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20 Day North Island Nature Glamping

Auckland Auckland
Duration: 20 Days
Scale: 1 - 10 people
From: Auckland
To: Auckland
Categories: Self Drive Tours
Transportations: Car

 

20 Day North Island Nature Glamping 

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without compromise on comfort or luxury. Seek refuge in New Zealand's stunning countryside where remote, peaceful and intimate hideaways await you. Listen to native New Zealand bird song, watch spectacular sunsets, relax and enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of New Zealand. This out-of-the-ordinary glamping tour around New Zealand's diverse North Island will be therapy for the senses and mind.

 


Highlights 

 Glamping in stunning New Zealand scenery

 Northland and Bay of Islands

Geothermal Rotorua and Taupo

 See the world's first sunrise in Gisborne

 Daily hot tubs with incredible views

 

 

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20 Day North Island Glamping Tour


Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on twin share occupancy in a double room, and are subject to availability. If anything comes back unavailable, we will endeavor to find you a suitable alternative. 

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  • Day 1 : Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland and New Zealand.

    A private shuttle representative will be waiting for you at the airport's arrival hall and transfer you to your accommodation. Your detailed tour information pack will be given to you once you arrive at your accommodation.

    You’ll most likely be pretty tired from a long flight, so take the rest of the day to relax and explore the inner city. Auckland's City Centre is not too big, so you can easily walk around. Visit the Skytower to take in great views of the city, and stroll around the waterfront with its many nice bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a great meal.

     

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  • Day 2-3 : Auckland - Kauri Coast

    Your North Island self drive glamping tour starts today, and you will pick up your rental vehicle in the morning.

    As you head across the Auckland Harbour Bridge your destination is the beautiful Kauri Coast in Northland, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility New Zealand native forest. 

    Reconnect over a board game, explore the nearby rocky stream, wander the bush track - or simply lie back in the steaming hot outdoor bath, and gaze through the canopy of trees to the sparkling night sky above.

    There's plenty to do off the property as well. Visit Trounson Kauri Park to take in the magnificent Kauri trees, or visit the Kai Iwi lakes. Check out Nelson's Kauri Shop and Mill at Kaihu, just down the road. Explore the nearby beaches! There's miles of white sandy shores to walk along.

     

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    Driving distance : 181 km - Driving time : approximately 2 hrs 22 min.

  • Day 4-5 : Kauri Coast - Keri Keri

    Kerikeri is an ideal place to explore Northland and the nearby Bay of Islands. Kerikeri village itself, offers a quaint cinema, boutique shops, and lots of great cafes and restaurants. Cottle Hill Winery is less than a minute down the road.

    The Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is 3 minutes away, and another well-known kiwi business, 'Living Nature', a natural skincare and cosmetics factory shop, (which also houses a beauty clinic), is just around the corner. Get a taste of history with a visit to The Stone Store and Kemp House (11 minutes away), and Rewa’s Village - just 12 minutes away.

    Charlie’s Rock, an amazing swimming hole, is 12 minutes drive.

    Each Saturday there is The Packhouse Market in Kerikeri which offers local culinary treats, crafts, and more. And on Sundays, there is the Kerikeri Farmer’s Market for fruits and vegetables.

     

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    Driving distance : 147 km - Driving time : approximately 2 hrs.  40 min.

     

  • Day 6 : Kerikeri - Mangonui

    Explore the Northland and its stunning beaches for another day as your next destination, Mangonui, is only a short drive of about an hour. Visit the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga, or hang out at some of the exquisite beaches in the area on the Karikari Peninsula, Taupo Bay or Matauri Bay. 

    Your stay at the River Bothy is a chance to relax and unwind. Explore the collection of vinyl records on the record player, soak in the outdoor bath and take in the unique surrounds of your olive grove, riverside setting. If you have a kayak or paddleboard - bring it along and explore the river from the water. 

    There's plenty to do off the property as well. Visit the Butler Point Whaling Museum for a bit of history, or explore the stunning nearby beaches that Doubtless Bay has to offer. The famous Coopers Beach is just a short drive away - gorgeous swimming and miles of white sandy shores.

     

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    Driving distance : 60.1 km - Driving time : approximately 47 mins  

  • Day 7 : Mangonui - Castaways

    Today you will leave Northland behind you, and make your way south to the lush farmlands of the Mighty Waikato region south of Auckland.

    You can completely unplug and reconnect at Castaways. Read, relax, soak in the outdoor tub, or lounge in the hammock. Cosy up in bed with a good book and listen to the sound of the surf.

    Enjoy the amazing views and changing light on the ocean from wherever you are - the bed, the bath or the hammock! If you can tear yourself away, go for a stroll on the property, either on the farm, or down to the beach.

    Castaways offer a range of activities, such as archery and clay target shooting, that you can book directly with Castaways once you've made your booking. You can also book into Bersantai (Castaways day spa) for a hot stone massage or one of the many other tempting treatments available.

     

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    Driving distance : 369 km - Driving time : approximately  4 hrs 40 mins

  • Day 8 : Castaway - Coromandel Península

    Get off the beaten track today on the gorgeous Coromandel Peninsula, known for its stunning beaches and the famous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

    A wonderfaul glamping experience awaits you at Top Hut, about 40 minutes northeast from Coromandel Town, and well off the tourist trail.

    The elevated one roomed hut is nestled amongst native bush, surrounded by Nikau, Kauri, Rimu and the colourful Rata. Private and quiet, it's a complete escape from everyday life. 

    Tastefully decorated, this unique accommodation has a subtle Moroccan interior theme. Large windows open widely out to the tree tops. Sheepskins and large, decorative cushions on the sofas and window seats invite lounging in the dappled sunlight. It's glamping at its finest, with simple but luxurious natural linen bedding and high thread count 100% cotton sheets. 

    Outside, the hut deck has everything you need to enjoy outdoor living. Soak up the serenity, relaxing in comfortable deck chairs and toasting marshmallows on the chiminea under twinkling vintage string lights. 

    The property borders the Department of Conservation Kennedy Bay Block. Bush walks and native trees abound, with plenty of kaka, wood pigeon, fantail tui and bellbird to be found in the surrounding forest. A 10-15 minute walk from the hut leads you down to a rocky shore for a morning ocean dip - the perfect place for a peaceful picnic, fishing, or just sea gazing in an idyllic, unspoilt pohutukawa fringed bay.

     

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    Driving distance : 180 km - Driving time : approximately  2 hr 37 mins

  • Day 9 : Coromandel Peninsula - Lake Tarawera

    As you leave the Coromandel your self drive tour continues towards Rotorua, the centre of Maori Culture in New Zealand and unique geothermal areas. Your destination for the day is Lake Tarawera just outside Rotorua, one of New Zealand's largest lakes with excellent trout fishing with the landscape dominating Mount Tarawera as a backdrop. 

    Your stay at Kanuka Lake Tarawera can be as relaxing or action packed as you want it to be.

    A beautiful, private, safe and sandy beach is 50m from your tent. Explore the lake edge on the two single kayaks provided, discovering untouched bays and magical natural springs. Or walk the Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach, a 1.5 hour walk from the site, to enjoy a soak in the warm thermal water at the lake edge. You'll pass historic sites, past settlements and cross spring-fed streams teaming with trout in the spawning season.

    When it's time to relax, grab a good book, jump in the hammock and take in the peaceful surrounds of a magical place. You are truly in touch with nature.

