Kia Ora and welcome to your New Zealand Experience.
We have put together a showcase on your suggestions and have included a range of great activities along with a stunning selection of lodge and boutique hotel offerings. Your expert travel planners Samuel St George and David Maxwell will make sure you are in good hands while experiencing this incredible country. New Zealand is the perfect playground for some once in a lifetime activities. These include heli-fishing, heli-skiing, cultural experiences, and of course geothermal and outdoor experiences.
This promises to be one special journey. We look forward to hosting you throughout this fantastic experience, and welcome to New Zealand.
Matt is a very keen golfer and loves the outdoors. He has spent a considerable amount of time in China working and studying and speaks fluent Mandarin. Matt calls New Zealand home, and loves nothing more than to show this beautiful country off to the rest of the world.
A lightweight, twin engine helicopter known for its speed and elegant appearance. This luxury model with cream leather club seats, Bose noise-cancelling headsets, and air conditioning throughout, is very popular with our corporate VIP passengers. This aircraft carries up to seven passengers, with one or two crew members, and can be flown under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), which means it can fly at night and in most weather conditions.
Up to 11 Passengers
Enjoy all ground transfers in comfort within the Mercedes Sprinter 313 CDI model. These late model vehicles include air conditioning, leather seats and stereo bluetooth with plenty of room for groups.
Note: We have an excess of seating available, golf and booked activities are somewhat flexible during the excursions. If you would like to change excursions please make mention to your guide.
BAY OF ISLANDS
Just a 45-minute flight north of Auckland is the stunning Bay of Islands, one of NZ’s top tourist drawcards. With its unspoiled coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters and 144 untouched islands, this region enjoys a subtropical climate, and so you can expect warm weather year round. The Bay of Islands Maritime Park is one of New Zealand’s best loved destinations, offering world-class diving and snorkeling, with an array of wildlife including, dolphins, whales, penguins and gannets. It also has great sailing, kayaking and big-game fishing. Not only is the region blessed with stunning natural beauty, it has enormous historical significance, as the site of New Zealand’s first permanent British settlement and the birthplace of European colonisation in the country.
Kauri Cliffs is a stunningly beautiful 5,400-acre estate, set on a remote plateau, high above the Pacific Ocean. It is home to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses, with most holes offering amazing views of offshore islands and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Besides golf, the estate provides many other activities, including swimming, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and sailing. Kauri Cliffs is a sister property of Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.
The Landing is located in a unique heritage and conservation property in the Bay of Islands, comprising a thousand acres of rolling hills, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. The Residences at The Landing are a group of privately owned houses, offering premium luxury and comfort in unparalleled surroundings, all tucked away in your own private bay. The houses range in size, and can sleep between four and 12 people.
Eagle’s Nest is a world-class, architecturally designed retreat that commands a majestic position overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands – hence its name. With five guest villas, each with a personal chef, this lodge is a must for the luxury traveller. To top it off, panoramic views of the Bay of Islands are out of this world.
Depart your Bay of Islands accommodation property or central Paihia for your 30 minute (approx) helicopter flight across to Omapere where you will be met by your Footprints Waipoua guide.
Footprints is operated by local Maori on Northlands rugged West Coast. Let Kupe’s (NZ’s first discoverer) descendants take you on a guided walk of the largest kauri forest in the world and introduce you to their relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally. A highlight of your experience with Footprints will be an introduction to Tane Mahuta – God of the Forest. (Forest Tour duration approx. 1.5 hours).
From Omapere you continue to the Cape Reinga region via Northlands spectacular West Coast and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Kauri Cliffs will prepare a snack pack lunch prior to your departure.
This experience takes in some of the most historic and culturally significant locations in New Zealand. Enjoy a half or full day private tour of the Bay of Islands, including historic sights at Waitangi, Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri, and Waimate North. You will be accompanied by our driver/tour guide who is well versed in local history. A cultural performance at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds can also be arranged as an add-on to your experience, as well as lunch at the Duke of Marlborough in Russell (lunch not included in the pricing).
