Kia Ora, and welcome to your New Zealand Experience.
Based on your suggestions, we have put together an itinerary 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 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,
Destination South and The Eighth Wonder Travel Team.
Auckland: 1 night
Queenstown: 2 nights
Hawkes Bay: 2 nights
Bay of Islands: 3 nights
Tara Iti: 1 night
ACCOMMODATION - one NIGHT
Thursday 4th April 2019
6:10pm Arrive into Auckland Airport from Beijing. Enjoy a Maori Welcome upon arrival.
8:00pm Depart to your accommodation. Upon arrival you will be shown around the facility and your accommodation by the friendly staff.
9:00pm Dinner will be reserved at the Sugar Club restaurant.
Friday 5th April 2019
7:45am Checkout of your accommodation.
8:15am Depart by private ground transfer to Auckland Domestic Airport.
10:30am Board your commercial flight with Air New Zealand to Queenstown.
Day two continues below….
ACCOMMODATION - Two NIGHTS
12:25pm Arrive into Queenstown Airport where your driver will greet you and transport you for your cigar and wine tasting at a private venue with local wine expert, Mick.
4:00pm Arrive at your accommodation to check in.
7:30pm Dinner will be reserved at Madam Woo restaurant.
Saturday 6th April 2019
8:00am Depart on your private helicopter tour of the Milford Sound.
12:00pm Each helicopter will touch down at Jacks Point Golf Course. Lunch will be served before your round of golf.
1:00pm Tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course. Carts included.
1:00pm Non golfers to depart on your private tour of Queenstown and Arrowtown.
5:30pm Arrive back at your accommodation.
7:30pm Dinner will be reserved at Botswana Butchery in a private room.
Sunday 7th April 2019
8:30am Checkout of your accommodation.
10:00am Meet outside the main entrance and depart to Queenstown Airport by private ground transfer.
*Total drive time is 20 minutes.
11:40am Board your commercial flight with Air New Zealand from Queenstown to Christchurch.
12:40pm Arrive into Christchurch for your layover.
1:50pm Board your commercial flight with Air New Zealand from Christchurch to Napier.
Day four continues below….
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS - TWO NIGHTS
3:20pm Arrive into Napier Airport where your driver will greet you and transport you to your accommodation.
3:40pm Depart to your accommodation.
4:30pm Be greeted by the team and check into your accommodation.
7:00pm Dinner will be reserved at Bistronomy restaurant in Napier.
Monday 8th April 2019
7.30am Depart in your private ground transfer to Cape Kidnappers Golf Course.
*Total drive time = 40 minutes.
7:30am Non golfers to enjoy a morning farm experience.
8:30am Tee off at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Carts included.
1:00pm After golf the team from Napier Maori Tours will take on their exclusive private ‘Wildlife Estuary Tour’.
7:00pm Dinner will be reserved at Elephant Hill Winery in Te Awanga.
Tuesday 9th April 2019
9:00am Checkout of your accommodation.
10:00am Meet outside the main entrance and depart to Napier Airport by private ground transfer.
12:00pm Board your commercial flight with Air New Zealand from Napier to Auckland.
1:25pm Arrive into Auckland for your layover.
1:50pm Board your commercial flight with Air New Zealand from Auckland to Kerikeri.
Day six continues below….
BAY OF ISLANDS
ACCOMMODATION - three NIGHTS
2:50pm Arrive into Kerikeri, Bay of Islands Airport where your driver will greet you and transport you to your accommodation in Russell.
*Total drive time = 1h (Includes car ferry)
4:00pm Arrive into Russell and enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure.
7:30pm Dinner will be reserved at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
Wednesday 10th April 2019
8:00am Depart to Kauri Cliffs by private transfer.
8:00am Non golfers can enjoy a 6 hour tour of Kerikeri and its surrounds. This includes glow worm caves, Pukeri Kauri Forest, Rainbow Falls and many more great sights.
9:30am Arrive at Kauri Cliffs for your round of golf.
10:00am Tee off at Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. Carts included. Lunch packs will be provided.
4:00pm Depart Kauri Cliffs to Russell and your accommodation.
7:30pm Dinner will be reserved at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
Thursday 11th April 2019
9:00am After breakfast board your private vessel for an incredible private boat cruise of the Bay of Islands. The Bay encompasses 140 subtropical islands and a plentiful array of marine life. You will also witness our local fishing experts catching seafood such as crayfish, scallops and various fish species straight off the boat.
12:30pm Everything caught by our fisherman will be prepared by our chef and served right onboard for lunch. For those who are interested we will have a helicopter greet you at Urapukapuka Island and transport you on a scenic tour of the Bay of Islands.
3:00pm Arrive into Waitangi wharf, where your guide will transport you to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds a historical and cultural experience.
5:00pm Depart back on a ferry to Russell and your accommodation.
7:00pm Dinner for this evening is a classic New Zealand meal of fish and chips served on picnic tables overlooking the water.
Friday 12th April 2019
9:00am After breakfast depart in your private ground transfer to Tara Iti Golf Course.
*Total drive time = 2 hour 30 minutes
Day nine continues below….
ACCOMMODATION - ONE NIGHT
12:30am Arrive at Tara Iti, where you will be greeted by the team and shown around the property. Your luggage will be taken to your rooms, while you get ready for golf.
1:30am Tee off at Tara Iti Golf Course. Caddies are compulsory.
1:30pm Non golfers will enjoy a 3 hour private tour of Matakana and Omaha. This will include the Sculpture park, Omaha Beach (where our former Prime Minister John Key has a holiday home).
7:30pm Dinner will be served at the clubhouse dining room.
Saturday 13th April 2019
9:00am Checkout of your accommodation and depart for a tour of Auckland before heading to the Airport for your flight home.
Direct flights depart at 7:30pm to Beijing.
CHINESE TOUR GUIDE
As part of the tour we will provide you with our local Mandarin speaking chinese tour guide throughout your journey across New Zealand.
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.
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.