Kia Ora, Mr and Mrs Zook and welcome to your New Zealand Experience.

Based on your suggestions, we have put together a lookbook for you that showcases the very best our country has to offer. It includes a range of unique and unforgettable activities, along with a stunning selection of lodge and boutique hotel accommodation. Your expert travel planners Samuel St George and David Maxwell will make sure you are in good hands while experiencing this incredible country. 

This promises to be one special journey. We look forward to hosting you throughout this fantastic experience... and welcome to New Zealand.

Nga mihi nui, with best wishes,

The Eighth Wonder Travel Team.


OVERVIEW

Dates: March 20th - April 8th 2019
Nights: 19
Days: 20



DESTINATION: QUEENSTOWN

March 20th - 25th 2019
5 nights

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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AZUR LODGE
Fancy waking up in bed with a knock-out view of New Zealand wilderness? Set on a steep hillside two miles west of Queenstown, luxury boutique hotel Azur Lodge and its nine contemporary private villas command stunning, uninterrupted vistas of Lake Wakatipu, the majestic Remarkables range and Cecil and Walter Peaks. The freestanding stone and silver beechwood villas make the most of this alpine panorama with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open onto a spacious deck – and a spa bath designed to make you feel like you're bathing outdoors.

See website HERE
Room type: 1x Villa King Room
Includes: Return airport transfers by one of the Azur team in our private vehicle. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés. Homemade afternoon tea. Breakfast to be enjoyed either in-villa or at the main lodge. Transfers to/from downtown Queenstown upon request from 7am-11pm. Mini-bar including; beer, soft drinks, juices, water and snacks. Champagne, wine and spirits are available to purchase. Wi-Fi internet access. Complimentary access at Queenstown Gym.

EXPERIENCES

MILFORD ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
Perfected over the years, the Milford Ultimate is Over the Top’s trip of a lifetime. Relaxed and unhurried, you can make the most of each incredible environment your pilot takes you to.  Leaving Queenstown, we fly west over the high country peaks of Queenstown, towards the ‘Main Divide’ of the Southern Alps and into the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. The scenery unfolds dramatically with vast U-shaped glacier carved valleys rich with primeval beech forests. The Milford Ultimate includes four landings, each at diverse and pristine locations where you can sip the pure waters of an alpine lake; take in the majestic Milford Sound; stroll along uninhabited wild yet beautiful west coast beaches, see the blue ice on glaciers high in the Alps and the fiords coastal rain forests. At each landing site, the helicopter will shut down for you to enjoy the quiet sound of the mountains.  Perhaps a curious Kea, New Zealand’s native parrot, will drop in to say hello.  No two Ultimate trips are the same. This trip includes a gourmet picnic hamper of delightful cheeses, cold meats, breads, salads and fruit.  Sip champagne and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages at a location far from where others may travel.

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019
Time: 9am - 1pm
Includes: Picnic hamper (please advise of dietary requirements).
Duration: 4 hours

4WD BACK COUNTRY FARM EXPERIENCE
Two transport options for the Farm 4WD Experience. Option of a Luxury 4WD or Yamaha Viking Recreational Off Road vehicles for those up for a bit of adventure. Ben Lomond Station is a 13,500 hectare Merino sheep station beautifully kept with grazing lands, native Beech forest, lakes, rivers, mining huts and tracks from the gold mining era. Your vehicle of choice will take you through the river route with it’s gold mining history and the mountain pass overlooking the rugged land sculpted by gold mining and sheep farming. Above the treeline, panoramic views open up in alpine style. Several river crossings later at Moonlight Lodge we will catch up with John Foster himself. He will formally introduce us to his sheep and give us an insight into the art of shearing and many great yarns of the early settlers and the mining history that made this land rich. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Moonlight Lodge to keep fueled for the afternoon. Where we can embark on nature walks following the water races in beautiful old beech forest, try some lake fishing, gold mining, tackle some farming or relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings.

Date: Friday 22nd March 2019
Includes: Guide, door to door transport, luxury vehicle, waters, insurances and consents farm chat / demonstrations with John Foster. Yamaha Viking VI transport (helmets, neck scarf). Lunch is included at Moonlight Lodge. TBA all food requirements. Hiking, Gold Mining, Target Shooting, Fishing available at no charge.
Time: 9am - 1pm
Duration: 4 hours

PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON
Given you’re passionate about photography, we have put together a special one on one lesson with resident photographer, Vaughan Brookfield. The individual style of Vaughan’s photography reflects his youthful perspectives on humanity and appreciation of stunning natural environments. Camping and hiking trips with family and friends in the New Zealand wilderness while growing up inspired his love of adventure and appreciation of nature. His work exudes a strong, emotive beauty. He will run you through the basics and have you shooting amazing photos from a range of incredible locations all across the Queenstown area. This experience can be flexible and will depend on weather conditions throughout your stay.

Includes: Full day excursion with Vaughan Brookfield, and return transfers.
Date: tbc
Time: tbc
Duration: flexible

WINE TOUR OF CENTRAL OTAGO
Central Otago is one of the leading wine regions of the world, established in Gibbston by Sir Alan Brady in 1981. Pinot Noir became the variety of choice in this cool climate at 45 south. The quality of the wine is a testament to the passion and hard work. You will be looked after from start to finish. A pickup from your accommodation in one of our luxury vehicles. All bookings and tastings are arranged with flexible times to ensure that you are not rushed throughout the day. If you like a vineyard then we can stay and enjoy more time. We have access behind the cellar door at most wineries allowing private tasting, one-on-ones with owners, managers and winemakers. Lunch options are available at selected wineries.

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2019
Includes: Adventure Guide, door to door transport, commercial vehicle, waters, insurances and consents. Lunch is not included in this rate but we are happy to organise a lunch venue or packed lunch at $35 p.p. All tastings and personal 1:1 winemakers time.
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Duration: 4 hours

DART RIVER SAFARI
This adventure can only be described as incredible. Whether it’s a jet boat ride, or a kayak down this idyllic river, the team at Dart River Safari will make sure you have an experience never to be forgotten. Your Wilderness Jet trip will be an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park – one of the most stunning locations for jet boating in New Zealand. Take in this awe-inspiring opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the local landscape, as you power your way along the waters of the Dart River.

Date: Sunday 24th March 2019
Time: 9am - 1:30pm
Includes: Guide, return transfers, and lunch.
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

TRANSPORTATION

RENTAL VEHICLE

Pick up and return: Queenstown Airport
Vehicle: Toyota Highlander or similar

AIR TRANSFERS

Date: Monday 25th March 2019
Departing: Queenstown @ 11:40am on NZ0646
Arriving: Christchurch @ 12:40am
Departing: Christchurch @ 1:50pm on NZ5774
Arriving: Napier @ 3:20pm
Airline: Air New Zealand


DESTINATION: HAWKES BAY

March 25th - 29th 2019
4 nights

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

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THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS
Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of stunning pastureland, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. The cluster of luxury lodges at Cape Kidnappers are suggestive of a working farm – a marriage of river stone and weathered wood – and are the perfect setting for relaxation, seclusion, or romantic breakaways. Inside, the lodges combine rustic and textured materials with comfortable modern furniture. The are 22 suites available on the property, as well as the Owners Cottage, which is also available upon request.

See website HERE
Room type: Hilltop Suite
Includes: pre dinner drinks with canapes, dinner, full breakfast, complimentary mini-bar (excluding liquor and wines) and use of lodge facilities excluding golf and spa treatments. Lodge facilities include infinity pool and hot tub, spa and fitness centre with lap pool, sauna & jacuzzi, tennis courts, three private beaches, mountain bikes and walking tracks.

EXPERIENCES

GOLF AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS
Hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf, Cape Kidnappers features eighteen spectacular holes of golf. Designed by world-renowned golf architect Tom Doak, the course is built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and has stunning sea views, playing high above the ocean, atop dramatic cliffs. The course has received numerous accolades and awards including its current ranking among the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World.

Date: Tuesday 26th March 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Cart (caddie available on request)
Duration: 3-4 hours

CRAGGY RANGE WINERY FOR LUNCH AND TASTINGS
Enjoy a personal tour around Craggy Range, one of New Zealand’s most respected wineries and producer of some of the best wine in the country. Its restaurant, Terrôir, is inspired by the classic French-country dining experience; one that is relaxed and whose menu is designed around the concept of sharing. The food is all locally-sourced, and seasonal produce is gathered from vineyard’s gardens. Paired with Craggy Range wines, this is a dining experience not to be missed (lunch not included in the pricing).

