French Polynesia, New Zealand

New Zealand and the Brando: An Irresistible Taste of the Pacific


August - May


From £17,500pp excl. flights
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How long

14 nights ideal length

Trust us when we say this is a trip of sky-high proportions. In the space of two weeks, we’ll take you top to tail through New Zealand, into its beautiful islands, across its shimmering lakes and atop its brooding mountains, before landing you in the island paradise of Tetiaroa. The Polynesian island that captured Marlon Brando’s heart and imagination, spend a few days in total luxury at his island resort, The Brando. A trip that will see you helicopter over stunning archipelagos and a hotbed of adventure as well as into remote hideaway adventures, there’s certainly no downside. Get your heart racing in New Zealand before slowing it right down in French Polynesia in this irresistible taste of the Pacific.

Starting at the Top

Starting at New Zealand’s very northernmost tip, amongst the mesmerising natural beauty of the Bay of Islands, the fatigue of jet lag will soon slip away as you step into your beautiful home for the next four nights; Eagle’s Nest. Teetering atop its own private peninsula, this luxurious boutique resort with its glass-clad villas make for an ideal window onto this beautiful region.

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Where lush native bush disappears into the South Pacific Ocean, entertainment up here comes in the form of the ocean. A vast marine playground filled with first-class sailing, deep sea fishing, and dolphin or whale watching, these are days made for being spent on the water. Though, if you’re not so sure of your sea legs,  take a hike up to Cape Reinga with its ‘end-of-the-line’ lighthouse or explore the small, historical village of Russell just a few minutes away from the hotel. Cap it all off with a private helicopter flight over the islands for a dreamlike perspective.

The Adventure Capital

From the Bay of Islands, it’s straight on down to the South Island and the adrenaline-pumped city of Queenstown. Get a peaceful perspective on all of the action from the lakeside haven of Rosewood Matakauri where fine dining and soothing spa treatments are the order of the day. Begin your exploration of the ‘adventure capital of the world’ that lies on your doorstep with an awe-inspiring helicopter flight over Milford Sound. Touchdown on a glacier for a glass of bubbles and experience the blue and green ice falls and crevasses from up close. A hard act to follow, but with everything that Queenstown has on offer, we’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. Be it fly fishing, jet boating or bungee diving; this is a place for pushing the limits.

Off Grid

Your next stop will take you so far from civilization, you’ll struggle to believe it exists. Jumping in a helicopter, after all, it’s the only way to reach where you’re headed, we’ll whisk you out over Queenstown, through a glacial valley and across Lake Wanaka into the untouched Southern Alps to the ultimate hideaway; Minaret Station. Set high above the clouds, your stay at Minaret will give you access to heli tours, hikes, skiing and, of course, some truly stunning views that’ll take your breath away as soon as you arrive. Home to just four luxurious chalets, it’s just you and the great outdoors here. So take a deep breath in, and simply let go.

Back in Time to Paradise

Crossing the International Date Line, you’ll have an extra day to enjoy paradise – and as soon as you step into the barefoot luxury of The Brando, you’ll be glad of it. If you’re looking for unadulterated desert island bliss, this is it. Sitting pretty on its own private isle in the heart of French Polynesia, expect crystal lagoon views and unforgettable sunsets. Spend your days exploring the surrounding wildlife, whether you prefer to cycle, snorkel, or take to the paddle board. Evenings can be spent indulging in cuisine designed by a Michelin-starred chef, or sipping cocktails in tree-top seating areas that look out across the palm canopy. This is private island living as it should be, and we can guarantee you will feel an affiliation with this place that leaves you never wanting to leave.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and after six sundrenched days here, it’s time to pack those bags and head back to reality.

Where to rest your head

Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands

Teetering atop its own private peninsula, the luxurious Eagles Nest offers the ultimate boutique retreat. The five glass-clad villas make for an ideal retreat in…
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Rosewood Matakauri, Queenstown

Perched on a quiet lakeside bank just outside Queenstown, Rosewood Matakauri is luxury at its most quintessential. Where huge picture frame windows face out onto…
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Minaret Station, Laka Wanaka

This is a property for the more intrepid explorer; for those who really want to get away from it all. Simply put, Minaret Station offers…
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The Brando

If you’re looking for unadulterated desert island bliss, The Brando is the place for you. Sitting pretty on its own private isle in the heart…
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