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 helicopter, cultural, hiking and fishing experiences.
This promises to be one special journey. We look forward to hosting you throughout this fantastic experience, and welcome to New Zealand.
Nga mihi nui, with best wishes.
The Eighth Wonder Travel Team.
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.
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.
- Engines: 2 x Pratt and Whitney PW207D
- Single pilot IFR
- 7 Passenger Seats
- Air conditioning
- Cruise speed: 155kts (290km/hr)
- Leather interior
- Bose active noise reduction headsets
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.
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.
Note: All experience options are exclusive and can be tailored to the guests needs.