     

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    Driving distance : 221 km - Driving time : approximately 3 hr 23 mins

     

  • Days 10-11: Lake Tarawera - Taupo

    Your drive to Taupo is not very long today, but there are some interesting things to see and do on the way. Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal wonderland is one of the most unique geothermal areas you can encounter, or how about a Maori Cultural Experience in Rotorua. A must-see are the impressive Huka Falls are you approach Taupo and its lake, Lake Taupo.

    Relax, sit back and take in the gorgeous view from the Dome, or get out and about to enjoy everything the Taupo region has to offer. Explore nearby Whakaipo Bay, either for a swim walk along the beach. Walk the W2K track or bring your mountain bike and bike it! Kinloch Bay is also handy.

    Soak in the Wairakei Terraces in the evening (18-minutes drive away), beautiful, adults only, silicone pools, set in amongst gorgeous landscaping.The Huka Prawn Park is another unique local experience. Have lunch on the edge of the Waikato River, fish for prawns and enjoy the nature walk.

    Another must do in the area is a kayak tour or boat trip to see the stunning, contemporary Maori carving at Mine Bay.

     

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    Driving distance : 97.6 km - Driving time approximately : 1 hrs 18 mins 

  • Day 12 : Taupo - Gisborne

    Gisborne, your destination for today, is the first city in the world to see the sunrise, and it has a reputation for great food, wine and surf beaches.

    You'll be staying at the Manutuke Eco Retreat, a romantic glamping accommodation 15 minutes from Gisborne.

    At the campsite, there's 2 SUP boards and a 2-person kayak for exploring the lake on water. Yoga mats are provided for yoga devotees and binoculars are provided for spotting some of the incredible birdlife on the property. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the comfort of your outdoor beanbag, you'll find some great walking across two different properties - one with amazing views and one for tree lovers with mature redwoods, eucalyptus, cedar. 

    Other highlights in the local area include the spectacular Gisborne beaches, with popular Brown's Beach just 5 minutes drive away.

     

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    Driving distance : 357 km - Driving time approximately : 4 hrs 37 mins  

  • Day 13 & 14 : Gisborne - Napier

    Heading a little further south today into the Hawke's Bay region and Napier, New Zealand's beautiful art deco city, your glamping tour brings you to Hawkhill Cottage, a peaceful escape  and the perfect place to base yourself for exploring the Hawke's Bay region. With everything from Art Deco Tours to wineries, the Hawke's Bay Farmers Market to pottery and art studios - and floristry and cooking classes - there really is something for everyone.

    If you're keen to get active, bring your bikes! The Hawke's Bay cycle trail has a starting point 5 minutes away from Hawkhill Cottage. Those that wish to just relax and enjoy the peaceful vibe of the cottage will love watching the birdlife found on the lagoon and a range of natives that love to visit the surrounding gardens.

    There are plenty of board games and even 'cornholl' (a game similar to petanque) to keep you entertained.

     

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    Driving distance : 214 km - Driving time  : approximately : 2 hrs 58 mins

     

  • Day 15 : Napier - Wairarapa

    Your journey continues south into the Wairarapa region, famous for its vineyards in Martinborough as well as its rugged landscapes. A visit to Cape Palliser, the North Island's most southernpoint, is a must.

    Your glamping accommodation for the night is Kawakawa Station.

    Relax at the campsite, snooze in the hammock or battle it out over a board game... Soak in the bath and star-gaze at the incredible night sky. If you're a surfer, take note! Kawakawa Sation is directly across the road from popular surf breaks, Craps, Big Ning Nong and Little Ning Nong.

    Five minutes down the road is the Putangirua Pinnacles walk, a 2 - 4-hour return trip depending on the route. This epic place was used as a filming location for the 'Paths of the Dead' scene in ‘The Return of the King’, the third movie in Peter Jackson's ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. 

    Four kilometres in the other direction is the Ngawi Fishing Village, where the main income comes from crayfish (southern rock lobster) fishing. Ngawi has more tractors and bulldozers per capita than anywhere else in the world which are used to haul fishing boats in and out of the water. The line up of colourful tractors on the beach is a tourist attraction in itself! 

    Ngawi is also home to a permanent fur seal colony. The rookery, at Mangatoetoe, was found in 1991, the first one found in the North Island in the 20th century, indicating that the seals were recovering from previous exploitation. Definitely worth seeing but don’t get too close! .The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located around 5 km from Ngawi. It was first lit in 1897 but became automated in 1986 and flashes twice every 20 seconds. Challenge yourself to climb the 258 steps up to the lighthouse!

     

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    Driving distance : 177 km   - Driving time : approximately 2 hours 18 mins

     

  • Day 16 & 17 : Wairarapa -Wellington

    Visit the world's coolest little capital in Wellington today, and find out for yourself why Wellington was named best liveable city in the world in 2016. 

    Whether you're keen to enjoy hustle and bustle of Wellington City, or escaping from it, your stay at Boho Bach is the perfect inner city stay.  

    A 5 minute walk will get you to Scorching Bay, the best swimming beach in Wellington and the Scorcharama cafe across the road is a great place to enjoy a coffee or brunch. 10-minutete walk in the other direction takes you to Miramar with the Weta Studio tours, the Roxy cinema and many top eating places.

    A 20-minute drive will get you straight into the heart of Wellington City with its fantastic shopping, buzzing cafe scene and lively nightlife.

    Wellington is famous for the World of Wearable (WOW) Show every year in September/October and the Wellington International Arts Festival in March/April, but there is always plenty going in 'The Coolest Little Capital in the World'!

     

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    Driving distance : 227 km   - Driving time : approximately 3 hours 32 mins

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  • Day 18 : Wellington - New Plymouth

    New Plymouth is a bustling hive of activity located on the west coast of the North Island, with the perfectly shaped cone of Mount Taranaki overlookng the city around every corner. The drive drive to New Plymouth takes you along Surf Highway 45, and as it's name suggests, offers many excellent surf breaks.

     

    Immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance of the countryside setting of the Charming Safari Tents.

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    Driving distance : 352 km   - Driving time : approximately 4 hours 40 mins

     

  • Day 19 : New Plymouth - Waitomo

    Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations.

    West, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a high limestone arch over Mangapohue Stream. Northeast of the village, Otorohanga Kiwi House shelters several species of the rare native kiwi bird.

     

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    Driving distance : 352 km   - Driving time : approximately 2 hours 39 mins

     

  • Day 20 : Waitomo - Auckland

    Today unfortunately your North Island glamping experience comes to an end and you'll be making your way back to Auckland to return your rental vehicle.

     

    Driving distance : 183 km   - Driving time : approximately 2 hours 15 mins

     

  

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Important information
  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • Detailed tour pack upon arrival ot accommodation.
  • 20 day car rental with unlimited daily kilometers
  • Standard insurance with zero excess reduction option.
  • First night accommodation in 4 star hotell.
  • 20 Nights glamping accommodation
  • Coastal Tent gourmet dinner

  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price

Start planning and create your own custom New Zealand itinerary here:

Hawke's Bay - East Coast

 

 

The East Coast of New Zealand is a sun blessed region and receives most sunshine hours annually across the entire country. No surprise it is also one of the largest wine regions in the country, and there's no shortage of world class wine to sample on a variety of available wine tours. 

Beautiful beaches can be found all along the East Coast, and as the first place to see a new day in the world, the sunrises on show every morning are devastatingly spectacular. Inland you'll find towering forested hills in the Kaweka and Raukumara Forest parks, and a little more inland the majestic Te Urewera Park, taking you back in time with ancient and enchanting forests.

