10 Day - Essence of New Zealand

Sailing on Lake Tarawera

We call this trip “Soul Nourishment” because it offers beautiful places at a relaxed pace. Our desire is to share this country’s awe-inspiring natural beauty with you, through this holiday, you will discover the very essence of New Zealand……… Water.

Since man first stepped ashore on the islands of New Zealand, the sea and sailing have played a vital role in our lives. Surrounded by water and isolated from the rest of the world, the nation was reliant on sailing to bring people and goods across the water to settle its islands.  We embrace the sea and its influence is shown by where we live and play and in our architecture.

We promise an experience that will assail the senses, nurture the soul and leave you yearning to return…

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand

Having cleared customs & immigration formalities, you will be welcomed & transferred by limousine to your city hotel.

The 'City of Sails' is New Zealand's largest and most vibrant, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a mild climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland. Also known as the City of Sails - a title gained from the view of yachts seen against the cityscape.

One Nights Accommodation at the Hilton Auckland. Set on Auckland's dramatic waterfront, this impressive hotel combines contemporary design, a central location and great facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and spa.

Day 2 - Auckland at Leisure

Auckland provides visitors with so many wonderful experiences, plenty within easy reach of the downtown city centre. Today is a free day at leisure to relax & explore what Auckland has to offer. Perhaps visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter; take a cruise on Auckland Harbour or make your way to the top of the Sky Tower for spectacular views of Auckland city.

Some sightseeing and activity options available:

Day 3 - Waiheke Island

After a lisurely breakfast make your way down to the Pier and board the ferry bound for Waiheke Island. Cruise down the beautiful Auckland harbour past Browns Island, Motutapu and Motuihe Islands and onto the tranquil island of Waiheke (The name means "Cascading Waters" in Maori).

Waiheke Island is an eclectic mix of cultures, activities, vineyards, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, beautiful beaches, scenic walking tracks and much, much more. It’s a perfect relaxing, romantic escape; family holiday at the beach or weekend away. There are many outdoor activities and plenty to see and do, no matter what your interests or energy levels.

Some sightseeing and activity options available:

Two Nights Accommodation at Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island. This unique haven offers luxury accommodation that will allow your senses to awaken to the ultimate in relaxation and romance. Waiheke Island is renowned for its diversions from city life. Island life means beaches, golf, horseback riding, arts and crafts shops, bars, cafés, restaurants, world-renowned vineyards and olive-groves.

Day 4 - Big Bordeaux & Beaches, Waiheke Island

Today enjoy a private wine/sightseeing tour of Waiheke Island. Since the late 1970's Waiheke's benign Mediterranean climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry. A "small is beautiful" philosophy, yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into international award-winning wines. The big Bordeaux-style reds of Stony Ridge, Goldwater Estate and Peninsula Estate are now appreciated by wine lovers all over the world, and more than 30 vineyards have followed in the footsteps of the original three. You can visit these and several others including Kennedy Point Vineyard, Te Whau Vineyard where you can have lunch and sample some of the owner's 500+ classic and local vintages enjoying 3 course lunch at Mudbrick Restaurant.

Day 5 - Scenic Flight to the Coromandel Peninsula

New Chums Beach - Coromandel Peninsula

After a leisurely breakfast, your helicopter will reveal the full magnificence of the island dotted Hauraki Gulf before encountering the Coromandel Peninsula. From the air, the hidden coves, isolated beaches and native forests allows one to understand why New Zealanders treasure this place.  The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf.  The coastal nature of the Coromandel makes it a brilliant choice if you like to fish, surf, dive, snorkelling, swim or wander along beaches. For contrast you can head for the hills and hike the trails in the forest.

Soak at Hot Water Beach: The natural upwelling of geothermal hot water rising from deep below the sand makes this spot famous. Dig a hole in the sand when the tide is low, then allow the hot springs to work their limb-soothing magic while the cool waves of the Pacific Ocean invigorate you.  Why not enjoy it with a glass of wine as the sunsets on the horizon!

Two Nights Accommodation at the Hahei Oceanfront on the Coromandel Peninsula. This luxury hosted accommodation is located between two of the Coromandel Peninsula’s top natural attractions, the world-renowned Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.  This house has been designed to offer boutique luxury accommodation to the world’s most discerning travellers.

Day 6 - Paradise at Leisure

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

The Coromandel is where Kiwis go on holiday!  Renowned worldwide for its natural beauty - misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, the Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind. But for those not wanting to just sit on the beach, there is a range of interesting activities to do.

Some sightseeing and activity options available:

Day 7 - Stunning Lake Tarawera

Depart the Coromandel by float plane, enjoy the view as you soar towards Mt Tarawera. When it erupted it created an 8km long volcanic rift along its summit – the magnitude of which is only fully appreciated when viewed from above. Fly over Mt. Tarawera’s Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the eruption.  The float plane will land on Lake Tarawera outside your accommodation. 

Sightseeing and activity options include:

One Nights Accommodation at Solitaire Lodge, Lake Tarawera. Nestled on an exclusive and privately-owned peninsula on the shores of Lake Tarawera with stunning lake and mountain views and award-winning service. This lodge has been a favourite of the most discerning for decades. 

Day 8 - Luxury Sailing and Hidden Hotpools - Lake Rotoiti

Lake Rotoiti is an idyllic spot; a place where people come to enjoy the peace and beauty of the lake. Explore the beauty of Lake Rotoiti at your own pace. With an abundance of wildlife, a beautiful bush clad shore line and pockets of untamed thermal activity. Your yacht is beautifully presented to offer a unique eco cruising experience.  She blends her original character and style with the latest comfort The cruise can be as relaxed or as active as you like, with a range of activities on offer from trout fishing, sight-seeing, sailing, swimming, or taking a soak in Lake Rotoiti’s natural hot pools that are only accessible by boat.

Hidden Hot Pools
Only accessible by boat, The Manipura Hot Springs on the lake are a welcome reward after a hard day's skiing or fishing or simply a unique relaxing destination. From here you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Rotoiti as you watch swans glide by and sailboats gently float past.

Two Nights Accommodation at Clarion Suites Sacred Waters in Taupo. These luxurious waterfront apartments are located overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo.

Day 9 - Lake Taupo, The Largest Crater Lake in the World

Impressive is the word best used to describe Lake Taupo, after all, it is the biggest Volcanic Crater in the World! Your guide will fill you in on the area’s turbulent history as you absorb the scenery.  Lake Taupo is the Biggest Volcanic Crater in the World, at 622 sq km it is set amidst clean, green countryside, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful native bush and some of the largest pine forests in the Southern Hemisphere. Thermal activity in this region includes natural hot pools and springs, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. Taupo is the North Island adventure equivalent of Queenstown!

Some sightseeing and activity options available are:

Day 10 - Depart New Zealand or Extend your Journey?

Sadly, your holiday is at an end. Here, we bid you ‘Haere Ra’, a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

With so much more of New Zealand to experience, you could extend your journey. Just ask, we can custom build the itinerary to suit - after all it is your holiday and we want it to be an experience you won't forget. Perhaps you would like to consider a stopover in Australia or one of the many South Pacific Islands on the way home.


Please take the time to view our “Virtual Tour” for the 10 Day Essence  or download/print the detailed “Tour Dossier”. Both can be found on the right hand column of this page. Alternatively you can simply contact us. For a comprehensive list of all activities available in each location featured in this tour, please refer to the "Destination Guide" found at the top of this page.

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