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Bay of Islands
144 islands scattered around the top of the North Island, this breathtaking nature and adventure playground is also filled with astonishing Maori history and culture.
You’re staying at The Landing Residences, in one of its four extraordinary retreats. Its expansive landscape, private beaches, native bushwalking tracks, and gorgeous vineyards set the scene for indulgent luxury.
Each day will be filled with culinary delights, bespoke menus designed by your Private Chef. Freshly foraged ingredients from the gardens and orchards, fish caught on the property’s jetty, delicious crayfish or scallops from nearby coves, and locally farmed produce.
Take in picturesque Russell with its historic buildings, stretch out for a nice stroll and forest walk to Haruru Falls. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Ground to learn about Maori culture and historical events. Fly above spectacular harbours and famous Ninety Mile Beach. Then by vehicle to explore Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Tapotupotu Bay and the Te Paki stream with its giant sand dunes; sleds are available for those who wish to go sliding!
Back in the air, you’ll be captivated by remote scenery and white silica sands of Parengarenga Harbour. Touch down for a gourmet picnic with seasonal delights.
The final day is a coin toss between private charter fishing, sightseeing and dolphin watching around the Bay of Islands; a round of golf at the famous Kauri Cliffs; or hit chill and soak in your luxe spa pool, unwind with a massage, and then watch a majestic sunset. Decisions, decisions!
Cap it all off with a specially prepared five course dinner with matched reserve wines.
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Huka Lodge has enjoyed a location of great natural beauty, on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, since it was founded as a simple trout fishing camp, in 1924. Nestled within a landscape of snow-capped peaks, wild tussock, lush forests and clear blue lakes and streams, it defines absolute style, while offering privacy, outdoor adventures, and outstanding culinary fare.
Chef Paul Froggatt creates menus based on products from a carefully selected group of local producers with an estate-to-plate ethos. Huka Lodge has an extensive herb garden as well as its own honey bee hives.
Land next to the famous Rangitikei River to view trophy-size Rainbow trout when you fly south from the Lodge to the Kaimanawa Range wilderness, with possible sightings of wild horses and Red or Sika deer.Go trout fishing on Taupo's renowned crystal clear water and sail past the famous Maori Rock Carving, soak up the scenery, or if you’re feeling more active, clay-bird shooting from your private charter.
Fly to and land on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, White Island. Land on its lunar-like surface for a guided tour of active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater.
Afterwards, onto a local Marae. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. A traditional Powhiri/Whakatau greeting from the local families and then help lay the Hangi in the ground.
Enjoy an interactive cultural performance where you’ll get an up-close-and-personal experience of the world-famous Haka!
Share a succulent Hangi feast. An authentic and delicious way to experience the traditions of the local Ngati Pikiao people.
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General Manager of South Wairarapa's Wharekauhau Lodge, Richard Rooney, has been named among the top luxury resort managers in the world. Owner Bill Foley's revered wine cellar and select tastings, will be as uplifting as the stories they tell.
The estate's kitchen is helmed by chef Marc Soper, whose locavorian approach of seed to skillet, and contemporised classics, have seen him reel in countless awards, continues your journey deeper into epicurean bliss.
Next day, go foraging for local truffles and sample Black Estate’s remarkable wines, round out a spectacular day with a light supper back at your lodge beside a crackling fire.
Wake to the thunderous surf of Palliser Bay and indulge in the comforts of the Lodge. Kick back with a book, enjoy the Spa, have a superb lunch, and let the view envelope you. Simply superb.
Off for a day at the ‘Capital of Cool’, Wellington, and an in-depth journey of Te Papa’s taonga (treasures), with a curator-led Back of House private tour at the Museum of New Zealand.
One of the city’s top chefs has created a luscious lunch based on your culinary brief.
Then, to Weta Studio Tours for a special ‘behind the scenes tour’ of Weta Workshop studios, an immersive filmmaking experience and a must do for all Lord of the Rings fans. Fly back to Wharekauhau and relax.
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Auckland, Waiheke Island
Breeze into Auckland, speed across the harbour for a special Dinner for Two at Waiheke Island's Poderi Crisci Restaurant. Hosted by Napoli natives Antonio and Vivienne, you’ll enjoy an evening of delightful Italian fare, paired with mouth-watering wines, including the vineyard’s own Montepulciano. Bellissimo!
You awake in your plush, secret villa to the sounds of songbirds, feeling refreshed and ready for a fun filled day. Indulge your passion for fine wine with Black Book tour of Waiheke's top wine producers.
Then, a sumptuous degustation lunch with matched wines at Mudbrick Restaurant awaits. Nestled in the vines, offering panoramic views of the water and gorgeous gardens, an enchanting afternoon unfolds.
Take in a stunning sunset and sparkling city lights wrapped in a warm glow. On your last night, you raise a toast to the exquisite food, immaculate scenery, and joyous family celebrations you’ve experienced together on this beautifully indulgent, gastronomic holiday.