The East Cape is a scenic, isolated and little known region in the North Island where the pace of life is laid back and the settlements are predominantly Maori.  The drive around the Cape offers magnificent views of the wild coast dotted with little bays, inlets and coves that change their mood together with the weather. For a unique, remote experience off the main tourist trail, this is a must place region to visit in New Zealand.

 

Wellington

 

Wellington is a destination with many superlatives. It is beautifully nestled between bush clad hills and one of the most picturesque harbours in the world, it was named the best city to live in the world in 2017, and it is also one of the windiest cities in the world. But as Wellingtonians say : You can't beat Wellington on a good day, and we certainly have a soft spot for this fantastic city.

Wellington is the nation's centre for arts and culture, with the National Museum Te Papa one of the main icons of the city.  The city also contains a plethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and activities and is also home to New Zealand's parliament. Due to its compact size it is easy to explore the city on foot.

 

Taranaki

 

 

Taranaki might be a slightly less known region in New Zealand, unless you're a keen surfer or windsurfer. The landscape is dominated by the perfectly shaped volcanic cone which is Mt Taranaki, or Mt Egmont. At 2500m not only does it entirely dominate the landscape, but it also creates its own climate. On any given day, the winds may be reaching gale force on one side of the mountain, while on the other side you may be relaxing on the beach without a sigh of wind, such is the impact of the mountain.

In winter you may ski down the mountain in the morning, and in summer there are a number of excellent hiking opportunities, including hikes to the summit or right around the mountain.

Surf Highway 45 offers word class surf and windsurfing conditions and the black iron sandy beaches are wild and beautiful and aplenty.

 

Marlborough

 

When travelling from the North Island to the South Island on the Interislander ferry, the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are the first sight. Picton is the destination port, and a good base to go walking, fishing, sailing, kayaking and exploring the many secluded bays in the Sounds. 

The Marlborough region is internationally recognized for its world class wine, most notably its Sauvignon Blanc, and there are many different ways to sample these wines as their are many wineries offering excellent wine tours. By bike, or by luxury old timer cars, the creativity with which these tours are organized is brilliant. The seafood in this region is also sumptuous, great to combine with a glass of the local wines.

Those put off by the large crowds on the Abel Tasman Track will love the Queen Charlotte Track. The beaches are a little less exquisite, but the coastal scenery is still stunning and there are many accommodation options aolong the track.

Nelson - Tasman

 

 

The Nelson-Tasman region is blessed with an incredibly diverse natural beauty, offering no less than three of the finest National Parks in the country. From the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, dramatic and lush rainforests in Kahurangi National Park, to the alpine environment of Nelson Lakes National Park, this region has it all. The area around Nelson is also one of the sunniest in the country, due to the protecting surrounding hills, so it's a popular region with travelers.

Nelson is the South Island's second largest city, noted for its fruit-growing industry in the Motueka Valley, wineries and micro-breweries. It also has an energetic local arts and crafts community with local artists exhibiting their products on the famed Nelson market every Saturday. Nearby Rabbit Island boasts great swimming beaches, boating fishing and forest walks. 

Further west, Motueka is the centre of a green tea, hops and fruit-growing area, and is a good base to explore the nearby parks. The drive over Takaka Hill takes you into Golden Bay, whre you may find the biggest cave in the Southern Hemisphere as well as New Zealand's largest freshwater spring, the Waikoropupu Springs, simply called "Pupu Springs", with reputedly the clearest water in the world.

Kaikoura

 

Kaikoura is a unique place by the sea where marine wildlife lives in abundance, against the backdrop of the impressive Kaikoura mountain ranges. It is well known for its range of eco-tourism activities and getting up close with the main inhabitant along its shores, the giant Sperm Whale.

Whale watching in Kaikoura is simply a must-do as you're guaranteed to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and along the way you're most likely to see a pod of bottlenose or duksy dolphins play in the water, be impressed by the take-off and water landing of the Royal Albatross, and see a bunch of sea lions lazing about on a rock, suc is the diversity.

The ocean here also provides some spectacular seafood, and a stay in Kaikoura may not go by without having tried the crayfish

Aoraki - Mt Cook

 

 

The approach to new Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook, via the blue lake of Lake Pukaki is something you will remember for a lifetime. At 3754m Mt Cook entirely dominates the landscape and as you draw ever closer, its imperious glaze on you only gets more and more impressive.

Mt Cook National Park, along with Aspiring and Westland National Parks, have been incorporated into a World Heritage Area extending from the Cook River in Westland down to the base of Fiordland. Of the 27 mountains in New Zealand which are over 300om, 22 of them are in Mt Cook National Park. The park also boasts New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier.

The park offer numerous hikes to get up close with Mt Cook, but also offer many other exciting adventure activities, such as mountaineering, helicopter flights, heli-skiing and sea-kayaking on glacial waters.

West Coast - Glaciers

 

 

The West Coast or Westland is a rugged and wild land with rocky beaches, deep river gorges,  bush-clad hills and towering icy-peaks. Extending across a 600km long stretch on the western side of the Southern Alps, a visit here takes you through a myriad of five National Parks, yes five!!, including the World Heritage Area - Te Wahipounamu. Each of the national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur's Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring National Parks - have their their own unique and distinct features. You'll find New Zealand's highest mountains, most dense and lush rainforests, natural rivers, glacial lakes, deepest gorges,  and of course the two phenomenal Glaciers themselves, Fox and Franz Josef.

Wanaka

 

 

Wanaka receives slightly less attention than it's more famous neighbour Queenstown, only about an hour away, but one may argue which of the two towns is nestled in the most impressive scenery. While that may be a very difficult question to answer, Wanaka boasts a similar range of adrenaline activities, but with some more serenity about it all.  The town offers fine dining and living and is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone, Cardrona, Harris Mountains and Pisa Range ski areas. Every second Easter, Wanaka hosts the incredibly popular Warbirds over Lake Wanaka, a huge international air show that sees the town swell with visitors.

The central feature of the region is Mt Aspiring, surrounded by the national park with the same name. The alpine scenery does not get any more dramatic than this in New Zealand, and offers some of the best hiking in the country. The park has wide valleys, secluded flats, more than 100 glaciers and towering mountains. The southern end of the park around Glenorchy receives most visitors and includes popular hikes such as the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's great walks, but there are also excellent shorter walks and more demanding hikes in the Matukituki Valley close to Wanaka. 

Terms and Conditions

1.0   Interpretation and general

1.1   “We”, “our” or “us” means SOUTHERN JOURNEYS LIMITED

1.2    “Services” means the services undertaken by us as travel agents on your behalf in arranging “package tour” holidays in New Zealand

1.3   "The CGA” means the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993

1.4   You acknowledge that these terms and conditions shall apply to all contracts and transactions between us and you, and that any other conditions, descriptions and representations are    expressly excluded. Any addition or variation must be in writing and signed by both of us to be enforceable.

2.0  Contract

2.1   These terms and conditions shall be the only terms and conditions of the contract between us and you, and shall apply to all transactions between us.

2.2   The contract becomes effective upon your acceptance of the travel package proposal prepared by us and presented to you.

2.3   Any quotation may be withdrawn by us at any time.  Quotations otherwise remain open for acceptance for a maximum period of 14 days from the date of quotation and shall then be deemed to be withdrawn.

