Kia Ora and welcome to your New Zealand experience.
We are please to present to you with a look book showcasing the very best accommodation, activities and transportation on offer throughout New Zealand. We have included the very best experiences across the country. This was curated and put together by our Eighth Wonder Travel experts.
We would love to host you throughout this fantastic journey.
Nga mihi nui, with best wishes.
The Eighth Wonder Travel Team.
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 colonization 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).
This tour takes you to the Kauri Coast and the Hokianga Harbor on the West Coast of New Zealand. The scenery on this side of the island is rugged in its beauty, with wild, ever-changing seas. On arrival, your guide will take you into the Waipoua Forest, to see Tane Mahuta – at 2000-years-old, the oldest and largest Kauri tree on earth. This private tour includes a personal driver, and lunch can be arranged at the Copthorne Hotel in Omapere.
When residing in the Bay of Islands you are on the doorstep of fishing heaven. This experience can be tailored to all fishing types. Whether you are in search of big game such as Blue Marlin, Kingfish or Tuna; or willing just to shelter yourself into islands and go after kiwis favourite a New Zealand Snapper. We have one of New Zealand's best fishing guides, Bevan Beauchamp to help you catch a number of target species.
This is the best Sea Kayaking trip you can do in the Bay of Islands and New Zealand. Get away from the crowded boats and come and enjoy an adventure.The Islands of the Bay are surrounded by white sand beaches and rocky coastline. There are caves to paddle your sea kayak into and explore and the water is crystal clear. There are over 100 islands in total and each one is different.
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 Cape Brett Track traverses rugged terrain for 16 km through native and regenerating bush. Expect dramatic coastal views; steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track are a feature. Stunning coastal scenery, overnight option, native bush, freshwater streams, beaches, crystal clear water and more. From the bush clad ridges, you’ll view spectacular vistas right across the Bay of Islands. Nearing the Cape, walking alongside the dramatic cliff-face, you can see abundant fish and bird life below – sometimes dolphins and seals will come close to shore. From Deep Water Cove onwards, the track gets more challenging and becomes quite exposed with steep drop-offs to the sea below. Although it is not that far to the lighthouse, it will take you about 2-3 hours. The effort is rewarded with outstanding views of the outer Bay of Islands, north to the Cavalli Islands and south to Whangaruru and beyond to the Poor Knights Islands.
Dolphins are fascinating creatures, and in the Bay of Islands we are blessed with their presence all year round. This eco cruise gives you the chance to get into the water and swim with dolphins as they play in their natural environment (optional extra, conditions permitting). You'll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.
Experience the unique cultural atmosphere of the Poor Knights Islands with knowledgeable guides and get a once in a lifetime viewpoint of the islands that will leave you breathless. Your guides will take you into some amazing spots and give you the history, cultural backstory and environmental pointers that will only add to the experience. Paddle into some secretive spots, be amazed by the sheer magnificence of Rikoriko Cave, the biggest sea cave in the world, and feel the wairua (spirit) of the Poor Knights wash over you.
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 the brainchild of American native Julian H. Robertson, Kauri Cliffs holds a magnificent position, perched on a tabletop, with fifteen holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean and stunning views of the Cavalli Islands and rugged yet gorgeous coastline of the Far North.
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 is home to some of the region’s best sandy beaches. Blessed with a unique microclimate, Waiheke is home to around 30 boutique wineries, with many 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.
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.
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.
This tour travels to the top of the ridge continuing past the Maori Pa site. The horses take a break at the promontory before heading past Circular Bay, Whites Bay, Little Bay and Sandy Bay to the end of the peninsula. From the promontory they take in the expansive views above Passage Rock’s Three Sisters come down to Te Matuku Bay past the World Famous Te Matuku Bay Oyster Farm following the coast road back to base.
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.
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail near Matakana showcases an ever-changing exhibition of around 45 contemporary sculptures, available for sale, by leading New Zealand artists. On the 2km trail, experience sculpture in a remarkable landscape framed by towering native trees, abundant birdlife and green pastures, overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard. Enjoy lunch at Brick Bay Vineyard (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.
Set in the tranquil, 630-acre grounds of the Kinloch Club course, on the shores of Lake Taupo, The Lodge at Kinloch is modern, uber-luxury accommodation at its best. The brief for its design was to emulate its namesake Scottish castle, but with a modern 21st century twist. The main lodge, with local schist stone exteriors, features dramatic framed vistas of the sensational views of the golf course and the ever-changing lake. A short stroll from the lodge are the luxury one- and two- bedroom villas and one-bedroom junior suites, which are ‘quiet’ in design and harmonize with the magnificent natural setting of this 18-hole lakeside links course.
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.
