Ultimate Multi-Generational Family Vacation
This is an ultimate high end family vacation starting in Kerikeri and finishing in Queenstown. Crafted with luxury and young children in mind. Please note that any itinerary can be moulded to your specific needs, this is just a starting point.
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This is an ultimate high end family vacation, crafted with luxury and young children in mind. Please note that any itinerary can be moulded to your specific needs, this is just a starting point. Enjoy.
Bay of Islands
Haere Mai - Welcome to New Zealand.
On arrival in Auckland you will be met at the door of the aircraft and escorted to baggage claim before you are assisted with customs and immigration with priority.
You will then transfer to the heli pad where you will board your flight to The Landing in the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.
The Landing Residences (4 nights)
Stay for 4 nights at The Landing in the Cooper Residence.
The Landing is a unique heritage and conservation property in New Zealand's stunning Bay of Islands; a thousand acres of beaches, rolling hills, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. Here you'll find the finest luxury accommodation, a small group of beautifully appointed holiday houses surrounded by quiet beaches, farmland and bush. Offering superb hospitality and a range of exceptional activities and experiences to choose from, The Landing Residences promise you privacy, total flexibility and the finest personal service.
MV Ata Rangi Charter
Enjoy a day out on the water on a private charter.
During the day we hope to get you in contact with Ingrid Visser. The children will be able to learn from Ingrids huge amount of knowledge and hopefully get to see whales during the day. (This is never guaranteed).
With sophisticated electronics, modern luxury amenities, exceptional fishing credentials and expert crew, MV Ata Rangi offers a cruising or fishing experience that is unmatched by any other yacht in her class. Your full day charter can include local islands from Cape Brett to the stunning Whangaroa Harbour and the Cavalli Islands.
Dr Visser remains the only researcher specializing in orca in New Zealand waters. Her research officially began in 1992 when she embarked on her life-long dream to study the orca. Since then she has worked with orca not only around New Zealand, but also in the waters of Antarctica, Argentina and Papua New Guinea. Spend some time with Ingrid learning about the animals she is so passionate about and gain a better understanding of the marine world. Ingrid’s first priority is the protection of Marine mammals meaning she may be called away to save a life – in this case she will do her best to involve you as a volunteer in her day to day work.
A day to explore the property at The Landing or head out again on a small boat charter.
Charter Iti Rangi and cruise around the Bay. The skipper will be able to show you some easy fishing, take you to Russell, and much more.
Tonight wait until dark and head out for kiwi night spotting.
The Landing is a special place with a rich spiritual history and many natural and historical treasures to discover. It covers a thousand acres of farmland, beaches, native bush, bird sanctuaries and protected heritage sites. As a guest of The Residences, you're free to explore the entire property, either alone or with a guide. This is a chance to engage with The Landing's extraordinary pre-European and colonial heritage and its cultural and environmental legacy for the future. Explore archaeological sites, artifact and rare book collections and learn about contemporary Maori culture, art and food. Visit restored wetlands, regenerated native bush and bird sanctuaries and go kiwi-spotting at night. Your itinerary can be planned to include the activities that most interest you. The Landing's wildlife and heritage reserves can be comfortably explored on foot or by mountain bike. If you prefer, you can be taken on a personal guided tour of the property by 4WD vehicle.
Another day to relax and recharge at The Landing.
For those who have an interest in diving, there is an option to head out to The Poor Knights which is a 10 minute helicopter flight away. The kids can enjoy snorkelling while the parents go diving.
The Poor Knights Islands are an international icon. A total Marine and Nature Reserve the 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches, and tunnels. Above and below water, the Islands are abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life. Laying claim to an astounding Maori history and the world’s largest sea cave (and only living dinosaur and largest insect) the remarkable Poor Knights thoroughly deserve their protected status.
Cape Kidnappers (3 nights)
Stay for 3 nights in the Owner's Cottage at Cape Kidnappers.
The Lodge & Golf Course at Cape Kidnappers, known as ‘The Farm’ offers 5-star luxury lodge accommodation designed to blend with the rustic feel of the area. On the exterior, the lodge resembles a cluster of farm buildings, whilst on the interior guests will find graciously scaled rooms full of natural light and unexpected treasure, not to mention spectacular views of the pacific ocean. Cape Kidnappers has its own Par 71, 18 Hole Golf Course ranked #16 in the world by Golf Digest. Leisure opportunities abound with golf, spa, horseback riding, nature walks and more.
Can Am Tour
Go for a family Can Am tour of the property this morning.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is an enormous property that stretches along the Hawke's Bay coastline, affording spectacular views of the Ocean Beach. Much of the property is inaccessible to regular four wheel drive vehicles, the Can-Am Tour takes intrepid guests to the furthermost reaches of the property.
Experienced guides lead the way, making this great fun and ideal for all age groups and fitness levels.
Kiwi Discovery Walk
In the afternoon go on a Kiwi Discovery walk.
Cape Kidnappers wildlife preserve is enjoying great success with the ‘Kiwi Bird Reintroduction Project’. The wildlife preserve team will guide small groups on their radio tracking and monitoring activities, giving guests the chance to get up-close and learn more about one of New Zealand’s most endangered and iconic birds.
Tour of The Puketapu Loop
A family bike ride today. With the incentive of a chocolate fix during the ride at a chocolate factory the kids will be sure to enjoy this ride. Bikes or bike seats available for all ages.
Ride the stop-banks of the Tutaekuri River on this round-trip route from Taradale to the rural settlement of Puketapu. We suggest a visit to Moana Park Winery and lunch at the iconic Puketapu Pub before returning on the opposite side of the river. The scenery is ever changing with orchards, vineyards and farmland.
After an easy climb to enjoy views of the surrounding region from the historic Otatara Maori Pa Site then treat yourself to a chocolate delight at the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and Cafe before ending your ride back in Taradale.
The Puketapu Loop is a lovely route of 20kms easy, off-road, scenic cycling. The trail takes you along the stop-banks of the Tutaekuri River on a round-trip route from Taradale to the rural settlement of Puketapu. The scenery is ever changing with orchards, vineyards and farmland. You can also enjoy an easy walk up to the historic Otatara Maori Pa Site which offers stunning views of the surrounding region. The Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory is near the trail if that would be of interest.
Your private driver will collect you this morning as you depart Cape Kidnappers and head to Huka Lodge in Taupo. (Drive time: 2.5 hours).
The Great Lake Taupo region is 'Nature's Ultimate Playground’, centrally located in the middle of the North Island, it’s an adventure and sporting mecca and a nature-lover's paradise. The region is one of New Zealand's top tourist destinations with beautiful forests, volcanic mountains and the stunning Lake Taupo.
Huka Lodge (3 nights)
Stay for 3 nights at Huka Lodge in the Owner's Cottage.
Long regarded as one of the country’s top lodges, Huka Lodge is a lovely place of style and character evolved from a fishing lodge. A combination of superb design, smooth service, and the all-important human touch make this place really quite special. The 17-acre grounds have always been faultless, and the lodge's positioning on a particularly beautiful stretch of the Waikato River near Taupo puts it close to many fresh and exciting activities exclusive to Ahipara.
We have had quite a number of seriously high-end clients leave Huka saying it was the best experience of their lives, confirming its position as a well worthwhile luxury travel destination.
Your private driver will meet you this morning and drive you to Mt Titiraupenga. (Drive time: 1 hour).
The powhiri group normally contains some children. After the powhiri there is time for games and play which the kids could really enjoy.
Mount Titiraupenga, long known by Maori to be the centre of the North Island, is home to a sacred area of mature native bush, 600 year old Totara trees. This mystical and totally private setting is where we like to arrange a formal welcome, powhiri, followed by a ‘sharing session’. From the Maori side, we can include weavers, warriors, and carvers. The main warrior is the master carver for the local Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe - Delani Brown. A gentle, humble, and spiritual man. In Maori tribes the carver is second only to the chief, as the carver is the guardian of the stories and traditions, which he keeps alive in his work. Our E Book explains this day further.
'Ko tahi Te ra' Exclusive Day
You will be collected by Tom this morning for a day out near Orakei Korako. Tom can have children with him today who will be able to play and show your children around.
Tom will also be available to meet with you the night before to discuss the day out.
Kai Waho "Ko tahi Te ra" Exclusive Experience. Learn about Maori culture with Tom Loughlin - legendary tangata whenua (person of the land) near Orakei Korako Geothermal Park. Tom is an experienced Maori chef, outdoorsman and search and rescue specialist (tracker) and is passionate about sharing the magic of New Zealand with his guests. Tom combines wonderful Maori/Irish humour with a deep knowledge about Maori relationship with the land. You can participate in the traditional food preparation and cooking of the hangi (feast). Alternatively, just sit back, relax with a drink and leave the work to Tom.
Hangi lunch and a walk through the Orakei Korako Thermal Reserve is included today.
Orakei Korako boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand. Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise
Split Apple Retreat (Abel Tasman) (3 nights)
You will be taken to Taupo Airport this morning. Your private charter flight will take you to Nelson Airport. On arrival in Nelson your driver will take you to Split Apple Retreat. (Drive time: 1 hour).
If you prefer, we could arrange a heli excursion to an alpine lake for lunch before continuing on to Split Apple Retreat.
Stay for 3 nights at Split Apple Retreat, taking Exclusive Use of the property.
Split Apple Retreat is one of our favorites. A lovely small three-bedroomed lodge on a cliff overlooking the sea and Abel Tasman National Park. With a sensitive and sophisticated oriental feel inside, the point of difference here is in a revolutionary healthy yet very tasty cuisine. A place to enjoy some peace and let your body recover from your travels.
Abel Tasman Charter
Enjoy time out on the Abel Tasman today. You will meet your charter on the beach below Split Apple Retreat.
You'll have the freedom to create your own itinerary for the day and options include; kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, bush walks and hiking on golden sand beaches. Lunch, refreshments, towels and sunscreen are provided. All you need to bring is your hat, sunglasses, swimming gear and a warm jacket (just in case!). If you intend hiking then bring comfortable footwear - sneakers or sports sandals are OK.
Split Apple Retreat
Relax! Split Apple Retreat is the perfect place to enjoy a day at leisure.
Indulge in the spectacular setting, original art and antiques, and unparalleled service. With the Abel Tasman National Park at your doorstep, pristine nature presents a kaleidoscope of constantly changing colors and patterns. Every aspect of the retreat revolves around relaxation, while pleasuring all the senses. Enjoy the salt-water, infinity swimming pool and Japanese spa overlooking the Abel Tasman National Park and Tasman Bay. Additional rejuvenation features include a FAR-infrared sauna, a large steam room, yoga pavilion, and meditation theatre.
Kaikoura Wild Life
Your hosts will take you to the heli pad this morning for your flight to Kaikoura. (Flight time: 1 hour). If you prefer a road transfer this will take 4.5 hours.
Kaikoura township is located on a rocky peninsula, protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains. In the waters off the peninsula, a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for getting 'close to nature'.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses (2 nights)
Stay for 2 nights at Hapuku Lodge in a Family Tree House.
Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hapuku Lodge is a 5 star Eco-Retreat just a few km’s north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura. Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit amongst a native Kanuka Grove underneath the majestic Kaikoura Mountains.
Your hosts from Hapuku Lodge will take you down to the coast to begin your guided private seal kayaking trip today. Double kayaks are used so the children will always be with an adult. A fun way to be on the water and see the wildlife.
Experience the excitement of watching fur seals ducking, weaving, and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of octopus. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breathtaking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks, and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky dolphins and blue penguins.
All tours run for 3 hours. 1½ to 2hrs is spent paddling around the coastline after the 45 minute briefing at the start of your adventure. This covers gearing up, basic kayaking, and paddling lessons.
Depart Hapuku Lodge. Your driver will transfer you to Blenheim Airport where you will board your private charter flight to Wanaka. (Drive time: 1.75 hours).
On arrival in Wanaka a private driver will be waiting to take you to the lake in Wanaka where we will have a gourmet picnic lunch ready. There is a great park beside the lake so the kids will be able to play and have a run around before you head up to Mahu Whenua for your 2.00 pm check in. (Drive time: 30 minutes to Mahu Whenua).
Mahu Whenua (3 nights)
Stay for 3 nights at Mahu Whenua.
In complete privacy, Mahu Whenua, lodge and eco sanctuary, boasts captivating views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains.
Inside, you’ll find a rustic design that incorporates locally sourced materials and modern features to ensure easy living. Horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, spa services, cooking courses, conservation tours, and heli-skiing are all available on-site.
Today you could go for a horse ride on the property. There is also a Weka sanctuary on the property you can visit or you can enjoy time by the pool.
Exploring by horse back is an incredibly special experience at Mahu Whenua. From the exclusive on-site stables, be led through the purpose-built trails, rivers, beech forest and up the valleys of this special place, stopping half way for morning or afternoon tea. Or if you’d just like an introduction to horses, wander down to the stables from the Homestead to give them a pat and have your guide lead you and your horse around the arena.
Wild Food River Safari
A private driver will collect you this morning and drive you to Makarora for a jetboating experience. (Drive time 1 hour).
The local family that runs this activity has young children too. If you would like us to arrange their children to come on this trip we can likely organise it so the kids can all play together and keep each other occupied.
