Kia Ora and welcome to the New Zealand Experience. We have put together a diverse range of destinations and activities, along with a stunning selection of the finest private hotels and boutique lodges.
New Zealand has a wide array of experiences that are guaranteed to be remembered forever. These include cultural and historical excursions, art, and of course wildlife and outdoor activities, all hallmarks of what makes New Zealand so famous.
This promises to be one special journey. We look forward to hosting you throughout this fantastic experience. Welcome to New Zealand.
The Eighth Wonder Team.
LOCATIONS - NORTH ISLAND
LOCATIONS - SOUTH ISLAND
YOUR TRAVEL PLANNERS
Eighth Wonder Travel's David Maxwell (left) will be handling your booking from the Eighth Wonder Travel head office. Both David and Samuel will be on hand 24/7 throughout your stay in New Zealand.
Travel in style and speed in our listed aircraft:
CESSNA CITATION CJ4: Flying throughout New Zealand and the
South Pacific is simply a pleasure in the Cessna Citation CJ4.
Seats - 8 passengers
Year of Manufacture - 2012
Crew - 2 pilots
GULFSTREAM G650 - For International high-speed travel it really doesn’t get much better than the Gulfstream G650. With a range of 4,500 miles, at close to the speed of sound, there is hardly a corner of the earth that these aircraft cannot reach in just one powerful hop.
Seats - 12 passengers
Year of Manufacture - 2013
Crew - 3 pilots and 1 cabin attendant
A light-weight, 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.
Our five Eurocopter EC130 aircraft, based in Auckland, can each transport six passengers. Designed specifically for touring, these high-performance helicopters bring a new meaning to the saying “grand entrance”, by making it possible for parties of up to 30 people to arrive en masse, comfortably and in spectacular style.
Seats - 6 Passengers + Pilot
Cruise Speed - 120 knots (220kph)
Manufacture Year - 2007 to 2010
Engine - Turbomeca Arriel 2B1
Interior - Custom leather interior, Airconditioned cabin, Bosé noise-cancelling headsets
New Zealand's national airline is the domestic carrier that will shuttle you effortlessly around this beautiful country. Their excellent safety record ensures you will be in good hands on every leg of your journey.
Mercedes Sprinter X2
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
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.
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.
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.
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. This is a half-day tour and includes a gourmet, buffet-style lunch of local seafood.
The majestically named Duke of Marlborough began life in 1827 as one of New Zealand’s first European-built hostelries. Its original name, “Johnny Johnston’s Grog Shop” was dropped, in favor of the world’s richest man, to gain respect, opulence, and elegance in a region that what was known as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific’. Since then ‘The Duke’, as locals know it, has been regarded as one of the finest restaurants in New Zealand. Over looking the beautiful waters of the Bay of Islands, and situated in the quaint village of Russell, The Duke is the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch.
This is arguably one of the truly great coastal walks in New Zealand. The newly upgraded Mahinepua Peninsula walk provides stunning coastal views up the coast as far as Cape Karikari and south over the Cavalli Islands to Cape Brett. En route you will pass 14 archaeological sites, reflecting a variety of activities including gardening, storage pits, midden and pa (hill fort) sites. After the walk, a jump into the welcoming turquoise waters to cool off is a tempting option.
Just a 35-minute ferry ride, or a 5-minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland, Waiheke is a stunning location and a favorite destination for lovers of luxury travel. Built cliffside, with commanding views overlooking Owhanake Bay, you’ll find the boutique luxury hotel, Delamore Lodge. With breathtaking views, superior facilities, first-class service and scrumptious cuisine, Delamore Lodge is the perfect base for those seeking the ultimate holiday experience.
Affording stunning harbor views, St Marys Residence is an exclusive property located in the heart of Auckland City. It is the perfect home-away-from-home and offers a totally bespoke experience for its guests. The home is spacious and luxurious, in the style contemporary chic. Owners, Michael and Manjit, have acquired a great passion for cuisine, especially when it comes to showcasing organic and sustainable New Zealand produce – all prepared by their experienced and renowned local chef.
Situated in the heart of Auckland city, Hotel DeBrett links two precincts with uniquely contrasting personalities – High Street’s hip fashion boutiques and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce center. Its iconic building has been stylishly refurbished into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed, complemented with eclectic furniture, and decorated with New Zealand art and photography.
If you love fishing and flying, this is the trip for you! The Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands have some of the best fishing in the world, the sub-tidal reefs of the North East Coastline and Great Barrier have a rich and diverse marine habitat which supports numerous species of fish including Snapper, Kahawai and Kingfish.
A fisherman’s lunch, water and tea/coffee are all included in the cost.
