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Flit between New Zealand’s most lavish lodges by private jet

New Zealand has reopened, and there couldn’t be a better way to welcome back travel to Aotearoa than by private jet, with exclusive use of three of New Zealand’s most luxurious lodges.

Captain Choice’s new ten-day private jet tour (departing 18 November 2022) takes you from Sydney to the North and South Islands, before stopping at Norfolk Island on the way home. 

Explore the sub-tropical Bay of Islands region in New Zealand’s far north, followed by the picturesque Lake Taupo, and then Queenstown in the South Island.

Along the way, you’ll reside at some of New Zealand’s most esteemed properties –  The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Huka Lodge and Matakauri Lodge.

“It has everything; luxurious accommodation, outdoor adventure, beautiful landscapes, golf, gourmet escapes, stunning landscapes and immersion in the fascinating local culture.”

New Zealand Luxury Lodges private jet tour - Huka Lodge © Supplied by Captain's Choice

Huka Lodge on the banks of Waikato River © Huka Lodge

However, the highlight, according to Bosschieter, is certainly the lodges themselves which he says are “outshone only by the sublime nature of their settings”.

“We have exclusive use of the lodges and enjoy a three-night stay at each. The accommodation is opulent and warm, they offer luxurious amenities, and their restaurants provide fine dining using local produce.”

Private jet service

Captain Choice has lined up a business class BAE-146 jet for the journey. It has the capacity to seat 46 people, however, group sizes will be 35 people for added comfort and space.

A tour manager and doctor will accompany the group, catering to any needs that may arise.

Onboard, guests will enjoy free-flowing Champagne and refreshments and have the chance to become familiar with the crew. It’s also a high-winged aircraft which means all windows have ample viewing opportunities of the landscapes below.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The first three nights of the tour will be spent at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.

Set along a sweeping, unspoilt coastline in the Bay of Islands region, this lodge is consistently rated as one of the best New Zealand luxury lodges on offer.

Keen golfers are welcome to play a round on the private golf course, one of the most famous in the southern hemisphere. While those who prefer to relax can enjoy a day of pampering at the lodge’s spa.

There is also a guided heritage tour across the Kauri Cliffs. As well as scenic walks to Hikurua waterfall, Waiaua Bay and Little Takou Bay Beach.

New Zealand Luxury Lodges private jet tour - The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs© Supplied by Captain's Choice

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs © Supplied by Captain’s Choice

Huka Lodge

The next stop is Taupo, staying in the award-winning Huka Lodge on the banks of the Waikato River. 

Take a moment to wander the 17 acres of manicured grounds, including a tennis court and croquet lawn. Then, sit down to a five-course dinner prepared by renowned Chef Paul Froggatt.

Learn more about Māori culture on a trip to Rotorua, try fly fishing at Tongariro River, visit Ōpepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, or play a round of golf at either Kinloch or Wairakei golf course.

New Zealand Luxury Lodges private jet tour - Huka Lodge © Supplied by Captain's Choice

Huka Lodge © Supplied by Captain’s Choice

Matakauri Lodge

On day seven you’ll head to Queenstown, where guests will stay at the ultra-luxe Matakauri Lodge. The drawcard here is the lodge’s mesmerising views of the ‘big three’: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks.

While in Queenstown, guests have the chance to travel through the dramatic Kawarau Gorge to Gibbston Valley Winery, home to New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave, and visit the beautiful nearby village of Arrowtown.

Also on the itinerary is the option of a Jet Boat experience along the Shotover River, a round of golf at Jack’s Point course or a day of shopping Queenstown’s boutiques. 

New Zealand Luxury Lodges private jet tour - Matakauri Lodge © Supplied by Captain's Choice

Matakauri Lodge views © Supplied by Captain’s Choice

Norfolk Island

As the private jet tour in New Zealand comes to an end, guests can look forward to one last stop. On the way back to Sydney, you’ll call in at the quiet, island paradise of Norfolk Island. 

Here, you can take in the views of the island’s lush green hills and rocky shoreline from Mount Pitt. Then explore St Barnabas Chapel, one of the finest historic buildings in the South Pacific.

To say farewell, lunch will be hosted on the final day at Norfolk Island’s iconic Hilli Restaurant & Cafe, before the jet returns to Sydney.

New Zealand Luxury Lodges private jet tour -Kingston, Norfolk Island © Supplied by Captain's Choice

Kingston, Norfolk Island © Supplied by Captain’s Choice

Prices for the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand by Private Jet tour start from $32,950 per person.

The ten-day tour departs from Sydney on 18th November 2022. 

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