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ART OF TRAVEL INTRODUCES BOUTIQUE & UNIQUE EXPERIENCES OF NEW ZEALAND & FIJI There’s nothing more exciting than discovering something new. It’s how you can rediscover yourself by going to hidden places that are both inspiring, and awe-inspiring. In a region that’s like nowhere else on Earth. Where a secret destination can become a favorite destination. In New Zealand & Fiji, you’ll experience true luxury, discovery, adventure and mystery. It’s there to be found. In the land, in the people, in the spirit. Now’s the time to seek out new, unique and authentic experiences. Let our Boutique & Unique Collection be your guide and let an Art of Travel Destination Specialist arrange an exceptional journey. Phone: 64 9 360 1456 Email: wendy@artoftravel.co.nz

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ART OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCES TO DISCOVER Art of Travel represent all that is rich and lush, unique and spectacular in luxury travel within New Zealand & Fiji. In choosing all the elements required to put a luxury holiday together for you, Art of Travel select only from the very best available. Our team is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that you have the holiday of your dreams, whatever you are looking for: • Adventure and adrenaline in the wild • Romance and perfect settings • Pampering and relaxation in total luxury • Getting away from it all, or getting amongst it • Or combinations of the lot… We at Art of Travel have sacrificed ourselves and gone before you to source and locate, try and test, select and grade in order to provide you with the ultimate New Zealand & Fiji luxury holiday. All you have to do is tell us what you would like to accomplish on this holiday and we will put it together: from start to finish – with all the little details in between that go towards making sure you remember this as your most memorable holiday ever. We know where to locate all the best helicopters, limousines and boats and can move you from one luxury accommodation to another with seamless efficiency: it’s what we do best.

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Luxury Spa Retreats .........................................4 Art & Architecture .............................................6

What is more, we just love the opportunity to be creative and customise your New Zealand & Fiji luxury holiday to meet your every need and then go that extra mile and include something unexpected and amazing. Phone: 64 9 360 1456 Email: wendy@artoftravel.co.nz

Family Fun .......................................................8 Ecology & Wildlife...........................................10 Luxury Golfing ................................................12 Food & Wine ...................................................14 New Zealand Chic ...........................................16 Best B&B Discoveries .......................................18 Trout Fishing ...................................................20 Unique Guide ..................................................22 New to Unique ................................................26 Unique Locations ...........................................27

Monique Sowter, Wendy Dobson, Tamatha Hohaia

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IMAGINATIVE ITINERARIES EXTRAORDINARY DESTINATIONS Whatever your taste, interests or passion, the choice, as always, belongs to the traveller. However we have created great suggested itineraries based around themed experiences in New Zealand & Fiji. Here are a few examples to get you started.

SPA

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY ONE

DAY SIX

Drive north of Auckland to the Bay of Islands.

Savour the tranquility of the great New Zealand outdoors. The Spa at Wharekauhau is the perfect way to relieve stiff joints and aching muscles after a day’s activity in rural New Zealand. Relax and revive your body and mind to enjoy the evening ahead.

Stay two nights at the superb Paihia Beach Resort & Spa.

DAY TWO Indulge in pure luxury. While your mind soars over the inspiring scenery of the Bay of Islands, relax with natural and luxurious

DAY SEVEN

spa and body treatments at La Spa Naturale,

Drive to Wellington for your flight to Christchurch. Spend two nights at Elm Tree House.

voted one of the top ten spas in the South Pacific by Condé Nast Traveller (UK).

DAY THREE Follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to Auckland. Stay for two nights at Cotter House, one of Auckland’s finest luxury hideaways.

DAY EIGHT Relax at the Elm Tree House. Explore Christchurch and then rejuvenate with a neck and shoulder massage, and a vitamin C face mask, exclusive to Elm Tree House in association with the Caci Clinic.

DAY FOUR Pamper yourself at the Cotter House health and spa. Indulge in the Cotter House organic skin care range and health spa products. Take advantage of complimentary Yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi and Feldenkrais classes. Personal trainers, personalised physiotherapy and acupuncture treatments are also available.

DAY FIVE Fly from Auckland to Wellington and drive to Wharekauhau Country Estate. Spend two nights at Wharekauhau, enjoying New Zealand country hospitality. 4

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Yasawa Islands, Fiji

DAY NINE

Navutu Stars Resort

Bay of Islands

Fly to Queenstown and drive to Takaro, Te Anau.

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

DAY TEN Experience Ten Hand Energy Massage at Takaro.

Auckland Cotter House

Takaro is set in a remote river valley, surrounded by millions of acres of peaceful untouched forest and mountains. Voted the best massage in the world by Vogue UK, you can indulge in a daily rejuvenation session to speed up cell regeneration and improve your skin, hair, circulation and nervous system.

DAY ELEVEN

Palliser Bay

The road to Queenstown. Enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful New Zealand scenery to Queenstown. Spend two nights at Matakauri Lodge.

Wharekauhau Estate

Christchurch Elm Tree House

Te Anau

DAY TWELVE

Takaro

A day of leisure at New Zealand’s first organic spa. Its ‘prescriptive’ menu makes exclusive use of natural organic and locally sourced ingredients to maximise the therapeutic value, such as cinnamon quills, star anise, green tea, wheat germ, seasonal fruits and flowers and the legendary NZ organic Manuka honey. Every treatment is tailor-made for each individual to stimulate and restore the natural healing forces of the mind, body and spirit.

Queenstown Matakauri Lodge

Fly Drive

DAY THIRTEEN Fly to Fiji, to Navutu Stars Resort, and experience locally grown medicinal plants, aloe vera and coconut in the freshest of organic spa treatments. ART OF TRAVEL | WWW.ARTOFTRAVEL.CO.NZ | 64 9 360 1456 | WENDY@ARTOFTRAVEL.CO.NZ

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ART & ARCHITECTURE SAMPLE ITINERARY

Creativity arises from two distinct traditions: those of the indigenous Maori and Fijian people, and the mainly British immigrants who arrived after 1840. In recent years interaction between these cultures within New Zealand and Fiji has resulted in some distinctive art.

DAY ONE Arrive into Auckland, New Zealand. Stay at Cotter House, an exquisitely restored boutique lodge highlighting its 18th century Regency architecture.

DAY TWO Explore Auckland’s vibrant art scene. Cotter House will personally introduce you to leading galleries that specialise in New Zealand art within Auckland. Alternatively stay on Waiheke Island at The Boatshed and experience their walking tour ‘Island of Design’ taking in world acclaimed sculpture, architecture and local artist galleries.

DAY THREE Fly from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Stay at the Bay of Islands Lodge, a custom-designed all wood constructed ‘tree house’ lodge. Its design is contemporary and materials are natural and earthy, featuring native and imported timbers.

17 arts and craft stores, and delight the senses with the functional, the wearable and the decorative.

DAY FIVE Fly from the Bay of Islands to Wellington. Stay at Bolton Hotel where each room is visually rich with New Zealand inspired artwork throughout the hotel. A ‘must see’ is Te Papa New Zealand’s National Museum where you can explore the nations distinctive art, history and heritage. Explore New Zealand’s nation’s distinctive art, history, and heritage.

DAY SIX Fly from Wellington to Christchurch. Stay at Elm Tree House.

DAY FOUR

DAY SEVEN

Discover locally crafted products. Take the Art and Craft trail from Kerikeri, 30 minutes north of the Bay of Islands Lodge. Choose from

Explore Christchurch’s Gothic architecture. Elm Tree House, a Historic Places Trust colonial home, is a perfect base for those who want to explore this

Bolton Hotel

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Cotter House


Royal Davui Island

most English of New Zealand cities. From the 1850s, architecture flourished under Benjamin Mountfort with his magnificent Gothic Revival buildings which have given this city its distinctive architectural flavour.

Bay of Islands Bay of Islands Lodge

Waiheke Island The Boatshed

DAY EIGHT

Royal Davui Davui Island

Fly to Queenstown. Stay two nights at Matakauri Lodge.

Auckland Cotter House

DAY NINE Explore historic heritage of a golden era. Matakauri Lodge is located near Queenstown, an area of historical significance of the 1860s, New Zealand’s gold rush era. View the plethora of buildings from this era, made of local stone. Visit the gold mining ghost town Bendigo, or the haunted hotel in St Bathans. Visit the studios and galleries of some of New Zealand’s most famous contemporary artists.

Wellington Bolton Hotel

Christchurch Elm Tree House

DAY TEN Depart New Zealand for Fiji. Helicopter to Royal Davui Island, and experience true Fijian style architecture, meet local artisans while enjoying the privacy of your own private Vale (home).

Queenstown Matakauri Lodge

Fly Drive

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FAMILY FUN SAMPLE ITINERARY

Whether you are interested in native history and myths, a wilderness adventure on board Oceanic Discoverer (a small ship cruising with expert naturalists on a 5 or 12 night cruise itinerary), whale watching, tandem sky diving or just walking on a deserted beach, New Zealand offers families a diverse selection of activities to suit all ages and budgets.

DAY SIX DAY ONE Drive north of Auckland to the sanctuary of the mighty Waipoua Forest, home of Maori legends and the majestic Kauri tree ‘Tane Mahuta’. Stay two nights in spacious suite apartments at Waipoua Lodge on the very edge of this nature sanctuary.

Take the family on a kayak adventure through the safe waters of Seafields coastal exploration route. Also ride Seafields private stable of horses through native forests, swim and picnic in sheltered beaches. Take a short ferry ride to the heart of Auckland and visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter.

DAY TWO

DAY SEVEN

Experience Waipoua’s ecological and wildlife tours’ ‘Lord of the Forest Guided Walk’. Explore a 2-3,000 year old forest, with abundant wildlife and its legacy of Maori legends. Be guided by the local Department of Conservation and experience the magic by night. Look out for the elusive Kiwi in its natural habitat.

Travel south, on your way visit the Lord of the Rings Movie Set in Matamata, then on to Rotorua, the geothermal centre of New Zealand and spiritual home of the Maori. Stay at Hamurana Country Estate, a rural retreat just outside of Rotorua.

DAY THREE

Experience Rotorua. Rotorua is an adventure playground for families – with a backdrop of geothermal steam, live volcanoes and blue and green lakes, some with hot water beaches which are great for swimming. Visit traditional Maori villages, helicopter over a live volcano, White Island, and visit geysers at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

DAY EIGHT Drive north to the Bay of Islands. Here is the heart of New Zealand’s cultural and historic past, including the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840. Stay two nights at the award winning 5-star resort, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa.