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Includes: Door to door transfers, lunch and wine to the value of $165.00 NZD.
Duration: 3 hours

CAN-AM OR FOUR WHEEL DRIVE FARM TOUR
The sheer expanse of our property is hidden to many unless they take the Can-Am Tour. Inaccessible to a regular vehicle, this excursion will take you to the furthermost reaches of the property with views south towards Ocean Beach and Bare Island. With an experienced guide, you will be taken through the old creek bed, across expansive farmland and down to historic Rangaika Beach. This tour is ideal for all age groups and fitness levels. For the less adventurous the team can provide you with a four-wheel drive experience of the property.

Date: Thursday 28th March 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Guide, door to door transfers
Duration: 3 hours

TRANSPORTATION

RENTAL VEHICLE

Pick up: Napier Airport on the 25th March 2019
Return: Auckland Airport on the 4th April 2019
Vehicle: Toyota Highlander or similar


DESTINATION: TAUPO

March 29th - April 2nd 2019
4 nights

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.

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ACCOMMODATION

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HUKA LODGE

Founded in the 1920’s, Huka Lodge is considered the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the world’s most discerning travellers, it enjoys an unrivalled riverside location and offers superb hospitality. Its 25 rooms are set in 17 acres of magnificently manicured grounds, nestled along the banks of the Waikato River. The rooms are split between 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and the two exclusive Huka Lodge Cottages. The Owners Cottage provides secluded accommodation for a maximum of eight guests in four bedrooms, and the superb Alan Pye Cottage has two bedrooms for four guests.

See website HERE
Room type: Jnr. Lodge Suite
Includes: Country style breakfast; as well as pre-dinner drinks served from 6.30pm. Guests meet for drinks in the Lodge Room and a five course set menu dinner follows emphasising the very best of New Zealand produce.

EXPERIENCES

SCENIC LAKE TAUPO CRUISE AND BOAT FISHING
At 616-square kilometres, Lake Taupo has the equivalent land mass of Singapore. The Lake’s attractive pumice sand beaches give it the appearance of an inland ocean and it offers excellent all year round scenic lake cruises and fishing experiences. Most fishing on the Lake takes the form of trolling using either lures or flies, with the catch averaging around four pounds.

Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Lunch, NZ wines & beverages, trout fishing & licences, view the Maori Rock Carvings, clay target shooting (conditions apply).  Experience Taupo’s renowned trout fishing or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
Duration: 4h

WHITE ISLAND & MT. TARAWERA
Lifting off by helicopter from the grounds of Huka Lodge you will enjoy panoramic views over the northern shores of Lake Taupo, towards the majestic volcanic mountains of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, and identify the southernmost point of the famous ‘Pathway of Fire’. Flying northward via the mighty Huka Falls your route will follow the geothermal valley of Wai-O-Tapu; New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area – renowned for its Artist’s Pallete and Champagne Pools, as well as the Waimangu Thermal Valley. We will then fly you over the sacred Mt. Tarawera summit, revealing the full magnitude of the spectacular 1886 eruption. En route you will also view the picturesque Tarawera Falls before landing in Whakatane. You will meet and be briefed by the team from Frontier Helicopters, the White Island tour specialists. Your return journey from Whakatane to Huka Lodge takes you via the colourful Blue Lake, and also takes in the wonders of the Orakei Korako and Te Kopia thermal regions.

Date: Sunday 31st March 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Safety equipment prior to flying you on the next leg of your guided tour of the living, breathing geological giant – Whakaari (White Island).
Duration: 4-5 hours


DESTINATION: AUCKLAND

April 2nd - 4th 2019
2 nights

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and is frequently rated as one of the world’s top cities for quality of life and liveability. 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.

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ACCOMMODATION

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SOFITEL HOTEL

With views across Viaduct Harbour, this luxury waterfront hotel is located right in the heart of Auckland City, just 800m from the Sky Tower. Rooms are furnished in a simple, contemporary manner, and feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, plus Bose sound systems. Upgraded suites add living rooms. Amenities include an on-site spa with an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub and an exercise room. There's also a boutique restaurant offering a high-end menu, and a lounge bar.

