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Keep Dreaming Of Unexpected Delights & Kiwi Landmarks

27th May 2020
We journey now into Volume 2, where we uncover unexpected delights and kiwi landmarks throughout Aotearoa. Ranging from the deep south of Wanaka, to the far north Bay of Islands, we’ll explore our favourite things to do, what to eat and where to stay. Plus tap into the delicious history of Marlborough and sample yet another vintage of excellence as we dive into the highlights of this landmark destination. Prepare to fall in love with the excitement, the decadence and the hidden perfection of these authentically kiwi experiences.

Wild Hills 4WD Safari in Wanaka

Journey high into the stunning Buchannan Mountains for scenery of Wanaka like no other. Get a behind the scenes view of a genuine High Country Farm at the West Wanaka Station, see beautiful, wild farm animals up close and bask in the incredible seldom-seen views of Lake Wanaka. Listen to expert local guides as they elaborate on the deep grandeur of this wondrous destination. A guaranteed adventure that the whole family will enjoy!

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21 Point Red Deer Stag. Credit: Getty Images

Cape Reinga Fly & Drive in Bay of Islands

Departing from the Bay of Islands, you’ll find a new angle of Aotearoa on this 1 hour return flight to the northern-most point of the country. Take in the remote, natural beauty of Parengarena Harbour and the Great Exhibition Bay (only visible from the air) and even soak up the wonder of the Bay of Islands themselves. Once you arrive, embark on a guided vehicle tour of the top of New Zealand, and see the iconic lighthouse, and where the churning Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. 

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Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Credit: Getty Images

Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk in Wanaka

Embark on an ultimate journey of exploration through Glaciers and iconic Lord of the Rings film locations into the Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel at speed over shallow braids, drift into sharp turns and experience the thrilling spins as you stop in deep pools to observe the breathtaking magic of our natural scenery. Enjoy a remote 50-minute walk through most covered forest, waterfalls and streams that trickle softly in the air. Marvel at the unexpected delight you’ll find in this remote adventure.

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Matukituki River, Mount Aspiring National Park. Credit: Getty Images

Scenic Marlborough & Wine Tour in Marlborough

Gourmet food, exquisite wines and dramatic landscapes summarise that wonder of experiencing Marlborough. As one of New Zealand’s most iconic and recognisable wine regions, you’ll experience a range of vintages (most notably white wines owing to the region) as you traverse around a myriad of different vineyards. Tour through private gardens, art galleries and stunning heritage sites. Visit chocolate factories, honey factories or go observe whales diving beneath the waves in the harbour. This is an experience not to be missed!

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Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Credit: Getty Images

Mahu Whenua, Wanaka

Welcome to your newest luxury high-country homestead and eco-sanctuary situated in the beautiful south of New Zealand. Offering a unique, lodge-style accommodation that is just 20 minutes drive from Wanaka, or a 10 minute helicopter flight from Queenstown, you’ll discover the feeling of seclusion and privacy in virtually your own private national park. Boasting private, modern and beautiful suites, you’ll fall in love with the magic of this destination and the dramatic natural alpine vistas that dominate the region. Discover this retreat.

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Mountain Bikers in Wanaka. Credit: Getty Images

Chateau Marlborough Hotel, Blenheim

Step into 5-star luxury in the heart of one of New Zealand’s most famous wine regions, and prepare to relax! Extensively refurbished to offer a modern and luxury accommodation of the highest level, you’ll enjoy more than just the beautiful scenery surrounding the Chateau. Take advantage of the onsite Day Spa to experience healing and relaxing body massages, plus advanced skin treatments and modern beauty treatments, for a holiday that will leave you refreshed and ready for life. Discover this retreat.

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Seymore Square Clock Tower, Blenheim. Credit: Getty Images

Eagle’s Nest, Bay of Islands

Welcome to the ultimate in New Zealand luxury retreats. This multi-award winning New Zealand retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline that boasts phenomenal views of the glistening Bay of Islands. Take advantage of heated, horizon edged infinity pools and gourmet chefs to give you an international luxury experience right here at home! Located in easy walking distance to the town of Russell, you can embark on helicopter flightseeing, romantic picnics and so much more! A must-do in luxury Bay of Island getaways. Discover this retreat.

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Eagle Spirit. Credit: Eagles Nest Lodge

Bistro Gentil, Wanaka

Prepare yourself for a modern French, culinary-affair in the beautiful backdrop of Wanaka. Bringing the delights of French gastronomy to the shores of Lake Wanaka, you’ll sample sensational cuisine in all its forms and of course some beautiful wines also. Sample cuisine that is infused with the bounty of the local landscape, and find comfort in the myriad of flavours on offer. Whether sampling via the A La Carte menu, or splashing out with the 5-course tasting menu, you’ll find that this quaint bistro offers much to be discovered.

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Berry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. Credit: Getty Images

Tipsy Oyster Tapas & Restaurant, Paihia

Whilst up north, you’d be remiss to not sample the local cuisine. Inspired by flavours from South East Asia, India, the Middle East and beyond, you’ll fall  in love with the exquisite cuisine on offer. With a dedicated oyster menu, allowing you to sample the freshest catch of the day and a tapas menu boasting seafood, international cuisine and so much more, you’ll find that excitement and joy await you here. Plus, being just a short way back from the beach, you’ll embrace being able to go for a walk after dinner and enjoy the peaceful night air.

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Plate of Oysters. Credit: Getty Images

Arbour, Marlborough

Rated Two Hats by Cuisine 2019, this restaurant’s reputation truly speaks for itself. Boasting a modern, relaxed environment with innovative cuisine, an extensive wine list and enviably warm service, you’ll find their ever-changing dishes showcase local producers and Marlborough’s rich stories. Offering two styles, the “Eat Local” and “The Many”, their menus overflow with a veritable sense of creativity, joy and a deep-seated sense of exploration. We’re talking of sourdoughs, parsnip and fromage tortellini, slow roasted lamb, and desserts which overflow with chocolate, milk ice cream, rhubarb and so much more. We would recommend booking in advance, to ensure that you can sample this slice of perfection and experience the Two Hats wonder for yourself. 

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Beef Loin. Credit: Getty Images
Discover what other incredible options we have available in the Bay of Islands, Wanaka and Marlborough.
Talk to your local Travel Adviser today about planning your next unforgettable holiday around New Zealand!