The jetboat was invented in New Zealand as a clever way of navigating the very shallow water we get on our South Island braided rivers, for farmers, hunters, and fishermen. It is smooth, fast, and very manoeuvrable, and has made its appearance on the tourism scene. This is one of our favourite trips - more of a safari - and more akin to its original use rather than the "thrill rides" one sees around the world these days.
The boat takes you down the Makarora river and up the Wilkin river, showcasing some of the best jetboating terrain in the country - gravel banks, fast flowing rivers, and gin-clear water against a backdrop of the Southern Alps. After a bit of a thrill, you then tie up to a willow tree and go ashore for a traditional "West Coast" barbecue, washed down with excellent local wines. In the past, the menu has included crayfish, whitebait, and venison but we make no guarantees other than that the food will be the freshest and finest available on the day.
After lunch the boat is available for you to take for a spin - a driving lesson with a difference at the head of Lake Wanaka. This is another of our exclusive days in a special place with special people.
West Coast Experience
A special day to remember.
You have an exclusive heli excursion today. You will be collected from the lawn at Mahu Whenua for a day experiencing the West Coast and Milford Sound. A BBQ picnic in a remote location is included.
This is one of our big signature days, exclusive to us at Ahipara. We have identified the finest people and spent time with them crafting the finest experiences. This is one of our top ones.
Sit back and enjoy the “unexpected Journey” through the Siberia Valley, with mountains on either side of this stunning ancient river valley. Waterfalls, high alpine lakes, enormous and sharp drops, and range after range receding into the distance make this one of the finest helicopter flights in the world today. This day depends on weather as well as your interests but can include glaciers, alpine lakes, multiple landings, the West Coast, Milford Sound, Mount Aspiring National Park, greenstone, seals, chamois and deer, beech forests - pretty much everything this region can throw at you.
You will land at a remote and stunning location for your picnic lunch.
Relax on the way back to base deviating at points of interest. To find out more click on our E Book.
Eichardt's Private Hotel (3 nights)
Stay for 3 nights at Eichardt's in the Penthouse.
Not far from Eichardt's, on the lake front, there is a great park that the kids will love.
Eichardt’s is in the heart of Queenstown’s café and restaurant precinct on a premium lakefront setting. The design is an excellent blend of historic stone and modern glass and steel, and the service is excellent.
A day for the adults only.
Central Otago is one of the leading wine regions of the world, established in Gibbston by Sir Alan Brady in 1981. Pinot Noir became the variety of choice in this cool climate at 45 degrees south of the equator.
Enjoy a tailor-made wine tour, including “by appointment only” boutique wineries, introductions to local winemakers, viticulturists and growers and exclusive barrel tastings.
The quality of the wine is a testament to the passion and hard work. Five small sub regions represent the Central Otago region with Gibbston and Bannockburn being the closest to Queenstown. Wineries like Mt Edward, Valli, Brennan, Akarua, Felton Rd and Mt Difficulty are available to be enjoyed.
Rafting & Scenic Adventure
A family fun day!
Enjoy a family rafting experience in the morning, have a rest for an energising lunch before heading up the gondola for some luging fun. "Local rules" (Ramming each other is allowed). Your youngest children may need to ride with an adult (height limits apply).
Guided Rafting Trip on the Upper Shotover River.
Family Adventures raft the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown. Your adventures start with a unique sightseeing trip into the famous Skippers Canyon - quite possibly the most spectacular drive in New Zealand! The views are astounding and the area is jam-packed with history. Then you get even further into the backcountry as you float by raft on the Upper Shotover River. This trip is suitable for everyone from 3 years old as Family Adventures only raft on gentle grade 1 & 2 rapids & water confidence is not necessary.
Gondola & Luge
Jump on your specialised Luge cart, select your track, then zoom down the Luge tracks - you're in control. Then catch the Luge chairlift back to the start zone and do it all over again - once is never enough!
The unique braking and steering system means that you’re always in control, so you have the power to alter your course or speed at your will. 800 metres of fun, fast-paced freedom.The Blue Track is a leisurely ride with gentle gradient, easy bends, tunnels and dips. The Red Track has a steeper gradient and is a more adventurous ride with the thrill of banked corners, tunnels, dippers and cuttings.
Depart Eichardt's. Your private driver will take you back to Queenstown airport where your private charter aircraft will be waiting to take you to Auckland to connect with your flight home.
We recommend at least 2.5 hours check in for international flights but please check the rules will your specific airline.
Safe Travels. Haere haumaru ki te haerenga.
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