See website HERE
Room type: Multiple rooms and suites available

TRANSPORTATION

RENTAL VEHICLE

Return: Auckland Airport on the 4th April 2019
Vehicle: Toyota Highlander or similar


DESTINATION: BAY OF ISLANDS

April 4th - 8th 2019
4 nights

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 colonization in the country.

ACCOMMODATION

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THE LODGE AT KAURI CLIFFS
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.

See website HERE
Availability: Suite
Includes: pre dinner drinks with canapes, dinner, full breakfast, complimentary mini-bar (excluding liquor and wines) and use of lodge facilities excluding golf and spa treatments. Lodge facilities include infinity pool and hot tub, spa and fitness centre with lap pool, sauna & jacuzzi, tennis courts, three private beaches, mountain bikes and walking tracks.

EXPERIENCES

GOLF AT KAURI CLIFFS
Designed by the late David Harman, Kauri Cliffs is a par 72 championship course that was rated by Golf Digest (2014) as the 39th best course in the world. The first of two stunning golf courses from American native Julian H. Robertson, Kauri Cliffs holds a magnificent position, perched on a tabletop. Fifteen of the holes overlook the Pacific Ocean and having stunning views of the Cavalli Islands and the rugged yet gorgeous coastline of the Far North.

Date: Friday 5th and Sunday 7th April 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: cart (caddie available on request)
2x rounds of golf
Duration: 3-4 hours

WAIPOUA FOREST AND CAPE REINGA HELI TOUR
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.

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Guide, Kauri Cliffs will prepare a snack pack lunch prior to your departure.
Duration: 6 hours

SAILING IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS
Departing from the Kerikeri Inlet, this memorable excursion will introduce you to some of the 144 islands that are dotted around this tropical paradise. On your relaxing journey around the islands you will also witness a large array of marine life, including dolphins. Enjoy the private use of Cool Change for a day charter sailing adventure you will never forget. Trips are generally 6 hours duration, but extra time can be arranged. A two hour stopover allows plenty of time to enjoy a delicious lunch and to participate in your preferred activities such as kayaking, swimming or exploring our local islands and beaches. The Stand Up Paddleboard (or SUP) is very popular too! Be sure to bring sunblock ,swimming gear, a towel and perhaps a light jacket for cooler days. For your day charter the skipper will choose a course to best take advantage of the day’s weather as well as guest’s special interests.

Date: Sunday 7th April 2019
Time: tbc
Includes: Door to door transport, lunch, and equipment on board.
Duration: 6 hours

TRANSPORTATION

AIR TRANSFERS

Date: Thursday 4th April 2019
Departing: Auckland @ 1:50pm on NZ8268
Arriving: Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) @ 2:40pm
Airline: Air New Zealand

Date: Monday 8th April 2019
Departing: Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) @ 9:50am on NZ8267
Arriving: Auckland @ 10:35am



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BAGGAGE HANDLING

Domestic flights allow two bags per traveller with a maximum weight allowance of 50lbs per bag for checked baggage (including golf clubs) and 15lbs per person for hand luggage. Baggage and personal effects are taken at owner’s risk throughout the tour, and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Please consult your international air carrier for its specific restrictions regarding weight limits and baggage allowance.

INSURANCE

It is advisable that all participants take out comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of the trip. Due to the remote and wild areas that will be visited, it is vital that all participants are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. Eighth Wonder Travel will not be held responsible for participants travelling without insurance.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR GOLFERS TRAVELLING TO NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's rural-based economy requires strict bio-security, so it is important for golfers to enter the country with clean golf shoes and clean golf clubs. Anyone arriving with golf clubs and/or golf shoes will be diverted to quarantine inspection upon arrival in New Zealand. With clean shoes, clubs, and golf bags/travel covers, the inspection time should simply be a matter of minutes. For golfers with traces of dirt or grass, bio-security staff may clean the items and fines may be imposed on the spot. To ensure a speedy entrance, ensure that clubs, shoes, golf bags, and travel covers are free from dirt and grass.