DAY 1: AUCKLAND
You will receive a VIP greeting service upon arrival at Auckland airport, whereby you will be met at the gate & assisted through customs & immigration. You will then transfer in a private chauffeur driven vehicle to your deluxe boutique hotel. Sprawling over the narrow isthmus between the Tasman & Pacific Oceans, Auckland's waterside location & the local enthusiasm for the ocean have seen it named the "City of Sails". The highest extinct volcano, Mount Eden, is an ideal point to view this widespread metropolis, out across the Waitemata Harbour to the east & the Manukau Harbour to the west. Auckland is New Zealand's trade capital & centre of greatest population with a diverse mix of Polynesian, Asian, Maori & European cultures. Once at your hotel, the remainder of your day is at your leisure to explore Auckland before retiring to Mollie's for a gourmet evening meal.
DAY 2: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Today you will be met at your hotel & will take a private transfer to the North Shore airfield, from where your private flight to Northland will depart. Upon arrival you will be met & will transfer to the luxury Kauri Cliffs Lodge. Set on a 6,000 acre property near Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett & the Cavalli Islands. The main lodge overlooks their world-class golf course & all of the cottages are nestled on the edge of a native forest overlooking the ocean. The Lodge has 2 tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool, a spa with a fully equipped fitness centre & 3 secluded swimming beaches, which can be used for picnics or barbeques. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or be pampered at the Lodge. This evening you are invited to join fellow guests for cocktail hour before moving into the dining room for a gourmet dining experience.
DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
The Bay of Islands, on the east coast of Northland, is an idyllic section of irregular rock & golden-sand coastline that circles a sea encompassing 150 islands. The Bay was the site of some of New Zealand's earliest settlements, both Maori & European, & New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in the township of Waitangi in 1840. A mild climate, good fishing, beautiful beaches & the laid-back nature of picturesque small townships make the Bay of Islands a popular holiday destination. Today you are at leisure to explore the area. The most notable point of historical interest in the region is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds & House. A large number of cruise or sailing options can be undertaken on the bay; a whole day can be spent travelling to the very tip of the North Island, Cape Reinga, or you can elect to swim with dolphins, take a catamaran trip, visit Cape Brett's "Hole in the Rock" or enjoy some stately sailing on a Tall Ship. If you would prefer a land-based option, you could visit the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest on the west coast or visit Cape Reinga in a chauffeur driven car. After a full day sightseeing, you will return to the Lodge for evening cocktails & canapés followed by an evening meal.
DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Today affords you more time to enjoy all that Bay of Islands has to offer & you can enjoy an activity not taken yesterday. If you prefer, you need not even leave the Lodge as on site you can make use of the world-class golf course with stunning vistas, swimming pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes & a spa.
DAY 5: BAY OF ISLANDS - ROTORUA (B,D)
Your private helicopter will collect you from the Lodge for the 2-hour scenic flight south to the thermal region of Rotorua. The helicopter will land at Treetops Lodge, where you will be welcomed by staff & shown to your room. Nestled amidst magnificent native forests & valleys, Treetops Lodge offers a unique New Zealand experience with an elegant architectural style. The retreat has a breathtaking 2,500 acres of secluded native forest, game reserve, trout streams, lakes, 70 km of hiking trails, mountain bike riding, horse-riding & is the ultimate in tranquillity & splendour. Once at Treetops, the afternoon is yours to explore. Rotorua is the centre of an extensive thermal region & geysers, bubbling mud pools & steaming, sulphurous lakes give evidence of nature's frightening yet fascinating power. Pre-dinner cocktails will be served at the Lodge, followed by a beautiful evening meal.
DAY 6: ROTORUA (B,D)
Today is a free day to enjoy the best the central north island has to offer. The area is famed as being one of New Zealand's best fly-fishing areas with numerous rivers & lakes providing a challenge to all anglers. A White Island helicopter excursion is another option; White Island is one of the most fascinating & accessible volcanoes on earth & is New Zealand's only live marine volcano & walking on it is like walking on the moon. Landing at the crater's rim, you will spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this extraordinary natural attraction. Another nearby attraction is Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, which is ideal for water sports & is en-route to the spectacular Tongariro National Park. Treetops Lodge itself is a nature lovers' paradise with plunging waterfalls, superb vistas & numerous trails just waiting to be explored, before settling down to a locally grown gourmet meal in the evening.
DAY 7: ROTORUA - NAPIER (B,D)
This morning you will be collected from the Lodge by private helicopter for your flight to the North Island's East Coast & The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Set atop 6000 acres of pastureland, The Farm encompasses rolling terrain reminiscent of Montana plunging 800 feet into the sea. Each suite has a balcony offering a 180-degree panoramic view of the farm, championship golf course & Pacific Ocean. The afternoon is yours to explore the local area at your leisure. Napier & the Hawkes Bay region is a family resort area that offers many attractions for visitors. The 1931 earthquake & subsequent fires destroyed most of Napier's commercial heart, but the city was rebuilt with an art deco flavour & is now famous for the sheer concentration of art deco, Stripped Classical & Spanish Mission buildings. This evening you are invited to join fellow guests for cocktails followed by a delicious evening menu in the dining room.
