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Luxury Lodges of New Zealand - North Island Tour

Tour the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand set in outstanding locations offering onsite and local activities, complimented by world-class cuisine and exceptional hospitality. Experience truly unique and interesting places and meet genuinely friendly people. Have plenty of time to relax and enjoy being in our beautiful country - wish you didn't have to leave.

Hawkes Bay Private Arts & Cultural Tour, Classic Sailing Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga Scenic Flight and Tour, New Zealand's Finest Lodges.

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Itinerary

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welcome to New Zealand

‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to Wellington

Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theater and all kinds of shops. Dance, theater and musical performances are a Wellington specialty. As New Zealand’s capital, this city is rich in political history.

Suggested outings before heading to your lodge.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Approximate Distance: 101 kms | 63 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hours 20 mins

Accommodation: 2 Nights in ​Featherston, Wairarapa.

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Leisure / Pleasure

With over 5,500 acres (2225 Hectares) of private land intermingled with ancient forests, peaceful lakes, rivers, and a wild and rugged coast, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking, mountain biking, horse riding or (ATV) quad bike adventures. Experience one of the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand 

Some suggested activities and outings available on request.

Clay Target Shooting Cooking Classes  Martinborough Wine Tour
ATV Quad Bikes Horse Riding  Cellar Masters Wine Tour
Archery Relax in our Day Spa Wine Tasting (in House)
Fishing Sea/River Mountain Biking Golf Wellington

 

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Hawkes Bay

Onwards to sunny Hawke’s Bay. The region brims with colourful natural attractions and is famous for its vineyards, the area produces some of the world's top red wines. A combination of the staggering yields from these fertile soils and high sunshine hours make the Hawke’s Bay the country's second largest grape producer. As you would expect, touring the vineyards here is a terrific pleasure - the estates are immaculate, the wines superb and the gourmet dining experiences exceptional.

Approximate Distance: 265 kms | 164 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 15 mins

Accommodation Hawkes Bay - 2 nights

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The BEST OF THE BAY - A PRIVATE TOUR Tailored to YOUR INTERESTS

Wine & Food, Art Deco, Maori Culture, Artists, Gardens and Walks Tour

Stroll amongst the celebrated collection of art deco buildings in Napier. Visit a rural coastal settlement and talk with Maori elder gain a spiritual insight into Maori culture who clearly demonstrate what it is that makes this indigenous people so special.

Hear their stories, meet wonderful characters, chat to artists, sample delicious foods, fruit and wine - all produce of beautiful rural Hawkes Bay. This tour is customized for you and will take you on a special journey to find the true essence of this beautiful region.

Lunch: Winery or epicurean lunch at a beach house overlooking the sea.

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Great Lake Taupo | Rotorua

Today travel to the heartland of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is host to some of the world’s most incredible geothermal forces as it is situated right on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present.

On your journey today take time to have a picnic lunch on the shores of Great Lake Taupo or perhaps to just out of Taupo on the road to Rotorua visit Orakei Korako – voted amongst the world’s top ten geothermal parks by Conde Nast Traveller. 

In Rotorua there are ancient forests set amongst pristine lakes, and the area is steeped in the history and tikanga (culture) of Maori, the First People of New Zealand. 

Approximate Distance: 224 kms | 139 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 47 mins

Accommodation Rotorua - 3 nights

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Lake Tarawera - Cruise, Picnic & Natural hotpools

Lake Tarawera is the largest of a series of lakes, which surround this majestic mountain Mt.Tarawera. Enjoy a cruise across beautiful Lake Tarawera to Hot Water Beach. Along the way learn about the area’s extraordinary Maori and geothermal history and the unique ecosystem. At Hot Water Beach, take the opportunity to explore and take a long soak in the natural hotsprings and benefit from the so called healing properties that bring many people flocking to this area over their holiday breaks.

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Leisure / Pleasure

In-house Lodge Experiences 
Nestled in 2,500 acres (110 Hectares) of 800-year old native forest, this award-winning lodge offers an exciting range of in-house experiences.

