This is a quick summary of our agents itinerary while they were on their Journey of Manaakitanga.
Day One - Auckland
Arrive into Auckland, the City of Sails and spend the day enjoying a peaceful wine tasting experience with Ananda Tours on Waiheke Island, just 40 minutes by Fullers ferry, but a whole world away from the bustling CBD. To pick up the pace try ziplining over the wines with our friends at EcoZip before heading back to the city in style with Auckland Sea Planes.
Day Two - Bay of Plenty
Take a domestic flight to the Bay of Plenty region and hop straight into a helicopter to visit an active volcano, White Island, and enjoy a guided walk through the crater as you learn about the history and geology of this place. Cruise back to Whakatane and immerse yourself in the Māori culture at Mataatua Marae, participate in a pōwhiri (welcome ceremony) and watch their story come to life in a fantastic light show, interwoven with the features of the wharenui (meeting house).
Day 3 - Bay of Plenty / Waikato / Rotorua
Having spent the evening in Tauranga, enjoy a morning marine wildlife cruise with Bay Explorer before visiting New Zealand’s most famous village - Hobbiton, an original film set used for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Get re-energised with a Gondola ride and Luge in Rotorua before a wonderful sunset buffet dinner atop the Skyline at the Stratosfare restaurant. Once the sun goes down head into the Whakawerawera forest and walk through the California Redwoods on a suspended bridge treewalk.
Day 4 - Rotorua
An early start with a dip in Rotorua’s famous Polynesian Spa hot pools before OGO, Rotorua’s own downhill inflatable sphere experience – fun for all ages guaranteed. Afterwards enjoy more geothermal wonders by watching the Pohutu Geyser erupt at Te Puia and enjoy a traditionally cooked meal. See the Kiwis, New Zealand’s native birds, and meet local artists at NZMACI - a school for traditional skills. Take a scenic flight up to Mt Tarawera to get a birds-eye view of the mystical land and afterwards enjoy a traditional hāngī dinner and cultural show at Tamaki Māori village.
Day 5 - Nelson Tasman
A quick domestic flight and transfer through Wellington will deliver you to the South Island and Nelson where your guide from Wine, Art and Wilderness will introduce you to some of the local vintners, artists and chefs.
Day 6 - Nelson Tasman
Explore Abel Tasman National Park, a haven for hiking, kayaking and marine wildlife. Try paddling a traditional Waka Canoe with Waka Abel Tasman, take a scenic cruise with Wilson’s Abel Tasman and then spend a night in the National Park at the beautiful Awaroa Lodge.
Day 7 - Nelson Tasman / Canterbury (Kaikoura)
Wake up to the sounds of nature, then join in with a guided kayak trip around some of the beautiful bays. Head back to Motueka for a scenic charter flight over the National Park and mountain ranges to Kaikoura, the famous whale watching mecca where you can see Giant Sperm Whales, Humpbacks, Pilot Whales and Orcas.
Day 8 - Canterbury (Kaikoura)
Get out on the water with Whale Watch Kaikoura and in the water with Dolphin Encounter where you can swim with the friendly wild dusky dolphins. In the evening relax in your Luxury Lodge at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses and enjoy stunning scenery with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.
Day 9 & 10 - Canterbury (Christchurch)
The last stop is Christchurch, New Zealand’s vibrant and ever-changing second-largest city, affectionately known as ‘The Garden City’. Take in stunning views up the Christchurch Gondola, explore the city centre on the historic Christchurch Tram and relax before your flight home as you punt down the Avon River.