DAY FOUR Take a luxury cruise on Missionhills, an exclusive private island day cruise of the Bay of Islands. Hop aboard Missionhills, a 72ft motor yacht and swim in crystal clear waters, snorkel coral reef gardens, kayak through local caves, and visit one of the world’s most private islands. Relax and sunbath on the deck by the pool, take a walk along deserted beaches or go on an 8-wheel Argo trip.

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DAY NINE Drive south to one of New Zealand’s oldest sheep stations. Stay two nights at Wharekauhau Country Estate.

DAY TEN

DAY FIVE

Sheep, sheep and more sheep… Take a farm tour and try your hand at sheep shearing or round them up with the farm dog. Visit one of New Zealand’s largest brown seal colonies. Horse ride or quad bike for a trek on rugged farmland and spectacular beaches.

Drive a little south of Auckland to the waterfront retreat of Seafields. Or you could choose to add 5 nights and cruise down the spectacular coastline from the Bay of Islands to Auckland, experiencing New Zealand’s wildlife and hidden coves.

Drive to Wellington for a flight to Christchurch. Stay two nights at Claremont Country Estate. Take the family on the acclaimed Land Rover Safari and the 2,400 acre working sheep, deer and cattle

DAY ELEVEN

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Seafields

station and nature reserve tour – see 65 million year old fossils and geological land formations.

Bay of Islands Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

DAY TWELVE

Waipoua Forest

Oceanic Discoverer

Waipoua Lodge

Whale Watching. Explore nearby Kaikoura and the whale watching is a real ‘must do’.

Auckland Seafields

Rotorua Haumarana Country Estate

DAY THIRTEEN Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. Then drive through the spectacular scenery of the rugged West Coast. Stay two nights at Wapiti Park Homestead where you can ride the tractor and hand feed the Elk.

Palliser Bay Wharekauhau Estate

West Coast

DAY FOURTEEN Walk a Glacier. Either hike and visit the ice caves as part of a ½ day guided tour or take a thrilling helicopter ride at Franz Josef or Fox Glacier in the Westland National Park.

Wapiti Park Homestead

North Canterbury Claremont Country Estate

Queenstown Matakauri Lodge

DAY FIFTEEN Drive to Queenstown. Spend two nights at Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown – the Adventure Capital of the World.

Oceanic Discoverer

Fly Drive Train Cruise

DAY SIXTEEN Indulge in outdoor adventures. Enjoy the thrills and spills of a jet boat ride on the Shotover River, a bungy jump or a helicopter flight over Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound which boasts some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery.

DAY SEVENTEEN Depart New Zealand – a unique family experience.

Paihia Beach Resort and Spa

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ECO WILDERNESS SAMPLE ITINERARY

In New Zealand and Fiji you can experience landscapes so special, they’ve been internationally recognised as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Discover active volcanoes, ancient native forests, prehistoric glaciers, snow-covered alps and remote island sanctuaries that will capture your imagination and your heart We offer ecological and wildlife experiences that are truly experiential. We can also arrange for clients to combine the best of New Zealand’s wilderness lodge and resort experiences with a 5 or 12 day ‘ecology and wildlife’ cruise around New Zealand’s coast, accompanied by expert naturalists; please ask one of our consultants for more details.

DAY ONE Drive north of Auckland to the Waipoua Forest. Stay two nights at Waipoua Lodge, nestled on a ridge overlooking New Zealand’s largest Kauri Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary.

DAY TWO Experience Waipoua’s ecological and wildlife tours. Take the ‘Shipwrecks & Seascapes Guided Tour’ and the ‘Lord Of The Forest Guided Walk’ and be amazed at the deserted beaches and 2-3,000 year old native Kauri trees. The ‘Night Walk in Trounson Kauri Park’ gives a rare opportunity to see New Zealand’s native bird, the Kiwi.

Waipoua Forest

wildlife sanctuary or visit Ruakiri Caves to discover ancient Maori rock paintings, and the famous Waitomo Caves where glow worms live.

DAY FIVE Drive south to Rotorua, New Zealand’s geothermal wonderland. Stay two nights at Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Estate.

DAY THREE

DAY SIX

Drive just south of Auckland to Cambridge – the ‘Kentucky of New Zealand’. Stay two nights at Maungatautari Lodge. Visit some of the area’s finest stud farms and inspect their famous bloodstock and families.

Experience the uniqueness of Treetops – The Ultimate Luxury Lodge and Wilderness Experience. Set in 2,500 acres of 1,000 year old native forest, your choice of activities is immense. Try the Maori Indigenous Food Trail, hike one of the 70km of bush trails, horse trek over mountain tracks or take a Wildlife Safari Tour.

DAY FOUR Explore the region’s natural beauty and cultural significance. Take a walk in the nearby Maungatautari Mountain

DAY SEVEN Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand’s English city. Stay two nights at Claremont Country Estate. Take the half day, acclaimed, Land Rover Safari adventure and nature reserve tour – see 65 million year old fossils and geological land formations, unique to New Zealand.

DAY EIGHT

Turtles at Navutu Stars, Fiji

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Marvel at New Zealand’s wildlife. Drive to Kaikoura and experience the magnificence of whale watching.

