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New Zealand

magazine

The Concierges Guide to the Very Best New Zealand has to Offer You

INSIDE

regional guide

activies guide

GOLF guide

Please Enjoy Your Complimentary Personal Copy – Yours to Keep

shopping guide


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les clef d’or feature

welcome

letter from the

president The Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand welcomes you to New Zealand, and The Concierges Guide to the Very Best of New Zealand: Recommend New Zealand Magazine. History of Les Clefs d’Or In 12th Century France, the “compte des cierges” (“keeper of the candles”) served in the grand palaces and castles as the gatekeeper or head of the staff, who held the keys for the house. He greeted a palace’s visiting nobility as they arrived, and catered to their every whim. In the grand hotels of Europe, the idea of a “Concierge” survived through the centuries as the palaces evolved into hotels and as the “tourism” industry developed. In 1929 the legendary Parisian Concierge Ferdinand Gillet called together his counterparts across Europe to discuss ways they could co-operate to serve their guests. The Les Clefs d’Or (“keys of gold”) society was founded on the principals of integrity, friendship and professionalism, and the members adopted the golden keys to symbolise the opening of doors for their guests. Today members are recognised by the Crossed Golden Key lapel pins, worn on their jackets, while on duty at the Concierge desk. Today, this organisation has spread to 40 nations and comprises more than 3500 members worldwide. The spirit of this network is embodied in the credo, “In Service through Friendship.”

Our Role Associated to the Union International Hotel Concierges ‘Les Clefs d’Or’, the Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand is a non-profit, non-political, professional association consisting of

the finest hotel Concierges throughout New Zealand. The role of the Society is to support the members, providing a network of experienced professionals to enable them to perform as outstanding Concierges throughout the country. We provide travel and training opportunities, professional resources and a knowledge base, the benefit of the members’ combined contacts and experience, essentially pooling the resources of a close network of established industry professionals to provide our guests with the highest possible standard of service our country has to offer. We are dedicated to promoting professionalism in tourism in New Zealand, and committed to providing the highest possible standard of service to you, our valued guest. The Les Clefs d’Or Concierge at your hotel is the local expert in their region and has a vast array of contacts. Whether you have a simple request or a difficult problem, your Concierge will work tirelessly to assist in any way necessary, before, during and after your stay.

Recommend New Zealand Magazine Recommend New Zealand Magazine has been developed to profile the very best activities, regions, attractions and shopping, to help you maximise your time and give you the best possible experience of our country “Aotearoa.” Please contact your Concierge to make any arrangements, our service is complimentary.

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elcome to the Second Edition of Recommend New Zealand Magazine – The Concierges Guide to the very best of New Zealand.

The Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand, is a non-profit, non-political professional association, with the country’s best hotel Concierges as members. As a national chapter of the prestigious Union Internationale des Concierges d‘Hotels Les Clefs d’Or, we have the responsibility of spreading the word in New Zealand of the ideals and ethics of our society, promoting professionalism in the hospitality and tourism industry through the concept of “service through friendship”. This means that we must set an example to the industry as a whole, displaying the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity, and above all friendship in our dealings with not only our guests, but within our hotels, and with our many and varied “suppliers”, who contribute to New Zealand’s outstanding success as a tourism and business destination. Recommend New Zealand Magazine is one way we, as an organisation, can contribute by helping promote those we recommend daily, the companies and suppliers who uphold the highest standards of service and attention to detail, and help the Concierges of New Zealand exceed the expectations of our valued guests. We are proud to showcase the best suppliers, as recommended every day by New Zealand’s best Concierges. We hope you enjoy your time in beautiful New Zealand, and of course if there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to ask your friendly Concierge!

Franz staufer president LES CLEFS d’or new zealand Chief Concierge: SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

In Service Through Friendship www.hotelconciergesocietynz.org

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jewelLery: diamonds & pearls

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GOLF: The foreword on new zealand golf

conCierge profiles

shopping guide auckland

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The Concierges Guide to the Very Best New Zealand has to Offer You

Editorial

Editor In Chief | Charlotte Wilson | The Marketing Department | charlotte@themd.co.nz

Art & Design

Art Director | Kelly Churches | Pilot Advertising | kelly.churches@pilotadvertising.co.nz Creative Director | Gary Norris | Pilot Advertising | gary.norris@pilotadvertising.co.nz

Contributing Photographers Fred Rood | Elite Images | www.eliteimage.tv

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Marketing

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Print Reid Jensen | International Print Ltd | reid@internationalprint.co.nz

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Cover photography: Mitre Peak, Milford Sound.


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SKYCITY OPEN 7 DAYS, SKYCITY AUCKLAND IS NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION FEATURING A WORLD-CLASS CASINO, THE ICONIC 328-METRE SKY TOWER, AN ENTICING SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS, EVER-CHANGING FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, AND THE 700-SEAT SKYCITY THEATRE SHOWCASING THE BEST LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTS.


SKYCITY Auckland If it’s non-stop thrills you’re after, you’ll find them at SKYCITY Casino, open 24 hours a day. With more than 1,600 of the latest and greatest gaming machines and 110 world-class table games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat, there are plenty of ways to try your luck! Or try your hand at the ever-popular king of card games in the newly refurbished Poker Zone. Whatever you choose to do – playing, watching or just relaxing with a drink at one of the casino bars – you’ll love soaking up the energy and atmosphere of SKYCITY Casino.

Breathtaking Sky Tower

Live Entertainment

At 328 metres, Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and is the place to experience unparalleled 360º panoramic views across Auckland. Or just relax with a coffee or a glass of wine in Sky Lounge – New Zealand’s highest cafe and bar. If you’re in for the ultimate adrenaline buzz, jump start your day with a SkyJump by leaping 192 metres off the Sky Tower. Another exhilarating adventure for those up for the challenge is SkyWalk, a 360° perimeter walk around the 1.2 metre wide outside ring of the Sky Tower.

From Thursday to Sunday every week, you can enjoy free live entertainment at SKYCITY Auckland. Dance the night away with live acts at Sammy’s Place on the Main Gaming Floor and live acts, bands and DJs at The Deck, on Level 2 of the SKYCITY Atrium. SKYCITY Theatre also offers a dazzling array of cultural and visual delights, from comedy acts to drama and dance, as well as the best local and international acts.

SKYCITY Casino is R20 | Corner Victoria & Hobson Streets www.skycity.co.nz | ph (09) 363 6000


helicopter feature

luxury helicopters for a birds-eye-view of AOTEAROA

Helicopter charters combine the opportunity to experience our renowned landscape with a quick and effective point to point transfer. With comprehensive New Zealand-wide general charter services, heli-combinations and packages, tailored itineraries and self fly options.

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elicopters ranging in capacity from two to nine passenger seats, single or twin engine are available with an option of a two pilot crew. An aerial itinerary will get you quickly around the countryside making the most of New Zealand’s scenic highlights.

HELicopter charterS bay of islands

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Airport and Lodge Transfer Services rotorua

Inter-lodge and airport transfers can be arranged to meet your touring requirements within New Zealand. Most of New Zealand’s top lodges and accommodation providers have heliport facilities either on the property or within close proximity. “Helipro” are a member of the New Zealand Luxury Group of Operators, testament to a lodge equivalent helicopter service and a desire to provide you with a seamless service sure to exceed your expectations. Helipro works closely with New Zealand’s best activity and charter operators, to combine unique packages that take advantage of New Zealand’s very best scenery, locations and activities. Whether skiing in remote alpine regions, trekking on active volcanoes or cruising in luxurious comfort, our guarantee to you is that the guides and operators that Helipro choose to combine with are the very best available!

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jewellery feature

Diamonds OR PEARLS both are A girl’s best friend

Mention the word ‘diamond’ and the mind conjures up all sorts of images – the moment you received your first diamond, when the light touches the surface and explodes in a rainbow of colour, your favourite celebrity wearing a stunning piece, your mother’s engagement ring.

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hatever your most cherished memory, a diamond which takes millions of years to create, evokes emotion. Each pearl is unique, from modern classics, to the knee length strands of pearls that Queen Victoria wore, pearls portray quality and elegance in every piece.

Choosing a Gem Most people are familiar with the four C’s when selecting a diamond, but did you know that coloured diamonds are available to compliment your piece of jewellery? When choosing a pearl, there are many items to look for including the grade. The value of a pearl is determined by its overall quality. In addition to their colour, pearls are judged by their size, shape, lustre and surface perfection. Before you buy, talk to Partridge Jewellers in Auckland or Wellington to help you select your pearls. A multitude of hues, ranging through iridescent green, ocean and peacock blues, pink/rose, golden, platinum or rainbow highlights, are available to compliment other gemstones. All colours have their special qualities so individual taste should be the criteria for judging them. The shape of a pearl depends very much on the shell and the whims of nature. Pearl shapes include round, semi-round, drop, baroque, circle and button. The closer a pearl is to being round, the more expensive it becomes. Fine pearls will have an absence of surface marks or depressions. The surface quality is judged by the position and number of blemishes, ranging from marked to exceptional. As with

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any of nature’s creations, it is unusual to find a pearl totally without these markings. Instead, they should be considered as evidence of nature’s art.

GST on Shopping Diamonds and pearls can be purchased from Partridge Jewellers GST (Goods and Services Tax) free, if they are picked up after security at New Zealand Airports. For major purchases, you may have a representative from Partridge Jewellers personally greet you on exit at New Zealand’s International Airports to personally hand over your jewellery, to ensure their safe delivery.

Partridge Jewellers What happens when you place two of nature’s greatest gifts together, diamonds and pearls? You receive one of the most precious gifts known. And, at Partridge Jewellers, they have the experts on hand to help you choose a piece of jewellery that will be uniquely yours. Classic designs for every day wear, through to original and intricately detailed creations from the Partridge Jewellers stores in Auckland and Wellington, await your arrival. The variety of colours and shapes that provide the lustre, radiance, colour and sparkle are available in rings, necklaces, pendants and other exclusive pieces. The value of your diamond and pearl jewellery comes from the joy it provides.

Enjoy the Partridge experience today.

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golf guide

Of Course:

The Fore-word on New Zealand Golfing Holidays

Hon. John Key (Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Tourism) officially launches new Millbrook golf course the “Coronet Nine”.

Christchurch Pegasus Golf Course New Zealand’s newest championship golf course, opened in December 2009. Highlighting a dramatic entrance to the new town of Pegasus 25kms north of Christchurch, Pegasus Golf Course is a par 72, 18 hole parklands style golf course. Shaped by 11 feature lakes, maturing trees and wetlands and framed by views of the Port Hills, Mt Grey and the Pacific Coast, the course reflects a modern take on classic golf course design and provides players of all abilities with a choice on the degree of risk and reward. The course plays approximately 6300m from the championship tees to 5000m from the forward tees, and the playing options require an array of shots. Generous fairways encourage unconstrained and swift play.

special mention: Northland Highly Recommended – Kauri Cliffs

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: Queenstown (Arrowtown) Millbrook Golf Resort latest addition – The Coronet Nine Officially opened in February 2010 the spectacular Coronet Nine winds over rolling hills, between streams and wetlands, set in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenic backdrops. The Turner Macpherson designed new nine is part of Millbrook’s overall plan to offer 27 holes comprising three interchangeable ‘nines’ reinforcing Millbrook’s reputation as one of the leading golf resort destinations in Australasia. Golf course designer and former New Zealand touring professional Greg Turner said “the course layout was new to Millbrook, designed with careful consideration to the natural landscapes. By adding extensive wetland corridors, we have already seeing the return of fish and birdlife to the golf course”. The third and final new and improved ‘nine’, to be known as the Arrow Nine, is set for completion by late 2010. The Remarkables Nine, Coronet Nine and Arrow Nine will serve to create three differing 18-hole combinations, where any two out of the three ‘nines’ can be played together.

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Kauri Cliffs features in the Golf Digest World Top 50 rankings and is a spectacular example of a golf course crafted into awe-inspiring coastal landscapes in this very special part of the planet, New Zealand. Our insiders rate Kauri Cliffs as the most picturesque golf course in New Zealand and although you will pay between $180NZD to $600 NZD depending on your affiliation, we rate this golf course as a once in a lifetime golfing experience not to be missed. Take a Helilink Helicopter from Auckland City if you only have one day on your holiday spare to play the 18 holes, we highly recommend it!

Queenstown (Arrowtown) The Hills welcomes international members Off the back of yet another successful NZ Open, The Hills extends a warm welcome to international golfers interested in membership and non-member golfing at Arrowtown’s infamous award winning golf course. Exclusive by nature, many are unaware that The Hills has memberships available for the taking.

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les clef d’or feature

what we love about our regions

Shaun Ryan

Phil Shearer

Chris Stirling

Bryan Wilkinson

Secretary LES CLEFS d’or new zealand Chief Concierge: SKYCITY Hotel, Auckland

member LES CLEFS d’or new zealand Concierge: Holiday Inn, Wellington

member LES CLEFS d’or new zealand Chief Concierge: Chateau on the Park Hotel, Christchurch

south island delegate LES CLEFS d’or new zealand Chief Concierge: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa, Queenstown

Shaun has lived and worked in Auckland as a Concierge for 10 years now, and says “I honestly couldn’t see myself doing anything else, I moved to Auckland the year before New Zealand successfully defended the Americas Cup, it was an amazing event as I got the chance to host the likes of Dennis Connor, Paul Cayard and the International sailing fraternity.”