Your personal guide will take you on a unique journey around the beautiful island of Waiheke. During this full-day tour, you will take in a handful of boutique vineyards, such as popular Man O’ War Bay, Passage Rock or Poderi Crisci, all of which are perfect spots for a relaxing lunch. You will also be given the opportunity to visit local artists studios and discover some of the many sandy coves and beaches that surround this magical island.
A full-day tour of Waiheke Island with your guide, Paddy Kluts. Activities may include sampling and tastings at a variety of the island’s vineyards and a delicious lunch and wine match at a boutique vineyard. On your way from vineyard to vineyard, you will get to experience Waiheke’s beautiful and unique scenery, with occasional glimpses back over the gulf to Auckland city. Waiheke Island is classed as its own wine region and specializes in Pinot Gris, Syrah and Merlot blends, to name a few.
Gibbs Farm is a vast open-air sculpture park located on the Kaipara Harbour, 30 miles north of Auckland. It contains the largest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in the country, possibly the world, and is the private collection of New Zealand businessman Alan Gibbs. Works include sculptures by world-renowned artists, such as Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, and local artists Len Lye and Ralph Hotere. This is a must see.
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.
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.
Kinloch is the first course in New Zealand to have the great Jack Nicklaus as its course architect. Located amongst a mix of farmland and volcanic terrain, and overlooking the magnificent Lake Taupo, the course resembles something you would envisage out of the great Irish and Scottish links courses. In Kinloch, Nicklaus has crafted something very special, and we are thankful he graced us with his presence.
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.
A helicopter flight deep into the mountains will uncover some of the most legendary and challenging fly fishing in the world. Your fishing guide will pick you up in a private twin-engine helicopter and provide you with top-quality rods, reels, waders and flys. These are trophy waters where huge trout cautiously cruise in deep clear pools. We recommend the heli fishing as it provides easy access to many of New Zealand's most famous mountain rivers and more remote streams only a short flight away. The flight itself is the ultimate exhilarating experience.
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.
Black Barn Retreats offers 16 unique properties scattered throughout the Hawkes Bay region. The houses are all fully self-contained and exclusively yours during your stay. Each has its own character and their locations are varied, such as coastal, vineyard, riverside and rolling hill backdrops. Every property is luxuriously appointed to reflect its individual character – from an eight-bedroom luxury retreat, to an intimate two-bedroom cottage in the heart of a vineyard. Take your pick – Black Barn Retreats offers an array of unique experiences.
As a guest of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers you are offered an exclusive experience to view our treasured native bird – the Kiwi. Because the Kiwi is a semi-nocturnal, secretive bird, few New Zealanders have seen their national bird in the wild. The Kiwi is the sole survivor of an ancient order of birds including the now extinct Moa.
To truly enhance your stay, plan an indulgent day at the Cape Kidnappers Spa located on the majestic hillside, above the lodge. During your spa treatment, experience magnificent views across the valley, towards the sea or over the pine forest to snow covered Mount Ruapehu. With three treatment rooms (including a couple’s spa suite), we offer a collection of massage styles, facials, pedicures, and manicures.
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.
Perched on cliff tops overlooking Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge has a dramatic, unique style, based on an Edwardian theme, all set in 5,500 acres of rolling farmland. The lodge itself features a large country kitchen, open wood-burning fireplaces, formal dining, wine cellar, and intimate library room. The grounds are host to 13 cottage suites and a family retreat ‘Wharepapa Cottage’. Each suite contains super-size king beds, an open gas fireplace, under floor heating, double spa bath, and many more features. Wharepapa Cottage is a complete self-contained cottage comprising three bedrooms and one large open plan living/kitchen/dining area. This cottage is ideal for longer stays and for families.
Opposite the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, is the quirky art-filled hotel Museum Hotel, an establishment popular with domestic and international guests, alike. Room décors range from classic to contemporary. Some have balconies or patios, and suites offer kitchens. All rooms feature 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and iPod docks, as well as Nespresso coffeemakers. The hotel also offers a fine-dining restaurant with a cocktail bar. Other amenities include an indoor lap pool, an exercise room and a sauna.
The Great War Exhibition, created by Lord of the Rings film director Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War. Journey through The Great War, year by year, experiencing the challenges faced by NZ’s brave young soldiers. Experience the gritty hardship and the horror of the battlefields, as seen by those caught in the conflict. The Exhibition is housed in the historic Dominion Museum in Wellington and offers daily guided tours.
Let Sir Richard Taylor, one of the world’s most talented creative filmmakers, take you on an exclusive tour, with a behind-the-scenes peek at Wellington’s filmmaking precinct. While most of Weta Workshop is usually out of bounds to the public, your guide has special access to areas that are normally kept under wraps. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn the processes Weta Workshop and Park Road Post Production use to make a director’s vision a reality.
