Our indulgent New Zealand getaway features The Boastshed (Waiheke Island, Auckland), Treetops Lodge & Estate (Rotorua), Edenhouse (Nelson) and Eichardt's Private Hotel (center of Queenstown). The accommodation is outstanding and their locations provide countless opportunities to explore or you may chose to simply pause and relax.
- Economy air round trip from Los Angeles to Auckland
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal coach class air within New Zealand, Rotorua - Nelson, Nelson - Queenstown
- Private airport transfers to The Boastshed (Waiheke Island, Auckland), Treetops Lodge & Estate (Rotorua), Edenhouse (Nelson) and Eichardt's Private Hotel (center of Queenstown)
- The Boastshed (Waiheke Island, Auckland) - the Boatshd, 2 nights incl. Breakfast
- Treetops Lodge & Estate (Rotorua) - Lodge Room, 3 Nights incl. Breakfast and Dinner
- Edenhouse (Nelson) - Lodge Suite, 3 nights incl. Breakfast
- Eichardt's Private Hotel (center of Queenstown) - Lakefront 1 Bedroom Apartment, 3 nights incl. Breakfast
- The Boatshed - helicopter transfer on arrival, ferry transfer on return from Waiheke Island
- Private car an driver transfer from Auckland to Rotorua with optional sigtseeing stops en route
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- All hotel, local and VAT (Goods & services taxes
- ** Note: certain lodge activities additional cost **
Day 1 - Depart
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.
Day 2 - Cross International Date line
Day 3 - Arrive
Auckland, Waiheke Island
On arrival into Auckland airport transfer by helicopter to Waiheke Island. One of Auckland’s most outstanding scenic helicopter flights, taking in spectacular Hauraki Gulf with its myriad of small islands.
With its relaxed pace of life and unpolished charm, Waiheke Island offers the perfect start to your New Zealand itinerary. Situated above Oneroa beach, The Boatshed offers chic accommodation with the highest level of design and service detail. Beautifully appointed guest rooms look out over the bay with plenty of alfresco spaces to enjoy your daily meals.
Owned by the same family for 35 years, this property was developed by well known New Zealand designer Davis Scott as the perfect beach retreat. Today it is run by the next generation in the family along with a small team of dedicated professionals. The place is geared around doing very little, relaxing with a great book, enjoy a lazy breakfast, having a massage or taking a stroll on the beach. However, those that like to explore won’t be disappointed, discovering everything from vineyards and beautiful coastal walks to soft adventure such as paddle boarding and kayaking.
The word “Bach” - is used to describe small holiday shacks in New Zealand; these are places close to kiwis hearts… places of sunny days and simple times. The Boatshed's rooms and suites all have a little bit of the Bach in them, albeit with a little more comfort than most. Seven beautifully appointed spaces all offering privacy, sea views, open fires and the highest level of design detail. This is the beach holiday of dreams.
image: The Boatshed
Days 4 & 5 - The
Boatshed, Waiheke Island
A highlight of Waiheke has to be the islands beaches, from little coves and bays to long walking beaches, quiet tussocky banks and crystal clear waters. A well tracked coastal walk way system allows for spectacular hiking, take a short 40 minute stole around the head land or a 4 hour hike. Sophisticated vineyard restaurants, a vibrant village and markets, established and emerging artist studios… there is plenty of sighs to see, food to taste and wine to quaff.
image: The Boatshed
Day 6 - Waiheke Island
Return from Waiheke Island to Auckland by ferry. Upon arrival in Auckland you will be meet for your private car service transfer to Treetops Lodge & Estate, Rotorua. This private transfer is yours to design, discuss options with your Aspire consultant.
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
Days 7 & 8 -
Treetops Lodge & Estate
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.
Day 9 - Rotorua to
You will be collected from the lodge for your private car service transfer to Rotorua Airport. Depart Rotorua by air to Nelson. On arrival into Nelson you will be transferred by private car service transfer to Edenhouse.
This enchanting country-house retreat is located 45 minutes by road from Nelson Airport, towards The Abel Tasman National Park. Edenhouse has an enviable location -- it's surrounded by the activities and experiences in which its guests delight.
Edenhouse is finished and furnished to a very high standard with an emphasis on comfort, understated luxury and attention to detail. It comes as no surprise that two prestigious publications, Tatler and The Robb Report, included Edenhouse in their 100 Best Hotels of the World. The excellence here owes everything to Peter and Bobbie Martin, who designed Edenhouse drawing on Bobbie’s skills and talents honed at the Inchbald School of Design and The English Gardening School in London. Peter and Bobbie are fully committed to taking care of guests and are assisted by a team of twelve who all live in the local valley.
There are two luxurious suites in the main lodge, and the beautifully appointed and very private 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom garden cottage. All suites are air-conditioned, with pure Irish linen sheets and luxury toiletries.
Lodge Facilities: Helipad/ In house Spa services / Spa Pool / Walking trails / Wi-Fi access
image: Eden House
Days 10 & 11 -
The Nelson - Abel Tasman region is dotted with sheltered, cerulean bays, emerald-green hills, and snow-capped mountains. Winemakers and artists abound at the edge of rugged forests, trout-fishing rivers and the golden, postcard beaches of The Abel Tasman National Park. All are within easy reach of Edenhouse. So too are characterful cafes, artisan food producers, and charming villages..
image: Eden House
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 Eichardt's Private Hotel.
The historic building is situated at the heart of Queenstown’s café and restaurant precinct, with some of the finest international shopping labels an easy stroll away. Eichardt's Private Hotel reflects contemporary, provincial elegance -- its modern features in perfect harmony with distinctive antiques and luxurious furnishings. The opulent suites invite guests to soak up a sense of quiet before exploring one of the world’s truly remarkable locations.
Eichardt’s sets its own standard for gracious, luxury accommodation. The confident strokes and flawless symmetry, which are the hallmarks of New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher, are married seamlessly with every amenity you would expect in a world-class hotel. The hotel’s parlour offers guests the ideal setting for breakfast, with awe-inspiring views over Lake Wakatipu. Evening cocktail service with complimentary whiskey selection is enjoyed amidst a background of exquisite antiques and objects d’art.
Eichardt’s Lakefront Apartments, just metres from the main hotel, is perfect for larger parties, families, professionals and longer staying guests. The split-level suites are interconnected and can be opened to become a large single accommodation space, or sectioned off for smaller groups. Eichardt’s Residence, a beautifully appointed, three-bedroom, fully self-contained villa completes the collection. A short walk from the hotel, The Residence allows complete privacy - fully serviced and provisioned by the hotel and supported by concierge services. For those who demand the height of excellence, The Penthouse is the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounds, The Penthouse tops the iconic Eichardt's Private Hotel in pure indulgence.
In Eichardt's Bar, Queenstown’s premier lakefront address offers a welcoming and stylish environment for sampling mouth-watering creations and timeless cocktails. The renowned bar, with its comfortable sofas, cozy fireplace and gracious service, provides an inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy premium cocktails and some of the area’s finest cuisine. A Queenstown icon since 1867, Eichardt's Bar has the genuine atmosphere, history and ambience unlike anywhere else in the world, offering a welcoming environment for comfortable interaction between guests of the Hotel and some of Queenstown’s most colourful characters.
Lodge Facilities: Helipad / Spa Pool / Walking trails / Wi-Fi access
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.