Phil has been working as a Concierge since 2001, in his role, he has met various entertainers, bands, actors and sports stars from around the world. As a Concierge, he receives his fair share of bizarre requests, but says “the most memorable ones are from honeymooners or couples celebrating anniversaries, one Hotel Guest requested 20 teddy bears for his wife – it was quite funny.” When it comes to New Zealand destinations, Phil says “you can’t beat the funky vibe that’s on offer in Wellington.” When Phil is not busy at the Holiday Inn in Wellington, he enjoys married life with wife Kate and despite the 7am starts at the Hotel he still finds time to grow his own vegetables and cycle, and if he wasn’t a Concierge “I would have been a professional footballer playing for Chelsea … in my dreams!”

After spending a few years travelling overseas and living in different parts of the South Island, Chris returned to her hometown Christchurch ten years ago, and started work at the Chateau on the Park, spending the last seven years as a Concierge.

Bryan was fortunate to have started his Concierge training in some of London’s grandest hotels and distinguished Gentleman’s Clubs, such as the Royal Automobile Club in St James. The last 12 years were served at the Concierge desk of the Connaught Hotel. A historic deluxe 5 star hotel in exclusive Mayfair, London. One of the high points in Bryan’s professional career was being accepted into the prestigious world-renowned Les Clefs d’Or in Great Britain.

Shaun loves being a Concierge in Auckland, “I get to see and be involved (in some way or other) in all of the big international events, as well as having the chance to welcome visitors to New Zealand and show them an unforgettable time. From Auckland’s rugged west coast beaches to sailing on the Hauraki Gulf, the amazing award winning restaurants to jumping off New Zealand’s most visited attraction – the Sky Tower. I’m very spoilt for choice when recommending something to do for a visitor in my city.” Shaun welcomes you to Auckland and says, “Let me show you around!”

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Chris says “Canterbury is endlessly diverse, with the breathtaking scenery of Banks Peninsula, sparkling long coastlines, mountains, rivers, great wineries, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment for all ages. The Arts Centre showcases lots of local talent and is always popular at the weekends when it becomes a big street market. Guests are always amazed at the friendliness of the people in Canterbury, and this combined with all of the other features, makes Canterbury the best place to be! As Concierge, I like to make sure that everyone enjoys their time in the region to the full and I feel very proud to be a Cantabrian – I hope you enjoy the latest edition of Recommend.”

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In 2005 the big decision was made to move away from a world of culture, aristocrats and business tycoons and Bryan joined the pre opening team at The Sofitel, which opened its first New Zealand luxury 5 star hotel in Queenstown in 2005. Now some years later Bryan says “it is still an absolute pleasure, never taken for granted, to be living and working in the relaxed environment of the most scenic and pristine Alpine and lake resort. And the world adventure capital too.”

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We love travel as much as you do. Wish your holiday could go on forever? If you’re thinking of extending your travel plans within New Zealand or further on to Australia or the South Pacific, then contact the team at Mondo Travel CBD, we’ll be delighted to take care of your requirements.

A little about us. We are a full service agency located within the Auckland central business district and within close walking distance to most Auckland hotels and apartments. All of our staff have many years of frontline experience in travel. We are fully IATA registered and bonded, and members of the International Cruise Council of Australasia.

How can we assist you?

We can either visit you at your hotel or you can drop by and visit our store. Our advice is always independent as are our recommendations. You’ll find our team in the heart of Auckland City on Level 1 of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tower, corner of Quay and Albert Streets.

Our Top Five Short Breaks from Auckland: Coromandel Discovery An unspoilt paradise awaits you in the Coromandel. Discover this stunning region by staying two nights in the delightful beachside town of Whitianga and explore idyllic places such as Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove and Shakespeare’s Cliff. 3 days and 2 nights. From $459 per person share twin. Bay of Islands Escape Escape overnight to the picturesque Bay of Islands. Visit Waitangi and learn more about New Zealand’s unique history and Maori culture. Cruise amongst the many islands of the Bay including a ride through the intriguing ‘Hole in the Rock’. 2 days and 1 night. From $489 per person share twin. Classic Rotorua A two-day dash to the “hot pools” from Auckland. Includes tours of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. 2 days and 1 night. From $699 per person share twin. Northern Highlights A three-day trip through the North Island’s lush farmland crossing the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road and taking in the majestic sight of Lake Taupo. Includes a boat ride to see the glow-worms at Waitomo Caves plus a tour of Rotoura experiencing Maori traditions and bubbling mud pools. 3 days and 2 nights. From $859 per person share twin.

Jenny Kerr

Travel Specialist Jenny is able to assist with travel amendments plus provide expert recommendations for any New Zealand, Australian or South Pacific destination. Phone: +64 9 366 4645 Email: jenny.kerr@mondotravel.co.nz

Geri Cornelius Travel Manager

Geri has many years experience within the New Zealand domestic travel business. Her experience ensures the ability to meet even the most demanding requirements, anticipate problems and plan even the tiniest detail. Very client focused, Geri is an asset in dealing with often rigid airline rules and schedules. Phone: +64 9 366 4645 Email: geri@mondotravel.co.nz

Bay of Islands Adventure A three-day trip to the very top of New Zealand from Auckland, see Kauri Forests, the Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach. 3 days and 2 nights. From $709 per person share twin. Please note that all prices are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. The above is just a small sample of the many tours on offer. Terms and conditions apply. Tours may be subject to set departure days and dates. Minimum passenger numbers may apply.

Call: 09 366 4645 Click: mondotravel.co.nz/CBD Visit: 188 Quay St, Auckland City


shopping guide

auckland shopping

recommended boutiques in the city of sails

partridge jewellers

untouched world

montblanc boutique

Specialising in diamond, precious gem, pearl, gold, and platinum, Partridge Jewellers design and manufacture most of their own jewellery, but also import a selection of pieces from leading international jewellery brands along with a comprehensive range of luxury timepieces including: Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Omega.

Untouched World is a New Zealand lifestyle brand renowned for its quality merino, brushtail possum and natural fibre designer fashion and activewear essentials for men and women, designed to shine in your wardrobe for years, pop into their bustling city boutique in the trendy designer fashion precinct of High Street.

Known for generations as a maker of sophisticated, high quality writing instruments. The product range has been expanded to include writing accessories, luxury leather goods and belts, jewellery, eyewear and watches. Montblanc reflects the exacting demands for quality design, tradition and master craftsmanship.

Auckland: 112 Queen Street, Downtown. Auckland | t: 09 309 8925 Newmarket: 237 Broadway, Newmarket. t: 09 524 6645

20 High Street, Auckland Central. t: 09 303 1382

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Lacoste

Ben Sherman

Rockport

In 1927, René LACOSTE garnered the name ‘the crocodile’ due to his tenacity to never let go of his prey on the tennis court. A friend developed an embroidered Crocodile for LACOSTE’s blazer which he then wore on the courts. Since then LACOSTE has grown to be one of the world’s leading fashion brands selling high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear and most famously polo shirts. This is the only flagship LACOSTE store in New Zealand.

Established in 1963, Ben Sherman shirts were adopted by the youth movements of the 60’s. 40 years later, Ben Sherman has evolved from its British heritage in fashion, music, film and youth culture, to be one of the world’s leading fashion brands. The Ben Sherman brand has developed into a lifestyle brand encompassing womenswear, jeanswear, footwear, suits and formalwear, kidswear and accessories.

Rockport has redefined the lifestyle footwear category and pioneered the use of athletic technologies in casual, dress and outdoor shoes for more than 35 years. Rockport continues to passionately combine advanced technology and innovation with high-quality materials and modern design. This is Rockport’s first flagship store in New Zealand.

Retail Unit 1, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 354 4831

Retail Unit 2, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 309 4604 Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

Retail Unit 3, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 374 1947 Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

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The North Face The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. The North Face is the first choice of some of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers. Maintaining an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring, visit The North Face Auckland store today! Retail Unit 4, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 368 7218 Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

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A Pearla from the South Sea!

☎ Auckland 09-309 8925, Newmarket 09-524 6645, Wellington 04-473 9129 ✉ info@partridgejewellers.com


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untouched world Untouched World™ is a New Zealand lifestyle brand renowned for its quality merino, brushtail possum and natural fibre designer fashion and activewear essentials for men and women, designed to shine in your wardrobe for years. Their inner-city boutique full of architectural features in downtown Wellington is a must visit. 2 : 147 Featherston Street, Wellington. t: 04 473 2596

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A must visit in Downtown Christchurch is the Untouched World store in the historic Arts Centre, it has been beautifully restored. Alternatively the Roydvale Avenue Untouched World store and popular Native Garden Café adjoining has a delightful ambience, and remains a favourite with locals, this is one of New Zealand’s leading organic cafes focusing on fresh, lush and plentiful produce. Corner of Montreal and Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch. t: 03 962 6551 155 Roydvale Avenue, Russley. t: 03 357 9399

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Pounamu Pearl – Black Pearl Experts Offering an exclusive range of top quality New Zealand Blue Pearls, Tahitian Black Pearls, Philippine Golden Pearls and South Sea White Pearl. Mounted in hand crafted 18ct gold, each pearl is accompanied by a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’. A multi-lingual sales team and excellent after sales service is delivered at Pounamu Pearl. 2 : Corner of Beach and Rees Street, Queenstown. t: 03 442 9611 e: pounamu@queenstown.co.nz Open: 7 days 9.00am - 10.00pm.

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restaurants, galleries, shopping attractions, golf courses and spas and is famous for its historic Buckingham Street Precinct and the autumn colours during the changing of the season. Arrowtown is 20 minutes from Queenstown.

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40 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, Central Otago, New Zealand. t: 03 442 1355 e: info@thewoolpress.com www.thewoolpress.com

Shop 5, 50 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, Central Otago, New Zealand. t: 03 442 1355 e: info@ikonnz.com

38 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, Central Otago, New Zealand. t: 03 442 1355 e: info@tehuianz.com

Shop 4, 50 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, Central Otago, New Zealand. t: 03 442 1355 e: info@wallaceandgibbs.com

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38 Buckingham Street, ARROWTOWN. Ph: (03) 442 1355 E: info@tehuianz.com

Shop 5, 50 Buckingham Street, ARROWTOWN. Ph: (03) 442 1355 E: info@ikonnz.com

SHOPPING IN ARROWTOWN

Twenty minutes drive from Queenstown is beautiful and historic Arrowtown. Discover a unique mix of history, activities and leisure. For a special shopping experience don’t miss Arrowtown’s top stores - Ikon, Te Huia, Wallace & Gibbs and WoolPress. Friendly staff, beautiful stores, top brands, and gorgeous clothing and products that are impossible to resist!

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A remarkable store for individuals of today - the hottest brands and the very latest styles. Come and enjoy the wonderful ambience of Arrowtown’s newest store, Te Huia. Te Huia has Ikon carries a unique mix of top brands for men & women including Diesel, Miss Sixty, the largest range of Paula Ryan clothing in the Wakatipu area as well as stunning knitwear, Scotch & Soda, Workshop Denim, Energie and Firetrap. The perfect place to update your look. leather, jewellery, home furnishings, art, body products, gifts and accessories. Absolutely everything in Te Huia has been made in New Zealand.

WOOLPRESS

Established over 18 years ago, WoolPress Arrowtown is a family run store which provides its customers with the finest quality apparel, knitwear, footwear, accessories and New Zealand souvenirs available. WoolPress was the first retail store in the world to stock two of New Zealand’s top brands Icebreaker and Earth Sea Sky.

40 Buckingham Street, ARROWTOWN. Ph: (03) 442 1355 E: info@thewoolpress.com

WALLACE & GIBBS The local’s favourite place to shop. A welcoming store, personalised service, top New Zealand brands and luxurious clothing. Wallace & Gibbs stocks designer labels such as Catalyst, Obi, Chocolat, Vamp, VSSP, Calliope Road, Caroline Moore, Cutler and Reactor. Indulge in the ultimate shopping experience.

Shop 4, 50 Buckingham Street, ARROWTOWN. Ph: (03) 442 1355 E: info@wallaceandgibbs.com


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Corporate Cabs Sightseeing Tours Discover New Zealand’s highlights at your leisure and expect something special when you travel with Corporate Cabs. Chauffeur driven Corporate Cabs are the perfect choice for your tour. With Corporate Cabs you will be free of set schedules and have the flexibility to stop for as long as you like and stay overnight wherever you please. Your resourceful and obliging driver can organise accommodation, dining reservations, arrange for picnics, and so much more. Indulge in a comprehensive local tour itinerary, enjoying your own personalised tour. It might be a tour of the city, a game of golf, a shopping trip, a wine tasting tour, a visit to local art galleries, an excursion to a beach or a tour of the entire country; Corporate Cabs offer a service with all the care and attention you would expect from a premier company.

Highly Recommended Book any of these options today in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin or Queenstown: Airport transfers: from $35 each way Attraction/activity transfers: from $50 each way Golf transfers: from $50 each way Private tours and sightseeing tours (1/2 Day to 1 Week): Private boutique wine tour (5 hours touring): $650 Private gourmet wine tour (7 hours touring): $750 Private sightseeing tours: Half Day $745 Full Day $1490 Shopping tours: from $240 Limousines, wedding transport and business services are also available to suit your needs. To make a Sightseeing enquiry or booking please phone: Auckland t: (09) 377 0773 Wellington t: (04) 387 4600 Christchurch t: (03) 379 5888 Dunedin t: 0800 789 789 Queenstown t: 0800 789 789 Book with your Concierge today.