 

3.0   Price, forfeiture and price variations

3.1   All prices set out on our website and our quotations are in New Zealand Dollars and include Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%.

3.2   You are required to pay us a deposit of 20% immediately upon receipt of our invoice. The invoice will be issued to you upon your acceptance of our travel package proposal. 

3.3   We reserve the right to vary our quoted price at any time prior to the payment of the deposit and any variation in price thereafter due to changes in exchange rates, transport, freight, insurance, GST, or circumstances beyond our control between the date of quotation and the date of the tour, are payable by you.

3.4   The balance of the price must be paid not later than 45 days prior to the commencement of the tour. All payments are to be made in New Zealand Dollars by way of electronic banking or credit card. Failure to pay timeously will result in the cancellation of the tour and forfeiture by you of the deposit.

3.5   If you wish to vary the tour booking in any way, you must request it in writing. Any such variation/s may incur additional costs and any additional extras will increase the original contract price. You must pay any such additional costs before the tour commences and you acknowledge that our agreeing to any variations or extras is entirely within our discretion and that we are not obliged to accept any such variations or extras.          

3.6   You accept and acknowledge that certain costs are not included in the contract price and remain your responsibility such as the cost of insurances, insurance cover for cancellation, repatriation costs, medical expenses, emergency evacuation, gratuities and beverages, optional meals and any optional excursion not reflected on the booking reservation. Meals are not included in the price unless otherwise stated. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance.

3.7   All accommodation prices listed on the website are based on twin/double occupation, unless otherwise specified. Any cost incurred by the hotel resulting from any act or damage to the hotel will be payable by you. We will not be liable for any loss, theft or damage of personal belongings while staying in one of our accommodation options

 

4.0          Cancellations and refunds

4.1   If you wish to cancel a booked tour, you must notify us in writing and the date of receipt by us of your notice of cancellation will be deemed to be the date of cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply.

4.2   The following are the cancellation fees that will apply:

  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
  • Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price

4.3   The cancellation fee is due and payable on the date of cancellation and we have the right to take such fees from the deposit or from any other monies paid by you. If payment is not made in full promptly on the due date, you will be liable to pay penalty interest at the rate of 2% per calendar month from the due date until the date those monies are paid in full, together with all or any costs (including solicitor and own client costs) incurred by us in collecting any such payment from you.   

4.4   No refunds will be made once travel has commenced, or where you fail to show up at a particular activity/meeting point/accommodation.

4.5   Refunds may be made at our discretion as a result of weather conditions, natural disasters, or lack of availability of services. You accept and agree that there may be some variance in the amount refunded compared to the amount initially charged due to exchange rate fluctuations, and we accept no liability for any such fluctuations or any subsequent card/bank

5.0          Liability and ACC

5.1   Whilst we fully accept our obligations under the CGA and undertake to exercise reasonable care and skill in performing the services we are contracted to perform for you:

        5.1.1  You acknowledge that activities such as skydiving, jet boating, bungee jumping, horse riding and any other activities of an adventurous nature, carry inherit risks and that you   undertake any such activities entirely at your own risk and will sign all or any indemnities presented to you by our agents or third party operators; and    

        5.1.2  We shall not be liable in any way if we are unable to perform our obligations as a result of circumstances beyond our reasonable control such as fire, floods, earthquakes, strikes, lock outs, and delays or breakdowns in transport; and

        5.1.3  We shall not be liable whether in contract or in tort for any loss or damage resulting from injury or death or theft whilst you are on tour, either in connection with any activities undertaken by you or services performed by any of our employees or agents, or otherwise.

5.2   In the event of any personal injury caused by accident, compensation cover is available through ACC in New Zealand. However, you acknowledge and understand that ACC cannot be sued for personal injury - ACC replaces that right. ACC also only covers treatment costs whilst in NZ and does not count as a replacement for travel insurance.

5.3   For the avoidance of any doubt, we shall not be liable under any circumstances for any consequential, indirect or special damages or loss of any kind whatsoever nor shall we be liable for any damage or loss caused by our agents, contractors or other persons whomsoever.

 

6.0   Documents

6.1   You are responsible for carrying valid travel documents, such as passports and visas, and a valid driver’s licence.

6.2   In the event that you are refused entry to New Zealand for whatever reason, no refund will be made.

 

7.0   Car/Camper rentals

7.1   In the event that the travel package includes the rental of a car or camper, you will be subject to the terms and conditions provided by the rental agency, which terms and conditions will be provided by the agent on its website. It is your responsibility to read and understand those terms and conditions.

7.2   Hire includes unlimited kilometres and basic daily insurance. An excess applies to all rentals. The amount of excess depends on type of vehicle.

7.3   The Excess may be reduced to nil by including Accident Excess Reduction in our quote. You can also purchase excess reduction directly with the rental agency upon arrival.

7.4   All drivers must be 21 years old and over. There is no maximum age for drivers providing they hold a full, valid driver’s licence. All  drivers must present a valid full national driving licence which has been held for at least one year and a current International Driving Licence must accompany driving licences issued in a language other than English

 

8.0   Third party services

8.1    Many activities offered during the tour or which can be booked individually are operated by independent companies. These companies have been carefully selected by us and are well established, professional companies who assume all responsibility for their safety and satisfactory delivery.

8.2   We only act as your agent in procuring these 3rd party services. The third party suppliers are not our agents and we shall not under any circumstances be liable for their acts and omissions

 

9.0   Special requests/complaints

9.1   We will endeavour to accommodate any special requests made by you provided that you must advise us of any special request at the time of booking, and provided further that we accept no liability in this regard.

9.2   Any complaints that you may have in regard to the services we provide must be made by you in writing, and no later than 30 days after your return home. We will endeavour to resolve any complaint in a timely fashion.

 

10.0   Governing Law

10.1   These terms and conditions will be interpreted in accordance with and governed by the laws of New Zealand and the New Zealand courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in respect of all disputes between us arising therefrom


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Millenniumm Queenstown

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Right in the heart of the action, Millennium Hotel Queenstown is just minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. The popular ski destinations of Coronet Peak, Remakables, and Cardrona are also close by. 

This luxury hotel also offers accessible rooms for special needs guests with their friendly staff on hand to assist you anytime. Most of this accommodation also offers scenic views of Queenstown city and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop to your trip. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is a 4-star plus and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated hotel, with an Environmental Sustainability Plan for the future. 

Citylife Wellington (Heritage)

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Wellington prides itself on being not only the country’s capital, but also its cultural capital – and there’s no better place to soak up the atmosphere than CityLife Wellington, with hotel accommodation located right in the heart of the city. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

When you want a breather, the hotel offers plenty of ways to make the most of your downtime. Enjoy a hotel experience unlike other Wellington hotels.

Whether you’re seeking Wellington accommodation for work, rest or play, our spacious rooms offer you the comforts of home - with the added benefits of housekeeping and room service.

Offering a range of one and two bedroom serviced apartments, After an exciting day of sightseeing or business, you can now enjoy an even better night's sleep with extra comfy beds in all rooms.

 

Rutherford Nelson (Heritage)

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Whether you’re visiting our incredible region for business or pleasure, Rutherford Hotel Nelson is the obvious choice for luxury accommodation in Nelson.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson is Nelson’s only 24-hour fully-serviced hotel, offering luxurious rooms and suites – ideal for corporate travelers, families and conference delegates. The central location means Nelson’s many galleries and City attractions are just a stone’s throw away. All rooms have a view of the harbour, city, historic South Street or Nelson’s beautiful cathedral.