DAY 8: NAPIER (B,D)
Enjoy a day at leisure in this stunning location; an excellent way to spend the day is by opting for a private wine tour. The long, balmy summer in the Hawkes Bay region gives grapes plenty of time to develop rich flavours; Chardonnay & the red grape varietals have done particularly well here. The vineyards are fast becoming known for trialing new varietals including Viognier, Tempranillo, Gamay & Zinfandel. A wine tour in Hawkes Bay is great for those people looking for a more intimate experience of wineries where you can meet winemakers, learn about creating different wine styles & taste wine from the barrel. There is also the opportunity to visit food producers & enjoy either a restaurant lunch or picnic hamper. Alternatively, as with The Farm's sister property at Kauri Cliffs, this is a golfers dream destination. After a day wine tasting or playing a round of golf, you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner, preceded by cocktails & canapés.
DAY 9: NAPIER - NELSON (B,D)
Following breakfast you will transfer in a private vehicle to Napier airport in time to catch your flight to Nelson via Wellington. When you arrive at Nelson's small airport, you will be met & will transfer in a private vehicle to your deluxe accommodation, Eden House, set in the beautiful Orinoco Valley. Sunny Nelson lives up to its name with the highest amount of sunshine in the country. Nelson is the commercial centre & seaport for a fertile, highly productive & extremely beautiful district noted for fruit, hops & tobacco growing as well as general agricultural & pastoral production. There is a vibrant art community with numerous galleries for art lovers to explore. The remainder of today can be spent relaxing at your luxurious accommodation. Eden House is a gracious home situated on 48 acres of private grounds & was the only New Zealand property to feature in the 2007 edition of the prestigious UK House & Garden supplement Hotels by Design, showcasing "the most stylish hotels in the world". At the house this evening, you can enjoy a sumptuous evening meal with local Marlborough wine.
DAY 10: NELSON (B,D)
Today you have a day at leisure to explore Nelson or visit the Abel Tasman or Kahurangi National Parks, for which Nelson is the gateway. The Kahurangi National Park offers hiking in a spectacular alpine environment, whilst the coastal Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park, established in 1942; the park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs & world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track where sea kayaking is a popular activity. After a full day of sightseeing, you can once again retreat to your luxury lodge for dinner.
DAY 11: NELSON - QUEENSTOWN (B,D)
Following breakfast you will take a private transfer to Nelson airport where you will join a scheduled flight to Queenstown via Christchurch. Upon arrival in Queenstown, you will be met & will transfer by private helicopter on a short but very scenic flight to the luxury Blanket Bay Lodge. Located a 45-minute drive from Queenstown, the Lodge at Blanket Bay is acknowledged as one of New Zealand's finest properties & it is the entire experience that sets it apart; there is nowhere on earth where there are so many activities available so close by. This evening you can enjoy pre-dinner cocktails & canapés followed by beautiful evening meal at the lodge this evening.
DAY 12: QUEENSTOWN (B,D)
You have today at leisure to enjoy the best that Queenstown has to offer. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a year-round alpine resort that caters for all interests. It enjoys a magnificent setting amid steep mountain ranges & pockets of native bush with the jagged peaks of the Remarkables Range rising from the lake. The lake was scooped out by glacial action thousands of years ago & a mysterious phenomenon causes the lake to vary several inches in depth every few minutes, giving credence to a Maori legend of an ancient Taniwha (demon) still breathing beneath the surface. From fly-fishing to hiking, jet boating to horseback riding, from Heli-skiing to canyoning, art trails to vineyards, from hiking the Milford & Routeburn Tracks to flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound, all of these options & many more are right on your doorstep. The Lodge staff will be happy to make recommendations & reservations on your behalf. After a busy day, you can retire to the luxurious surroundings of Blanket Bay for another fine dining experience.
DAY 13: QUEENSTOWN (B,D)
Today you are free to further explore Queenstown & the surrounding region. You might want to travel up Bob's peak by Gondola to enjoy spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables Range in the distance or visit the Kiwi & Birdlife Park. You can take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu onboard the steam ship TSS Earnslaw & visit a high country sheep station for a farm tour. The central Otago wine region is the world's southern most wine producing region & a private wine tour will tempt your taste buds with some of the award winning wines that are produced here. If all these leisurely pursuits become too much then Queenstown has more adrenalin pumping activities than most towns; you can bungy jump, luge ride, go white water rafting, river surfing, abseiling, tandem parachuting & parapenting, to name just a few of the options available. Your final night in New Zealand will be spent in style & tranquility at Blanket Bay.
DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN (B)
Following breakfast you can take a private transfer by road to Queenstown airport in time to connect with your flight home.