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Claremont Country Estate

Yasawa Islands, Fiji

DAY NINE

Navutu Stars Resort

Take the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. Then drive south through the dramatic and rugged West Coast. Stay two nights at Wapiti Park Homestead, set in a landscape of extremes and be prepared to be captivated by spectacular mountains, vast rainforests, pristine lakes and untamed coastline.

Waipoua Forest Waipoua Lodge Oceanic Discoverer

Cambridge Maungatautari Lodge

DAY TEN

Rotorua

Experience a unique animal tour and dramatic glacier. Take the Wapiti Park Homestead farm tour and hand feed their Rocky Mountain Elk (Wapiti), which are bred on the property. Visit Franz Josef or Fox Glacier by foot, or on a helicopter tour.

Treetops Lodge & Estate

DAY ELEVEN Drive back to Christchurch for your departure to Fiji. Stay at the eco-luxury Navutu Stars Resort. Experience the crystal clear lagoons and rich marine life in the beautiful Yasawa Islands. Join local ecologists in their coral regeneration project. Described by Vogue USA as ‘rustic chic’.

West Coast Wapiti Park Homestead

North Canterbury Claremont Country Estate

Oceanic Discoverer

Oceanic Discoverer

Fly Drive Train Cruise

Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Estate

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GOLF

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Terrace Downs Golf Course

New Zealand – offering silence, scenery, fresh clean air and of course, world class golfing experiences for all levels. The people are friendly, the boutique accommodation luxurious, and the scenery is truly spectacular.

DAY ONE Fly from Auckland to Kerikeri. Stay at multiple award winning Paihia Beach Resort & Spa in the Bay of Islands. La Spa Naturale was voted one of the top ten overseas hotel spas in Australia & South Pacific in the Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Spa Awards.

DAY TWO Play the best course in New Zealand with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Named amongst the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine, Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is one of only two New Zealand courses to receive this international recognition.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

It is listed as one of “The Finest Golf Clubs of the World”, and was the venue for the 1998 New Zealand Open.

DAY FIVE Drive to Rotorua, New Zealand’s Maori culture centre. Stay two nights at Kawaha Point Lodge, situated on the edge of Lake Rotorua, and winner of Best Boutique Accommodation at the Tourism Industry Awards 2006.

DAY SIX Play 18 holes in scenic countryside. Recognised by prestigious US Golf Digest Magazine to be in the top 20 courses in the world outside of the USA, the Wairakei International Golf Course lies on 450 acres of rolling countryside.

DAY SEVEN Drive to the Hawke’s Bay.

DAY THREE Depart Bay of Islands and drive to Auckland. Stay two nights at Seafields, a luxury Whitford waterfront retreat nestled on the shores of the Hauraki Gulf offering magnificent views overlooking boats and islands of the Gulf.

DAY FOUR Formosa Golf Resort has been developed as an international PGA standard, 18-hole golf course and resort facility. 12

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Clearwater Golf Course


Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Stay two nights at Greenhill the Lodge, Hastings. Bay of Islands

Built in 1897, this regal home stands on 30 acres

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

of gardens with panoramic views of the region. Play alongside the locals with complimentary green fees to the Hastings Golf Club, known as ‘Bridge Pa’.

Auckland Seafields

DAY EIGHT Experience the “new 8th wonder of the world”.

Rotorua Kawaha Point Lodge

This is how Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine described award winning Cape Kidnappers Golf Course:

Hastings Greenhill The Lodge

“Located 140 metres above sea level with incredible water views to the Hawke’s Bay below, this course is hard to beat”. It is the sister course to Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands.

North Canterbury

DAY NINE

Claremont Country Estate

Fly south to Christchurch.

Christchurch

Stay two nights at urban Huntley House

Huntley House

in Christchurch or the high country sheep station Claremont Country Estate, North Canterbury.

DAY TEN

Fly Drive

Choose your course. Both Clearwater Golf Club and Terrace Downs are two of the South Island’s most renowned courses. The par 72 championship course at Clearwater is home to the NZ PGA Championship. Terrace Downs is considered to be one of the top courses in New Zealand.

DAY ELEVEN Depart New Zealand.

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FOOD & WINE SAMPLE ITINERARY

Anyone with a passion for food and wine will find our culinary odyssey of New Zealand highly inspiring. As well as enjoying the creations of some of the country’s leading chefs and winemakers, you’ll stay in some of its mostly highly acclaimed lodges and resorts.

DAY ONE Travel north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Stay at award winning Paihia Beach Resort & Spa which was nominated in three categories in the 2007 World Travel Awards – Australasia’s Leading Spa Resort, New Zealand’s Leading Resort and New Zealand’s Leading Spa Resort.

DAY TWO Dine at ‘Pure Tastes’ – a luxurious poolside ocean view restaurant. Experience Paihia Beach Resort & Spa’s luxurious restaurant. Menus are created using local seafood and local Northland indigenous fare, and are complemented by an award winning wine list.

DAY SIX Dine at Kawaha Point Lodge. With its renowned reputation, the restaurant’s Michelin trained chef creates New Zealand style cuisine using locally sourced products. House specialties are traditionally prepared New Zealand lamb and hot smoked South Island salmon paired with an extensive boutique wine list.

DAY SEVEN DAY THREE Drive south along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to Auckland. Stay two nights at Stafford Villa. Walk to local restaurants, Eight Point Two and The Engine Room, both equally voted ‘Restaurant of the Year, 2007’.

