GUESTS: Debbe and Spike Booth, Lili and Ambrose Monell, Jill and Fred Vogel
DATE: 1st February - 15th February, 2018
NIGHTS: 14


INTRODUCTION

Debbe, Spike, Lili, Ambrose, Jill and Fred

Kia Ora and welcome to your New Zealand Experience. Below, you will find a carefully curated range of premier destinations and activities, along with a stunning selection of the finest private hotels and boutique lodges our country has to offer. 

New Zealand boasts a wide array of unique experiences, including some of the world's best fly fishing, hiking trails, cultural and historical excursions, museums, and art – not to mention our exquisite food and delicious wine.  

Our goal is to make this journey the most memorable of your life, and we would love to host you throughout this fantastic experience.

With kindest regards,

The Eighth Wonder Team.


AUCKLAND AND WAIHEKE ISLAND

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and is frequently rated as one of the world's top cities for quality of life and livability. Squeezed between two glistening harbors, Auckland’s narrow isthmus is home to one third of the country’s population – and for good reason. Known worldwide as the City of Sails, its center is a vibrant melting pot of style and culture, and its buzzing waterfront precincts are home to world-class dining and shopping experiences. A short helicopter or ferry ride from Auckland is Waiheke Island – the jewel of the Hauraki Gulf. On the island’s landward side, emerald waters lap at rocky bays, while its ocean flank has some of the region’s best sandy beaches. Blessed with a unique microclimate, Waiheke is home to around 30 boutique wineries, with many offering welcoming tasting rooms and top quality restaurants with breathtaking views. If you’re looking for something a little more strenuous or exciting, the kayaking is excellent and there are plenty of scenic walking and biking tracks, as well as activity based pursuits, such as clay pigeon shooting, surfing and quad biking.


ACCOMMODATION

TWO NIGHTS


 

IMPORTANT NOTES                                           

Total driving time:
- Auckland Airport to Waiheke Island Ferry Terminal,  35 minutes.
- Waiheke Island Ferry Terminal to Delamore Lodge, 15 minutes. 

Total ferry time: 
- Auckland ferry terminal to Waiheke Island, 40 minutes

 


EXPERIENCES


DAY ONE - Thursday 1st February, 2018

AM

  • Arrive at Auckland International Airport and greeted by your Eighth Wonder representative. From here, we will transport you to Downtown Auckland, to the Auckland Ferry Terminal, for your trip to Waiheke Island.
  • Board the ferry for Waiheke Island and meet your Eighth Wonder guide, Samuel St. George. 

PM

  • Samuel will transfer you to Delamore Lodge, where you can settle into your personal suite (see accommodation). 
  • Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure, taking in the beautiful surrounds of the lodge. Samuel will be on hand for information on any activities or local knowledge, if needed. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge. 

DAY TWO

Friday 2nd February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge. 
  • Depart the lodge with Samuel on your Personal Scenic Tour of Waiheke Island (see activities). 

PM

  • Arrive back at Delamore Lodge. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge. 

DAY THREE

Saturday 3rd February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge, then check out. 
  • Ferry back to Auckland, with Samuel, then drive to Alan Gibbs Farm, located on the Kaipara Coast (see activities).
  • Depart Gibbs Farm for lunch at Bracu Restaurant at Simunovich Olive Estate.

Day three continues below


TAUPO

With its picture-postcard setting on the shores of the 240-square-mile volcanic crater lake from which it gets is name, Taupo (pronounced Toe-Pour) is one of the North Island’s premier resort towns. It has an abundance of great hikes, and is the jumping-off point for the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The impressive Huka Falls are nearby, which also has great nature walks. Located at the geographic center of the North Island, the region is one of the most pure, beautiful and unspoiled parts of the country and is home to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic and spectacular forests. It is also a magnet for fly-fishing, and is emerging as one of the country’s most popular cycling destinations, both road and off-road.