Join your guide John Panoho for a deep inside look into the history and culture of the Taupo region. Follow the paths of ancient ancestors through stunning landscapes as you explore the region. The tribal homelands of Ngati Tuwharetoa are full of historical landmarks – the legendary mountains of Tongariro National Park and Mt Tauhara, and the soul-stirring home of the Ka Mate haka on the shores of Lake Rotoaira. This is a true cultural experience not to be missed.
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.
As a New Zealand outfitter, Poronui Hunting offers superb trophy Red Stag hunting, along with Fallow, Rusa, Sambar, Chamois, Tahr and our speciality - Sika. You can also hunt wild boar, Arapawa Ram and Feral Goat. Hunting is primarily spot and stalk and we cater for both bow and rifle hunters. Our helicopters can get you into breathtaking locations, so come and experience the best of New Zealand hunting.
One of the most popular one day walks in New Zealand. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track crosses stark and spectacular volcanic terrain. Among its highlights are steaming vents and hot springs, old lava flows, beautiful water-filled explosion craters and stunning views. On clear days you can see Mount Taranaki in the west, Mount Ngauruhoe, the Kaimanawa Ranges, Lake Taupo and beyond. This private guided tour is measured at 19.4km and is a steep challenging climb, but very rewarding.
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.
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.
The Vineyard Cottages offer boutique accommodation with either 1 or 2 bedrooms each with their own private terrace overlooking the vineyard. The cottages have well-appointed kitchens and living areas, all with free standing wood burners to keep you warm amongst the vines. Wheelchair access is available in one of the cottages. he Lodge at Craggy Range features four stylishly appointed king bedrooms, each with ensuite, spacious open-plan living and chef's kitchen. The formal living area offers views to Te Mata Peak with dining and sitting areas by an impressive open fire-place. The lodge, set in lush green surroundings, sits high above the Tukituki Valley with generous views from each of the bedrooms.
Since the Art Deco Trust began showing the city’s Art Deco treasures to tourists in 1985, thousands of people each year have experienced Napier’s fascinating heritage and have been captivated by the dramatic story of this city’s rebirth in the vibrant 1930s. In February 1931, Napier was levelled by earthquake and fire but was rebuilt in the depths of the Great Depression in just two years. Nowhere else in the world can you see such a concentration of buildings in the styles of the 1930s: Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical. Whatever you choose, you’ll hear the story of the earthquake that devastated Napier in 1931 and be introduced to the Art Deco style and hear stories of the characters involved in rebuilding this city.
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).
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.
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.
WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA
A small city with a large reputation, Wellington is New Zealand’s capital, both constitutionally and culturally. Its compact CBD vibrates with museums, theatres, galleries and boutiques, and it has thriving coffee and craft-beer scenes. Hemmed in by steep forested hills, punctuated by swathes of quaint Victorian houses, the city clings to the shore of its stunning harbor. It has a beautiful botanic garden and is home the New Zealand’s only funicular railway. Just a short helicopter flight to Wellington’s east, over the Rimutaka Ranges, is the Wairarapa, a region of spectacular coastlines, wide valleys and small towns, known for its vineyards, gourmet food, walking and cycling trails – all delivered with an off-the-beaten-track charm.
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.
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 your 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.
Experience, in true Kiwi style, the classic New Zealand meal – a Farm Roast. Chef Marc Soper combines locally sourced ingredients, with roast lamb from the Wharekauhau Farm, matched with the local Martinborough Pinot Noir. The meal is served up family style over a long table, stretching from the farmhouse kitchen, complete with the roaring fire.
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.
Nelson is a city on the South Island of New Zealand, facing Tasman Bay. It's known for local arts and crafts stores, and art galleries. It's also a popular base for nearby caving sites, vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park. Established by English settlers in 1841, the city's history is showcased at Founders Heritage Park, a living museum with a vintage railway. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson, New Zealand, has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 300 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.
The Split Apple Retreat is an exclusive luxury lodge and wellness retreat located on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. Every aspect of the Retreat revolves around relaxation, while pleasuring all the senses. A salt-water, infinity swimming pool overlooking the Tasman Sea and Astrolabe Islands was created along with a Japanese Spa pool with the same outlook. Private paths lead to two beaches - one at the base of the property and another via a private easement through adjacent land to the beach with the famous 120 million year old Split Apple Rock, after which the Retreat was named. Additional rejuvenation features include a FAR-infrared sauna, a large steam room, a gym, and outdoor shower with hot water.
No trip to Marlborough is complete without heading to a world-acclaimed Marlborough winery or two. You can self-drive or take a guided tour around Marlborough’s cellar doors and taste what is so special about the region’s wine. The scenery in the Marlborough’s wine region is so spectacular it won’t matter if the wine is not your thing. And many cellar doors also sell a range of products, to satisfy any retail therapy needs, and yes, there's a chocolate factory close by! Your private helicopter will transport you to Marlborough from Wellington.
