Milestone moments deserve epic backdrops and exclusive experiences; both of which New Zealand has in abundance. Think riding a seaplane over to an island vineyard, spending a day aboard a yacht sailing around 144 stunning islands and (our favourite) landing a heli on a live volcano. Well, why not? It’s your holiday after all. A place that will leave you with fond memories to last a lifetime – New Zealand is up there with the best, and that’s the very least you deserve.
CITIES, ISLANDS & VINEYARDS
No sooner have you landed in Auckland than your celebration of a lifetime commences. From the various museums and art galleries filled with Maori curiosities to pleasant strolls along the harbour, the City of Sails is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, and it won’t take you long to see why. Enjoy your first day together at your own pace, and end it on a high at one of the city’s most revered restaurants (all taken care of by us, of course).
Your second day will see you transferred, via seaplane no less, to Waiheke Island, an area rich in stunning landscapes and world-class vineyards. A private tour of the island will allow you to bask in the Mediterranean climate and learn about the wines produced there. You’ll spend the day getting your fair share of delicious food and wine, and just when you’re feeling full and fatigued, we’ll whisk you back to the mainland to spend the evening how you please.Read more
Day three and you’ll be transferred north to the Bay of Islands, a gorgeous collection of 144 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It’s here you’ll be setting out on a private sailing vessel that’ll take you on an exclusive tour around the islands before stopping off for lunch and trying your hand at kayaking, or simply swimming in the glistening waters – the choice is yours in this exclusive experience, fit for your any celebration. After all, who doesn’t like their own private yacht?
By the time you arrive in Rotorua a few days later, you’ll be quite used to living the high life, but believe us, you’ll still be left awe-inspired at every turn. Having been led down to Rotorua Lakeside, you’ll be confronted with your third epic mode of transport thus far: a private helicopter. Experience the thrill of landing on both Mount Terawera and White Island, two awe-inspiring volcanoes. Yep, volcanoes. From the steaming crater lake of White Island to the soaring heights of Mount Terawera’s summit, you’ll be left totally mesmerised. Making a toast to one another in the crater of a live volcano? It’s the stuff dreams are made of.
And the ride doesn’t end there, however, for you’ll be taken by your heli all the way to the iconic Huka Lodge. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful this luxury property is, but we’ll give it a go. Surrounded by lush landscapes an cascading waterfalls, you’re at the heart of the natural world here. And the accommodation itself? If you opt for the Owner’s Cottage, you’ll enjoy ultimate privacy overlooking the river. It’s a fantastic place to simply be together. And when you’re bored of that – there’s plenty of activities to enjoy. From horse-riding to fishing (Taupo is the trout fishing capital of New Zealand), and golfing to boat charters, we’ll ensure you get to see this enchanting region from as many perspectives as possible during your two night stay.
TWO WHEELS & WINE
Just two hours away, Hawke’s Bay is where you’ll head to next, and two nights will be just enough to immerse yourself in the rich agricultural surroundings. There’s more to discover about the wine industry here, and why not indulge? You’re on holiday, after all.
A day’s cycling tour will be arranged for you whilst at Hawke’s Bay, with an award-winning food writer and world cheese expert as your guide. Lunch will be provided at one of the working vineyards on the way such as Elephant Hill or Clearview, before returning you via transfer to your hotel. This is an incredible foodie destination and we’ll do all we can to make sure we keep your taste-buds happy.
Flying to Christchurch, you’ll move on to Banks Peninsula where you will continue your adventure. A cruise of Akaroa Harbour will bring the beauty of the destination to life for you, whilst the abundance of sea life (think dolphins – the world’s rarest and smallest – fur seals and penguins) will undoubtedly fill you with joy, so keep your camera at the ready. Once back on land, indulge in a gourmet picnic (supplied by us) in one of the area’s iconic gardens and make yet another toast to yourselves before heading back to your luxury lodgings.
HEAD SOUTH FOR AN EPIC ENDING
Your journey continues on to Queenstown the following day, where yet again spell-binding mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this idyllic haven. Spend two nights at the Eichardt’s Private Hotel in the heart of the town, as we fill your days with private helicopter tours of the majestic Milford Sound and a full day tour of the world-renowned Central Otago vineyards.
And now, it’s time to go out with a bang. One final heli ride will see you landing on the lawn of Blanket Bay in beautiful Glenorchy, where you’ll spend your final two nights boating across Lake Wakatipu, hiking or biking across stunning landscapes and indulging in some precious downtime in the lap of luxury before your international flight home.
Sadly, your adventure ends here. A trip that’s seen you soar above the earth, sip world-class wines and sail glistening waters; we’re sure your love for New Zealand will last a lifetime, and see you coming back to celebrate your next big milestone…