This working sheep station tour - in a comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle - is an absolute must for all Wharekauhau Visitors. Bordered by the Rimutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean, this classic Kiwi Romney sheep station features all the activities that have created New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dogs in action and daily farm events.
A road trip along the rugged coastline to the picturesque, historic fishing village of Ngawi, looking back over Palliser Bay to Wharekauhau. Continue onto one of New Zealand’s largest Brown Fur Seal colonies, where seals bask in their unspoiled natural environment. Whilst there, you can climb to the top of Cape Palliser lighthouse for magnificent views over the Cook Strait, to New Zealand’s South Island. On you return, stop at the historical Lake Ferry Hotel for their famous fish and chips, and some local beverages from the southernmost tip of the North Island.
Discover the rich stories of New Zealand. Te Papa has something for everyone, from precious Māori and Pacific treasures, to the colossal squid and the national art collection.
Enjoy a unique and diverse day-long wine tour of Martinborough - meeting both local identities and experiencing the culture of the region, with vineyard and winery tours, informative wine tasting and delicious cuisine, plus a visit to a local olive oil producer.
Just 30 minutes’ drive from Wellington CBD is Boomrock Lodge, a 3000-acre farm perched on a cliff, 750ft above sea level. This stunning cliff-top location boasts spectacular views over the Cook Strait towards Mana, Kapiti and the South Island. Boomrock comprises three venues, The Lodge, The Track and The Bunkers. While there guests can enjoy stunning views and light-hearted activities, or opt for the adrenalin junkies’ dream – a variety of challenges and thrilling experiences including the chance to fly a helicopter, drive around a private car-testing circuit, or a 4WD all terrain park.
At the head of a secluded valley on New Zealand’s South Island is Otahuna Lodge, a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine, wrapped in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. This is a place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.
Annandale is a working coastal farm and four luxury villas are nestled between the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula and the sparkling water of the Pacific. These private locations feature award-winning architecture and a unique experience we refer to as "gumboot luxury". Enjoy the exclusive use of the property you choose, where privacy, stunning scenery and the smell of fresh air are guaranteed. Make the experience your own by selecting activities and the level of service that suits your style.
This is an absolute must for all Wharekauhau Visitors – a tour around a working sheep station in a comfortable four-wheel drive vehicle. Bordered by the Rimutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean, this classic Kiwi Romney sheep station features all the activities that have created New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dogs in action and daily farm events.
Only a 30-minute drive from the Annandale homestead is the French-influenced town of Akaroa. Nestled in the centre of an ancient and extinct volacano, which is now an enormous and picturesque bay, its streets are lined with cafes, bistros, and quirky shops. A number of water-based activities depart from the main pier:
- Fishing and diving charters
- Dolphin-watching and dolphin-swimming tours
- Penguin viewing tours
- Water-skiiing, sea-kayaking, jet-boating
Not surprisingly, with such amazing scenery all around us, walking and biking are hugely popular in New Zealand. There are several spectacular tracks on the Annandale property itself, varying in length and terrain, including the 14km Pigeon Bay Walkway. On arrival, guests will receive a map of the farm, detailing trails and interesting features. Beyond the Annandale farm, the greater Banks Peninsula is renowned for its hiking trails, with expeditions ranging from 10 minutes to several hours. We would be delighted to help you decide which walks would suit you best.
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.
Situated a short stroll from Millbrook's village centre, beside the Mill Stream, the Streamside Fairway Villa has convenient access to all the resort facilities, yet retain the tranquil ambience for which Millbrook is famous. Each of the property’s four bedrooms are equipped with a super-king size bed and are paired with a beautifully appointed ensuite bathroom, two of which feature luxurious, deep baths. A six-zone home theatre system, plasma televisions, broadband and a professional standard kitchen ensure our VIP guests have all the facilities they need at their disposal.
This is a meal that you will remember. Amisfield is famed for its Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, and its legendary lunches are based around local and seasonal ingredients. Opened in 2005, the winery’s bistro offers visitors a choice of a seasonal à la carte menu, or their signature 'Trust the Chef' menu. From Amisfield you will depart for your Central Otago wine tour, one of the leading wine regions of the world. Pinot Noir has become the variety of choice in this cool climate at 45 degrees south. Rest assured, you will be looked after from start to finish on this tour.
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.
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.
Enjoy a private yoga and meditation session whilst overlooking the incredible Lake Wakatipu and Southern Alps. Our experienced instructor will be on hand to guide you through the style, pace and sequence of poses that you are looking for.
If hiking is your thing, you should really make time to enjoy one of our recommended day walks, or if you have time, plan a multi-day hike through one of the national parks, native forests or stunning coastal regions. Walking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience. For more information, please feel free to speak to the team at Eighth Wonder Travel.