Kia Ora and welcome to your New Zealand Experience.
We have put together a showcase on your suggestions and have included a range of great activities along with a stunning selection of lodge and boutique hotel offerings. Your expert travel planners Samuel St George and David Maxwell will make sure you are in good hands while experiencing this incredible country. New Zealand is the perfect playground for some once in a lifetime activities. These include heli-fishing, cultural experiences, and of course geothermal and outdoor experiences.
This promises to be one special journey. We look forward to hosting you throughout this fantastic experience, and welcome to New Zealand.
The FALCON 2000LX has seating for 10 passengers in the main cabin. This aircraft is capable of worldwide operations.
Passenger seats: 10
Crew: Two Pilots + Flight Attendant
Max cruise speed: 482 knots
Maximum range: 7408 Kilometers (4000 NM)
A lightweight, twin engine helicopter known for its speed and elegant appearance. This luxury model with cream leather club seats, Bose noise-cancelling headsets, and air conditioning throughout, is very popular with our corporate VIP passengers. This aircraft carries up to seven passengers, with one or two crew members, and can be flown under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), which means it can fly at night and in most weather conditions.
The new BK 117 is one of the best helicopters for comfort and style. The air-conditioned cabin is appointed with leather seats, USB device charging points, and noise-cancelling Bose© headsets. Cabin seating is scalable and can be set up as a five-seat corporate VIP configuration with opposing seats, or an eight-seat forward facing configuration. An additional passenger can also sit in the front, next to the pilot, making a maximum total capacity of nine passengers. Optional two pilot crew is available.
The Bell 429 is a revolutionary new model for Bell helicopters. A twin-engine helicopter offering exceptional flight performance with a state-of-the-art full glass cockpit featuring single and dual pilot IFR capabilities. The cabin is exceptionally spacious with seating for seven passengers, or six passengers and a two pilot crew.
BAY OF ISLANDS
Just a 45-minute flight north of Auckland is the stunning Bay of Islands, one of NZ’s top tourist drawcards. With its unspoiled coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters and 144 untouched islands, this region enjoys a subtropical climate, and so you can expect warm weather year round. The Bay of Islands Maritime Park is one of New Zealand’s best loved destinations, offering world-class diving and snorkeling, with an array of wildlife including, dolphins, whales, penguins and gannets. It also has great sailing, kayaking and big-game fishing. Not only is the region blessed with stunning natural beauty, it has enormous historical significance, as the site of New Zealand’s first permanent British settlement and the birthplace of European colonisation in the country.
Kauri Cliffs is a stunningly beautiful 5,400-acre estate, set on a remote plateau, high above the Pacific Ocean. It is home to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses, with most holes offering amazing views of offshore islands and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Besides golf, the estate provides many other activities, including swimming, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and sailing. Kauri Cliffs is a sister property of Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.
The Landing is located in a unique heritage and conservation property in the Bay of Islands, comprising a thousand acres of rolling hills, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. The Residences at The Landing are a group of privately owned houses, offering premium luxury and comfort in unparalleled surroundings, all tucked away in your own private bay. The houses range in size, and can sleep between four and 12 people.
Eagle’s Nest is a world-class, architecturally designed retreat that commands a majestic position overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands – hence its name. With five guest villas, each with a personal chef, this lodge is a must for the luxury traveller. To top it off, panoramic views of the Bay of Islands are out of this world.
Depart your Bay of Islands accommodation property or central Paihia for your 30 minute (approx) helicopter flight across to Omapere where you will be met by your Footprints Waipoua guide.
Footprints is operated by local Maori on Northlands rugged West Coast. Let Kupe’s (NZ’s first discoverer) descendants take you on a guided walk of the largest kauri forest in the world and introduce you to their relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally. A highlight of your experience with Footprints will be an introduction to Tane Mahuta – God of the Forest. (Forest Tour duration approx. 1.5 hours).
From Omapere you continue to the Cape Reinga region via Northlands spectacular West Coast and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Kauri Cliffs will prepare a snack pack lunch prior to your departure.
