Take a journey from the sparkling blue waters and deep Maori history of the Bay of Islands in the north, to the remote and rugged mountains of the Southern Alps. New Zealand has unique landscapes, incredible wildlife, award-winning wines and welcoming people.
Upon arrival into Auckland you’ll be whisked straight onto a private helicopter for a scenic flight to Waiheke Island and a two-night stay at The Boatshed. With a nostalgic beach hut feel and beautiful sea views, it’s the perfect place to shake off the jet lag.
The Bay of Islands is your next stop. Spend a day on board Cool Change, a 54ft sailing catamaran available for private charter, where you’ll kayak, swim and explore local islands and beaches. We recommend staying three nights at Eagles Nest – our favourite villa is four-bedroom Rahimoana, with its mesmerising 300-degree views, infinity pool and a Porsche at your disposal.
A helicopter tour over the extraordinary geothermal valleys of New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area is another must. Land on Whakaari Island, within the Bay of Plenty, to walk the moon-like crater with its huge steaming lake and phosphor pools. Take the first flight of the day and you will have the island pretty much to yourself.
Then continue to the southeast coast for a stay The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay. With an idyllic climate, the region abounds with orchards and premier wineries. Here you’ll talk with the personalities who are passionate about crafting world class wines and meet some of the best epicurean food producers.
Fly to the South Island to begin the next part of your journey in Abel Tasman National Park. Cycle the region’s wineries, go hiking or riding, and spend a day onboard a private cruise of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Watch dolphins ride the bow wave, admire the seal colony, then lay anchor in one of the many sheltered bays and swim, kayak or snorkel.
Recover from all of that exertion with a ‘stay where the world can’t find you’ at Annandale, a working coastal farm in the rolling hills of the Bank Peninsula. Spend two nights in this beautifully remote location where your only neighbours will be a grazing herd of cattle.
A helicopter transfer via Mt Cook and the Southern Alps brings you to Minaret Station, an alpine chalet high set in a sheltered glacial valley surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Spend two days and nights hiking through stunning scenery and enjoying the wonderful selection of wines and exquisite food.
End your incredible journey in Queenstown with a stay at Matakauri Lodge. While close enough to the adrenaline activities Queenstown is known for, the lodge’s location on the banks of Lake Wakatipu is also ideal for those of you wanting a slower pace for the last few days of your holiday.