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Super Shuttle

Super Shuttle provides transfers to and from major New Zealand airports. If you demand unbeatable value and service, here are just a few of the reasons why you should start or end your journey with Super Shuttle.

airport information Super Shuttle drivers will pick you up or drop you off at your doorstep, whether it’s home, a hotel or the office. They’ll even help you with your luggage. Super Shuttle operate to and from New Zealand's largest airports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Super Shuttle don’t have meters, so even if the traffic is heavy, you won’t have to worry about your fare going up. Super Shuttle only travel to and from the airport, so they can calculate the fares up-front, and stick to them. Super Shuttle keeps fares rock-bottom by picking up or dropping off other air travellers en-route to or from the airport. Alternatively, if you or your party would rather travel alone, enquire about Super Shuttle competitive exclusive ride rates. With modern and spacious minivans capable of seating up to 11 passengers, and a huge trailer accommodating luggage of all shapes and sizes, you’ll have a job filling up a Super Shuttle.

Whilst booking in advance is recommended, Super Shuttle is available every flight, every day and is located at the shuttle rank immediately outside the main exit doors at the following airports: North Island Airports Auckland Domestic Terminal – (Jet Star & Air New Zealand), Auckland International Terminal, Hamilton Airport, Rotorua Airport, Napier Airport, Palmerston North Airport, Wellington Airport. South Island Airports Nelson Airport, Christchurch Domestic and International Terminals, Queenstown Airport, Dunedin Airport. Book with your Concierge today or call 0800 SHUTTLE.

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Spectacular Train Journeys Welcome to the Tranz Scenic Experience – take a journey, not just a Ride – Discover New Zealand by Train. Travelling around New Zealand by train means seeing it all! From snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines to ancient forests and clean green farmland – come and experience some of the world’s most unique and beautiful landscapes unseen by road. From the Overlander to the world famous TranzAlpine, your train is sleek, comfortable and relaxing, with informative commentary. The windows are panoramic so you can really sit back and enjoy the ever-changing view, including an open air viewing area allowing you to get fantastic photo’s. All trains offer a wide selection of food along with quality New Zealand beer and wine. Tranz Scenic is quite possibly the friendliest railway in the world offering service with a smile …

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OVERLANDER: Auckland – National Park – Wellington

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Linking Auckland and Wellington, the Overlander carries you through the centre of the North Island, crossing high viaducts, spanning deep river gorges, and winding around the famous Raurimu spiral to reach the volcanic Central Plateau – Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu, a skier’s mecca.

Auckland depart: 7.25am National Park arrive: 12.50pm National Park depart: 1.20pm Wellington arrive: 7.25pm

TRANZALPINE: Christchurch – Southern Alps – Greymouth Rated as one of the World’s greatest Train Journeys – the TranzAlpine takes you to Greymouth, a base for exploring mighty glaciers, wild rivers and the famous Punakaiki pancake rocks. Stop for a day or two or take the return journey in one day for the most spectacular scenery you will ever experience in New Zealand.

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TRANZCOASTAL: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Picton Discover the wild spirit of this coast inhabited by seals, sea birds and penguins, the Tranzcoastal looks oceanwards where you may glimpse the tail of a whale, or get closer and disembark in Kaikoura for a whale watching or swimming with the dolphins experience. This is our country’s ultimate coastal experience.

OVERLANDER Auckland to Wellington

OVERLANDER Wellington to Auckland

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depart: 7.25am Ohakune arrive: 12.25pm depart: 1.00pm National Park depart: 1.45pm arrive: 7.20pm

TRANZALPINE Christchurch to Greymouth Christchurch depart: 8.15am Arthur’s Pass depart: 10.42am Greymouth arrive: 12.45pm TRANZALPINE Greymouth to Christchurch Greymouth depart: 1.45pm Arthur’s Pass depart: 3.57pm Christchurch arrive: 6.05pm TRANZCOASTAL

Christchurch to Kaikoura and Picton Christchurch depart: 7.00am Kaikoura depart: 9.54am Blenheim depart: 11.46am Picton arrive: 12.13pm

TRANZCOASTAL Picton To Kaikoura and Christchurch

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depart: 1.00pm Blenheim depart: 1.33pm depart: 3.28pm Christchurch arrive: 6.21pm

Timetable is subject to seasonal changes, so please check departure times. Book with your concierge today.

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north island sightseeing

Whether by Air, Train, Self Drive or by premium coach, the most popular activity to undertake during a visitors travels in New Zealand is sightseeing. This is due to the amazing scenery that New Zealand offers and is well documented in how New Zealand markets itself to the world in the “100% Pure” marketing campaigns. The most outstanding sightseeing destinations, easily accessible from Auckland are:

u The Grand Cathedral Cave in the Bay of Islands – “Hole in the Rock”.

u Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach – try sandboarding – this is tremendous fun no matter what your age!

u Waitomo – a subterranean phenomena – a series of vast cave systems decorated with speleotherms (stalactites and stalagmites) and glow-worms.

u The Bay of Islands – renowned for swimming with the dolphins.

If you are really short on time you could take an Auckland tour by coach, or if you have plenty of time head up North to the Bay of Islands for a variety of cruises including the largest overnight cruise ship permanently based in New Zealand – Ipipiri – wake up to beautiful sunrises.

u Rotorua – The Maori Culture and Geothermal hub of New Zealand in the Central North Island.

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Gray Line Sightseeing Gray Line New Zealand (a division of the Johnstons Group) is one of the largest and most established tour operators in New Zealand. Enjoy sightseeing aboard premium air-conditioned coaches, with informative commentary by experienced drivers. Taped commentary in Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish is available on most tours.

Gray Line’s most popular North Island Sightseeing Tours are: Half Day Tour of Auckland: Auckland Highlights An informative commentary by the driver is included during this 3-hour tour of New Zealand’s largest city by air-conditioned coach. Highlights include the Auckland Museum ($5 donation requested), Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive, Mt Eden, CBD, Auckland Harbour Bridge and the city’s waterfront.

Full Day Tours From Auckland: Waitomo / Rotorua One Day Deluxe Visit these famous destinations in one day aboard our unique Hi-Deck coach (most departures). Attractions include Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Agrodome Farm Tour, Traditional Maori Concert, Maori Arts & Crafts displays and the World Famous Geothermal Activity at Te Puia, refreshments, tea/coffee, light lunch and an evening snack also included. “The most comprehensive day tour out of Auckland!”

Bay of Islands One Day including Cape Brett Cruise Travel by Hi-Deck premium coach to the Bay of Islands. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds with a local guide, followed by the spectacular Hole-in-the-Rock cruise to Cape Brett. Light lunch is included.

highly recommended HALF DAY TOUR OF AUCKLAND Auckland Highlights (CODE 01, 02). Morning tour 9.15am to 12.15pm, afternoon tour 2pm to 5pm. $69pp. FULL DAY TOURS FROM AUCKLAND Waitomo / Rotorua One Day Deluxe (CODE 7R). Departs Auckland at 7.30am, returns to Auckland at 8.15pm. $335pp. Bay of Islands One Day Incl. Cape Brett Cruise (CODE 11CL). Departs Auckland at 7.30am, returns to Auckland at 8pm. $246pp. Book with your Concierge today.

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GreatSights New Zealand Travel in comfort on state-of-the-art luxury coaches and enjoy the beautiful landscape that New Zealand is famous for, as your expert driver guide delivers informative and entertaining commentary. These New Zealand luxury coach tours include admission and tours through New Zealand’s renowned attractions. Here are the most popular Sightseeing Tours ex-Auckland & available everyday: Auckland City Sights: Auckland Half Day Morning Enjoy a trip over the Harbour Bridge. Visit the famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden and visit the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park and the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village. Be taken along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive before returning to Downtown.

Coach & Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise: Auckland to Auckland – 2 Days Travel north to Paihia and experience a truly unique overnight cruise. Your accommodation is in a deluxe cabin with ensuite and uninterrupted sea views. Watch the sun set or rise from the privacy of your room. Cruise includes 3 course dinner, breakfast, onboard activities including kayaking and island walks. After your overnight cruise, explore the region in the afternoon before boarding the GreatSights coach back to Auckland at 4.15pm.

Cape Brett Hole in The Rock Cruise: Auckland to Auckland – Full Day Return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands through the beautiful waters in search of dolphins and whales. Past secluded islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous Hole-in-the-Rock (conditions permitting). This trip showcases history and stunning scenery. Additional Option: Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Auckland to Auckland – Full Day Travel south from Auckland to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour, there is time for lunch (as a pre-booked option). Return to Auckland by coach.

highly recommended Auckland Sights Tour Code GS1. Departs: 8.45am Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Returns: 11.45am Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Adult $69pp, Child $35pp. Coach & Overnight Cruise Package, Auckland to Auckland Departs: 7.30am Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Returns: 7.50pm the next day, Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street. 1 October 2009 – 20 December 2009: Twin Share $299 per adult, Single Adult $498, Child $226. 21 December 2009 – 10 January 2010: Twin Share $466 per adult, Single Adult $742, Child $259. 11 January 2010 – 30 April 2010: Twin Share $499 per adult, Single Adult $799, Child $289. Discover The Bay Inc Cape Brett Tour Code GS9NW. Departs: 7.30am, Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Returns: 7.50pm, Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Adult $199pp, Child $99pp. Optional Extras: (Must be pre-booked) GS9N Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Adult, $32pp, Child $16pp and/or Picnic Lunch: Adult $16pp, Child $16pp. Discover Waitomo Caves Tour Code GS10N. Departs: 8.00am Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Returns: 5.15pm, Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Adult $199pp, Child $99pp. Complimentary Hotel Pick ups are available. Prices are subject to seasonal changes. Book with your Concierge today.

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north of auckland

There are three areas North of Auckland we recommend you visit while in New Zealand: The Bay of Islands are located 60 kilometres north-west of Whangarei, a sea pierced by 144 islands. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, it’s impossible not to immerse yourself in the blue-green world of islands and beaches. Swimming with dolphins is a specialty of both GreatSights and Explore NZ, plus sightseeing cruises to the world famous Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. We recommend you base yourself in Paihia or Russell, where most boat trips depart and return from or take a Day Trip from Auckland by choosing from the many options within this magazine.

Tutukaka, home to the award winning diving base of Dive! Tutukaka and half an hour north-east of Whangarei, this is the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The Islands, 25km off shore, have been rated by the famous Jacques Cousteau as one of the top-ten dive sites in the world – the water is known for its clarity and an abundance of sea life. Visibility up to 30 metres underwater allow the diver, (and kayaker or snorkeler) to see a highly-populated, rich and diverse tapestry of marine life. Dive! Tutukaka and The Perfect Day activities featured within this magazine offer numerous water activities and there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from.

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Matakana Coast stretches along a stunning coastline from Puhoi to Pakiri. The region has a startling array of fresh produce, from limes, avocados, herbs and persimmons to chestnuts, olives, venison and oysters. The area’s chefs are spoilt for choice! Home to a number of internationally recognised artists. Your quest might be a fine bottle of wine, brunch in a cafe or an original piece of art. While you are there, a scenic horseback ride along the white sandy beaches of Pakiri is a must-do!


Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Fullers GreatSights offers a variety of day or overnight Bay of Islands Sightseeing Tours. Whatever your timeframe, we’ll show you the best of the Bay! Overnight Cruise: Bay of Islands Surround yourself with nature, immerse yourself in history and treat yourself to a truly unique night of style. Experience the wonders of the Bay of Islands with an overnight cruise showcasing the beautiful natural surrounds and fascinating history of this region. Your accommodation is in a deluxe cabin with ensuite and uninterrupted sea views, watch the sun set or rise from the privacy of your room. Your room can be configured as either one king bed or two single beds. Cruise includes afternoon tea, buffet dinner, cooked or continental breakfast, island activities, one night accommodation and complimentary transfers from local Paihia accommodation to Ipipiri.

Dolphin Cruise: ‘Hole In The Rock’ Including Dolphin Viewing View common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life in their natural habitat. Watch these playful creatures – with plenty of viewing decks on board to get you up close. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back.

Cape Reinga: Scenic Coach Tour To The Tip Of New Zealand Via Ninety Mile Beach Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition. On your way to Cape Reinga, visit the ancient Puketi Kauri forest, with a 20 minute boardwalk past 1,000 year old Kauri trees. Enjoy a BBQ lunch for $23. Try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards, available to all passengers. Ninety Mile Beach will astound you. An action packed day or simply sit back and enjoy unique New Zealand.

Swim With Dolphins: Dolphin Eco Encounter Some say that to swim with dolphins is a life changing experience. With some of the warmest waters in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is rich in marine life all year round. This half day tour gives you the opportunity to swim with these incredible creatures in their natural environment and cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay.

highly recommended Overnight Cruise: Bay of Islands Ipipiri Overnight Cruises offers you a unique night, including a deluxe cabin and cruise through the sheltered Bay of Islands, on-board activities, afternoon tea, full buffet dinner and breakfast. Departs 1pm Returns 10.30am following day. 1 Oct 2009 – 20 Dec 2009: Twin Share $199, Single $398, Child $199. 21 Dec 2009 – 10 Jan 2010: Twin Share $366, Single $642, Child $199. 11 Jan 2010 – 30 April 2010: Twin Share $399, Single $699, Child $229. Dolphin Cruise: To the ‘Hole-in-the-Rock’ & Dolphin Viewing MORNING Paihia Departs 9.15am* Returns 12.30pm Russell Departs 9.25am Returns 12.20pm AFTERNOON Paihia Departs 1.35pm* Returns 4.20pm Russell Departs 1.45pm Returns 4.10pm Adult $89pp, Child $44.50 (under 5 years go free). *Winter 9.00am 1.30pm

Cape Reinga: Scenic Coach Tour to the Tip of New Zealand via Ninety Mile Beach DAILY Paihia Departs 7.00am Returns 6.15pm approx Kerikeri Departs 7.50am Returns 5.45pm approx Adult $118pp, Child $59pp (Under 5yrs go free). *If departing from Russell, please catch the 7am passenger ferry to Paihia (complimentary on this tour). Please advise this at time of booking.

