Matching stunning surrounds, fantastic outdoor pursuits, comfort and hospitality, with cuisine based on the freshest local produce and finest regional wines. From the stunning coastlines of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Geothermal activity of Rotorua and Treetops, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the North Island’s wine capital of Hawkes Bay, Stonefly Lodge in the Abel Tasman National Park to Azur Lodge in New Zealand’s activity capital Queenstown – the sheer diversity across both North and South Islands is outstanding. Experience unique lodging experiences, incredible food & wine, ultimate comfort & genuine Kiwi hospitality.
- Economy air round trip from Los Angeles to Auckland
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal coach class air within New Zealand, Napier to Nelson, Nelson to Queenstown
- Private airport transfer on arrival in Auckland & round trip in Queenstown
- Sofitel Viaduct Harbour Auckland – 1 night
- 11 Days Premium 4WD rental car
- 1970 Lonely Bay Coromandel Peninsula - 2 nights including breakfast
- Treetops Rotorua - 2 nights including breakfast & dinner
- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay - 2 Nights incl. Breakfast and Dinner
- Stonefly Lodge (Nelson) - 3 nights incl. Breakfast and Dinner
- Azur Lodge (center of Queenstown) - Villa, 3 nights incl. Breakfast
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- All hotel, local and VAT (Goods & services taxes)
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date line
Day 3 - Arrive
Don't think of Auckland as a city, even though it's New Zealand's largest. Think of it as half urban, half marine - a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world and surrounded by over 50 islands. Private car transfer to your accommodation.
Accommodation - Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panaromic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination.
Day 4 - Auckland to
Auckland – Whitianga, Coromandel (189 km) This morning make your way to the rental car city depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use. Travel along the Seabird Coast to Miranda Shorebird Centre, home to many migatory birds. The Pacific Coast Highway leads you to the Coromandel Peninsula, renowned for its spectacular coastline and white sandy beaches. On reaching Thames, meander through Rapaura Watergardens abundant with native birds and bush all interspersed with garden art. Continue on 970 Lonely Bay for your two nights stay
Accommodation -- 970 Lonely Bay Lodge is a boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in the Coromandel Peninsula. Nestled in New Zealand native bush close to the seaside town of Whitianga, the lodge boasts stunning water views across Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach. The lodge provides the perfect location for your New Zealand wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway, or corporate event. Choose from three luxury one bedroom suites or two bedroom honeymoon' suite, each with a spacious terrace to enjoy the beautiful vistas.
image: 970 Lonely Bay Lodge
Day 5 - Coromandel
Great Barrier Island is all about the outdoors and there is an almost-limitless range of activities on offer. You can mountain bike, abseil, rock climb, snorkel, horse-ride, kayak, fish, dive, surf, sail, swim and trek.
Renowned worldwide for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, The Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind. Enjoy the Coromandel scenery and beaches today. At Hot Water Beach an underground river of hot water flows from the interior of the earth to surface in the Pacific Ocean. Paddle your feet or soak in the natural hot water pools dug in the sand beside the ocean (tides permitting).
image: Tourism New Zealand
Day 6 - Coromandel
Peninsula to Rotorua
Continue on today through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua and to Treetops Estate for your two nights stay.
Accommodation - Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this award-winning lodge is a life-long dream realised by owner and passionate naturalist, John Sax. This uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure. Located in Rotorua, the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world, the Lodge presents an elegant, ecology-inspired architectural style derived from the country’s pioneering past: timber and stone finishes echo the natural beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors.
Treetops Lodge & Estate comprises of four Lodge suites and eight private, ultra-luxurious villas, each with its own unique character, individual style, design and exquisite furnishings. The villas offer privacy and seclusion framed by native virgin forest and spectacular views of the hinterland.