DAY FOUR Indulge in an Island Wine Tour. Start your day with a sumptuous five-course gourmet breakfast at Stafford Villa. Just a 5 minute stroll to the wharf, visit Waiheke Island by ferry, experience an abundance of wineries housing boutique wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and more recently, Chardonnay grape varieties.

DAY FIVE Travel south to Rotorua, New Zealand’s Maori cultural capital. Spend two nights at Kawaha Point Lodge which was awarded the New Zealand Beef and Lamb Hallmark of Excellence in 2006. 14

Make your way to Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay. Stay two nights at Greenhill The Lodge. With over 70 vineyards, this region is recognised on the world stage for its award winning wines.

DAY EIGHT Savour the best of the area’s food and wine. Greenhill’s ‘Pasture to Plate’ and ‘Behind the Label’ tours focus on the very best of the region’s culinary wine making people and places. For weekend visitors the local farmers’ markets in Hastings and Napier are not to be missed.

DAY NINE Drive south to the Martinborough wine region. Stay two nights at Wharekauhau Country Estate and sample their home cured dill marinated gravadlax, home made jams and jellies and legendary honeycomb ice-cream. Wharekauhau now sells to a very select number of restaurants in this famous region.

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DAY TEN Imbibe in a gastronomic odyssey with ‘Savour Martinborough’. On this full day tour you will be collected from the lodge and taken on an exploration of the culinary highlights of the Martinborough region visiting producers of boutique speciality foods, such as artisan cheeses, olive oils, seasonal fruits, and t-winning Pinot Noir wines with a choice of over 50 vineyards.

Bay of Islands Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Auckland Stafford Villa

Rotorua Kawaha Point Lodge

Hastings

DAY ELEVEN Drive to Wellington for your flight to Christchurch. Make your way to North Canterbury and stay two nights at high country station, Claremont Country Estate in the wine producing Waipara Valley. The chef creates imaginative dishes using produce from their organic garden and estate farmed venison. Signature Waipara wines complement the dishes.

Greenhill The Lodge

Palliser Bay Wharekauhau Estate

North Canterbury Claremont Country Estate

DAY TWELVE Indulge in the local culinary delights. The weekly farmers’ market in nearby Christchurch, highlights the region’s culinary diversity, with fish from Kaikoura, local venison, home made breads, sauces, olive oils and honey. Claremont offers a guided food and wine tour with award winning food writer, Mavis Airey, visiting food and wine producers – many not open to the public.

Fly Drive

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CHIC

SAMPLE ITINERARY

The ability to offer remarkable natural assets, from awesome landscapes to wildlife, with some of the most chic and eco-stylish accommodation in the Southern Hemisphere, makes travelling to New Zealand and Fiji such a unique experience. Royal Davui Island

DAY ONE Arrive into Auckland. Ferry or helicopter to Waiheke Island, location of the nautically-inspired boutique hotel, The Boatshed.

DAY TWO Explore Waiheke Island.

DAY FIVE Fly to Hawke’s Bay, for two nights at Millar Road. There’s nothing quite like the seriously stylish experiences of contemporary NZ design in a vineyard or waterfront setting offered by Millar Road villas, an ideal base for exploring the internationally acclaimed vineyards, farmers’ markets and gourmet restaurants.

Once ‘Hippy’, now totally cool, Waiheke Island offers world-acclaimed architecture, private sculpture

DAY SEVEN

collections, boutique galleries, vineyards and golden,

Drive from the Hawke’s Bay to Wellington. Stay two nights at Ohtel, Wellington’s newest hip hotel – originally planned, perfectly executed and profoundly desirable!

sandy beaches, and spectacular coastal scenery of the Pacific Ocean. Try the ‘Island of Design’ self-guided walk experience.

DAY THREE

DAY EIGHT

Fly from Auckland to Kerikeri.

For urban pleasures, Wellington City offers a wealth of dining, entertainment and cultural attractions. With Wellington being divided into four quarters, each with its own unique character: Lambton Quarter for shopping, Cuba Quarter for fashion, Courtenay Quarter for theatre and entertainment, and Willis Quarter for art galleries. Don’t forget Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum.

Stay two nights at Cavalli Island Retreat & Spa – Cavalli Islands.

DAY FOUR Relax and unwind. In the contemporary surroundings of Cavalli Island Retreat & Spa, take in the natural beauty and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy the long,

DAY NINE

white, sandy beaches – yours being the only footprints.

Fly to the garden city of Christchurch. Stay two nights at Huntley House – as chic as Christchurch gets.

A ‘must do’ is sampling the finest New Zealand cuisine using locally sourced seafood.

Millar Road

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Huntley House Classic Car, Aston Martin DB7


Cavalli Island Retreat & Spa

DAY TEN Cavalli Island Retreat & Spa

Drive a classic car. Choose from Huntley House’s selection of a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, Bentley Brooklands, MG TD 2000, Range Rover Vogue or for the real explorer, a Hummer H2. Self drive and explore Canterbury’s vineyards or the quaint French village of Akaroa.

Waiheke Island The Boatshed

Royal Davui Davui Island

Hawke’s Bay Millar Road

DAY ELEVEN Fly or drive to Te Anau (via Queenstown). Stay two nights at this holistic spa retreat, Takaro, Te Anau.