The stylish accommodation will suit anyone looking for a great place to stay in Nelson, whether you’re here on holiday, in town for a wedding or visiting Nelson for a conference. 

 

Distinction Hotel Lake Te Anau

 

Get away from it all, and escape into the serene surroundings of Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of modern hotel accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, FREE unlimited WiFi, complimentary guest car parking and an excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore Hotel will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable.
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Conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake and launching pad for many water based activities. The 180 room Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers guests a wide range of modern, refurbished hotel accommodation.

Alpine Resort Wanaka (Distinction)

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Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort is nestled in a quiet Lake Wanaka location and guests can enjoy access to the resort facilities whilst staying in the serviced apartments. The stylish, self-contained, serviced apartments each provide a high level of personal comfort and convenience, perfect for all seasons.

They offer a fully equipped kitchen, televisions with 50+ channels of SKY channels, free WiFi, under-floor heating in the bathrooms, private & secure car garages, perfect for storing additional equipment such as skis and bikes. Enquire about daily, weekly and longer term servicing options..

Scenic Hotel Napier

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We invite you to enjoy quality 4-star hotel accommodation of an international standard. From the moment you step into our spacious, light-filled lobby, you will experience our commitment to quality and customer service. If you fancy waking up to serene ocean views, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is the perfect place to start your day in Hawke’s Bay. Simply leave the curtains open, roll over in bed, and soak it all in. 

Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, with Napier hotel enjoying a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions..

 

Scenic Franz Josef

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In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. 

This hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits. 

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

 

Funyaks + Jet Boat

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This day in and around Queenstown takes you deep into "Paradise", near Glenorchy in Mt Aspiring National Park.

An unmissable experience with the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride combined with a leisurely downstream float on easy to use Funyaks (inflatable kayaks) awaits you. This trip is a must-do to explore the truly unique Dart River. Your amazing journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. From here you’ll then travel back down river at your own pace in our unique Funyaks exploring pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms.
Just when you think your Funyaks adventure is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch before heading via 4 wheel drive coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

Milford Sound Cruise

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Description: A spectacular two-hour cruise to the mouth of the fiord on a spacious, classic vessel with excellent viewing opportunities. The Haven has large windows, spacious decks and beanbag lounges which offer uninterrupted views of towering peaks and surging waterfalls. Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks, dolphins and penguins. Enjoy scenic highlights such as Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. Informative commentary from the captain explains the history and highlights points of interest during the cruise. Suitable for all ages.

Departure Point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound.

Peppers Bluewater Resort - Lake Tekapo

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Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, is Peppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.

You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.

Auckland

 

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and will most likely be your entry point into New Zealand. Also known as the City of Sails, or as Kiwis themselves name it Little Big City, Auckland is certainly the most vibrant and most happening city in New Zealand. By international standards it's quite small, but it's also one of the world's most exciting waterside cities. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf the city is surrounded by water, and this is reflected in the number of leisure boats per capita, which is the highest in the world. To really appreciate it, you have to take to the waters, sailing on the harbour or taking a ferry to one of the numerous islands, including Waiheke and Rangitoto Islands, or a little bit more off the beaten track, Great Barrier Island.

Bay of Islands

 

Northland is a region in New Zealand rich with historic significance, and it is also the birthplace of New Zealand. It is one of the first regions settled from Polynesia, and also the place where the European settlers first made contact with the Maori. The main attraction in this region is the sublime maritime park of the Bay of Islands, with no less than 144 islands and secluded bays. Most visitors queue up for the Bay of Islands, but all along the East Coast you'll find scenic, sheltered bays and exquisite beaches.

Also called the "Winterless North", the subtropical climate is pleasant throughout the year, and an aquatic playground for a whole range of leisure and adventure activities such as diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking and dolphin swimming. The main gateway for these activities is Paihia.

 

Rotorua

 

Green rolling hills and lush farmlands are the main decor in Waitomo/Waikatoa, and it is home to some well known icons such as the world class surf breaks in the bohemian seaside town of Raglan, which also happens to be our home. The set for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies in Matamata is a unique experience not to be missed, and the world famous Waitomo Caves are a magical place, with numerous options to explore the caves, whether participating in one of the many adventure activities or marvelling at the wonderful light display created by glowworms.

Rotorua is New Zealand's main geothermal area and a centre where Maori culture thrives. It is situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, and the whole region offers a mix of pristine lakes to enjoy. Explore the many geothermal wonderlands with boiling mud pools, geysers, steamy and colorful lakes, and unwind at a natural hot spring spa or choose from one of the therapeutic spa and massage therapies

Coromandel

 

 

The Coromandel Peninsula is a favourite among New Zealanders themselves, and it's not hard to understand why. Its only a 2 hour drive from the major cities Auckland and Hamilton, but yet it feels quite remote and isolated, so it's an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The fact that is also boasts some of New Zealand's finest and most pristine beaches may obviously play a big role as well!

Lifestyle in the Coromandel is very relaxed and there are many coastal towns each with their own distinct character scattered across the peninsula. It is a haven for those seeking an alternative lifestyle away from the city. 

Taupo and Central North

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New Zealand's main volcanic area, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, stretches in a line from White Island, north of the Bay of Plenty, through Rotorua and down to Tongariro National Park, which proudly claims the title of dual UNESCO World Heritage Area. The Central Plateau, at the heart of the North Island, is the centre of New Zealand's volcanic activity, and the volcanoes put on a spectacular show from time to time, perhaps once  around every 7 years.

The Ruapehu/Tongariro National Park region is a mecca for outdoor lovers, year round! Summer is a great time to hit the hiking or biking trails, and in winter you can ski down an active volcano, and it is also the largest ski field in New Zealand! The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand's premier day hike, if not one of the world's! For an even greater appreciation of all the volcanoes, the Tongariro Circuit is a 3-4 day tramp around the volcanoes and is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. The fresh rivers near Turangi provide for world class trout fishing, which can also be found in Taupo.

Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. In fact, it is the largest fresh water lake in Australasia, and with the plethora of activities on offer (from fishing and boating on the lake or scenic flights over the voclanoes to the adrenaline pumping activities such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating) it is on most traveller's itineraries. Taupo is also the source of New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, and the Huka Falls are a spectacular sight to behold.

Highfield forest retreat

 

 

 

Highfield Forest Retreat is set on the lush Kauri Coast, 25 minutes from the Northland town of Dargaville and 2.5 hours from Auckland.

The campsite is set in a dappled glade, in mature native forest on the edge of Highfield Farm. A large, luxury tent is accompanied by a delightful old kauri hut - providing a charming kitchen, dining and lounging area. A boardwalk through the tall native bush connects the two. A short walk away from the site sits a private outdoor bath in a rocky grotto, nestled amongst the bush and fern-covered ground.

Highfield Forest Retreat, along with it's recently added sister site, Highfield River Retreat, offers truly unique and romantic couples accommodation. 

Surrounded by nature, you can lie back in the outdoor bath and see native birds like tomtits, tui, grey warbler and native pigeon dart about the campsite in the early evening. A pretty stream meanders through the bush nearby. At night you'll hear the sound of water trickling over the rocks and the morepork calling from the treetops and if you're really lucky, the kiwi calling from the bush. 

Eat & Drink

Highfield Forest Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in your private camp kitchen, the Kauri Hut. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

The nearest shop selling necessities is Kaihu Motors - an 8 minute drive away. There is a Countdown Supermarket in Dargaville, 25 minutes drive away. 