Of particular note is Treetops Estate to Plate philosophy, created by the dedicated team of chefs featuring ingredients reared or grown on this vast estate and near 100% pesticide free. These include world-class game and trout and also highlight estate-grown fruit and vegetables plus unique native herbs from the forest. Also offered is a superb wine cellar of New Zealand and world wines, with expert advice on making the best possible matches
Your stay at Treetops Lodge & Estate Includes: Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapes, five course dinner (excluding wine) and one signature lodge experience per person per day
image: Treetops Lodge & Estate
Day 7 - Treetops Lodge
Treetops offer seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes, and over 40 miles of adventure trails. Each day the lodge offers a complimentary Signature Treetops experience on the Estate. These change daily between: the Maori Indigenous Food Trail; Estate to Plate or Wilderness Safari; or the Wild Food Cooking School.
Other experiences include photography safaris; geocaching hunts; and an own on-site helicopter tours to the nearby live Volcano – White Island; luxury treks to spectacular waterfalls; and a 4WD safari experience. The recently opened Wilderness spa offers genuinely local, indigenous treatments within a choice of traditional day spa and residential wellness programs. Treetops has a commitment to sourcing - where at all possible - estate reared ingredients for all meals, by using our 100% pesticide free game meats, poultry, seafood all cleverly blended with fresh herbs, vegetables and our very own estate-produced Manuka honey.
Treetops provides numerous activities to suit any enthusiast. If you want to venture further afield, nearby Rotorua - the cultural capital of New Zealand - is the hub for adventure activities, cultural insight and geothermal activity. For golf enthusiasts, Treetops has recently purchased the Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole golf course – ‘The Kinloch Club’, which has attracted the attention of golfers and luxury travellers’ worldwide. Treetops guests are welcomed. .
image: Treetops Lodge & Estate
Day 8 - Rotorua to
Depart Rotorua at your leisure for your drive to Napier & Hawkes Bay & on to The Farm At Cape Kidnappers for your two night stay.
Accommodation - The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is one of the world’s extraordinary top luxury destinations, set on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm with breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean in the Hawke’s Bay wine region. With twenty two ultra-comfortable and spacious cottage suites and a four bedroom Owner’s Cottage, and a spectacular Tom Doak designed golf course, all with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
Your stay at The Farm At Cape Kidnappers Includes: full breakfast, lunch, daily pre dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner, complimentary mini-bar (excluding liquor and wines) and use of lodge facilities
image: Cape Kidnappers
Day 9 - Cape
Perhaps a round of golf. Kidnappers features 18 holes of golf designed by world-renowned architect Tom Doak. The course has stunning sea views, playing high above the Pacific atop dramatic cliffs. This layout has been hailed as one of golf’s modern marvels. The course has received numerous accolades and awards, including a ranking among the Top 50 in the World
The Cape Kidnappers Spa is located on the hillside above the lodge. During your spa treatment, experience magnificent views across the valley, towards the sea or over the pine forest to snow-covered Mount Ruapehu. The spa offers 3 treatment rooms (including a couple’s spa suite, perfect for honeymoons). Other features include changing rooms, showers and lockers for your convenience. A menu of massage styles, facials, pedicures, manicures and hair care is available. All spa treatments are 50-80 minutes in length, and packages can be customised to suit your individual needs.
image: Cape Kidnappers
Day 10 - Hawkes Bay to
Self-drive to Napier Airport and return rental car. Depart Napier by air to Nelson. On arrival into Nelson collect your rental car & self-drive to Stonefly Lodge for your three nights stay.
Stonefly Lodge is situated on the banks of the Motueka River, a 50 minutes drive from Nelson. Architecturally designed and built from local stone and timber, the Lodge offers a warm earthy atmosphere. The interior focuses on the large stone double sided fireplace which provides the ambiance to the games room, dining room and sunroom. A large open kitchen adjoining the dining area offers the relaxed atmosphere where guest dine together. Private dining can also be catered for. Complete with library, a snooker table, and the "Matai Bar", guests will have the ideal setting to relax after an exciting days fly fishing or exploring the numerous sites and attractions of the local region.
Luxury accommodation is provided upstairs with 4 guest rooms. All offer spectacular views from private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and beyond to the Mt Arthur Range in Kahurangi National Park. Fine linen sheets, top quality duvets, super king beds, hand crafted furniture and local New Zealand art all add to the ambiance of the spectacular wilderness setting. All rooms are equipped with private ensuites, writing desk, ipod station, luggage storage, hairdryer, heated towel rails, and bath robes.
Lodge Facilities: Billiard & Pool table / Helipad / Horse riding / In house Spa services / Walking trails / Wi-Fi access
image: Stonefly Lodge
Days 11 & 12 -
Centrally located between 3 spectacular National Parks (Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, and Kahurangi National Parks) the Lodge makes an ideal base from which to explore the natural wonders of the region. World class fly-fishing is right at our doorstep, as well as: sea kayaking; guided and self-guided hiking; wine tasting; white water rafting; rock climbing; abseiling; mountain bike riding; horse riding tours; and exploring the many art and craft studios.
image: Stonefly Lodge
Day 13 - Nelson to
Self-drive to Nelson Airport & return your rental car. Depart Nelson by air to Queenstown. On arrival into Queenstown you will be transferred by private car service transfer to Azur Lodge.
Luxuriously appointed stone and silver beechwood villas offer vast views of the New Zealand wilderness at Azur Lodge hotel, a hillside hideaway two miles outside Queenstown. The balconies, beds and baths in these nine modern villas all provide uninterrupted vantage points overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Range.
Azur Lodge doesn’t have a restaurant but it does provide breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapés. In-room dining can be arranged (eat out on the deck for sublime views) or the concierge can book you into the best local restaurants. Although there’s no dedicated public bar, there’s a sociable drinks scene at Azur. Each evening a buffet bar is set up in the main lodge with a tempting selection of local wines, spirits and beer for guests to quaff before dinner.
Days 14 & 15 -
Queenstown is a natural playground providing the perfect backdrop for a range of activities all year round. World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of activities to get the blood pumping, as well as world-class skiing and snowboarding from June to October, and an exceptional dining scene as well. In collaboration with with your Aspire consultant we can arrange the experiences you want to ensure the most memorable visit to Queenstown.
Day 16 - Depart
Queenstown to US
You will be collected from Azur Lodge for your private car service transfer to Queenstown Airport. Depart Queenstown by air to Auckland and connect to International flight back to Los Angeles or onward destination.
* Peak Season 1Dec18-28Feb19 pricing - Availability very restricted, package pricing may be higher Dec-Feb period, depending on availability
Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour).
gateways & pricing:
- Depart on Air New Zealand’s non-stop Houston – Auckland flight for a supplement of $250 per person
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $200 from Dallas, Add $320 from Denver, Seattle, Add $400 from Chicago, Minneapolis, Add $450 from NYC, Boston, Miami, Washington
with Air New Zealand
State-of-the-art Economy seats have been designed to provide a really comfortable seat for everybody. The armrest disappears right into the back of the seat so you can be more comfortable during our longhaul trips.
As well as the delicious and fresh meals from the kitchen, you can order tasty snacks throughout the flight, at the touch of your screen. No waiting for hours between meals - eat when you want to. And, of course, there's always a superb selection of New Zealand wines from the onboard cellar.
The vast selection of activities on our inflight entertainment will keep even the most fidgety of flyers engaged for the whole flight. Enjoy over 1,700 hours of content - including latest movies, TV box sets, video games, and a dedicated kids section - all on a 10.6” personal touch screen in widescreen format. If you need more, there are always the USB and iPod connections to plug in to.
Consider upgrading Skycouch, Premium Economy or Business Class.
Skycouch - from $549 one way (based on 2 persons sharing)
Premium Economy - from $950 per person round trip
Business Class (Lie-flat bed) from $4000 round trip
Note: All upgrades are subject to availability, upgrade cost may be higher
Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) from Los Angeles or San Francisco for purchase by 31 December, 2019. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.