ACCOMMODATION

THREE NIGHTS


EXPERIENCES


IMPORTANT NOTES

Total driving time: 
- Waiheke Island to Gibbs Farm, 2 hours 30 minutes (includes ferry time).
- Gibbs Farm to Bracu Restaurant, 1 hour 30 minutes
- Bracu Restaurant to Huka Lodge, 2 hours 45 minutes

GIBBS FARM                                                                  BRACU RESTAURANT                                                HUKA LODGE

 
 
 

Saturday 3rd February, 2018

Day three continues

PM

  • Depart Bracu Restaurant for Huka Lodge. Upon arrival be greeted by the team, and guided to your rooms. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge.   

DAY FOUR

Sunday 4th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the Lodge. 
  • Depart on your geothermal experience with Samuel.  

PM

  • Arrive back at the lodge and enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. Some of you may wish to partake in trout fishing off the back lawn, in the Waikato River. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge.

DAY FIVE

Monday 5th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge. 
  • Gentleman - Depart on your fly fishing experience.  
  • Ladies - Enjoy a 2-hour fishing experience at Huka Lodge with a resident guide. 
  • Paddy will be on hand for alternative activities for those not partaking in the fly fishing. 

PM

  • Arrive back at the lodge.

  • Dinner served in the lodge. 


DAY SIX

Tuesday 6th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served in the lodge. 
  • Check out of the lodge. Samuel will transfer those not fishing to Poronui Lodge. 
  • For those that are fishing, you will depart by helicopter from Huka Lodge with your two guides. 

Day six continues below. 


ACCOMMODATION

TWO NIGHTS


EXPERIENCES


IMPORTANT NOTES

Total driving time: 
- Huka Lodge to Poronui Lodge, 50 minutes

 

 

Tuesday 6th February, 2018

Day six continues

  • Non-fisherman arrive at Blake House, Poronui Lodge, and greeted by the team.  
  • Anyone who is not fishing may want to partake in any one of a number of activities on the farm, including guided walks.

PM

  • Fisherman to arrive back at Poronui Lodge by helicopter. 
  • Dinner served at Blake House. 

DAY SEVEN

Wednesday 7th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at Blake House. 
  • Enjoy the day fly fishing within the Poronui Lodge station. 
  • Anyone who is not fishing can partake in a horse trek on property with a dedicated guide. 

PM

  • Arrive back at the lodge. 
  • Dinner served at Blake House. 

DAY EIGHT

Thursday 8th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at Blake House. 
  • Check out of the lodge, drive to Craggy Range Winery, Hawkes Bay, with Samuel. 

Day eight continues below. 


HAWKES BAY

An hour’s flight southeast of Auckland is Hawke’s Bay, a region of diverse and magnificent landscapes, from mountains and hill country down to inland and coastal plains. Blessed with fertile, alluvial soils and a warm temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay is home to hundreds of farms, orchards and vineyards, making it New Zealand’s agricultural powerhouse. For the tens of thousands of visitors that flock to the region each year, it’s the food and wine that are the biggest drawcards, and with good reason, as the Hawkes Bay produces some of the best of both the country has to offer. On the coast, sits the town of Napier, one of New Zealand’s busiest commercial ports and host to a growing number of cruise ships. It’s also the country’s Art Deco capital, having been almost completely rebuilt in the Style Moderne after a devastating earthquake in 1931. 


ACCOMMODATION

TWO NIGHTS


EXPERIENCES

* PLEASE NOTE, ALL ON PROPERTY ACTIVITIES AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED RATE IF PAID FOR IN HOUSE. EIGHTH WONDER TRAVEL CAN WILL BOOK AND RESERVE THESE FOR YOU. 


 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Total driving time: 
- Poronui Lodge to Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay, 2 hours
- Craggy Range to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, 25 minutes

Note: All activities on the property will be charged directly to your room. 


Thursday 8th February, 2018

Day eight continues

  • Arrive at Craggy Range Winery for lunch, and also enjoy a private tasting with lead winemaker, Matt Stafford. 
  • Samuel will transfer your luggage to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

PM

  • Depart with Samuel to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge. 