Swim With The Dolphins: Eco Encounter 24 Oct 2009 – 30 Apr 2010 MORNING Paihia Departs 8.00am Returns Russell Departs 8.10am Returns AFTERNOON Paihia Departs 12.30pm Returns Russell Departs 12.40pm Returns Adult $89pp, Child $44.50pp. Swim with dolphins an additional $30pp.

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Hotel Pick ups are available. Prices are subject to seasonal changes. Please be ready 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Book with your Concierge today.

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Dive! Tutukaka /A Perfect Day Above and below water, the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life, and thoroughly deserve their protected status. Experience the converging warm water currents, a micro-climate, and after thousands of years of separation, the unique biodiversity that has resulted, with the World’s largest sea cave, phenomenal bird life, and flora and fauna that simply doesn’t exist anymore on the mainland.

The world’s best sub-tropical diving, and our favourite place to be. This is a place that will touch your soul. International award-winning PADI 5*IDC centre with all levels of training, catering for experienced divers, and beginners, NZ’s only National Geographic Dive Centre. Hear our stories, meet our people, and immerse yourself in the landscape, as we weave natural and Maori history into your experience of the Poor Knights Islands, Northland’s best kept secret. Snorkel, kayak, swim, dive or just relax; the choice is yours.

Highly Recommended A Perfect Day Snorkel, kayak, swim or just relax in the sun. Full tropical buffet lunch and fresh platters supplied, view fish on the live fish-cam TV. Daily departures from 11am return at 4pm, November through April. Adult $129pp. Dive! Tutukaka Dive tours operate all year round, depart at 8.45am, return at 4pm, experienced divers & beginners catered for, all boats have kayaks on board and snorkelers welcome. 2 Dives, incl gear hire. $225pp.

w: www.diving.co.nz | t: 0800 288 882 w: www.aperfectday.co.nz | t: 0800 288 882

Fly – Dive – Drive Pick up from your hotel, chopper to Tutukaka, board your boat, dive the Poor Knights and drive to Auckland or Paihia or stay in a Tutukaka Penthouse. See your Concierge for prices. Book with your Concierge today.

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding 30km’s of unspoilt New Zealand beach, native bush and wildlife. Visit an ancient Pa site of a paramount Maori Chief, high above the Pacific Ocean. Experience a breathtaking view that reaches far and wide to the horizon. Tread the paths of our people and enjoy the company of a Maori Chiefs’ descendants, and the stories they will share with you. Regular trips depart daily at 10am and 2pm year round, and at 12pm, 4pm and 7pm in Summer (October to April). Choose from 1 Hour, 2 Hour, Half Day or Full Day Rides, plus The Sundowner (a beautiful sunset ride in summer). 2 Hour Exclusive Ride: Follow beautiful Pakiri beach; ride up through high sand dunes, over coastal hills, returning through native bush and along the magnificent white sands. Half Day Exclusive Ride: A superb nature experience; ride along pristine white sand beaches, high dunes and through native Pohutukawa glades. Magnificent sea views to the islands, finishing along an estuary alive with seagoing bird life.

Highly Recommended 2 Hour Exclusive Ride: $170pp. Half Day Exclusive Ride: $225pp. Full Day Exclusive Ride: $595pp.

recommend exclusive offer: Book and Exclusive Half Day or Full Day Ride and receive complimentary food & beverages during your ride.

Pakiri Beach Heli-Horse Ride Adventure Scenic helicopter experience up the East Coast, 2 hour exclusive horse ride and a return helicopter flight back to Auckland. $1790 – 2 people. Corporate Cab transfers from central Auckland hotels to Pakiri Beach Horse Rides: $240 each way.

Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.horseride-nz.co.nz | t: 09 422 6275 36


Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is situated only an hours’ flight north of Auckland. Made up of 144 islands, this picturesque region has arguably the best climate in New Zealand and is a world class playground for numerous outdoor activities. Known as the ‘birthplace’ of the nation, the Bay of Islands is rich in diverse culture and history, and is an essential part of any New Zealand itinerary.

On the Edge: The Ultimate Day Sail in the Bay Experience the exhilarating ride aboard New Zealand’s fastest commercial sailing catamaran. Enjoy a kiwi barbeque while anchoring at one of the islands. Go ashore and participate in some great island activities; swimming, snorkelling, nature walks, or simply kick back and enjoy the island atmosphere.

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Scenic day in the bay: Day Tour from Auckland Flight north and your choice of Cruise. Morning transfer from your Auckland hotel to the North Shore Airfield where your plane awaits. Fly up the centre of the North Island for 50 minutes while enjoying the spectacular views to your left and right. You will spot the stunning beaches of the east coast and the scattered inlets and peninsulas of the west coast, as well as the dramatic Kaipara Harbour, before landing in Kerikeri. Transfer to Paihia and continue with your chosen cruise. You will also have time to stroll around Paihia, or on selected options visit the historic seaside town of Russell. In the late afternoon you will join your transfer back to Kerikeri for your return flight to Auckland.

Here are the cruise options: Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise Experience the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ and see dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife. Cruise among the 144 islands, for which the Bay of Islands is famous, enjoy the stunning scenery and informative commentary about marine mammals, geography and history. Enjoy the exclusive island stopover at Otehei Bay, one of the largest and most fascinating islands in the Bay of Islands.

Swim with the Dolphins Cruise Live a lifelong dream! Swim alongside dolphins in their world and see these beautiful marine mammals right up close. Join us for the ultimate dolphin eco-adventure. With the warmest water in New Zealand and the friendliest dolphin species (Bottlenose), the Bay of Islands is the best place to swim with dolphins (conditions permitting).

highly recommended Explore NZ offer a great range of 1, 2 & 3 Day tours to the Bay of Islands from Auckland. Arguably the most popular is the one day fly package. Ask your Concierge about more information on the following great packages: Ultimate Day in the Bay 12 hours, departs 6:30am. Fly from Auckland to Cape Reinga, visit the lighthouse, Tapotupotu Bay and giant sand dunes, before returning to Kerikeri. Transfer to Paihia and join the Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise before flying back to Auckland. From NZ$895pp. Scenic Bay of Islands 12 hours, departs 6:30am. Fly from Auckland to the Bay of Islands and choose between the Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise or the Swim with the Dolphins Cruise, enjoy time to explore Paihia before your return flight. From NZ$595pp. The Best of the Bay 3 days 2 nights, departs Auckland 7:30am. Enjoy a scenic drive north before visiting Waitangi and Russell, Cape Reinga, then choose between Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise, Swim with the Dolphins or the ultimate day sail ‘On the Edge’. From NZ$705pp (Share Twin). Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.explorenz.co.nz | t: 0800 explore (0800 397567) 37


auckland

Wherever you stay in Auckland, you’re never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine and the largest range of High Street boutique shopping in New Zealand. Auckland City is well known as ‘The City of Sails’ for it’s many boating enthusiasts. In the Viaduct Harbour you will find numerous cafes and restaurants, where you can dine in style along the waterfront before or after experiencing sailing on an America’s Cup Yacht. The Viaduct Harbour is one of New Zealand’s many vibrant locations and encapsulates the atmosphere of Auckland.

A must-see essential while you are in Auckland are the spectacular West Coast beaches. There are many great ways for you to discover this rugged coastline including by luxury coach with Bush and Beach Eco Tours or by helicopter on Helilink’s Coast to Coast Scenic Flight. This coastline is world famous especially with the surf community and well protected for its native rainforests. You will be astounded at the beauty and unique qualities of this area.

Auckland is also home to some of New Zealand’s oldest vineyards which are well known for their chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon varieties. NZ Winepro has all of the most popular vineyard areas in Auckland covered, with their range of options. Choose from four distinct areas – Waiheke Island, west Auckland, northwest Auckland and north Auckland (around Matakana).

Auckland has one of the best aquariums in the world, Kelly Tarlton’s. Featuring up to 80 Penguins, this was the first Antarctic environment to be built underground, you will be surprised at the sheer size and personalities of these characters!

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Bush and Beach Bush and Beach is Auckland’s premier small-group eco-tour company. Daily tours to Auckland’s lush rainforest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula give a unique experience of spectacular natural worlds. Experienced eco-guides provide an interactive, unforgettable wilderness experience. Enjoy Auckland’s coastal rainforest on full or half-day tours. Walk the easy bush tracks beneath giant tree ferns, feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll on awe-inspiring beaches and visit 1,000 year old kauri trees. Find paradise as it used to be on a one-day tour to Great Barrier Island, with its spectacular natural world of lush wetlands and rare and endangered flora and fauna. A 30 minute scenic flight takes you back in time. Walk to natural thermal springs, feed giant eels, swim at a pristine white sand beach and climb to the top of Windy Canyon with its sheer rata-coated cliffs and breathtaking views. Experience Coromandel Peninsula with its mountainous forest-covered backbone, sheltered bays and stunning coastlines. Take a trip on a mountain railway, visit Hot Water Beach with its hot springs in the sand and walk to Cathedral Cove where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch onto a white sand beach. Don’t miss Auckland’s hidden gems. Take a scheduled tour or personalise your own day. Why not include wine-tasting, a trip to the gannet colony, a picnic or vineyard lunch or a visit to local artists.

recommend exclusive offer: Quote Recommend New Zealand Magazine to receive a complimentary picnic lunch when booking your personalised tour of 5 hours or more.

highly recommended Coast & Rainforest Walk Minimum 2 passengers. Auckland’s Coastal Rainforest including a picnic lunch 10am-5pm daily. $205pp. Auckland’s Untamed Island Tour Minimum 2 passengers. Great Barrier Island eco-tour including two scenic flights, breakfast and lunch 7.15am – 5.45pm. $575pp. Coromandel Day Tour Minimum 2 passengers, 7am – 7pm daily except Public Holidays. $315pp. Best of Both Worlds Tour Experience the best sights of Auckland city in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience 9am – 5.30pm daily. $195pp. Wilderness Experience Tour Auckland’s coastal rainforest 12.30-5.30pm daily. $135pp. Personalised tour Quote to suit tour chosen. Book with your Concierge today.

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NZWINEPRO

recommend exclusive offer: Quote Recommend New Zealand Magazine when booking any Villa Maria Winemakers Tour combined with any other 1/2 Day Tour for a complimentary bottle of Villa Maria Estate Wine.

Auckland Wine Tours – Recommended by Wine Destinations Magazine 2008 / 2009 / 2010. Wine industry professionals offering personal wine making tours and scenic adventures for discerning enthusiasts. Be guided beyond the cellar door with tour options to Villa Maria Estate and the Kumeu / Waimauku, Henderson & Piha, Matakana, & Waiheke Island wine regions. Enjoy morning or afternoon options, stunning coastal scenery/regional parks and delicious New Zealand cuisine. Luxury air conditioned 11 seat Ford Transit mini bus. Complimentary pick up and drop off from/to your central Auckland accommodation.

Highly Recommended Maungakiekie / Villa Maria Estate Winemakers Picnic 9.00am – 12.00pm. Parnell, Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill, winery tour & tasting at Villa Maria Estate plus antipasto picnic platter. $99pp. Piha / Waitakere Ranges Adventure 12.30pm – 5.45pm. Visit the Henderson region, Mazuran Ports, Lincoln Wines cellar door, see the Waitakere Ranges, lunch at Piha. $175pp. Matakana Vineyards Coastal Getaway 12.30pm – 5.45pm. Visit the historic township of Puhoi, see an 800 year old Kauri Tree, tasting Sangiovese & Dolcetto wines and a one course lunch at Herons Flight Vineyard Restaurant, tasting at Omaha Bay Vineyard. $185pp. Vineyards, Honey & Black Sand Beaches 12.30pm – 5.30pm. Historic Kumeu River Wines, one course open menu lunch at Beesonline Honey Factory Café, visit to Muriwai beach & Gannet colony, Matua Wines, West Brook Wines. $159pp. Waiheke Island Vineyard Tour Departs 9am. Ferry to Waiheke Island, Stonyridge Vineyard, Goldwater Estate, Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyards, lunch and wine tasting. See your Concierge for prices.

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NZ Skydive NZ Skydive Auckland is New Zealand’s premier skydiving centre. Open all year round, they are situated 40 minutes south of Auckland at the Mercer Skydiving Centre. A professional centre dedicated to promoting all types of tandem and sport skydiving in New Zealand. NZ Skydive pride themselves on providing top quality service and facilities, enabling both first time and experienced skydivers to enjoy the ‘ultimate high’ in a safe, yet fun-filled environment. If you’ve never jumped before and want to experience the full-on rush of freefall, try a tandem skydive. NZ Skydive also provide accelerated freefall training (AFF) and static-line courses for those who want to learn how to skydive. First time tandem passengers and experienced sport skydivers can jump out of the Super Porter turbine aircraft for a fast and exhilarating rush. Complimentary shuttle service is provided for travellers to and from your central Auckland Hotel. If the weather is not appropriate while you are in Auckland, we can forward book you into our Queenstown operation.

