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Keep Dreaming of Winter Highlights

25th June 2020
As snow begins to fall softly on the mountain peaks, and night becomes colder with glistening stars to guide our journey, we venture into our fourth volume of travel discovery. Welcome to our favourite Winter Highlights, where we’ll explore some different destinations that bring New Zealand to life. Journey with us from the Coromandel Peninsula, to beautiful and frigid Lake Taupo, and onwards to the glistening jewel of the south: Dunedin. Find our top road trips, ski holidays, hiking adventures and so much more! Peruse what Aotearoa has to offer, then reach out to your local Travel Adviser and let’s see what we can do for your next, best, getaway!

The Reef Resort, Taupo

4.5 star
Your stage for discovery in the middle of the north island, Taupo is a veritable hub of exploration, adventure and opportunity for the eager traveller! Spend a relaxing day by the outdoor pool area which is naturally heated all year round, borrow one of the cruiser bikes and set off on your own guided excursion, or put a movie on in your room for the kids while you kick back with a book or a trip to the gym! As the cold of night rolls in across the lake, retreat to the warmth of your room for idyllic seclusion, or venture out for an evening adventure with your concierge!

Distinction Dunedin

4.5 star
Welcome to Dunedin’s premier luxury hotel, owned and operated by locals in the area and since 1937! Boasting an elegant, contemporary design, this exceptional hotel offers spacious and modern facilities to those wanting a relaxing weekend away. Enjoy modern gems like superior soundproofed rooms, cloud-like beds, 55” televisions and the on-site gym. As your home base, you can set out for days of eager discovery around the region, or even set off for road-trips and opportunities for discovery!

970 Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach

5 star
Step into secluded luxury at the hidden and beautiful 970 Lonely Bay in stunning Cooks Beach. Enjoy premium comforts in an Atrium Suite with breakfast daily, and use this luxurious hub as the ultimate way to explore the northern end of the Coromandel. Day trip to Cathedral Cove in Hahei and take a hike down to the beachfront. Drop in at Hot Water Beach and experience the spa-like temperatures of your own private, natural beach pool. Enjoy boutique lodge stylings that are perfectly complemented by the natural scenery and gorgeous on-site facilities.

Cathedral Cove Walk

Exceptional Coromandel Hiking Adventure
A good pair of shoes is recommended for this 30-45 minute walk from the uphill parking lot down to the stunning Cathedral Cove. On the way down, you’ll experience beautiful natural views and the occasional glistening glimpse of the ocean beneath as it twinkles in the light of the sun. Once you’re down there, the beach is phenomenal - an almost forgotten corner of the nation where white sands give way to clear waters and where the iconic hole in the rock makes for ideal photo opportunities. The walk back to the carpark can be a bit of a hike, so it’s recommended to relax on the sands for a bit and bring a bottle of water.

Scenic Lake Cruise

Lake Cruise Cultural Adventures
Set out on the iconic Lake Taupo for a calming catamaran cruise around the many sites on offer. Get vantage point views of the town and the nearby ranges, as well as a genuine view of the Maori Rock Carvings established in 1976. On this 1.5 hour cruise, you’ll be able to recline with a complimentary drink  and muffin and listen to the guided commentary from local experts, to brush up on your knowledge of the region. 
Experience this for yourself from $49*pp!

Big Day in the Bay Kayak Tour

New Perspective Coromandel Sightseeing
Enjoy this humbling combination of two half day tours exploring the coastline that lies to both the north and the south of Hahei beach - including the stunning Cathedral Cove. Taking approximately 6 hours, cast out onto the clear ocean waters and take in the sights in an unobtrusive and eco-friendly way. Explore blowholes, caves and hard-to-reach locations that are perfect for those photo-worthy moments and take in the local knowledge with guides!
Experience this for yourself from $205*pp!

Explore from Dunedin

Incredible Road Trip Adventures
Dunedin is the perfect hub to enable you to explore much of the South Island. Being in close proximity to the likes of Oamaru, Southland and Wanaka, and even Queenstown or Christchurch if you’re eager for an overnight stay, you can easily base yourself in New Zealand’s oldest city. Whether renting a car, or a campervan to have a lazier drive, you’ll quickly find that the regions around Dunedin are rife with culture, nature and discovery. Spot native birds on your drive to Wanaka, journey to Oamaru for lunch or journey north to Christchurch to experience a guided tour of discovery.

Go Vino, Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula

European, Fusion, Wine Bar
Enjoy an evening of quality, innovative cooking in Whitianga. At Go Vino, they have evolved a KaiZen style of cooking (Kai - the Maori word for food and Zen - the philosophy of enjoying the moment) and hold this positive continuous development at the heart of their cuisine. Enjoy fresh, seasonal menus that cycle every three months, allowing you to indulge in the freshest, most relevant cuisine of the time. With plates designed to be shared (and encouragement to put away phones at the table) you’ll be able to enjoy an intimate and memorable dining experience that’ll keep you coming back for more each time. 
Step out for a delicious meal when you stay in the Coromandel. Ask your Local Travel Adviser about adding this onto your booking.

Edgewater Restaurant, Taupo

New Zealand, European Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
In the fine-dining, elegant establishment, you’ll find food and drinks that are as fabulous as the views over Lake Taupo. Savour their award-winning local and international cuisine, crafted with the freshest of ingredients on a daily basis. With a long-standing reputation as one of the very best restaurants in the region, you’ll find comfort and ambience that is second to none and an ideal setting to spoil, impress and simply indulge in mouth-watering treats that’ll linger in your tastebuds. With so many incredible options available in Taupo, this truly stands out as a highlight of cuisine excellence.
Step out for a delicious meal when you stay in Taupo. Ask your Local Travel Adviser about adding this onto your booking.

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant, Dunedin

Local Cuisine, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
In operation for over 28 years and in close proximity to the new Forsyth Barr Stadium, the Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant boasts exceptional cuisine in the glistening jewel of the south island. An exemplary cocktail, whisky & wine menu complements a plethora of menus (3-course, lunch, evening & dessert) that overflow with sensational flavours and true local cuisine elements. Daily, changing soup, delicious risottos and authentic lamb rumps are but a few of the exceptional ways to get a true taste of Dunedin.
Step out for a delicious meal when you stay in Dunedin. Ask your Local Travel Adviser about adding this onto your booking.  

Explore the south like a local


Scenic Roads of the South Island, 

October 2020 to May 2021

7-day round trip from Christchurch with Insight Vacations

5 star

Discover the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island, known for its magnificent mountains, pristine lakes and world-renowned wines. From Christchurch, you’ll venture north along the remote rugged shorelines to the beautiful and pristine Marlborough Sounds and Tasman region, where you’ll be treated to world-class wine and an abundance of artisan cuisine. Journey from city to coast to sounds to mountains and get in touch with exclusive experiences and true local knowledge to see the South Island in an unapologetically kiwi way! Enjoy premium hotel accommodation, expert guides, luxury air-conditioned transports, most meals and activities on this truly luxurious exploration of New Zealand. 
See stunning corners of New Zealand in one amazing trip! Pair this amazing experience with your trip to Taupo and Dunedin and explore more of New Zealand than ever before!
Plus, you can use your credit from cancelled trips with this getaway!
Talk to your local Travel Adviser today about planning your next unforgettable holiday around New Zealand!