DAY NINE

Friday 9th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge.
  • For the golfers, you may wish to play a round at Cape Kidnappers in the morning, as this is generally the best time to play. 
  • For non-golfers, there is a list of activities to take part in at The Farm.

PM

  • In the afternoon, you may wish to take in a guided walk to see a rare kiwi bird, or enjoy a farm tour of the property. 
  • Dinner served at the lodge. 

DAY TEN

Saturday 10th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge. 
  • Depart on your fly fishing experience.  
  • Non-fisherman can partake in the many activities on and off the property.

PM

  • Dinner served in the lodge. 

DAY ELEVEN

Sunday 11th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the lodge. 
  • Check out of the lodge. Paddy will transfer you to Hawkes Bay Airport for your flight to Queenstown (via Wellington) with Air New Zealand. 

Day eleven continues below.


QUEENSTOWN

About two-thirds of the way down the South Island, in the middle of the Sourthen Alps, sits Lake Wakatipu, and on its shores, Queenstown. If ever a town deserves its reputation as the world’s adrenalin capital, surely this place does. You can bungee jump off bridges, or even out of a helicopter, take a jet boat ride through white-water canyons, heli-skiing in virgin powder snow, go extreme mountain biking, zip-line through valleys, and paraglide off mountains – you name, you can do it in Queenstown. There is, however, a more gentile side to Queenstown – one that includes luxurious, world-class lodges, superb wineries, great restaurants and scenery to die for… and five international-standard golf courses. This picturesque lakeside town has it in spades, whatever the season, whatever the activity. It absolutely must be part of any itinerary when visiting New Zealand.


ACCOMMODATION 

FOUR NIGHTS


EXPERIENCES


DINING


 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Total driving times: 
- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers to Hawkes Bay Airport, 1 hour
- Queenstown Airport to Eichardt's Private Hotel, 15 minutes

Total flight times: 
- Hawkes Bay Airport to Queenstown (via Wellington), 3 hours 35 minutes
- Queenstown Airport to Auckland Airport, 2 hours


Sunday 11th February, 2018

Day eleven continues

PM

  • Arrive into Queenstown Airport. Transferred by Paddy to Eichardt's Private Hotel.
  • Dinner options are above. Eighth Wonder Travel can arrange the booking for you. 

DAY TWELVE

Monday 12th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the hotel. 
  • Depart for the ultimate experience with Over the Top Helicopters. This is an experience we call at Eighth Wonder the 'must do'. 

PM

  • Arrive back at the heliport, then transferred by Paddy to lunch at Amisfield Winery. 
  • After lunch you may either go back to Queenstown, or enjoy a round of golf at The Hills Golf Course. 
  • Dinner options are above. Eighth Wonder Travel can arrange the booking for you. 

DAY THIRTEEN

Tuesday 13th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the hotel. 
  • Depart for Jacks Point Golf Course. 
  • For non-golfers, Paddy will be on hand with a range of activity options. 

PM

  • Your afternoon will include a 'Queenstown Highlights' tour with your guide, Paddy. 
  • Dinner options are above. Eighth Wonder Travel can arrange the booking for you. 

DAY FOURTEEN

Wednesday 14th February, 2018

AM

  • Breakfast served at the hotel. 
  • For non-fisherman, depart with Paddy for the Dart River Safari. This is a full-day tour. 
  • Fisherman will be transported to the helipad at Queenstown Airport for their fly-fishing experience in the Southern Alps. 

PM

  • Arrive back to your hotel and relax before dinner. 
  • Dinner options are above. Eighth Wonder Travel can arrange the booking for you. 

DAY FIFTEEN

Thursday 15th February, 2018

  • Breakfast served at the hotel. 
  • Check out of the hotel, then Paddy will transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your flight to Auckland. 

PM

  • Arrive at Auckland Domestic Airport, then transported by an Eighth Wonder representative to the International Airport for your flight home. 

GUIDES