Highly Recommended Tandem Skydive 9,000 feet

$245pp

12,000 feet

$295pp

14,000 feet

$325pp

16,000 feet

$395pp

Optional extras Digital photos

$145 DVD

DVD & digital photos $195 T shirts Book with your Concierge today.

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recommend exclusive offer: Quote Recommend New Zealand Magazine when booking any option to receive a $20 Lunch Voucher for the stunning HUHU Café in Waitomo.

Waitomo Adventures New Zealand’s leading provider of Blackwater Rafting & Cave Abseiling Adventures. If you enjoy unspoilt nature on her own terms; if you want a challenging and rewarding experience, then this is for you. Over 20 years ago, Waitomo Adventures pioneered the fantastic Lost World ® abseil & caving adventure. The huge success of this concept led them to develop their unique range of five amazing adventure options. Their activities have been completed by many celebrities including movie stars such as Tom Cruise, Holly Hunter, Billy Connolly and various prime ministers. Waitomo Adventures are a company with the training infrastructure and safety excellence that has helped to establish the standards for the industry. All of their guides are not just incredibly helpful and funny but also fully qualified to those standards.

Five Amazing Adventure Options: TumuTumu ToObing Combining the best elements of blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave. See awesome cave formations and New Zealand’s unique glowworms.

Haggas Honking Holes This is concentrated action. Do a series of abseils and rock climbs, as you explore this fabulous cave. See unique formations and glowworms close up. Participants should be fit and brave, but no prior experience is required.

Lost World Tour Abseil (rappel) 100m slowly into the Lost World, secured by your guide who abseils alongside. After an approximately 30 minute descent, you embark on your journey back to the surface though another spectacular dry cavern. The abseil is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed. Descend slowly as the mist-filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.

Lost World Epic This is Waitomo’s Ultimate Adventure. Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World then have lunch with us down below before taking the wet way out. After lunch in probably the strangest setting you have ever eaten in, you’ll head upstream, walking, swimming and climbing through cathedral-size vaults. You’ll see waterfalls, ancient whalebones and oyster fossils as well as the magnificent glowworms. Emerge for a hot shower & well-earned dinner BBQ meal before heading back to Waitomo. All drinks and meals are included in this amazing 7 hour trip.

St Benedict’s Caverns Abseil and explore what is one of New Zealand’s most special and picturesque caves. No glowworms here, but St Benedict’s Caverns is regarded by many as the countries prettiest cave or ‘best dressed’ cave. The trip is relatively gentle and dry. Physically it’s not hard. It’s a great option if you are looking for something not too cold or wet.

highly recommended TumuTumu ToObing 4 Hours: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. $145pp. Haggas Honking Holes: 4 Hours: 10am & 2.30pm. $215pp. Lost World Tour: 4 Hours: 7am, 10am, 11.30am, 2.30pm. $270pp. Lost World Epic: 7 Hours: 10.30am. $395pp. St Benedict’s Caverns: 3.5 Hours – 10am & 2.30pm. $145pp. Waitomo Heli Caving Adventure This is for those people who are short on time and would like to experience an amazing Scenic Helicopter Flight along with the Lost World Tour of 4 hours. The quickest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo and back again in one day the transfer is in a corporate helicopter which has executive style seating providing excellent visibility. Your knowledgeable pilot will provide a commentary of the sights and makes your helicopter transfer to the Lost World Tour an unforgettable adventure! $5400 for two people. Waitomo Adventures – Transfers with Corporate Cabs Luxury Transport from Auckland to Waitomo. One Way $505, Return $705. Please don’t forget to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing (no jeans). Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure. The above departure times are subject to seasonal changes. Prices are applicable to 1 May 2010.

Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.waitomo.co.nz | t: 0800 waitomo (0800 924866) 41


recommend exclusive offer: Receive two complimentary Helilink souvenirs on completion of the Bay of Islands One Day Tour or the Waitomo Heli Caving Adventure.

Helilink Helilink is Auckland’s only Downtown Helicopter company, located at Mechanics Bay, 5 minutes drive from the CBD. A professional team devoted to providing you with diverse and memorable helicopter experiences utilising Twin and Single Engine Aircraft. Enjoy the spectacular sights of Auckland from above on one of Helilink’s Helicopter Scenic Flights:

Volcanoes & Beaches Scenic Flight. You will fly 1,000 feet above the Harbour Bridge, buzz over the Viaduct Harbour, and zoom around the Sky Tower before viewing the Volcanic Crater of Rangitoto Island.

Te Whau Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining. Includes: Helicopter transfer, scenic flight en route around Auckland’s CBD, a sumptuous 3 course meal, then taxi transfer to meet your Ferry Harbour Cruise which will return you to central Auckland. Helicopter return option is also available. (Lunch or Dinner)

Bay of Islands One Day Tour. Fly up the East Coast over beautiful sandy beaches, continue north, out to view the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Arrive at Omata Estate for lunch then fly over the Waipoua Forest, landing at the Matakohe Museum before returning to the Downtown Auckland heliport.

Waitomo Heli Caving Experience. For those people who are short on time and would like to experience an amazing scenic Helicopter flight along with the Lost World Caving Tour of 4 hours. This is the quickest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo and back again in one day. Your knowledgeable pilot will provide a commentary of the sights which makes your helicopter transfer to the Lost World Tour an unforgettable adventure!

City & Sails Scenic Flight. An extensive scenic flight highlighting Auckland – ‘City of Sails’ the Hauraki Gulf including Waiheke Island, the Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower and the Viaduct Harbour. Auckland’s ultimate City Scenic Flight.

Coast to Coast Scenic Flight.

highly recommended Volcanoes & Beaches Scenic Flight Flight time 12 minutes. $420 – 2 people. City & Sails Scenic Flight Flight time 18 minutes. $620 – 2 people.

Discover the contrasts of Auckland’s East and West Coasts. This experience highlights the rugged West Coast beaches of Auckland including world famous Piha and Karekare beaches, the Muriwai Gannet Colony plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

Coast to Coast Scenic Flight Flight time 36 minutes. $1200 – 2 people.

Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining.

Stonyridge Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Lunch Package $1370 – 2 people.

Includes: Helicopter transfer, scenic flight en route around Auckland’s CBD, a sumptuous 3 course meal, then taxi transfer to meet your Ferry Harbour Cruise which will return you to central Auckland. Helicopter return option is also available. (Lunch or Dinner).

Stonyridge Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Lunch. Includes: Helicopter transfer, scenic flight en route around Auckland’s CBD, be greeted with a glass of bubbles, a sumptuous 3 course meal, then taxi transfer to meet your Ferry Harbour Cruise which will return you to central Auckland. Helicopter return option is also available.

Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining Package (Lunch or Dinner) . $1510 – 2 people.

Te Whau Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining Package (Lunch or Dinner). $1470 – 2 people. Bay of Islands One Day Tour Experience time approximately 6-7 hours. $6750 – 2 people. Waitomo Heli Caving Experience Experience time approximately 6-7 hours. $5400 – 2 people. Book with your Concierge today.

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Sail NZ Sail NZ is New Zealand’s largest and most extensive sailing operation. Offering a range of ultimate sailing experiences, individuals and groups are able to join the crew on all trips and help sail these magnificent vessels. Private charters for families and couples are a popular excursion. The company was voted ‘Most Exciting Tourism Company’ in New Zealand this year through an individual survey by The National Business Review. America’s Cup Sailing Experience Join Sail NZ for an unforgettable two hours sailing. A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders, or simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. The two hour sails depart daily and no experience is necessary. The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, NZL40 and NZL41 offer the unique opportunity for everyone to participate sailing on these grand-prix racing machines.

America’s Cup Match Racing Match race these former America’s Cup yachts on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. A winning start to your vacation in New Zealand. For the ultimate thrill, join the crew and participate match racing America’s Cup style. Your three hour experience begins in the Viaduct Harbour, where you will meet the crew and go through a short race and safety briefing. The yachts then depart the Viaduct Harbour and after a period of practice, the action really starts, when the yachts line up in the pre-start and compete head to head. The America’s Cup Match Race departs twice a week. Join us on a scheduled departure or enjoy an exclusive private charter.

Exclusive Charter Lion New Zealand Built for the late Sir Peter Blake, ‘Lion New Zealand’ was his entry in the 1985/86 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and won the prestigious Sydney to Hobart in 1984. Steeped in vast and colourful history, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Contact your Concierge for pricing. For private charter only.

highly recommended Scheduled Departures America’s Cup Sailing Experience. Sailings Daily, 2 hours. $150pp. America’s Cup Match Race. Sailing Twice a Week, 3 hours. $195pp. Exclusive Charters • Exclusive Charter 1 America’s Cup Yacht; or • Exclusive Charter 2 America’s Cup Yachts • Exclusive Charter Lion New Zealand for day or overnight excursions. Contact your Concierge for pricing. All of the above prices are subject to change and include GST.

Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.sailnz.co.nz | t: 0800 explore (0800 397567) 43


Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World. Antarctic Encounter The Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to see the magnificent birds up close in their icy domain. A unique snowcat ride brings you within arms length of the 80-strong colony of King and Gentoo penguins to watch their playful antics on the snow and their elegant flight underwater.

Underwater World Enter Stingray Bay for an awe-inspiring look at the giant stingrays, before delving deep into the Underwater World to see the rich variety of species from New Zealand’s coastal waters. Come face to face with sharks, turtles, giant rays and other incredible deep sea creatures on the moving walkway.

Animal Adventures Kelly Tarlton’s offers thrilling Animal Adventures for the daring, including cage-free shark dives, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium and you can even take a dip to hand-feed the giant rays! If you’re looking to kick start your dive adventures, the Discover Scuba encounter provides you with PADI-recognised training.

Highly Recommended Animal Adventures (Prices Include Free Admission): Snorkel Safari Snorkel in an ocean-like environment, surrounded by more than 2000 fish. $95pp. Stingray Splash Meet the 200kg Short Tailed Stingray and other deep sea wonders. $95pp. Fish Face Off Plunge into our Oceanarium a shark-free scuba experience. $95pp. Discover Scuba Learn to dive in one of the World’s most unique locations. $105pp. Shark Survival: Swim with these legends of the deep. $155pp. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.kellytarltons.co.nz | t: 0800 80 50 50

Dine at Bracu Amongst the olive groves ... Situated on the Simunovich Olive Estate in Bombay, Auckland, set amongst 40,000 olive trees, sits Bracu Restaurant, a destination maintaining the highest standards for hospitality and culinary experience. Bracu is a combination of striking interior design and exquisite service, a dining destination that ignites the senses, captivates the palate and replenishes the soul. So if you’re prepared to make the trip to Bracu it will truly be an experience to remember …

Sample menu: fresh, seasonal, local Wattle seed seasoned New Zealand ostrich fillet, whipped cows’ curd, spiced chocolate & hazelnut praline, last seasons raspberries, baby coriander | Sauté Auckland Island scampi tails, marinated potatoes, soft boiled quails egg, honey and truffle dressing, pancetta, endive leaves | Honey roast breast of duck, confit duck leg and egg plant roulade, toasted cashew and ginger, pumpkin purée, young Shanghai cabbage, Peking jus.

For special occasions Dine in the ‘Wine Library’ amongst 2500 rare wines, ‘In the Kitchen’, or in the olive grove with a Bracu picnic hamper and blanket that are yours to keep. You may also tour our olive oil and skin care product manufacturing plant.

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Highly Recommended If you are heading down the North Island from Auckland or returning to Auckland from a day or overnight trip take Exit 471 (Bombay-Pukekohe Exit) on the SH1 Motorway, Bracu is 5 mins from the motorway. Bracu Heli-dine Package 4 People: from $616pp, 2 People: from $1,134pp. Package includes: Depart by helicopter from Helilink or Helitranz’s downtown Auckland base, scenic flight over Auckland city en route to Bracu Restaurant. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, a sumptuous 3 course meal of lunch or dinner (additional beverages not included), and luxury limousine transfer back to downtown Auckland. OR spoil yourself and indulge in the helicopter return option – available with lunch only. There are 2 hours of waiting time included in the helicopter return option. Any waiting time over this will incur an additional fee of $350 per hour or part thereof. Corporate Cab transfers from central Auckland hotels One Way: $150 up to 4 people. Return: $240 up to 4 people. Book with your Concierge today.


rotorua

Rotorua was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s, when people flocked to Rotorua from around the world to see the amazing Pink and White Terraces – naturally formed silica terraces that cascaded into a volcanic lake. The terraces were destroyed in the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, but Rotorua’s fame as a fascinating travel destination grew. Today Maori guides feature at the city’s iconic attractions such as Te Puia, following in the footsteps of their ancestors. When explaining the appeal of this region, people like to talk of five spirits. You can feel the spirit of the earth, as it rumbles beneath your feet and escapes, hissing, through fumaroles and geysers. You can witness the spirit of Maori culture at Te Puia, with authentic performance experiences. Soaking in a natural hot spring can rejuvenate your spirit. Or free your spirit with outdoor adventures such as jet boating with NZ Riverjet, or take one of their more adrenalin-filled options such as The Squeeze, to challenge your spirit.

