Spectacular New Zealand’s
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With breathtaking mountain scenery, shimmering lakes, picturesque coastline and idyllic white-sand beaches, New Zealand is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
New Zealand’s North Island has something for everyone to enjoy. Discover world-renowned wineries, explore sophisticated cities, learn about fascinating Maori culture or experience adrenaline-fuelled activities such as sky-diving and white-water rafting. Alternatively, if you are after some well-deserved rest and relaxation, there’s nowhere better than quietly exploring the country’s beautiful coastline staying at a luxury lodge.
The Bay of Islands, at the top of the North Island is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy 3 nights at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, situated on unspoilt coastline overlooking the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. This postcard-perfect region offers plentiful activities to immerse yourself in; with three private beaches there is plenty of opportunity to wander the landscape by yourself. The lodge boasts 6,000 acres of pristine landscape ideal for walking. Just 10 minutes from the lodge is a magnificent Kauri Tree, thought to be up to 900 years old.
Head south to Hawke’s Bay staying at the beautiful Farm at Cape Kidnappers. The region is renowned for its vineyards and local food, whilst the main town of Napier is known for its Art Deco architecture. Cape Kidnappers is also home to the largest, most accessible mainland Gannet colony in the world. The property overlooks the bay and surrounding countryside, and facilities include a championship golf course and swimming pool.
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- Two beautiful Relais & Chateau status lodges
- Two distinct regions of New Zealand’s North Island
- Breathtaking Bay of Islands
- Jaw-dropping Pacific Ocean views
- Personalised service and elegant accommodation
- Gourmet cuisine and acclaimed wines
- Visit the largest mainland Gannet colony in the world
- Opportunity to play at some of the world’s most scenic golf courses
- Use of lodge facilities (excluding golf and spa)
This North Island itinerary starts at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, four hours drive north of Auckland. Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas all operate daily flights into Auckland. Limited flights are currently available and schedules may vary. Air New Zealand fly into nearby KeriKeri Airport. From here the drive is just 30 minutes.
This 6-night itinerary visits some of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations. It is easily combinable with a number of other top sights across the north island for a more in-depth experience. A short stay in Auckland is highly recommended whilst a 3 or 4-night visit to the town of Rotorua (North Island’s answer to Queenstown) is a popular choice. Alternatively, fly south to the South Island’s major capital Christchurch, or visit Queenstown, the unofficial Adventure Capital of the World.
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Bay of Islands
On arrival at Keri Keri Airport (flight not included), you will be transferred by road to the stunning Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, overlooking the championship golf course and Pacific Ocean. The postcard perfect setting offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy such as a beach barbecues, surfing, fishing or sea-kayaking. Take to the trails and discover over 6,000 acres by mountain bike or on foot. A two-hour walk around the property takes in the lovely Hikurua waterfall, peaceful Waiaua Bay and the beautiful Little Takou Beach. The onsite restaurant serves a selection of fine food using only the freshest produce and chefs can easily accommodate any dietary requirements guests may have. For golf enthusiasts, the Par 72 championship course is one of the finest in the country. D (day 1) B L D (days 2 and 3)
Today, transfer back to the airport for your flight south (not included) to Hawke’s Bay, one of the country’s finest wine regions. Transfer from Napier Airport to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, approximately 40 minutes by car. Join guides and venture into the surrounding pine forests to see the rare and endangered kiwi on a Kiwi Discover Tour or visit a Gannet Colony – Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest, most accessible mainland colony in the world. Mountain biking, picnic lunches and exploring the many hiking trails on foot are also popular. The region is renowned for its food and wine with many excellent wineries nearby to explore. B L D
After enjoying a final breakfast or one last morning activity, transfer to Napier Airport where your tour ends. B
B L D = Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner