Matching stunning surrounds, fantastic outdoor pursuits, comfort and hospitality, with cuisine based on the freshest local produce and finest regional wines. From the untouched Great Barrier Island, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers (Hawkes Bay), Stonefly Lodge (near Nelson) and Azur Lodge (Queenstown). Experience the diversity across the North & South Islands, unique lodging experiences, 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, Auckland - Great Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island to Napier, Napier to Nelson, Nelson to Queenstown
- Private airport transfers to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (Napier), Stonefly Lodge (Nelson) and Azur Lodge (Queenstown)
- Earthsong Lodge, Great Barrier Island - Ocean View Suite, 3 nights incl. Breakfast and Dinner
- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (Rotorua) - 3 Nights incl. Breakfast and Dinner
- Stonefly Lodge (Nelson) - Lodge Room, 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
Auckland, Great Barrier Island
On arrival into Auckland airport transfer and a 30 minute flight transports you to Great Barrier Island, a unique island world where nature holds sway. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Earthsong Lodge
Great Barrier Island where the earth, sea and sky meet, you will find Earthsong Lodge - one of New Zealand’s finest small and intimate boutique Lodges. Earthsong was created from the essence of nature in this idyllic island paradise. The surrounds are inspiring, the hospitality is exemplary the cuisine is divine, and the wine outstanding.
Earthsong's Ocean View Suites each have a private, sunny courtyard, as well as verandas boasting spectacular sea views. Separate from the main lodge, yet connected by a cobblestone path, each suite has an entrance lobby, adjoining en-suite bathroom, and large bedroom with a king-size bed. Suites can be reconfigured for share twin or single occupancy. French doors open onto private verandahs and sun-soaked courtyards, providing a quiet haven with panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, pristine Tryphena beaches and the Earthsong olive grove. Thick adobe-style walls and hand-crafted furnishings create an elegant, timeless atmosphere of permanence. Fresh fruit, flowers and home-made cookies are provided daily in each suite, along with complimentary fine tawny port, and a selection of teas and coffees.
image: Earthsong Lodge
Day 4 & 5 -
Earthsong Lodge, Great Barrier Island
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.
Criss-crossing the island are dozens of walking tracks ranging from gentle meanders through lush meadows to challenging hikes along rugged trails. Mountain bikers have two designated riding trails, and the island's craggy coastline is ideal for exploring by kayak. The fishing is great, the diving is awesome. You can even rejuvenate with a soak in geothermal hot springs.
Rocky outcrops along the Great Barrier Island coastline house colonies of Gannets and other sea birds. From there they launch into the blue and fly in formation over crystal clear waters teeming with aquatic life. The ocean is home to dolphins, whales and tuna. Bird-watchers and fishing fanatics call it heaven.
image: Earthsong Lodge
Day 6 - Great Barrier
Island to Napier
You will be transferred for you flight to Auckland, upon arrival Auckland connect to Napier. On arrival into Napier transfer by a private car service transfer to The Farm At Cape Kidnappers.
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
Overnight: The Farm At Cape Kidnappers Ridge Suite: 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
Days 7 & 8 - 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 9 - Napier to
You will be collected from the lodge for your private car service transfer to Napier Airport. Depart Napier by air to Nelson. On arrival into Nelson you will be transferred by private car service transfer to Stonefly Lodge.
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 10 & 11 -
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 12 - Nelson to
You will be collected from the lodge for your private car service transfer to Nelson Airport. 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 13 & 14 -
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 15 - Depart
Queenstown to US
You will be collected from the Eichardt's Private Hotel 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, 2018. 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.