Wellington Ohtel

DAY TWELVE Rejuvenate at Takaro. Famous for its menu of over 40 award-winning massages and body treatments, experience total relaxation and inner peace utilising I Ching. Takaro has 10 luxurious Five Element chalets, each designed by a leading Feng Shui expert. End your holiday in New Zealand with a day of pampering and rejuvenation.

Christchurch Huntley House

Te Anau Takaro

Fly Drive

DAY THIRTEEN Answer your call to paradise, fly to Fiji and stay on the eco-chic private island of Royal Davui. Your own Vale (home) include full air conditioning, private plunge pool, and your own private beach. Voted as the ‘most romantic in the Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic‘ by Condé Nast Traveller in 2007.

The Boatshed

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BEST B&B DISCOVERIES SAMPLE ITINERARY

New Zealand is renowned for the quality and diversity of its luxury bed & breakfasts – from romantic forest, lake or ocean locations to vibrant city centres. These bed & breakfasts offer peaceful havens to discover our people and country. With fresh, organic, locally sourced produce always available, you will always experience the very best of home grown foods.

DAY ONE Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand. Stay at Stafford Villa, a heritage listed colonial villa which has been a family home for over 100 years situated in the historic village of Birkenhead Point. Explore Auckland’s Heritage. Walk to the ferry and cruise from Birkenhead Point to downtown Auckland; explore the Maritime Museum and Library, and Auckland’s Domain (parklands) which is home to the Auckland Museum, with an excellent showcase of early Maori village life.

Elm Tree House

DAY FIVE Explore the thermal wonderland that is Rotorua. Hamurana Country Estate is the perfect base to explore New Zealand’s world famous therapeutic thermal region and heartland of Maori culture. Rotorua is host to some of the earth’s most spectacular landscapes and powerful natural forces in this thermal wonderland. Sightseeing in the region is a must.

DAY SIX DAY TWO Pick up a rental car and drive the Twin Coast Discovery Highway north to the Bay of Islands. Stay two nights at the Bay of Islands Lodge with views over the Veronica Channel between Paihia and the charming, historic township of Russell. Dine in or out, the choice is yours.

Explore the local hidden jewel Hamurana Springs, Rotorua. This magical place is one of great beauty, with abundant wildlife that few visitors get to experience. Steeped in Maori history, local myths abound about a gentle Taniwha, Hinerua. Stroll under a canopy of Redwood trees to the secluded spring that releases a million gallons of pure spring water per hour.

DAY THREE Explore this sub-tropical paradise. Take the ‘cream trip’ on the famous Hole in the Rock boat tour to the outer Bay of Islands, experience dolphins and abundant bird and marine life.

DAY FOUR Drive south of Auckland to Seafields, to spend the night at this waterfront rural retreat. Peace, tranquility and seclusion best describe Seafields, offering a myriad activities including bird watching, coastal walks and guided tours on horseback. A dedicated spa room, as well as being just minutes from one of New Zealand’s leading golf courses, Formosa. 18

DAY SEVEN With stunning scenery as the backdrop, continue driving south to Lake Taupo. Stay two nights at Chalet Eiger, Lake Taupo. Chalet Eiger is a member of the slow food movement, and follows the principles of a new gastronomy encapsulating the complexities of food: from taste to culture, from nature to the people involved in its production. Dinner at Chalet Eiger is not to be missed.

DAY EIGHT Some of the best trout fishing in the world can be found in the Lake Taupo region. The mighty Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage

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site, offers pristine skiing, and great hiking and outdoor opportunities. Scenic New Zealand at it’s best. Bay of Islands Bay of Islands Lodge

DAY NINE Fly from Taupo to Christchurch. Stay two nights at Elm Tree House, a hosted villa in one of Christchurch’s smartest locations, just 15 minutes walk from the centre of Christchurch, Cathedral Square.

Auckland

Whitford

Stafford Villa

Seafields

Rotorua Hamurana Country Estate

Taupo

DAY TEN

Chalet Eiger

Discover the early French settlement of Akaroa. Guests who buy a ticket for the Akaroa Dolphin Discovery Cruise through local operator, The Black Cat Group, will be entitled to a complimentary second ticket. Choose one of the many sightseeing options included in the exclusive Elm Tree House guide, “Essentially Christchurch”.

HariHari Wapiti Park Homestead

Franz Josef

DAY ELEVEN Take the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. Pick up a rental car and drive south along the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Stay two nights at Wapiti Park Homestead. Dramatic extremes of landscape, rugged mountains, vast rainforests, pristine lakes, turbulent rivers and coastline – this is the West Coast.

Fox Glacier

Christchurch Elm Tree House

Fly Drive Train

DAY TWELVE Start your day with an exclusive opportunity, to accompany Wapiti Park’s owner, to feed his Rocky Mountain Elk. Then a day at leisure to explore this famous region of glaciers, at either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

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TROUT FISHING SAMPLE ITINERARY

New Zealand boasts some of the best year round brown and rainbow trout fishing in the world, with lakes and rivers stocked with fish in size and number not found anywhere else. Lake Rotorua, and its streams and tributaries, are ranked as having the best catch rate per hour in the world. Here you will find some of the very best combination trout fishing and boutique accommodation suggestions.