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Apart from its surprising crater, mountain and lake landscape, Rotorua is memorable for striking Tudor-style architecture and beautiful public parks. The farmland around the city is some of the most fertile in New Zealand. Rotorua is renowned for its abundance of trout. The large population of rainbow trout reach impressive sizes and take a very hard fight to land. On Lake Okataina many fish are caught every year that are well beyond the magical 10 pound mark!

Taking one of Helipro’s Scenic Helicopter flights is a great way to get a different view of the region. Helipro also offer Helicopter Flights and landings on New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. This is perhaps the most accessible on earth – White Island, attracting scientists and volcanologists worldwide, as well as thousands of visitors. Approximately 2km in diameter, the full Maori name for the island is ‘Te Puia o Whakaari’ meaning literally: ‘The Dramatic Volcano.’

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NZ Riverjet Only the New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari incorporates fantastic geothermal wonderlands and thrilling jet boating experiences. All this and more is packed into an absolute ‘must see – must do’ in Rotorua! Take in spectacular scenery, learn about Maori stories and the beautiful volcanic area. NZ Riverjet brings you to a slice of New Zealand scenery only a select few have seen, where canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. Stunning native bush and abundant wildlife you’ll encounter will leave you with a lasting impression. Choose from the options below or contact us to enquire about our other fantastic experiences: • Rotorua Volcanic Tour: Scenic Drive, Explosion Crater, Jet Boat, Geothermal Mud Field • Taupo Volcanic Tour: Viewing the famous Huka Falls, Wairakei Steam Field, Views to Mount Ruapehu, Jet Boating • Ultimate Escape Tour: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Swim & Lunch, Jet Boating, Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland • Heli Jet Adventure: Fly over Waimangu Valley Fault Line by Helicopter viewing Wai-o-tapu and the Rotorua Lakes • Mt Tarawera Landing: Walk to Mt Tarawera Summit, Jetboating. Complimentary Return Hotel Transfers from Rotorua & Taupo.

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Highly Recommended Riverjet Thermal Safari: 11am and 2pm allow 3 hours. $145pp. The Squeeze: 11am and 2pm Allow 3 hours. $130pp. Rotorua Volcanic Tour: 9am to 2pm allow 5.5 hours. $217pp. Taupo Volcanic Tour: 9am to 2pm allow 5.5 hours. $217pp. Ultimate Escape Tour: 8.30am to 5pm allow 8-9 hours. $325pp. Heli Jet Adventure: 9am to 2pm allow 5 hours. $625pp. Book with your Concierge today.

recommend exclusive offer: Receive a complimentary souvenir of your experience by presenting your Recommend New Zealand Magazine on completion of your Heli Jet Adventure.

HELiPRO Unforgettable scenic flights. Located at Te Puia, Agrodome Park and Skyline Skyrides, HELiPRO offers the most comprehensive and exclusive range of Scenic Helicopter excursions available in the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty area. The exciting and innovative options feature the world renowned local volcanoes, thermal activity and stunning Lakes district. HELiPRO’s exclusive landing concession for Mount Tarawera allows access to Rotorua’s most remarkable landmark; coupled with the well known White Island landing tours, the options are amazing. All flights are designed for maximum value, comfort and enjoyment. Other combination tours include Wilderness Fishing, Rafting, Lake Cruises, 4 Wheel Driving, Heli-Wine, Heli-Golf, Jet Boating and Heli-Hiking. Scenic helicopter tour options include: Rotorua City flights, Crater Lake Views, Mount Tarawera Volcanic Landing (exclusive to HELiPRO), Destination Tarawera – fly/drive option, Volcanic Adventure, Te Ara o Te Wa – Mt Tarawera Te Puia Heritage Tour (exclusive to HELiPRO), Ultimate Heli-Jet Volcanic Adventure, White Island – Active Volcanic Landing, White Island – Mt Tarawera Volcanic Landing.

Highly Recommended

recommend exclusive offer: Present your Recommend New Zealand Magazine for a complimentary souvenir on completion of a White Island landing.

Crater Lake Views: Fly over stunning lakes, national parks and Rotorua’s renowned thermal activity, 15 minutes. $185pp. Mount Tarawera Volcanic Landing: Land on a Sacred Mountain, viewing craters, domes and lakes, 40 minutes. $325pp. Volcanic Adventure: Prominent Volcanic Landmarks from crater Lakes to Tarawera Falls, 1 hour. $455pp. White Island: Active Volcanic Landing, 3 hours. $745pp. Book with your Concierge today.

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Te Puia The New Zealand Mãori Arts and Crafts Institute. Come to Te Puia and share our heritage, a living legacy of people, culture and place. For over 45 years, we have welcomed visitors, to hear our stories, to enjoy our unique culture and to experience first hand the wonders of Mãori arts and crafts. Our guides are linked to generations of hosts who have led visitors through this valley. Share with the Mãori people the warmth and generosity of spirit known as ‘Manaakitanga’, a value that expresses hospitality beyond expectation. Our stories sit within the hearts and minds of our people – and will be shared by those who guide you through the Institute. The spirit of our land can be seen, felt and heard within the unique geothermal environment of the Whakarewarewa Valley. Harness the energy offered by the geothermal waters, used historically for bathing, cooking and therapeutic use by local Mãori to create a one of a kind lifestyle. Silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique vegetation sets an awe inspiring backdrop to the world famous Pohutu Geyser. The Carving School nurtures specially chosen individuals to begin a lifetime of learning the treasured art that preserves our tribal history and genealogy. Our school of weaving ensures the ancient craft survives for our children’s children.

Features of Te Puia: Guided tours, National Carving and Weaving Schools, live kiwi birds, Mãori village, Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, mudpools, cooking pools, Pohutu Geyser, 3 cultural performances per day, evening cultural show with indigenous Mãori food.

Admission Hours: Summer: 8am – 6pm (last tour commences at 5pm). Winter: 8am – 5pm (last tour commences at 4pm).

highly recommended Te Puia Daytime Experience Guided Tour Available on the hour every hour. $40pp. Daytime Experience Combo Includes a Cultural Performance – 10.15am, 12.15pm, 3.15pm daily. $50pp. Te Põ: Indigenous Evening Experience A feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Mãori kai (indigenous food) – 6.15pm start time. $99pp, Children $49.50, Family Pass $267.30. Te Põ: Indigenous Evening Experience Combo Includes a Te Puia Daytime Experience – 4.30pm start time. $130pp. Exclusive Guided Tour $72pp. Subject to availability. Prices valid until 30 September 2010.

Book with your Concierge today.

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TAUPO In the middle of New Zealand’s North Island you will find a huge lake filled with crystal clear water and world famous trophy-sized brown and rainbow trout. Created thousands of years ago by one of history’s greatest volcanic eruptions, Lake Taupo is enormous. To give you an idea, it is about the size of Singapore! Nestled on the edge of Lake Taupo, Taupo township is a favourite destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, offering splendid scenery, plenty to do, and superb accommodation options. The Taupo region also boasts Tongariro World Heritage National Park’s fantastic ski areas, majestic Mount Ruapehu, geothermal activity, beautiful countryside plus truly magnificent and diverse scenery. And there really is no better way to appreciate all this than with an unforgettable Helipro Scenic Flight.

HELiPRO HELiPRO offer a range of Scenic Flights that feature powerful volcanoes, thermal reserves and tranquil wilderness areas. Experience breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and its two most inspirational scenic icons, the Huka Falls and the Maori Rock Carvings. Further south, fly over the spectacular World Heritage Tongariro National Park with its stunning emerald lakes and thermal activity of Ketatahi Hot Springs. Or fly north to land on the sacred mountain, Mount Tarawera, try to comprehend the earth’s forces which created this awe inspiring volcanic icon, site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Other scenic helicopter combination options include: launch cruises, jet boating, wilderness fishing, delicious picnics in remote places, heli-wine tours, heli-golf tours.

recommend exclusive offer: Present your Recommend New Zealand Magazine when experiencing your World Heritage Safari & Alpine Tour and receive a complimentary souvenir.

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Highly Recommended Huka Falls / Rock Carvings & Beyond Huka Falls/Rock Carvings Experience offers breathtaking views of Taupo and its two most inspirational scenic icons, the Huka Falls and Maori Rock Carvings. 15 minutes. $185pp. Mt Tarawera Fault Line Direct Fly north along the volcanic fault line and Waikato River. Enjoy aerial views of our renowned thermal reserves Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu before climbing to land on the rugged and exposed peak of Mount Tarawera. Experience the thrill of walking on the craters edge and view the massive rift formed in this powerful and explosive eruption. 45 minutes. $599pp. World Heritage Safari Here we combine some of the North Islands most stunning volcanic alpine scenery with a remote landing in the Kaimanawa wilderness area. Up close and stunning views of our world heritage volcanoes; Mounts Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Photograph Ruapehu’s steaming Crater Lake, stunning lava flows, inspiring glacial valleys and dramatic volcanic formations. 75 minutes. $735pp. Book with your Concierge today.


wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, trendy, vibrant and exciting. An entertainment hub of New Zealand, this is the arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums, galleries, fine food, live theatre and music – make this city a great place to visit in any season. Wellington city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills providing huge scope for outdoor fun. Many visitors choose to base themselves in the vibrant inner city of Wellington, where it’s easy to walk to hundreds of boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa Tongrewa – the interactive, innovative museum that’s one of New Zealand’s key cultural attractions. There are two major sightseeing companies in Wellington, you can choose from sightseeing by vehicle or by helicopter. Both Helipro and Flat Earth Tours cover some of the best wine tour, half-day or full-day options from Wellington. These include the popular Martinborough or Marlborough wine regions. Alternatively, if you enjoyed the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings, both these operators can take you to some of the famous film locations so you can get that souvenir photograph of yourself, set in a scene from the Lord of the Rings.

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Te Papa Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum is set in a breathtaking location on Wellington’s waterfront. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – its unique natural environment, history, Maori culture, taonga (treasures) and art. Using a combination of the latest technology and classic storytelling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires. Experience an exquisitely carved marae, walk through living native bush, and be shaken in the Earthquake House. Venture into OurSpace, a multimedia adventure with adrenalin-pumping motion simulator rides. Free entry, though charges apply to some short-term exhibitions, tours and OurSpace rides. Open every day 10am–6pm, and 10am–9pm on Thursdays.

Highly Recommended Daily tours Introducing Te Papa 60 minutes. Discover highlights from across the Museum, including the colossal squid, major artworks, and Maori treasures. 10.15am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm in summer (1 November – 31 March). 10.15am and 2pm in winter (1 April – 31 October). Adult $11pp, Child $5.50pp. Taste of Treasures 60 minutes. Explore Te Papa’s taonga (Maori cultural treasures), both traditional and contemporary, and enjoy traditionally inspired light refreshments. 11am daily in summer (1 November – 31 March). Adult $24pp, Child $12pp. Private group tours Enjoy a tour tailored to your specific interests or needs. Below are just two examples. Te Papa Highlights 90 minutes. This tour of Te Papa covers the natural environment, Maori culture and treasures, art, and history. It includes the colossal squid and ends with an exhilarating ride in OurSpace. $168 up to 7 people. Maori Experience and Kapu Ti 90 minutes. Discover taonga (Maori cultural treasures) and hear their stories. The tour ends with kapu ti – traditionally inspired food and a hot drink. $245 up to 7 people. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.tepapa.govt.nz | t: 04 381 7000

HELiPRO HELiPRO offer a range of scenic flights that feature Wellington city and beyond. Fly over our capital’s landmarks, the Beehive, the Cake Tin and Te Papa Museum. On a fine day enjoy views as far as the South Island. This flight is all that is ‘Absolutely Positively Wellington’. Access remote regions including; Martinborough, stunning Marlborough Sounds, the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and the rugged Kaikoura Coast. Swim with dolphins or make footprints on beautiful remote golden beaches. HELiPRO offers weekend escapes and heli-lunch destinations to Wharekauhau Country Estate, Boomrock Lodge, Furneaux Lodge, Parehua Country Estate, Portage Lodge, Bay of Many Coves Resort, Raetihi Lodge, Vintners Retreat, Bulwer Lodge, Lake Rotoroa Lodge, Timara Lodge and Kahurangi Luxury Retreat.

Highly Recommended

Scenic helicopter tour options include: City Panorama, Capital Harbour Tour, Wild South Coaster, Fault Line Adventure, Marlborough Sounds Safari, Boomrock Heli Lunch Experience, Wharekauhau Country Estate – incl 3 course lunch, Furneaux Lodge – incl 3 course lunch.

Wild South Coaster Track along the wild south coast, viewing seals, Karori Rock Lighthouse and the Cook Strait, ending on an aerial over-view of the Capital City, 25 minutes. $225pp.

recommend exclusive offer: Book a Marlborough Sounds Safari and receive a complimentary glass of bubbly at Dockside on your return.

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Marlborough Sounds Safari Explore complex waterways, dolphins, marine farms and sea life. Flying over Ship’s Cove where Captain Cook anchored, then landing for a stroll along the beach and coffee at the remote Furneaux Lodge, 1.25 hrs. $640pp. Book with your Concierge today.