The boat is a nicely maintained motorized catamaran that has a zodiac in tow and is equipped with kayaks. This day trip leaves at 10:00- 10:30 am (timing up to you) and returns about 4:15 and includes a stop to listen to the bellbird colony on Adele island, Split Apple Rock, kayaking around Tonga Island and it’s seal colony, a 45-minute walk to a spectacular headlands for photo opps, and exploration of golden sanded beaches in the zodiac. Lunch on board. You can also tailor this trip to your liking (i.e. more walking, kayaking, etc.)
Helicopter to Awaroa in the Abel Tasman National Park. After your spectacular flyover the park, land at Awaroa where your kayak and kayak guide will meet you for 2 hours of guided kayaking. Local wildlife, such as seals and blue penguins, are regularly encountered. After a picnic lunch, return to Split Apple Retreat by helicopter.
Abel Tasman National Park is situated near the top of the South Island, and is accessible by walking, cruising or kayak. The sheltered bays of the Park are perfect for sailing and sea kayaking, also offering opportunities to see the seals and dolphins who regularly play in these coastal waters. If you prefer to explore by land, the Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden beaches.
D’Urville Island is truly one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Discovered by French explorer Jules Dumont D’Urville, the island is located off the northern coast of the South Island with an area of approximately 150 square km, making it the eighth-largest island of New Zealand. Departing Nelson you follow Tasman Bay’s eastern coast line before arriving on D’Urville Island for a spot of helicopter reef fishing. Once we have a decent catch we hop across to a sheltered bay to prepare your freshly caught fish alongside fresh local produce for a private dining experience like no other. With a glass of fine local wine or a cold craft beer in hand, relax and enjoy the pristine beaches and native bush, you can even take a swim! Our flight home tracks via the Mt Richmond Forest Park with a mountain landing. If you love fresh food and fine wines then this is the exclusive tour for you.
Tracking west into the heart of the Kahurangi, you will land at a remote alpine location where you can enjoy the overwhelming surrounds of New Zealand’s second largest National Park. From the mountains we descend further west to Westhaven Inlet and track the rugged and remotely beautiful and wild north-west coastline for a landing on the beach where you can explore sand dunes and eroded rock formations. Here you will sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and glass of local wine. After lunch you lift off to explore Farewell Spit and Golden Bay before the final landing at Awaroa Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park. A short bush walk through aged Manuka forest takes you up close to the pristine waters and golden sand beaches that make the Abel Tasman world famous.
“Rotomairewhenua” - Blue Lake is a small lake located in Nelson Lakes National Park, in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Sacred to local Māori, it has the clearest natural fresh water in the world. This flight takes you south into the Nelson Lakes where you enjoy spectacular views of Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoroa and Blue Lake, before a mountain landing on the National Park boundary. Please note that Blue Lake is a protected wilderness area which we are only permitted to overfly.
This experience offers a wide variety of fishing adventures from trout fishing in spectacular remote back-country to salt water fishing charters in the Marlborough Sounds. Simply choose the one that suits you, and we will tailor it to your needs. Local guides are available for all day trips.Enjoy a day out with an experienced guide, fishing in some of the most secluded spots in the country. You will be accompanied by two experienced local guides, who will transport you by helicopter to areas out of reach to most. This is a full-day option and is weather dependent.
Located in the middle of the South Island, Canterbury is easily accessible by air, land and sea. Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that? Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces like the riverside Botanic Gardens, recovering after earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. To the west, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park hosts the country's highest mountain as well as 27km-long Tasman Glacier.
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.
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.
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.
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, this experience is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. View glaciers, alpine lakes, rivers, forests, glacial valleys and ice-capped mountains. Fly over the fjords, and land on a remote West Coast beach, then stop off at an alpine glacier. On your return you will play a Par 3 hole like no other, that sits 4500ft above Lake Wakatipu. Simply breathtaking.
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.
Explore and enjoy the rugged backcountry terrain at Walter Peak on our electric trail bikes. Board the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship for a spectacular cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. This unique experience is exciting and provides a fun, low impact activity in peaceful and stunning surroundings. Your guide will also update you on award-winning conservation efforts to remove the invasive wilding pine trees, replacing them with pockets of native plant and bush. Return back to the farm after riding the flat natural terraces overlooking the lake, soaking in the stunning alpine scenery.
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.
We offer two transport options for our Farm 4WD Experience – a Luxury 4WD Land Rover, or the 'Thrill Ride' option in Polaris Buggies, for those who are up for a bit of adventure. You will have exclusive use of this authentic NZ high-country station for the whole day. Try your hand at some lake fishing or gold mining, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. This tour includes a gourmet lunch at Moonlight Lodge.
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.
Passenger seats: 9
Crew: Two Pilots
Max cruise speed: 536 Km/h
Maximum range: 1800 Nautical Miles
- Refreshment centre
- Electrical power outlets
Eurocopter EC130 aircraft, based in Auckland, can 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.
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.