Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand – Glenorchy
On arrival in Auckland you will be met by your local guide and transferred by private vehicle to the Domestic Terminal for your departing flight to Queenstown. Your guide will go through your itinerary with you and answer any questions you may have before you depart.
Upon arrival in Queenstown you will be met by your local guide and transferred by private vehicle to Blanket Bay Lodge in Glenorchy. This is a picturesque drive of approximately 45 mins.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to settle into your new surroundings. You may like to enjoy one the following optional activities:
•Cycle to one of the beautiful valleys in the area
•Blanket Bay Spa
Today enjoy a Milford Sound Helicopter Excursion with Glacier Landing. Your flight sweeps through the Southern Alps, over the secluded alpine lakes and lush forest of Fiordland National Park. You will fly the full length of the fiord before reaching the rugged West Coast with several landings enroute where you may like to take a stroll on a glacier or black sand beach. You will also enjoy an alpine lunch today.
At the conclusion of your flight, enjoy a Dart River Jet Boat Safari. You will be met at the Blanket Bay jetty to begin the most scenic jet boat ride in the region. This exhilarating safari offers three hours skimming through the braided channels of the magnificent Dart River with an optional short walk to hidden rock pools deep within in the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage area.
Today experience a full day of Sights around the Southern Lakes Region. Enjoy lunch at Amisfield Winery, the architecturally award winning winery known for its “Grown Not Made” philosophy. Highlights include the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Being an artistic town, there is artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary on exhibit in the many homestead studios surrounding Arrowtown.
Glenorchy - Taupo
Today you will be transferred by private vehicle to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight to Taupo.
On arrival into Taupo, you will be met by a Huka Lodge representative and transferred to the lodge.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the wonderful facilities at the lodge; play tennis or petanque, swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool, soak in the spa pool or perhaps take a short stroll along the river’s edge to the mighty Huka Falls where more than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over a cliff face every second!
Tonight enjoy private dining by the Outside Fireplace at Huka Lodge.
This morning enjoy a White Island and Mount Tarawera Volcanic helicopter safari. Lift off from the lodge and fly to White Island where you will be able to stand on and walk around the island’s active crater floor. On your return flight you will land on the summit of Mt Tarawera, affording spectacular views of the craters and domes.
Your flight will conclude on the shores of Lake Tarawera where you will enjoy a private Boat Cruise. Lake Tarawera lies at the foot of majestic Mount Tarawera, a dormant volcano that erupted in 1886. You can fish for trophy sized Rainbow Trout, visit historic sites around the lakeshore and stop at Hot Water Beach for a swim in the thermal water while your skipper prepares a delicious meal for you to enjoy on board.
You will be transferred back to the lodge by private vehicle this afternoon.
Tonight enjoy private dining at the Jetty Pavilion at Huka Lodge.
Taupo – Bay of Islands
This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Taupo Airport for your departing flight to the Bay of Islands via Auckland.
On arrival in Kerikeri you will be met by your local guide and transferred by private vehicle to Kauri Cliffs Lodge.
This afternoon is at your leisure to relax at the lodge. You may like to enjoy one of the wonderful Spa treatments on offer or simply take a stroll or a golf cart to enjoy one of Kauri Cliffs three private beaches. Alternatively, you may also like to enjoy the following recommended activity:
•Nature Walks: There are some beautiful walks on the Lodge’s 6000-acre property that range from a 10-minute bush walk, which takes in the magnificent Kauri Tree (700-900 years old) to two hours that includes the waterfall. The lodge can provide you with a snack pack that includes light refreshments and other essentials. There are some magical spots to visit.
Bay of Islands
Today is at your leisure. You may like to enjoy one of the following recommended activities:
•Russell Sightseeing Excursion & Lunch:
Depart the lodge this morning with your driver for a half day sightseeing excursion to Russell and Paihia in the heart of the Bay of Islands. The now quaint sleepy Victorian township of Russell, once a haven for runaway sailors, escaped convicts, lusty whalers and the site of New Zealand’s first white settlement and capital is a fabulous place for a leisurely stroll before enjoying lunch at Marsden Estate.
•Luxury Boat Cruise through the Bay of Islands:
Your private motor launch is fast and nimble enough to explore the bay with ease, yet has the comfort, safety and ambience to provide an exceptional day on board. Guided by our professional and knowledgeable crew enjoy beach combing and lunch served in a sheltered cove. As you cruise the stunning harbour you will also become aware of the significance of the Maori and maritime history in the area.
•Private Helicopter and Quad-Biking Excursion:
Depart the lodge for your flight over spectacular Northland - Whangaroa and Parengarenga Harbours, and beautiful beaches including the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Track the wild horses running freely on the grasslands backing this endless strip of beach, before landing at Shipwreck Bay where your guide and 4WD bikes are warmed up and ready to explore. Quad bike through Gumfields, where 100 years ago Dalmation and Maori toiled side by side to extract the resin left in the ground from these ancient forests, and forage for your own gum. See breathtaking panoramic views out over Ninety Mile Beach before your exhilarating decent through the huge sand dunes. Enjoy a 10km ride along white beaches and over reefs, stopping to enjoy the thrill of sand boarding at one of these large and steep dunes!
Bay of Islands – Auckland, Depart New Zealand
This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Kerikeri airport for your departing flight to Auckland.
Upon arrival into Auckland you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the International Terminal to be farewelled on your departing flight home.
Depart Auckland, New Zealand.