No trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without “getting out on the guided by professional and knowledgeable crew. This aquatic paradise boasts over 144 islands, a shoreline of secluded bays and coves, prolific marine life and a colourful history.
Arguably the most beautiful park in New Zealand the Abel Tasman National Park is predominantly a coastal park, and is admired for its golden sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons, fascinating rocky outcrops and beautiful, unmodified estuaries. Your private charter catamaran awaits in a secluded bay. Board your boat at Stephens Bay and cruise around the headland to Split Apple Rock, taking our time to enable you to get the best views and photos during your scenic cruise. You may see dolphins and Seals, or take in some kayaking or bushwalking.
Rotorua is the hub of Maori Culture and what better way of experiencing it than with a local Maori historian who will share with you stories, legends and history of his tribe, "Te Arawa”. Watch the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, at The Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand's most colourful thermal region, where you will discover New Zealand's largest mudpool, the spectacular Artists Palette, and the Champagne Pool.
Visit the original settlement of the Maori, Ohinemutu Village, and the famous meeting house, Tamatekapua. Looking across the lake to Mokoia Island, your guide will tell the enchanting forbidden love story of two of his direct ancestors, Hinemoa and Tutanekai, and sing the world renowned love song, Pokarekare ana.
Meet more of his family at Whakarewarewa and see how his people still utilise the thermal waters for cooking, heating and bathing. You will experience a live cultural performance, comprising the poi dance, stick games, singing, and the mighty Maori war dance, "The Haka".
Auckland, the city of Sails never disappoints. World-class shopping, buzzing waterfront precincts lined with restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene and harbour adventures right on your doorstep. Visit the highlights of the city before heading out on the harbour to wine and dine and you sail around this world famous harbour.
Up in the mountains, you will find the city of Queenstown. A quaint little town that has so much character and charm. Your guide will take you through the city and it’s magnificent surrounds starting with the superb viewpoint over Lake Wakatipu before visiting the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge, Gibbston Valley Winery, a Lord of the Rings film location and Arrowtown, all in the comfort and style of a luxury tour vehicle.
Are you a connoisseur of wines, or just enjoy a drop or two? The Hawke’s Bay region is a relatively large and diverse region capable of producing a wide range of wine varieties to a very high standard. Hawke’s Bay is best known for it’s Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet blends and Syrah, and equally impressive Chardonnay, however aromatic whites are consistently good and plantings of Pinot Noir at cooler sites are showing great results. The climate and lengthy growing season also allows regular production of successful dessert styles and new varieties are continually trialled.
While staying at Cape Kidnappers, you are right in the heart of this wine region and your private wine tour will be personalised to your tastes.
When in Queenstown, you will also stop by one of the award winning winery Gibbston Valley Winery to taste the celebrated Pinot Noir.
For Golf lovers, you will be staying at lodges located on some of the most beautiful and scenic greens on this planet. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offer an ideal location to play a serious round or friendly game of golf with unimaginable views at tee off.
At Stonefly Lodge in the Able Tasman National Park, try your hand at fly fishing or kyaking.
From Huka Lodge, fly high in a helicopter to Mt Tarawera, taking in the scenic wonders of the area from the air, before landing on Mt Tarawera for your guided crater walk experience.
Queenstown is a the hub of adventure, take your second heli experience and fly over the magnificent fiordlands of Milford Sound and land on a glacier for your gourmet champagne picnic. Boost your adrenaline on the Dart River Jet Boat, and an optional Bunjee Jump if your heart can handle it!
In the Bay of Islands, The Cape and Tane Mahuta helicopter tour showcases a diverse range of natural and historical treasures. Walk through the Waipoua Forest with some of the largest remaining Kauri trees in the world. Take in the stunning Ahipara dunes and the iconic Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga lighthouse, and fly over the purest deposit of silica sand in the world at Parengarenga Harbour.
Arthur's Pass, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. Arthur’s Pass National Park itself is a landscape of two halves; you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest on the East. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers.
Out of Queenstown, a highlight not to be missed, Milford Sound mesmerises people all over the world. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years the landscape is one where waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords; where ancient rainforest untouched by man clings to mountains and where shimmering lakes and granite peaks look as they did a thousand years ago.