4wd Wildlife Safari Archery Fishing
Mountain Biking Horse Treking Hunting
Various Beauty Treatments Archery Cooking School

 

Get out and about
Spent the day and gain an appreciation for New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. There are also a surprising of geothermal parks to consider visiting all with their own unique features.

Some suggested activities and outings.

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

 

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Aucklands Waiheke Island

Artists and free-spirits mingle with the rich and famous on this blissful island, a haven of beautiful beaches, gastronomical treasures and small wineries.

​Waiheke Island is to Auckland as the Hamptons are to New York – the former being on a much smaller scale. Home to beautiful beaches and holiday homes, Waiheke Island produces outstanding, award winning wines.

Approximate Distance: 225 kms | 139 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 40 mins

Accommodation:  Waiheke Island Auckland - 2 nights

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EXCLUSIVE WINE AND ART TOUR - WAIHEKE ISLAND

The island lends itself nicely to relaxing and sampling to fine food and wine. A natural complement to the fine wines you will taste on Waiheke is a range of hand-made specialty foods all locally-grown produce. Two of the vineyards visited offer a range of gourmet food to accompany the tasting, like succulent Waiheke oysters, wild honey, vincotta, (a famous local herb spread) and a variety of local cheese are all on the menu.

Being private this tour is tailored to suit your personal preferences and a seasoned professional will be at hand to guide, perhaps tour an artists studio or choose to add in a garden sculpture walk, one of the local olive oil mills is a favorite of previous guests.

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northlands Bay of Islands

The sub-tropical region of the Bay of Islands is a stunning Maritime Park with 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life including marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. Being somewhat sheltered, the area is ideal for yachting, fishing, kayaking and diving. Rolling countryside, tidal estuaries, mangroves, sparkling and long silvery beaches abound. It is an area of considerable historical significance, and is the place where Maori and European signed the Treaty of Waitangi that joined them as one nation. Long considered the cradle of Polynesian and European settlement in New Zealand, the area is rich in history and natural beauty.

Approximate Distance: 237 kms | 147 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 12 mins

Accommodation Russell, Bay of Islands - 4 nights

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Classic Day Sail - Explore the islands and Beachs

Aboard this classic single mast sailing boat you can get a real feel for the beautiful Bay of Islands and why people love it up here. There is nothing quite like the sound of the sea lapping against the hull and the smell of salt air to make you feel invigorated while sailing the sparkling waters of one of the richest sailing areas in the country.

With over 150 islands and bays to choose from, we disembark and swim, kayak, snorkel or encourage you to go for a stroll on one of the many secluded white sandy beaches.  We can drop anchor and have lunch in historic seaside town of Russell or maybe visit the well-known “Hole in the Rock”

This is your day so we are completely flexible, feel free to sit back and relax, or  get a real thrill and get active and be part in the sailing of this  beautiful vessel.

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A Leisure Day in the Bay

Take a day out to relax at your luxury lodge or get out and explore this beautiful area with one of the many great excursions available.

Some suggested activities and outings if you want to get 'Out and About'

Historical Island Cruise Diving Rainbow Warrior 4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Dolphin Swimming Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi Golf at Kauri Cliffs Sea Kayaking the Bay

 

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Cape Reinga Flight and Tour to 'Lands End'

Enjoy a 45 minute flight up to Cape Reinga (Lands End) via Northlands’ spectacular harbours and bays, pass across some beautiful beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Landing 20km (13 miles) from the Cape Reinga. Once aboard a modern comfortable air-conditioned mini-coach, explore for 2½ hour tour around the top of New Zealand. 

Includes

  • The Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
  • Tapotupotu Bay for refreshment and beach stroll
  • Visit giant sand dunes, try “sand surfing”

The return one hour flight to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer.

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Auckland and Homeward Bound

You may have some time for a last minute outing.

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Approximate Distance: 237 kms | 147 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 12 mins

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!
We know you will enjoy this Luxury Lodges of New Zealand North Island Tour and our promise to you is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

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