Handcrafted to keep you away from crowds, this romantic, 12-day adventure celebrates destinations and experiences that are not usually available to the public. Romance thrives on New Zealand’s North Island, which is where you can escape the world on islands, volcanos, and backcountry wonder. Serenity floats on the breeze, and indulgence reigns at lodges that are hidden away. You can walk hand-in-hand upon landscapes that see very few visitors, helicopter to enchanting wilderness areas, be welcomed...
Kauri Cliffs – Helicopter to the Northland
As you fly north, the landscape will blur into deep blue tones because this piece of New Zealand is dominated by the South Pacific Ocean. It is remote and wild out here, and, other than some famous kauri trees and Ninety Mile Beach, this area is not typically visited by international visitors. After landing at Auckland International Airport, you will be met by a guide and transferred to the helicopter for a short flight north. You will touch down near the Kauri Cliffs and check-in to your lodge that will be located on vast, private grounds. You may want to hideaway here for part of the afternoon, but you should definitely indulge in a stroll along the cliffs to three secluded Bay of Island beaches.
Kauri Cliffs – Bay of Islands Helicopter Tour
Kauri Cliffs – Bay of Islands Boat Cruise
Kauri Cliffs – Intimate Maori Experience
Taupo – Backcountry Exploration and Crystal Clear Pools
Taupo – Private Helicopter Safari to White Island
Taupo – Maori Warrior Welcome
Taupo – Customizable Day of Activities
Palliser Bay – A Day on a Wharekauhau Farm
Palliser Bay – Indulgence at the Martinborough Wineries
Palliser Bay – Romantic Day on the Coast
Palliser Bay – Departure
- Indulge in the privacy of North Island’s finest lodges and spas, where the premium is on escapism and solitude
- Helicopter safari onto Mt. Tarawera and traverse on an active volcano
- Sit back in luxury during a full day’s private sailing cruise around the Bay of Islands
- Experience a true Maori welcoming with a day of visiting sacred Mt. Titiraupenga locations that are usually closed to the public
- Escape to gorgeous vineyards and indulge in the flavors of Martinborough
- Feast your eyes on the North Island’s magnificent landscapes with helicopter transfers and a Bay of Islands helicopter tour
- Stroll hand-in-hand across the Kauri cliffs and into the backcountry around Taupo
- Discover another side to New Zealand with an exciting afternoon on a working sheep farm
Wilderness and indulgence are two words that perfectly describe most experiences on New Zealand’s North Island. This is a landscape that allows you to sit in the lap of luxury throughout your entire journey. You will have a helicopter landing on an active volcano, sail through the Bay of Islands, and wander across the Pacific Kauri Cliffs. There is an adventure every way you turn from remote backcountry to coastlines of solitude. Then, there is the indulgence that can be found in places that are designed just for you. You can relax at lodges that are cut off from the world, taste wine at bucolic farms, lounge in private spas, and wallow in the island’s serenity.
This handcrafted, New Zealand tour stays well clear of crowds and popular destinations, and it will lead you to the North Island’s hidden places, such as the Kauri Cliffs and Palliser Bay. Instead of cities and tourist attractions, you can walk hand-in-hand in the places where very few others venture. Exclusive experiences, such as a Maori welcoming on Mt. Titiraupenga, will aid your understanding of how this island really is while romantic stops at vineyards and beaches can provide your vacation with a feeling of familiarity. Most of the transfers will be by helicopter, and you will stay in remote destinations that lay off the road.
After flying to Auckland, you will travel by helicopter to four nights on the Kauri Cliffs. This remote, coastal destination is all about Pacific bliss and tranquility. You will helicopter around the Bay of Islands and connect with the country’s heritage before a full day of private sailing around the bay. A Maori experience in Northland showcases the intimacy of this ancient landscape while the Kauri Cliffs lodge creates the sense of being cut off from the world. You will swap the coast for a volcanic interior on day five, and you will spend four nights on an enormous private reserve near Taupo, where the backcountry becomes your back garden and volcanos pockmark the landscape.
You will take a helicopter to White Island and Mt. Tarawera on day six, which is where you can stroll across an active volcano and feel the power of nature. Exclusive access to Mt. Titiraupenga has been arranged for day seven, and here, you will be welcomed by Maori warriors and given access to a sacred place that will allow you to connect with the island’s heritage. Palliser Bay will be your final destination, and it is another place of coastal indulgence. Here, you will visit the Martinborough wineries, get your hands dirty on a Wharekauhau farm, and relax back at your lodge spa.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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