Wharekauhau Lodge is only a 90 min drive from Wellington City but with a coastal experience you won’t forget. It sits on 5,500 acres of exclusive land surrounded by ancient forests, and tranquil lakes. Beautiful sloping pastures enhance the dramatic and wild, beautiful coastline of the Palliser Bay.
The rugged Rimutaka Ranges are the backdrop to the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean, and the black sandy beaches. Enjoy the nature wonderful with the New Zealand Fur Seals lazing in the beach.
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.
Experience a brief tour of the city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
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.
Wharekauhau Lodge is the perfect location amongst one of the fastest growing vineyard companies in New Zealand called Foley Family Wines, so you have access to an amazing array of local wines. The premier Pinot Noir region of New Zealand is just 30 minutes away.
When in Queenstown, you will also stop by one of the award winning winery Gibbston Valley Winery to taste the celebrated Pinot Noir.
In Arthur's Pass National Park, you may take walks to see waterfalls, learn about the forests and alpine plants of this area and experience the alpine landscape. Explore the glacial landscape and learn about the features that the Ice Age left behind.
Fly high in a helicopter from Auckland, and across to the volcanic White Island, where you will touch down and see the yellow sulphur pools, then continue your journey and arrive at Huka Lodge in style!
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!
Off the coastline of the Paliser Bay near Wellington, witness the native New Zealand Fur Seal in its natural home. Jazzing on the beach and lapping up the sun.
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.