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.
Nestled in the secluded Taharua Valley, Poronui boasts some of the world’s best wilderness experiences, breathtaking scenery, and genuinly warm hospitality. It is the attention to the little things that makes it truly memorable. To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge, where they fish for resident, wild, brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.
The Lake Taupo region is a geothermal wonderland, home to boiling mud pools, steaming vents, beautifully colored volcanic rocks, and natural thermal pools. Your personal guide, his half-day tour, Paddy Kluts, will escort you around some of its must-see highlights - the Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako, Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and the Wairakei Terraces.
Departing daily, the Scenic Cruise’s catamaran leaves from Taupo Boat Harbor for a tour of the lake’s best vantage points. You’ll enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard a launch that offers fabulous views from both the top and bottom internal decks, and there are large outdoor decks to enjoy close-up views of the Maori Rock Carvings.
Lifting off by helicopter from lakeside, you will enjoy panoramic views over the northern shores of Lake Taupo, towards the majestic volcanic mountains of the World Heritage designated Tongariro National Park. Form here your pilot will identify the southern most point of the famous ‘Pathway of Fire’, then head north via the mighty Huka Falls into the geothermal valley of Wai-OTapu, and onto Mt. Tarawera summit. Your destination is the ever-steaming White Island, out in the waters of the Bay of Plenty.
About two-thirds of the way down the South Island, in the middle of the Southern 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.
Since opening its doors in late 2010, Matakauri Lodge has received rave reviews, including Conde Nast Traveler rating it in the top 124 hotels in the world. Matakauri is a small, boutique hotel, with lodge-style accommodation, that provides the perfect private hideaway just a 30-minute drive from Queenstown along the stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu. With views of the Remarkables and the lake, this luxury lodge has it all. Matakauri is a sister property of Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers Lodge.
In the late 1800’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel was born as a result of a rich vein of gold, that drew many prospectors and opportunists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Over 120 years on, and this iconic hotel still commands a majestic position, right on the shores of the lake, in the center of Queenstown. Eichardt’s is split into three separate types of rooms: suites, apartments, and the residence. All apartments have stunning views over the lake and mountain ranges.
This chic, compact hotel is located in the heart of Queenstown, just a short stroll to the lakeside promenade and all the cafes, bars and restaurants. Featuring stone fireplaces and designer furnishings, its ten stylish suites are very well appointed. Other amenities include its signature restaurant and bar, No5 Church Lane, plus a warm, colorful library. The Spire is elegant and beautiful, and defines what luxury in Queenstown is all about.
In the late 1800’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel was born as a result of a rich vein of gold, that drew many prospectors and opportunists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Over 120 years on, and this iconic hotel still commands a majestic position, right on the shores of the lake, in the center of Queenstown. Expansive views over Lake Wakatipu, super king beds and personal living space featuring a fireplace and deluxe mini bar. The suites offer a dressing room and bathroom with generous bath and double vanity, separate shower, heated mirror and floor, along with an integrated entertainment system and business desk with complimentary WiFi.
Set amid a backdrop that could be straight out of the Lord of the Rings movie, Jacks Point is a truly remarkable course. Designed by New Zealand’s own John Darby, this course was carved from a former high country sheep station, and is a credit to the designer how it blends in with it’s natural surrounds. Rated as one of our country’s finest courses, Jacks Point is a must for any golfing enthusiast visiting New Zealand.
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, this experience is truly once in a lifetime. View glaciers, alpine lakes, rivers, forests, glacial valleys and ice-capped mountains. Fly over the fords and land on a remote West Coast beach, then stop off at an alpine glacier on your return to Queenstown. Simply breathtaking.
Our local guide Paddy Kluts will give you a very personal and in-depth tour of this amazing area he calls home. Paddy’s family tree dates back to the early days of Queenstown, when it was just a ‘mere’ town. He is a font of knowledge when it comes to the region’s history, wine, culture and hospitality scene – including the top private chefs, hot spots and art galleries.