Kaihu Tavern, just 5 minutes away is a great place to have a meal if you want a night off cooking!

Cottle Hill Creek

 

 

The Ark at Cottle Hill Creek is just 5 minutes from Kerikeri village and just over 3 hours drive from Auckland. With just a short drive to many of the Bay of Island and Northland sights - it's a great spot to explore this stunning region from.

The Ark is a unique and beautifully decorated, floating houseboat. It sits peacefully in a corner of a small private lake on a 16-acre farmlet complete with goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and horses. The Ark is docked alongside a wharf where a nearby willow tree provides a cool outdoor living space - and a tranquil place to BBQ, sunbathe, read, relax, or enjoy a cool drink on a hot day.

Inside is a small but perfectly formed space with a luxurious open plan and well-equipped kitchen, dining, and lounge area, and bathroom.  An incredibly comfortable queen size bed is accessed via a ladder in the loft. A small woodburner is lovely to cosy up in front of during winter.

The Ark is a beautiful and unique accommodation experience. It's off-grid, self-sustainable and provides an escape from the stresses of the city.

Row or kayak on the lake, take a walk around the property, bird watch, or say hello to the animals. Enjoy listening to the sound of the kiwi that have recently moved into the area.

During open fire season, guests are welcome to collect wood and build a fire in the pit outside the Ark. Pioneer cast iron cookware is provided to enjoy a unique outdoor fire cooking experience.

There is an array of birdlife to enjoy! Sometimes you can spot wild turkeys, peacocks, quail, and pheasants around. There are also many beautiful native birds such as fantails, tui, and kererus to be seen.

Eat & Drink 

Cottle Hill Creek is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the gas hob or BBQ and facilities provided in your private galley kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Kerikeri is a 5-minute drive away and is filled with delicious places to eat out. The Plough and Feather at the Kerikeri Mission Station comes highly recommended - with fantastic food and a wonderful ambience. There are some nice takeaway spots, lots of great cafes (Santeez Gluten Free Café for their coffee and ginger slice is delicous!), and other fantastic restaurants such as Black Olive, Ake Ake Winery and Rainbow Falls Tea House.

There are three supermarkets close by, Countdown and New World in Kerikeri, and Four Square in Waipapa. If you're staying on a weekend - treat yourself to some culinary treats from The Packhouse Market in Kerikeri on Saturday or Sunday, or pop in for some fresh fruit and vegetables at the Kerikeri Farmer's Market on Sunday.

 

River Bothy- mangonui, northland

   

 

 

The River Bothy is set in the Far North, approximately 4 hours from Auckland and just 5 minutes from nearby Mangonui Village.

Nestled amongst 500 Olive trees, the bothy is far from the basic Scottish hut it’s named for. The off-grid riverside cabin is beautifully decorated – with all the comforts of home at hand. 

Made from materials reclaimed from the nearby 1890’s settlers’ farmhouse, the kitchen is a covered space, giving year-round cooking facilities and a relaxing area to soak up the uninterrupted countryside views. The bathroom and shower are right next door, and the outdoor bath is perfectly positioned to enjoy the river views as it meanders gently past.

If you want to get out and about – the scenic Northland area offers lots to see and do - coastal walks, scenic lookouts and white sandy beaches. 

At the end of your day, let nature be your companion. Soak up the views over the olive grove, watch dusk settle across the water, and relax by the brazier under the stunning night sky.

Eat & Drink 

The River Bothy is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in your outdoor camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

Hosts, Maggie and Brooke do offer a delicious 'Breakfast Kit' including homemade pancake mix, fruit, free-range eggs and bacon that you can order during the booking process if you're keen to treat yourselves!

The nearest shop selling necessities is Mangonui - a 5 minute drive away. There is a large foursquare in nearby Coopers Beach, and a New World Supermarket in Keri Keri, 46 minutes drive away. 

If you want a night off cooking, there are some great eating out or taking out options nearby. And don't forget to make a visit to the famous Mangonui chip shop!

 

 

 

Castaways coastal tents

    

 

Glam Camping at Castaways is set on a spectacular North Island coastal property in the South Western corner of Auckland, just 50 minutes drive from the CBD.

The well-known resort offers guest accommodation, a tranquil day spa, beautiful restaurant - Agave, loads of adventure activities - and now glamping!

There are three Coastal Tents located on the secluded cliffs above Karioitahi Beach, a tree tent suspended in between two mighty totara trees and a unique new group glamping Village - they've not done it by halves.

The Coastal Tents are located 10 minutes by golf cart from the main resort, giving couples a chance to instantly unwind in a truly restful and romantic spot. With your gourmet self-cook dinner and breakfast included in the package, all you need to think about is getting yourself there - the rest is taken care of.

These specially designed tents are the ultimate in 5-star glamping. Although completely off-grid, solar power produces electricity for lighting, stereo, even an espresso machine and refrigerator - which you'll find stocked full with all the food you'll need to create delicious, gourmet meals on the BBQ.

Eat & Drink

A gourmet dinner and breakfast package complete with cooking instructions is included in the price. You will be given a choice of steak, salmon, chicken or vegetarian, and either red or white wine, to select from during the online booking process. You'll enjoy a 3 course, easy self-cook dinner, and continental and cooked breakfast. You'll also be provided with plenty of snacks and a selection of drinks.

Tea, coffee, milo, and even a coffee machine to make a decent espresso, are all provided.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Hut - Coromandel

    

   

Top Hut is situated on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The elevated one roomed hut is nestled amongst native bush, surrounded by Nikau, Kauri, Rimu and the colourful Rata. Private and quiet, it's a complete escape from everyday life. 

Tastefully decorated, this unique accommodation has a subtle Moroccan interior theme. Large windows open widely out to the tree tops. Sheepskins and large, decorative cushions on the sofas and window seats invite lounging in the dappled sunlight. It's glamping at its finest, with simple but luxurious natural linen bedding and high thread count 100% cotton sheets. 

Outside, the hut deck has everything you need to enjoy outdoor living. Soak up the serenity, relaxing in comfortable deck chairs and toasting marshmallows on the chiminea under twinkling vintage string lights. 

The property borders the Department of Conservation Kennedy Bay Block. Bush walks and native trees abound, with plenty of kaka, wood pigeon, fantail tui and bellbird to be found in the surrounding forest. A 10-15 minute walk from the hut leads you down to a rocky shore for a morning ocean dip - the perfect place for a peaceful picnic, fishing, or just sea gazing in an idyllic, unspoilt pohutukawa fringed bay.

Eat & Drink

Top Hut has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the chiminea, BBQ or hut kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need and plenty of sauces, seasonings oils and herbs.

You can stock up on supplies at either Colville or Coromandel. There is a unique community-owned store run by the locals at Colville, with an excellent selection of food and wine. Coromandel town has a large supermarket, and a variety of interesting shops - butcher, bakery, and liquor outlet.

There are several very good restaurants in Coromandel Town, a 35-40 minute drive away, and Colville (close to Coromandel Town) has a friendly little cafe, where the food is very local, homemade and delicious. Good coffee, good ice cream and the farm's own meat is also sold there. 

In Summer, the nearest shop is the campground at Waikawau Bay, just 15 minutes away, where the store sells basic essentials. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanuka - Lake Tarawera

   

  

Kanuka, on Lake Tarawera in the Rotorua region, is the second of David and Karen's beautiful lake side campsites. Along with sister site, Te Rata, it is accessed by water taxi or walking track only, making it one of the most off-the-beaten-path campsites in our collection.

