for COVID?

  • Travel & Leisure

    Six Ways to Make Your Winter Trip to Hawke's Bay the Best One Yet

    The east coast winemaking region comes alive in the colder months.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sixteen of the Most Enchanting Winter Escapes You Can Book in the Blue Mountains

    From a mountaintop villa with an outdoor spa to a getaway inside a clifftop cave, there are lots of magical Airbnbs primed for weekend escapes.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan Has Officially Reopened to Tourists From Down Under — But Only As Part of Package Tours

    To make the trip, you'll need to wear masks everywhere, have private medical insurance to cover your visit and be chaperoned during your whole stay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia's Highest Suspension Bridge Has Opened in the Snowy Mountains for Spectacular Alpine Walks

    Part of a new nine-kilometre track in NSW's Kosciuszko National Park, this new bridge is strung across Guthega and Charlotte Pass.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Attention Geminis: Jetstar NZ Is Giving Away Free Flights to Everyone Who Shares Its Birthday

    Plus they're slinging 60,000 dirt-cheap deals for flights across the country — and across the ditch.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Airbnb Wants You to Stay in the 'Scooby-Doo' Mystery Machine — and Matthew Lillard Will Be Your Host

    Celebrate the live-action 'Scooby-Doo' flick's 20th anniversary with a vanning holiday across Southern California.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand's First Off-the-Grid Unyoked Cabins Will Pop Up in Stunning Regions Next Month

    Providing all the creature comforts, these small houses and cabins will be right in the thick of some of the country’s most breathtaking surroundings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    QT Is Opening a Lush New Hotel in Newcastle with a Rooftop Bar and a Huge Suite Inside a Clock Tower

    Also big drawcards: harbour views and Newcastle's largest library of Japanese whisky.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Christchurch's Observatory Hotel Is Now Open As Part of Its $290 Million Arts Centre Quake Restoration

    With wild colours and textures throughout each of its 33 unique rooms, Christchurch's luxe new hotel marks a significant milestone in the central city's post-earthquake revival.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Qantas Has Ramped Up Flights From Australia to NZ Just in Time for Wintry Snow Holidays 

    The Australian airline has restarted five routes travelling across the ditch, including the first international flight into Queenstown in almost a year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Southern Hemisphere's First-Ever Super-Sleek Ace Hotel Has Finally Opened in Sydney

    The 257-room hotel is now welcoming in guests — and its ground-floor restaurant and lobby bar are serving up bites to eat and cocktails, too.

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    New Zealand's First Movenpick Hotel Has Just Opened in Auckland with a Daily Chocolate Hour

    The chain's 207-room site in the CBD joins more than 110 other Mövenpick hotels worldwide.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Come What May: You Can Now Spend a Night in the Moulin Rouge's Iconic Windmill Thanks to Airbnb

    Even better: your overnight stay in the Parisian windmill's secret room, which has never been opened to the public before, will only cost you AU$1.49.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Fifteen Unique Stays with Breathtaking Views of New Zealand's South Island

    From rugged secluded cottages to luxurious lakeside retreats.

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