ROTORUA Treetops Lodge & Estate Rise at dawn, slip out and fish at your doorstep, or ‘fish the twilight’ at one of Treetop’s on-site lakes, surrounded by 800 year old native forest. A carefully managed game and wildlife habitat for fly fishermen and their pampered guests, Treetops invites you to fill your days dry fly-fishing one of the four on-site lakes selected by our highly experienced guide. Your day includes transport, all fishing equipment, licences and picnic hampers. Maximum two people per guide. Kawaha Point Lodge Stay at Kawaha Point Lodge and be collected by float plane from their private jetty for a days fishing. There are three lakes regarded as “trophies”, Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina, but don’t forget to release your first trout back for the taniwha (a mythical water creature) – this will improve your cast and catch rate for the remainder of the day! Your day includes an experienced guide, gear, lunch, transport and your fly fishing licence.

TAUPO Chalet Eiger Offering picturesque views down to Lake Taupo and over to Mount Tauhara, luxury bed & breakfast, Chalet Eiger’s location makes it perfectly situated for easy access to Taupo’s world famous trout fishing spots. A speciality is raft fishing (or drift fishing) – one of the best ways to access remote areas inaccessible on foot, such as the Tongariro, Mohaka, Ngaruroro or Rangitikei Rivers. Your hosts will willingly cook your catch for dinner! Your full day of fly fishing includes your guide, licence, fishing gear and lunch.

HAWKE’S BAY Millar Road Nestled amongst its own vineyard with views to Palliser Bay, Millar Road, in the Hawke’s Bay is an ideal base to explore the dozens of trout streams that flow through this region. Meander in a spring creek pursuing trophy-sized brown and rainbow trout.

CHRISTCHURCH/CANTERBURY

Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Estate

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Claremont Country Estate Claremont Country Estate offers avid trout and salmon fishermen a real treat – exclusive river access on private land. Off-site fishing options within a 50 minute drive off the property, include the pristine waters of the Waiau River or the Huranui River. Alternatively, the on-site fishing guide will take guests deep into the high back country, home to fantastic fishing spots known only to the locals. Your guide for the day will

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take you where the fishing is likely to be best on the day (collecting you from the lodge if necessary), and provide all gear (except waders) and licences.

WEST COAST Wapiti Park Homestead Perfect for both the recreational angler and the serious fly fisherman. La Fontaine Stream is a world-renowned, 12 mile fly fishing water and an angler’s paradise located only five minutes from the gates of Wapiti Park. Alternatively your experienced guide can introduce you to many excellent opportunities offered by the small spring-fed streams, mountain rivers and pristine lakes all within 30 minutes drive of the lodge. Your full day of fly fishing includes your guide, fishing gear and lunch.

Rotorua Treetops Lodge & Estate Kawaha Point Lodge

Taupo Chalet Eiger

Hawke’s Bay Millar Road

West Coast Wapiti Park Homestead

QUEENSTOWN

North Canterbury

Matakauri Lodge Matakauri Lodge, nestled in native bush overlooking Lake Wakatipu, offers the perfect environment for a day’s fly fishing. The property, has its own jetty allowing guests to fish for brown and rainbow trout, or be collected to go ‘trolling’ (a style of fishing where bait is trailed through a likely spot hoping for a bite) on the lake. Alternatively, Southern Trout fly fishing specialists will collect guests and take them into areas of magnificent scenery, majestic mountains, beech forest, streams and crystal clear mountain rivers including Mataura, Oreti, Greenstone and Maraora. Heli fishing is also available on request. Note: The New Zealand fly fishing season runs from October 1 through to April 30, subject to availability.

Claremont Country Estate

Queenstown Matakauri Lodge

Fly Drive

Claremont Country Estate

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UNIQUE COLLECTION Our guide to the individual properties in our Unique Collection will show, at a glance, the specific experiences offered by each of our members. But to find out more what the various regions in New Zealand and Fiji offer the visitor you should visit the Art of Travel website www.artoftravel.co.nz, speak to one of the knowledgeable consultants 64 9 360 1456 or send an email wendy@artoftravel.co.nz

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B&B

CHIC

ART/ARCHITECTURE

ECOLOGY/WILDLIFE

FOOD & WINE

FAMILY

Game • FISHING

SPA

GOLF

Historic House •

7

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Organic •

THE BOATSHED Waiheke Island

Game •

4

Game •

WAIPOUA LODGE Waipoua Forest

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Game •

4

Surfcasting •

BAY OF ISLANDS LODGE Bay of Islands

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Ocean •

3

SUITABLE MEETINGS

#GUEST ROOMS

MISSIONHILLS Bay of Islands

Resort

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Luxury Yacht

PAIHIA BEACH RESORT & SPA Bay of Islands

with ensuite cabins

3

Luxury B&B

CAVALLI ISLAND RETREAT & SPA Cavalli Islands

Luxury B&B

NORTH ISLAND

Boutique Hotel

NEW ZEALAND

Elite Lodge STYLE

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

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Key: Resort: Beach Front; Villas: Self-contained; Elite Lodge: >NZ$2000 per night (DBB)*; Luxury Lodge: >NZ$1000 per night