Set on Maori land, in a mystery location on the lake edge, Kanuka is secluded and peaceful. Beautiful native bush surrounds the glamping site, with the large, comfortable tent enjoying direct access to the lake. 

The campsite consists of one large tent with a queen-sized bed. It's tastefully decorated and features elements of Maori design - beautiful natural materials and traditional flax weaving. A camp kitchen, dining area and camp bathroom are set a short distance from the tent, providing everything you need for comfortable camping.

A stay at Kanuka is something very special. The discrete lake-edge location, with towering pohutukawa trees, gives you the chance to really surround yourself in nature - and the magic of a truly amazing place.

Eat & Drink 

At Kanuka, you have the option of self-catering or you can order one of the Kanuka breakfast or dinner hampers.

The breakfast hamper includes fresh fruit or berries accompanied by Helen's Homemade Muesli, orange juice, home baked wheaten bread for toast, with creamy butter and homemade preserves, four free range eggs ready for cooking with fresh local ham and tomatoes. Also includes fresh coffee grounds to make that special first cup.

The dinner hamper includes organic, locally grown meat and vegetables. The main meal is accompanied by fresh salad greens and tomato salad, with a delicious home-made dessert slice and yoghurt. To finish is an 'Over the Moon’ (local cheese maker) cheese board. All accompanied by 2 bottles of crisp Kawakawa Beer.

The camp kitchen has a BBQ and camp cooker for preparing either your own self-catering, or the meal hamper meals. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need as well as environmentally-friendly detergents and basic condiments such as salt and pepper. Once you're there, it's either a boat ride or a walk back to The Landing, so make sure you're thorough - and bring all the supplies you'll need!

The best place to stop for groceries on your way to Kanuka, would be the Countdown or Pak N' Save supermarkets, located near the centre of Rotorua. Closer to the lake, at the turn off to the Blue Lake and Lake Tarawera (Te Ngae roundabout) is the Redwood Centre. It has a good range food stores including any pharmacy requirements which should include insect repellent.

Te Tuhi Dome - Taupo

    

Te Tuhi Dome is set just 15 minutes from Taupo, near Kinloch Bay.

Set on the same property as the popular Te Tuhi Hut, the Dome sits on a hillside with views across farmland, native bush, and down to Lake Taupo. Both the hut and the dome are completely private and set on different parts of the property.

The Dome is a large geodesic structure containing a gorgeous bedroom and lounging space. On one side of the dome, a few metres away is a kitchen building. On the other side, is a luxurious outdoor bathroom space. Amazing views down to Lake Taupo are visible from every area.

At dawn and dusk, the bush is alive with birdsong. Depending on the season, lambs and calves frolick in the paddocks around the campsite. The cows, sheep and horses grazing and chickens foraging make for a peaceful country vista to sit back and enjoy.

If you feel like exploring, the Taupo region has so much to offer. Restaurants, cafes, and galleries are plentiful. Geothermal wonders like the Wairakei Terraces hot pools and the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park are only a short drive away. And of course, the lake itself offers activities like kayaking, sailing or swimming.

Eat & Drink 

Te Tuhi Dome is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Taupo is just a 15-minute drive away, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.  Coming highly recommended by your hosts is The Store House (cannot go past the fried chicken waffles), Baku on the lakefront and The Vine for fine dining and a wonderful range of wine and craft beer.

Closer to home is A Larte Café (a 5-minute drive away) which features an amazing mosaic garden and homewares store. Finally, nearby Kinloch Store has amazing wood-fired pizzas and fish and chips. Great for casual lakeside picnicking!

 

Manutuke eco retreat - Gisborne

  

 

Manutuke Eco Retreat is 15 minutes from Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island.

The campsite is situated on the edge of a wetland lake on the property and consists of a large, safari-style tent, smaller bell tent and semi-outdoor bathroom. Interconnecting decks and boardwalks immerse you in the wetland surrounds and connect the different elements of the site. A long jetty out to a viewing platform on the lake is the perfect place to launch the paddle boards for a peaceful paddle around the lake.

Stylishly decorated, the main safari tent has a queen-size bed and plenty of room for relaxed living. The bell tent is used when more than 2 people in the group are staying, and also has a queen bed. The whole site is only ever booked by one group at a time though, so you'll never have to share.

A shower and washroom are set just off the main tent, with a basin and toilet building set between the bell tent and safari tent. A clawfoot bath is positioned at the base of the jetty - the perfect place to soak up the views across the lake.

Manutuke Eco Retreat is the ideal, romantic glamping accommodation. Relax at the campsite on your comfy Coast beanbags, spotting the birds flitting through the wetland plants. Or get out and about to enjoy the beaches and activities the Gisborne region offers by day and when night falls, gaze up at the star-studded night skies from your private jetty. Drift off to sleep in your beautiful tent to the sounds of nature - and wake to the sunrise across the lake. Bliss. 

Eat & Drink

Manutuke Eco Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Gisborne is just a 15-minute drive away and has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Stopping in at the Millton Vinyard for a lunch platter and glass of wine is highly recommended! 

 

 

 

Hawkhill Cottage - Napier

  

 

Hawkhill Cottage is located in a semi-rural area just 15 minutes from Central Napier.

The one-room (with bathroom) cottage has a distinctly Mediterranean vibe... Terracotta tiles, plaster walls, nestled amongst lavender, rosemary, olives and tall cypress trees - it's like you've stepped into a little corner of Tuscany in the Hawke's Bay.

With expansive views, the cottage looks East over the Ahuriri Lagoon, out towards Napier and the Pacific Ocean beyond. You can see from Cape Kidnappers through to Bluff Hill, Mahia and the Kaweka Ranges. The sunrise is sensational - and the sunset peaceful to sit and watch with a glass of wine in hand. The twinkling lights of Napier are spectacular at night.

Bird watchers will love the wetland birds on the lagoon, as well as the plentiful hawks, pheasants, quails, yellowhead, tuis, and woodpigeon who regularly visit the cottage and gardens.

The surrounding garden is lush and fruitful - and guests are welcome to help themselves to the citrus fruit, figs, feijoas, avocados, macadamia and walnuts when in season.

We rarely find a spot that is so close to a vibrant town, yet so tranquil. Enjoy the wineries, arts and beaches of Napier during the day - and retreat to your own little peaceful paradise at the end of it all. Perfect.

Eat & Drink

Hawkhill Cottage has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the kitchenette. There is a double electric element and barbeque for cooking and you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

If you want a break from cooking, both Misson Estate and Churchroad wineries are only 5-minutes away - or head to Napier (just 15-minutes drive away) for a selection of fantastic cafes and restaurants. 

If you need to pop out for supplies, you'll find a supermarket in Napier, about a 15-minute drive away.

 

 

kawakawa station - Wairarapa

  

 

 

Kawakawa Sation, home of the incredible Kawakawa Station Walk, is located on Cape Palliser - 2 hours from Wellington City, 1.5 hours from Masterton and 1 hour from Martinborough. 

Kawakawa Station Glamping is set a kilometre into the large property - awe-inspiring in its size and grandeur. Steep hills that soar upwards and a winding, rocky river bed cutting through its middle are just two of its distinctive features.