Enjoy a helicopter flight to Cape Reinga – the very northernmost tip of New Zealand – which includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer. Departing the Bay of Islands, you will fly over the Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, which are only visible by air or by sea. This area is very remote and without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, with its pure white silica sand and crystal clear water. The flight also passes across the Houhora Harbour, Cape Brett, North Cape, the Cavalli islands, Kauri Cliff’s golf course and the spectacular Bay of Islands. On your journey back to the Bay of Islands you will land at Ahipara and enjoy Quad Biking on vast Sand Dunes down Ninety Mile Beach.
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.
With its picture-postcard setting on the shores of the 240-square-mile volcanic crater lake from which it gets is name, Taupo (pronounced Toe-Pour) is one of the North Island’s premier resort towns. It has an abundance of great hikes, and is the jumping-off point for the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The impressive Huka Falls are nearby, which also has great nature walks. Located at the geographic center of the North Island, the region is one of the most pure, beautiful and unspoiled parts of the country and is home to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic and spectacular forests. It is also a magnet for fly-fishing, and is emerging as one of the country’s most popular cycling destinations, both road and off-road.
Nestled in the secluded Taharua Valley, Poronui boasts some of the world’s best wilderness experiences, breathtaking scenery, and genuinly warm hospitality. It is the attention to the little things that makes it truly memorable. To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge, where they fish for resident, wild, brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.
The Lake Taupo region is a geothermal wonderland, home to boiling mud pools, steaming vents, beautifully colored volcanic rocks, and natural thermal pools. Your personal guide, his half-day tour, Paddy Kluts, will escort you around some of its must-see highlights - the Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako, Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and the Wairakei Terraces.
Departing daily, the Scenic Cruise’s catamaran leaves from Taupo Boat Harbor for a tour of the lake’s best vantage points. You’ll enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard a launch that offers fabulous views from both the top and bottom internal decks, and there are large outdoor decks to enjoy close-up views of the Maori Rock Carvings.
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.
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.
CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND
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 draw cards, 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.
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 Hawkes Bay, one of New Zealand's most respected wine regions and producer of some of the best wine in the country. You will finish your experience with lunch at Craggy Range Terrôir restaurant. It 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.
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.
About two-thirds of the way down the South Island, in the middle of the Southern Alps, sits Lake Wakatipu, and on its shores, Queenstown. If ever a town deserves its reputation as the world’s adrenalin capital, surely this place does. You can bungee jump off bridges, or even out of a helicopter, take a jet boat ride through white-water canyons, heli-skiing in virgin powder snow, go extreme mountain biking, zip-line through valleys, and paraglide off mountains – you name, you can do it in Queenstown. There is, however, a more gentile side to Queenstown – one that includes luxurious, world-class lodges, superb wineries, great restaurants and scenery to die for… and five international-standard golf courses. This picturesque lakeside town has it in spades, whatever the season, whatever the activity. It absolutely must be part of any itinerary when visiting New Zealand.
Since opening its doors in late 2010, Matakauri Lodge has received rave reviews, including Conde Nast Traveler rating it in the top 124 hotels in the world. Matakauri is a small, boutique hotel, with lodge-style accommodation, that provides the perfect private hideaway just a 30-minute drive from Queenstown along the stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu. With views of the Remarkables and the lake, this luxury lodge has it all. Matakauri is a sister property of Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers Lodge.
In the late 1800’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel was born as a result of a rich vein of gold, that drew many prospectors and opportunists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Over 120 years on, and this iconic hotel still commands a majestic position, right on the shores of the lake, in the center of Queenstown. Eichardt’s is split into three separate types of rooms: suites, apartments, and the residence. All apartments have stunning views over the lake and mountain ranges.
This chic, compact hotel is located in the heart of Queenstown, just a short stroll to the lakeside promenade and all the cafes, bars and restaurants. Featuring stone fireplaces and designer furnishings, its ten stylish suites are very well appointed. Other amenities include its signature restaurant and bar, No5 Church Lane, plus a warm, colorful library. The Spire is elegant and beautiful, and defines what luxury in Queenstown is all about.
In the late 1800’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel was born as a result of a rich vein of gold, that drew many prospectors and opportunists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Over 120 years on, and this iconic hotel still commands a majestic position, right on the shores of the lake, in the center of Queenstown. Expansive views over Lake Wakatipu, super king beds and personal living space featuring a fireplace and deluxe mini bar. The suites offer a dressing room and bathroom with generous bath and double vanity, separate shower, heated mirror and floor, along with an integrated entertainment system and business desk with complimentary WiFi.
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.
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.