• •

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• •

B&B

CHIC

ECOLOGY/WILDLIFE

FAMILY

SPA

Historic House • ART/ARCHITECTURE

4

Historic House •

CHALET EIGER Taupo

• •

Organic •

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• •

Organic •

HAMURANA COUNTRY ESTATE Rotorua

Ocean • FISHING Organic • FOOD & WINE

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Ocean •

TREETOPS LODGE & WILDERNESS ESTATE Rotorua

Trout •

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Trout •

KAWAHA POINT LODGE Rotorua

• •

Trout •

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GOLF

#GUEST ROOMS

MAUNGATAUTARI LODGE Cambridge

Luxury B&B STYLE

4

Boutique Hotel

SEAFIELDS South of Auckland

• •

Luxury B&B

4

Luxury Lodge

COTTER HOUSE Auckland

Luxury Lodge

2

Elite Lodge

STAFFORD VILLA Auckland

Boutique Hotel

NORTH ISLAND

Luxury B&B

NEW ZEALAND

SUITABLE MEETINGS

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

UNIQUE COLLECTION

(DBB)*; Boutique Hotel: >NZ$500 per night (DBB)*; Luxury B&B: >NZ$400 per night (BB)* (*All rates based on high season)

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BOLTON HOTEL Wellington

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OHTEL Wellington

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CLAREMONT COUNTRY ESTATE Canterbury/Christchurch

6

ELM TREE HOUSE Christchurch

6

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B&B

CHIC

ECOLOGY/WILDLIFE

• •

Historic House • ART/ARCHITECTURE

FOOD & WINE

FAMILY

Trout • FISHING

• •

Trout •

SPA

• •

GOLF

#GUEST ROOMS 18

Luxury Lodge STYLE

WHAREKAUHAU COUNTRY ESTATE Martinborough

Villa

Cottages

3

Elite Lodge

MILLAR ROAD Hawke’s Bay

• •

Boutique Hotel

7

Boutique Hotel

GREENHILL THE LODGE & LITTLE GREENHILL Hawke’s Bay

Luxury Lodge

NORTH ISLAND

Luxury B&B

NEW ZEALAND

SUITABLE MEETINGS

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

UNIQUE COLLECTION

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• • •

• •

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Historic House •

Historic House •

Organic •

Trout •

SOUTH ISLAND

Key: Resort: Beach Front; Villas: Self-contained; Elite Lodge: >NZ$2000 per night (DBB)*; Luxury Lodge: >NZ$1000 per night


• • •

B&B

CHIC

ECOLOGY/WILDLIFE

Historic House • ART/ARCHITECTURE

FISHING

• • •

Organic •

Organic •

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• • •

Organic •

Organic • FOOD & WINE

FAMILY

SPA

Trout •

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Trout •

OCEANIC DISCOVERER

Ocean •

3

GOLF

#GUEST ROOMS

WAPITI PARK HOMESTEAD West Coast

Boutique Hotel STYLE

10

Luxury Lodge

TAKARO Te Anau

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Spa Retreat

9

Luxury B&B

MATAKAURI LODGE & THE SPA AT MATAKAURI Queenstown

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Expedition Cruise Ship

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Resort

HUNTLEY HOUSE Christchurch

Resort

SOUTH ISLAND

SUITABLE MEETINGS

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

UNIQUE COLLECTION

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NAVUTU STARS RESORT Yasawa Islands

9 Bures

ROYAL DAVUI ISLAND Davui Island

15 Villas

FIJI

(DBB)*; Boutique Hotel: >NZ$500 per night (DBB)*; Luxury B&B: >NZ$400 per night (BB)* (*All rates based on high season)

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UNIQUE COLLECTION UNIQUE & NEW EXPERIENCES

PORSTIGE DRIVE NEW ZEALAND A little something for that somebody who has everything… No matter what the occasion, we’re delighted to bring you Porstige – a unique driving experience that brings you the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand from the comfort and style of your favourite model of Porsche. Whether it’s a wedding, significant corporate event, vising VIP or dignitary or holiday with a difference, talk to us today about how we can tailor a true luxury driving experience to meet your needs.

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UNIQUE COLLECTION LOCATIONS

FIJI

Missionhills

Cavalli Island Retreat & Spa

CAVALLI ISLANDS

Navutu Stars Resort

Paihia Beach Resort Bay of Islands Lodge & Spa

BAY OF ISLANDS

YASAWA ISLANDS

Royal Davui Island

Waipoua Lodge

Oceanic Discoverer

The Boatshed

DAVUI ISLAND

WAIPOUA FOREST

FAR NORTH ISLAND 5 NIGHTS

WAIHEKE ISLAND

Cotter House

Kawaha Point Lodge

Seafields

Stafford Villa

AUCKLAND

Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Estate Maungatautari Lodge

CAMBRIDGE

Chalet Eiger

TAUPO

Hamurana Country Estate

ROTORUA Wapiti Park Homestead

WEST COAST

Greenhill The Lodge

Millar Road

HAWKES BAY

Oceanic Discoverer

NORTH & SOUTH ISLAND 12 NIGHTS

Bolton Hotel

Ohtel

Wharekauhau Country Estate

MARTINBOROUGH

WELLINGTON

Claremont Country Estate

CHRISTCHURCH/ CANTERBURY Takaro

Matakauri Lodge & Spa

TE ANAU

QUEENSTOWN

Huntley House

Elm Tree House

CHRISTCHURCH

NEW ZEALAND

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