Flat Earth For the complete range of Wellington sightseeing tours. Unforgettable experiences around the Wellington region from wine tours to wild life and from Maori legends to Middle Earth. A boutique range of guided tours covering Wellington City’s best loved sights and attractions and some little known secrets. We take care of everything. We’ll pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or the airport, arrange the itinerary, and transport you in air-conditioned luxury. Tour prices cover all entry fees, morning and/or afternoon refreshments and a delicious restaurant or picnic lunch on our full day tours. Tour itineraries are flexible, so we can give you the best possible time.

TOURS • Middle Earth Film Locations Tours • Wellington City Sightseeing Tours • Matiu Somes Island Tour • Maori Treasures Tours • Wild Wellington Tour • Kapiti Island Tour • Capital Arts Tour • Wine Tours: Hawkes Bay – Martinborough – Marlborough • Private Custom Tours.

Highly Recommended Middle Earth Film Locations Tour – Extended Version This “Lord of the Rings” full day tour uncovers the secrets of LOTR film locations. Includes an al fresco lunch. 9am pick up. $325pp minimum 2 people. Martinborough Wine Tour Indulge in a day of tasting award winning wines and the specialist knowledge of some of Wairarapa’s leading wine makers (includes a vineyard lunch). 9.30am pick up. $325pp minimum 2 people. Marlborough Wine Tour Fly or catch a Ferry for this fantastic day out. Ex Wellington, Picton or Blenheim. Includes visits to some of New Zealand’s most renowned wineries. Minimum 2 people. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.flatearth.co.nz | t: 0800 775 805

Wellington Sights Wellington Sights offers interactive tours in and around Wellington and provides you with the most memorable experience in New Zealand’s capital city. Capture Wellington’s most picturesque landmarks and learn about creative photographic techniques on the Snapshot of Wellington Tour. Or if you are interested in The Lord of the Rings then you will not want to miss the fantastic Wellington Rings Tour where you will be enchanted by the Wellington City film locations and spellbound by the movie-making creative genius at the Weta Cave. If you like the look of both of these tours, why not spend the whole day with us and combine the tours at a discounted price!

Highly Recommended The Wellington Rings Tour You will visit the top of Mt Victoria with stunning views over Wellington City and Wellington Harbour before visiting the first filming locations of The Lord of the Rings. You will then experience the mini museum and behind the scenes DVD at the Weta Cave. $65pp. Snapshot of Wellington Tour This themed Wellington highlights tour is the best way to spend a few hours taking in all that Wellington has to offer. $65pp. Remember that bookings are essential! Book with your Concierge today.

Each tour starts daily at 10am and 2pm and run for approximately 2 1/2 hours. Tours depart from these Wellington City locations: Te Papa Museum, Wellington Railway Station, Wellington i-Site Visitor Centre.

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south island sightseeing

From the tip of the South Island, Farewell Spit, to the friendly locals on Stewart Island, the South Island is well known for its culture of “Southern Hospitality” along with scenery that is quite simply remarkable! You can stand on top of a mountain (many are easily accessible by road) and feel like you are the only person in the world, sit by a lake and watch the trout jumping out of the water, or even choose your own salmon on your way to Queenstown at the Mount Cook Salmon Farm. Highlights of the South Island include:

u Kaikoura – a whale watching mecca. u The West Coast featuring the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier’s – of all the glaciers in the Southern Alps, only the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers have crept as far as the rainforests. These giant tongues of ice have squeezed down their valleys to just 250 metres above sea level. u Christchurch to Greymouth, by rail on the TranzAlpine Express, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys. u Lake Tekapo which turns a wonderful opaque turquoise colour, the result of glacier-ground rock sediment in the water – the exquisite Church of the Good Shepherd is possibly the most photographed church in New Zealand.

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u Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – with 23 peaks over 3,000 metres high, the Park is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook, or Aoraki as it is also known. u The resort town of Queenstown, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape lends itself well to helicopter scenic flights that you will never forget! u Milford Sound – in perfect weather Milford Sound is like a mirror, in wet weather it comes alive with waterfalls, take a cruise or experience the Milford Track Encounter guided day walk.

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Gray Line NZ Four amazing sightseeing holiday options with one of the largest and most established tour operators in New Zealand. Christchurch Morning Highlights with the Antarctic Centre

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook Highlights include Lake Tekapo and the opportunity to experience a scenic flight (own expense) then arrival at Mount Cook Village for your choice of lunch at a cafe (own arrangements), or explore the walks in and around the village then arrive late afternoon in Queenstown.

Milford Sound Day Tour Travel from Queenstown for morning tea (own arrangements) in Te Anau, enjoy the sight of towering snow-capped mountains, magnificent rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, then descend into Milford Sound for your 1 hour 45 min cruise. Return by coach. Boxed lunch is included.

Christchurch is known as the Garden City. Join Gray Line as we visit Cathedral Square, the Avon River, a walk through Mona Vale, complimentary tea/coffee at the Sign of the Takahe, Sumner Beach, Lyttleton Harbour and Tunnel. Tour finishes at the world renowned Antarctic Centre (return transfer to city centre included).

Optional return f light available at extra cost, weather permitting – see your driver.

Alpine Safari

Highly Recommended

An incredible day that includes the Canterbury Plains, a Jet boat ride on the Waimakariri River, plus a 4WD drive trip then onto the TranzAlpine Express, rated as one of the top six train journeys in the world!

Christchurch Morning Highlights with the Antarctic Centre (CODE 21A). Departs Christchurch 9.30am and finish at your leisure. $99pp. Alpine Safari (CODE 26). Departs Christchurch 8am, returns Christchurch 7pm. $375pp. Christchurch to Queenstown Via Mount Cook (CODE 27). Departs Christchurch 8am, arrives Queenstown 6.40pm. $235pp. Milford Sound Day Tour (CODE 41). Departs Queenstown 7.30am, arrives Queenstown 8pm. $226pp. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.grayline.co.nz | t: 0800 nztour (0800 698687)

Air Safaris Air Safaris operate The Grand Traverse which is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience; this magnificent flight encompasses 10 major glaciers including Tasman, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery.

The aircraft have wings-above to ensure unobstructed viewing below and everyone is guaranteed a window seat. Your pilot will provide an informative and enjoyable commentary in addition to all passengers receiving the Air Safaris multi-language flight-guide.

Milford Sound Excursion Flights operate on demand to spectacular Milford Sound from Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef. Scenic flights follow the Southern Alps to Milford Sound via the Mount Aspiring National Park taking in alpine valleys, Wanaka Basin, Mount Sefton and often return via the rugged West Coast of the South Island – a tour of the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks can also be included. The flight stops in Milford for 30 minutes which provides the opportunity to enjoy some stunning views of the fiord and towering mountains from ground level. The Milford Sound boat cruise can also be arranged if time and weather permit – please note you would need to allow 1/2 day for this trip.

Highly Recommended The Grand Traverse The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes flight time. Lake Tekapo – Lake Tekapo: Adult $295pp, Child $195pp (ages 3 - 13). Franz Josef – Franz Josef: Adult $295pp, Child $195pp (ages 3 - 13).

recommend exclusive offer: Mention Recommend New Zealand Magazine when booking for a complimentary DVD souvenir on completion of your scenic flight.

Milford Sound Excursions (Min 4 people). Lake Tekapo or Franz Josef to Milford Sound, including Aoraki Mt Cook and Glaciers. Adult $695pp, Child $495pp. Lake Tekapo or Franz Josef to Milford Sound direct Adult $595pp, Child $395pp. Air Safaris also operates charter flights throughout New Zealand Book with your Concierge today.

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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village Just 55 kilometres from the Lake Pukaki turn-off in the majestic Mackenzie Country, Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village is surrounded by towering mountainous terrain and New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Highly Recommended Activities Glacier Explorers The only tour of its kind in New Zealand, and one of four in the world! By using a boat, you get close to towering ice cliffs and huge floating icebergs. Take the bus from outside The Hermitage Hotel to the beautiful Tasman Valley, where after a gentle half hour stroll to the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake you will board a boat to explore the fascinating glacial landscape dotted with huge icebergs and an ever-changing glacial ice face.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe. Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand’s first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery.

Highly Recommended Glacier Explorers Departures from 15th September to 31st May 8.30am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm. Duration 3 hours total per trip – (1.25 hours on the lake). Adult $130pp, Child $65pp (ages 4 to 14). The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre EXPLORER PASS (3D Theatre, Planetarium, Museum). Adult $26pp, Child $12.50pp. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Winter closing hours fluctuate between 5pm to 9pm.

Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.mount-cook.com | t: 0800 686 800

Alpine Springs, Spa & Winter Park Sit back and relax in one of the three large outdoor hot pools at Alpine Springs, Spa & Winter Park, heated to between 36-40 degrees, boasting amazing views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps. Relax in our European style sauna & steam rooms, with a cold water plunge pool for the brave! Indulge in a massage or spa treatment at the Alpine Springs Day Spa, using the new French brand Bernard Cassiere, as well as natural New Zealand ranges Blue Earth and Antipodes. The outdoor, international size skating rink is now open all year round - inline & roller skating from September to April and fun activities for the whole family on the ice from April to September, including public skating, skate lessons, curling, ice hockey and figure skating. Try Snow Tubing – grab a tube and slide down the 100 metre snow slope! Licensed café on site serving great coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and fresh sandwiches. 3 Hot Pools • Day Spa • Skating Rink • Snow Tubing Park • Café • Internet Café. Open every day except Christmas Day from 10am – 10pm.

Highly Recommended Hot Pools return Hot Pools ( pass ) Ice Skating Snow Tubing

Senior Adult Youth $14 $17 $12 $13

$16 $20 $14 $15

$14 $17 $12 $13

Combo deals available for all activities.

Book with your Concierge today.

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Child Family Pass $9 $11 $11 $11

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GreatSights New Zealand New Zealand’s premier daily sightseeing network with multiple daily sightseeing tours nationwide. Travel in comfort on the GreatSights state-of-the-art, low emission luxury coaches and enjoy the beautiful landscape for which the South Island is famous. GreatSights offer glass roof coaches on their Milford Sound day tours. Discover Christchurch – Half Day Morning Tour Tour Code GS57. Operates daily. The Christchurch Sights morning tour is the perfect way to see first-hand why Christchurch is known as the ‘Garden City’ and to uncover its rich history. Highlights: Botanic Gardens, The Avon River, Riccarton House, Mona Vale Gardens, Port Hills, Sumner, Lyttelton Port.

Mount Cook Day Tour – Christchurch to Christchurch Tour Code GS300C. Highlights: Canterbury Plains, Geraldine – for morning tea (own expense), Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Pukaki – stunning glacial-fed lake, Aoraki / Mt Cook, Mount Cook Village, Optional Mt Cook scenic flight (own expense).

Mount Cook Day Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown Tour Code GS800. Highlights Include: Kawarau River Gorge, Lake Dunstan, Mackenzie Basin, Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook Village, Optional Scenic Flight (own expense, this flight can be arranged with your driver/guide).

Milford Sound Day Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown Tour Code GS76. Highlights: Te Anau, Eglinton Valley – ancient alpine beech forest, stunning waterfalls, Mirror Lakes – photo opportunity, Homer Tunnel – Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Southern Discoveries Cruise, Knobs Flat, Christie Falls, The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions).

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (One Way)

highly recommended Christchurch Day Sights Tour Code GS57. Departs 9.00am, Returns: 12.30pm. Adult $55pp, Child $39pp. Mount Cook Day Tour – Christchurch to Christchurch Tour Code GS300C. Departs: 7.30am, Returns: 7.45pm. Adult $199pp, Child $99pp. Mount Cook Day Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown Tour Code GS800. Departs: 7.45am, Returns: 6.30pm. Adult $159pp, Child $79pp. Milford Sound Day Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown Tour Code GS76. Departs: 7.20am, Returns: 7.45pm. Adult $226, Child $113pp. Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (One Way) Tour Code ZQNWHO. Departs: 8.10am, Arrives: 4.10pm. Adult $129pp, Child $88pp. All tours operate daily. Complimentary Hotel Pick ups are available. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

Book with your Concierge today.

Tour Code ZQNWHO. Discover the rugged scenery along one of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring highways. Your journey will take you past breathtaking sights, from high mountain peaks to the blue lakes of Wakatipu, Dunstan, Wanaka and Hawea. The Haast Pass, the southern most pass that connects the communities of the East and West, is humbling. Marvel at the vast rainforests to the clearest waterfalls that eclipse this untouched landscape. The viewing platforms overlooking the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers show the sheer size and beauty of these natural wonders and provide fantastic photo opportunities. This tour is also available to Fox Glacier.

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west coast Teeming with abundant wildlife, rare kiwi, white heron and a variety of unique native alpine flora. The West Coast is 600 kilometres long and no wider than 70 kms at any point. With towering mountains, clear, clean rivers and lakes, temperate coastal forests, diverse wetlands, accessible glaciers, wild beaches and long captivating caves, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural features just waiting to be explored. The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island and its many hospitable townships offer fine accommodation, fantastic adventure opportunities, unique New Zealand cuisine and wine, plus a warm Kiwi welcome. We recommend a trip to Fox Glacier, where Fox Glacier Guiding hosts over 50,000 visitors a year on various trip options from Heli-Hikes to Glacier Guided Walks. These trips are for both the more adventurous and passive travellers, including families and children.

