If you’re looking to welcome back travel in style, Captain Choice has launched an exceptional new private jet tour stopping at three New Zealand luxury lodges.
Tours will depart from Sydney on 19 September 2021 (10 days) and 18 November 2021 (11 days). Each journey includes visits to three New Zealand destinations, before stopping at Norfolk Island on the way home.
Travellers will have the chance to explore the sub-tropical Bay of Islands region in New Zealand’s north, followed by the picturesque Lake Taupo and then Queenstown in the South Island.
Along the way, the group will reside at some of New Zealand’s most esteemed properties – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Huka Lodge and Matakuri Lodge.
“With the announcement of the trans-Tasman bubble, this is the ultimate NZ holiday,” says Captain’s Choice CEO Bas Bosschieter.
“It has everything; luxurious accommodation, outdoor adventure, beautiful landscapes, golf, gourmet escapes, stunning landscapes and immersion in the fascinating local culture.”
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 two journeys. 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, Waiua Bay and Little Takou Beach.
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.
Day Seven sees the jet head for Queenstown where guests will stay at the ultra-luxe Matakuri 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.
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 the jet will call in at the tiny volcanic outcrop of Norfolk Island.
Here, you can take in the views of the island’s lush green hills and rocky shoreline from Mount Pitt. Then spot to explore St Barnabas Chapel, one of the finest historic buildings in the South Pacific, as well as Kingston, the centre of the British Empire’s most brutal penal settlement.
To say farewell, lunch will be hosted on the final day at Norfolk Island’s iconic Hilli restaurant, before the jet returns to Sydney.
Prices for the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand by Private Jet tour start from $31,450 per person.
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