The campsite itself is set amongst manuka trees and includes two beautifully decorated bell tents sleeping up to four people - ideal for a family. A larger 'star-gazer' bell tent has a comfortable queen bed and seating, while a smaller bell tent has two sturdy stretchers for children. An enclosed kitchen and bathroom building provides excellent camp facilities with everything you need.

A beautifully appointed outdoor bath is set a short distance from the tents, surrounded on two sides with a privacy screen of manuka - but allowing views to the hills and the sky from the other direction. At night, the stars are out-of-this-world. There is no light pollution in this remote spot and the night-sky is completely star-studded and simply breath-taking.

Kawakawa Station is one of those must-have experiences... from the drive around the Cape Palliser coastal road to get there - to sleeping in the unique stargazer tent. Kids will love playing in the small stream nearby - building dams and throwing stones or meeting the farm animals. Parents will love the digital detox - and the chance to wind-down and relax in a truly stunning landscape.

Eat & Drink 

Kawakawa Station has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the kitchen space. There are is a gas cooker and a Weber BBQ for cooking and you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

If you're keen to take a break from cooking, in nearby Ngawi you will find good coffee and tasty seafood in one of the food caravans on the beach. Or just 25-minutes drive from Kawakawa Station is The Lake Ferry Hotel, set right beside Lake Onoke with stunning views out to sea.

On the way to Kawakawa Station be sure to stop off at ‘The Land Girl’ home of fantastic coffee, food and shopping in Pirinoa Village. 

Pirinoa has a small 4-Square store with limited supplies, so you're best to bring most of what you need with you.

Boho Bach - Wellington

  

Less than 10 minutes from Wellington airport and 20 minutes from the city centre, Boho Bach is a little oasis right in the middle of Karaka Bay, one of Wellingtons most prestigious suburbs.

A steep winding bush path from a quiet suburban street takes you up, through the bush and opens out to a clearing with a little, old fashioned 1950s bach perched in prime position. Set on a rare 1.3 acres of land, and surrounded by native plantings, the bach is incredibly quiet and private given its suburban location.

The interior of the bach is quirky and full of personality. Touches of luxury, velvet and silk, are mixed with eclectic, colourful objects - creating a space that gives a true 'boho' vibe. 

Enjoy expansive views overlooking Wellington harbour from the bach. You'll see Makora Island, and out to the Orongorongo and Remutaka ranges - often with breath-taking sunrises and sunsets. Soak in the outdoor bath a few steps from the bach and watch the fantails flit and the colour change on the hills.

Whether you're from out-of-town visiting the sites of the city, or you're from Wellington, wanting to escape the rat-race, Boho Bach is a truly unique experience - and a tonic for the soul.

Eat & Drink 

Boho Bach is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in the bach kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Scorching Bay is 5 minutes walk away and has the famous Sorcharama cafe right across the road from the best swimming beach in Wellington. A 10-minute walk in the other direction takes you to Miramar with lots of top cafes and restaurants. 

The Larder and The Chocolate Fish come recommended for breakfast and lunch, and Oikos is a fantastic Greek restaurant for dinner. Park Road Kitchen and the Roxy are also great dinner options.

 

 

 

Charming Safari Tent - New Plymouth

    

This charming safari tent is situated near New Plymouth, North Island, and can accommodate up to four guests. The tent features a fabulous king-size bed appointed with quality linens, bedside tables with reading lamps, and a cozy reading chair. The bathroom has a flushing toilet, a hand basin, and an enclosed shower with towels kindly provided by the host.

In the living area, glampers will find a plush sofa perfect for relaxing with a good book or glass of wine. The kitchen is equipped with cooking and serving utensils, a refrigerator, a toaster, a tea kettle, and a dining table for two. Glampers can simply place dirty dishes in the marked bin and they will be collected and washed. Other amenities include a radio and a selection of board games.

Outside, glampers can enjoy a romantic bath under the stars in their private bathtub. There is a private lawn with soft green grass and a cozy chimenea, as well as a wooden deck area with an outdoor dining table for scenic al fresco meals. Glampers will have access to a creek with options for fishing, a barbecue grill for cookouts, and a game room with a ping-pong table.

Glampers will be able to immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance of their countryside setting while still enjoying access to modern amenities and conveniences during their stay. The property features a picturesque creek with options for fishing, an outdoor private bathtub, and access to a game room with a ping-pong table.

 

Ship in Waitomo Valley

  

 

 

Glampers can enjoy a unique getaway near Hamilton in Waitomo Valley with this accommodation on a ship on New Zealand's North Island. The room is spacious and can accommodate up to four glampers, ideal for a family vacation. The accommodation boasts an upper level where glampers will find a living area and an equipped kitchenette as well as a queen-size bed. In the hull, there is a bedroom with a set of twin beds and a bathroom that features a shower and a toilet. Linen and towels are kindly provided by the host. Other amenities include a TV, heating, and electric blankets.

Additionally, there is a shared barbecue area with picnic tables where glampers can enjoy the surrounding scenery while grilling up a delicious lunch.

On this stunning property, there is a restaurant and bar as well as a unique stage arena for shows and music. Facilities also include private ensuite bathrooms, self-contained kitchens, non-smoking rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, and wedding/banquet/event facilities. Each unit has designated parking.

 
Stargazing & Dinner

 

Stargazing in New Zealand is a captivating experience and whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or you’re just after the thrill of spotting a shooting star, Queenstown is a fantastic place for stargazing on a clear night.

The ultimate evening experience, head over the Crown Range to Cardrona. Casually wind your way up the road at sunset for a beautiful three course meal at Cardrona’s recently refurbished The Mezz restaurant followed by an hour and a half long tour of the skies with expert Astronomer Alex Thom.

Half day Fly Fishing Rotorua

    

The summer season is the time to get some great dry fly action. The large numbers of cicadas hatching in the back country become a favorite food for the trout. This is the ultimate time to be fishing for trout in the Rotorua region.

Locally the summer heat drives large numbers of trout in and around the local spring creek tributaries of Lake Rotorua. Large migrations of large brown and quality rainbow trout migrate up the local spring creeks to spend most of the summer through to the spawning season (April-September). The river mouths some years have hundreds of trout seeking the sanctuary of the cool and oxygen rich stream water. This is some of the most productive and exciting sight fishing that you can experience if conditions permit.

Included:

5 hour guided fly fishing trip

A great way to experience Rotorua’s fly fishing for the client short on time available.

 

 

Full Day Fly Fishing Taupo

A memorable Fly fishing in the Taupo region of New Zealand. Truly superb New Zealand fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout in the many pristine rivers, lakes and streams that cover the scenic Central North Island.

A good mix of fishing available on both the local rivers and backcountry, rivers and streams accessed by comfortable 4WD, Helicopter and Raft. Nymph and dry fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout that will happily take a well presented fly.

Included :

All gear provided

Lunch and refreshment

Pick up and drop off in Taupo

From 8:30am to 5:00pm

 

 

Full Day Fly Fishing Tongariro

The Tongariro River is the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year over 50 thousand prime-conditioned trout migrate up this river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year-round fly fishing opportunity.

Through the experience of our guiding teams, special access to many rivers that run through private land has been acquired. Every year our guides get out and explore more “waters” for our clients to enjoy. This area truly is a vast fishery that can provide the trout fishing experience of a lifetime year round to the beginner and expert alike.

Included :

Pick up and drop off at accommodation

Guide

Lunch, light snack, juice, tea and coffee

Equipment ie rod, reel, line, tippit, flies etc

Environmental interpretation

Cultural interpretation

Digital photos available if requested

Casting instruction