Air New Zealand offers non-stop flights to the Gold Coast from Auckland and Christchurch, with connections from Wellington and the entire domestic network. So no matter where you are, you can be working on your tan in just a few short hours.
Famous for fun is the motto of the Gold Coast, and they aren't wrong! The Gold Coast is what you get when you mix equal parts of beaches, theme parks, nightlife and shopping. It's so great they even made a TV show about the lifestyle. The "Aunties" are apparently "pretty mean, bro".
So once you've picked your jaw up off the ground after getting an eye full of the locals, get ready for some serious action at one of the GC's 26 amusement parks. Movie World, Dream World, Sea World, White Water World are just a few of them... You can see the Aussies got really creative with names.
And if you have any energy left, pop out for a quiet drink. Just a warning, a quiet drink in the GC lasts 10 hours and ends with carrying your shoes home as the sun comes up. But that's OK, because all you had planned tomorrow is relaxing on the beach.