Fox Glacier Guiding Voted Overall Winner 2009 West Coast Tourism Awards. Take a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest glacier amidst fascinating ice formations, with New Zealand’s most experienced glacier guiding company. To assure your safety, guides are trained through the internationally recognised NZ Mountain Guides Association. Choose from a range of unique trip options…

Fox Trot: Half Day Walk A popular walk and a great introduction to the frozen world of Fox Glacier, accessed via a ‘secret’ rainforest track.

Nimble Fox: All Day Walk Your guide will cut fresh ice steps, to help you navigate your way through dramatic terrain, which is moving up to 2 metres a day. Always something new to discover.

Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk A leisurely and informative walk to visit the final resting place of the mighty river of ice, after it has traveled 13 kms from the base of the Southern Alps.

Highly Recommended Flying Fox: Helihike Combine 2 helicopter flights with the opportunity to explore a remote part of the glacier with your knowledgeable guide. Spectacular ice caves brilliantly blue in colour are often seen. 8.50am and 11.50am (all year) plus 2.50pm (Summer months). $395pp. Fox It Up: Ice Climbing Adventure Day long course introducing the exhilarating sport of ice climbing on the spectacular walls of the Fox Glacier. Your professional guide will tailor your day to challenge novices and experts alike. 8.00am. $235pp. Book with your Concierge today.

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From the silvery beaches of the East Coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury landscape is impossible to ignore, an amazing arena for adventure and indulgence. The highest point of the region is also the highest point of New Zealand, the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook. At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there permanently. You can take a day trip to Kaikoura for an unbelievable whale watching experience with Whale Watch Kaikoura.

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One of the best ways to view the Ocean to the Alps in one breath, is by taking a hot air balloon and in New Zealand we are lucky to have one of the best ballooning operations in the world, Up Up and Away. Twenty minutes by helicopter to the east of Christchurch is the French settlement of Akaroa, a quaint area steeped in history and coastal beauty. Helipro Helicopters can take you to Akaroa for a gorgeous winery lunch or to the west of Christchurch you can land on the magnificent and remote Southern Alps.

The Welcome Aboard – Grand Tour full day experience is a great way to view the major attractions of this city, known for its grand architecture, historic homesteads and immaculate parks, the Grand Tour allows you to see it all in one day. Grayline and GreatSights sightseeing tours also have scenic coach options that are spectacular and both offer full-day Christchurch sightseeing tours.

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HELiPRO Experience the best of New Zealand’s raw and unspoilt landscape with HELiPRO.

recommend exclusive offer: Present your Recommend New Zealand Magazine before boarding for a complimentary glass of bubbly on the Summit of Chest Peak.

Highly Recommended French Farm Heli-Lunch Duration approx 3 hours. Enjoy a scenic flight from the HELiPRO Helicentre across Christchurch to French Farm. Your helicopter waits while you enjoy lunch/refreshments before returning you to Christchurch. $395pp (excluding lunch).

HELiPRO’s helicopter experiences deliver the memory of a lifetime. From Christchurch the Garden City, enjoy breathtaking aerial views. Fly over our twin craters and the rim of Christchurch’s famous dormant Lyttleton Volcano. Land at ‘French Farm’ Akaroa, a fabulous Mediterranean styled Winery and Restaurant, to sample local wines and cuisine. Explore the Kaikoura coastline, and the majestic Southern Alps where we land at high altitude. Head west for crystal clear alpine rivers and the rugged glaciers of our remote West Coast – simply beautiful! Other scenic helicopter tour options include: seasonal heli-skiing, heli-wine, heli-golf, jet boats, wilderness fishing, whale watching and delicious picnics.

Twin Craters Scenic Duration approximately 1 hour, including landing. We climb to the rim of Christchurch’s famous extinct Lyttelton Volcano, over Banks Peninsula returning to Christchurch we enjoy spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and distant Southern Alps. $465pp. Chest Peak Alpine Landing Duration approximately 1.5 hours. Fly over the Canterbury Plains through a steep river canyon to land on the summit of Chest Peak, where you’ll take in simply breath-taking 360-degree views. Optional picnic lunch in the heart of the Waimakariri Gorge or on the top of Chest Peak available on request, $55pp. Picnic lunch extends the tour by up to one hour. Alcoholic beverages are not included but can be arranged on request. $650pp. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.helipro.co.nz | t: 0800 435 4776

Whale Watch Kaikoura Unforgettable Whale Watching, only 2.5 hours from Christchurch CBD. Off the Kaikoura coastline is a marine environment so rich in nutrients that it attracts some of the most magnificent creatures with which we share our planet. Among them are Giant Sperm Whales that can grow up to 20 metres and weigh over 50 tons. These whales can be seen all year round, making Kaikoura one of the most popular whale watching locations in the world. This unique marine experience also provides an opportunity to sight high-spirited Dusky Dolphins, the rare and endangered Hectors Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and a wide variety of sea birds including the Royal Albatross. Whale Watch Kaikoura – an unforgettable journey, in purpose built vessels that provide great viewing and photographic opportunities. Whale Watch Kaikoura is a Qualmark Visitor Endorsed Activity and has received Qualmark Enviro Gold accreditation.

Highly Recommended

recommend exclusive offer: Present your Recommend New Zealand Magazine and your Whale Watch Excursion ticket to receive a complimentary copy of the pictorial book Kaikoura.

Summer Departures – 7.15am, 10am, 10.30am, 12.45pm. Additional tour is at 3.30pm from November to March. 3.5 hours including check-in and transfer by bus. Adult $145pp, Child $60pp. Dress: Please dress warmly and wear flat shoes, for the outside decks you may need light waterproof clothing depending on the sea conditions. Please Note: Whale Watch Kaikoura sell a range of natural active motion-sickness tablets and offer Aqua Straps. Food & Beverages: Hot food, coffee and cold drinks are available before or after your tour at Flukes Café adjacent to Whale Watch Kaikoura. Book with your Concierge today.

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Up Up and Away For the Ultimate Ballooning Experience. . . Fly with one of the world’s most experienced ballooning companies. There is no other place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of a city, in view of the sun rising out of the ocean, toward snow-capped mountains. The Christchurch/Canterbury geography and climate are ideal for ballooning. They provide a unique situation where passengers can experience Canterbury’s landscape, as only a few have seen it, from a gently floating hot air balloon.

Get ready for: • 4-5 hours from start to finish • Optional Hands-on help in preparing the balloon • Approximately 1 hour long flight • Spectacular views and photo opportunities • A celebratory glass of chilled champagne (or fruit juice) after landing in a farmer’s field • An in-flight photo of the flight is available for purchase as a keepsake. Watch as the parks, rivers and buildings fade into the distance, making way for the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains, in view of the Southern Alps to the west and the endless blue of the ocean to the east. We take off everyday of the year ... weather permitting. Early morning is best as it is the calmest time of day. What a way to start the day! Sunrise starting (meeting) times: courtesy transfers are provided from hotels, for visitors staying in central Christchurch: January – 5am, February – 5am, March – 5.30am, April – 6am, May – 6.30am. For a truly “out of this world” experience ... it’s Balloon Adventures Up Up and Away!

recommend exclusive offer: Quote Recommend New Zealand Magazine when booking an exclusive charter and receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to enjoy after landing.

highly recommended The Ultimate Balloon Experience Duration 4 to 5 Hours including complimentary accommodation transfers from central Christchurch. Adult $320pp, Child $280pp. Exclusive Charter your own Ultimate Balloon Experience Private Charter for the most romantic adventure in the world or for people who relish their privacy, this is the ultimate proposal opportunity or gift for that man who has absolutely everything. $7000 for up to 24 people. Heli – Ballooning Combo Upon touch down of your Hot Air Balloon, board a Helipro Helicopter for a scenic flight over the Southern Alps (can include a snow landing). Please check prices with your Concierge. Prices are effective to 30 April 2010.

Book with your Concierge today.

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Welcome Aboard The Grand Tour combines Christchurch’s must see attractions: The Gondola, Tramway and Punting on the Avon River. The Grand Tour is a great way to see some of Christchurch City’s leading attractions and places of interest making sightseeing a breeze! By Coach the driver/guide will take you from the city centre to the beautiful gardens at Mona Vale. Then be treated to a tranquil punt-ride through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Next stop – the Christchurch Gondola with 360 degree views – will take you 500 metres above sea level, then ride the Time Tunnel and take a stroll on the Port Hills for magnificent views, before re-boarding the Coach to visit Lyttleton. Stop in the seaside town of Sumner for lunch before returning to the city to ride on the beautifully restored Christchurch trams. Taking you to many points of interest, the Trams allow you to get on and off at any time to explore the Museum, Art Gallery, Art Centre, Cathedral Square and New Regent Street. Your tram pass is valid for two days, giving you ample opportunity to explore the city!

Highly Recommended Grand Tour Fully guided day trip departs daily at 8.30am. Central hotel pickups. All transport and attraction entry is included. Lunch not included. Adult $99pp, Child 5-15 years $59pp. Restaurant Tram Rutherford Dinner Package: $73pp. Rolleston Dinner Package: $85pp. Cathedral Dinner Package: $125pp. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.welcomeaboard.co.nz | t: 0800 chch tour (0800 2424 8687)

Thrillseekers Adventures Located on the main road into Hanmer Springs over-looking the river and ferry bridge, ThrillSeekers Adventures has something for everybody! Thrillseekers Jet Jetboat the entire length of Hanmer’s spectacular Waiau Gorge. Take in the magnificent scenery, then hold on while you experience the famous Hamilton jet spin. Narrow gorges, braided shallows, white water rapids. Over 30 kilometres of exciting jetboating and spectacular scenery.

Thrillseekers Rafting Fun for the whole family. Marvel at the twist rock, water holes, pink marble rock, fault line features and the crystal clear river, so clear you can see the trout swimming by. Leap out of the raft and go for a float!

Thrillseekers Bungy The 135 year old Ferry Bridge is the site of the Thrillseekers Bungy Jump. At 35 metres high it allows you plenty of time to experience the range of emotions from sheer terror to pure elation in the seconds it takes you to plummet towards the river.

Quad Bike Safari Put yourself in control of a four-wheel quad bike. Challenge the terrain, with river crossings, mud, dust, dirt and excitement.

Transport Options for Day Trips from Christchurch: Hanmer Connection 0800 242 663, info@atsnz.com Canterbury Leisure Tours, 0800 484 485, info@leisuretours.co.nz

Highly Recommended Thrillseekers Jetboating 11:00am | 1:00pm | 3:30pm. Adult $110pp, Child $59pp. Thrillseekers Rafting 10:00am | 2:00pm. Adult $145pp, Child $75pp. Thrillseekers Bungy 10am | 10.30am | 11:30am | 12:30pm | 1:30pm | 2:30pm | 4:00pm. $145pp. Quad Bike Safari 10:00am | 1:00pm | 3:00pm. Adult $99pp, Child $90. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.thrillseekers.co.nz | t: 0800 661 538

(or alternatively, 03 315 7046)

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queenstown

Today Queenstown is treasured for its magnificent scenery, adventure opportunities and luxury lifestyle of the rich and famous. Queenstown is known as the adventure tourism capital of New Zealand. Skiing, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping and fly fishing are all available from this stunning resort town. Queenstown provides adventure tourism during the day and a vibrant nightlife scene during the evenings, enjoy a stroll in the evening around the many boutiques shops that are open till late. Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s wine and cuisine centres. Neighbouring, historic Arrowtown also features excellent restaurants and bars, and Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world’s southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices. Queenstown and the surrounding area features many locations used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy as well as the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Highlights: u The Remarkables Mountain Range u Queenstown Winter Festival u Queenstown is a major gateway to Milford Sound, which is a Fiord of spectacular beauty, Southern Discoveries offer fantastic scenic cruises, or take a GreatSights or Grayline coach. Alternatively an Over the Top scenic helicopter flight is much easier and more scenic than driving to Milford Sound. u The Routeburn Track

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Ultimate Hikes New Zealand New Zealand’s premier guided walk company with guided walks on the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks. Ultimate Hikes are the only operators with the concession to operate multi-day guided walks on the famous Milford & Routeburn Tracks. Based in Queenstown and operating in the stunning South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, the company provides a range of all-inclusive guided walks from 1 to 8 days, making these iconic tracks accessible to walkers of all abilities. Visitors trek through rainforests, past mighty mountain peaks and over remote alpine passes without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Accommodation on overnight walks is in comfortable lodges, with three-course meals, hot showers and snug beds. All walks include transport, fantastic cuisine, equipment and expert guides.

Day Walks Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in on your holiday wish list, so the ‘Encounter’ guided day walks have been specifically designed for people with limited time, or for those who would rather walk for a single day. All you need is sturdy shoes, warm clothes and a bottle of water and Ultimate Hikes take care of the rest; including rain jackets, day packs, pick up and drop off service, a scrumptious lunch and fantastic guides.

Highly Recommended Milford Track Encounter Daily departures 1 November – 18 April (excluding Christmas Day). 9.15am pick up from Te Anau accommodation, 6.30pm approx return. 9 hours, 5.5 hours on the track. Adult $190pp, Child $120pp. Routeburn Track Encounter Daily departures 1 November – 22 April. 7.40am – 8am pick up from Queenstown accommodation, 6pm approx return. 10 hours, 6 hours on the track. Adult $155pp, Child $95pp. Aoraki Mt Cook Encounter Daily departures 01 November to 31 March. 9am departure from the Hermitage Hotel Activities Desk, 3.30pm approx return. 7 hours, 4-6 hours on the track. Earlier returns can be arranged. Adult $105pp, Child $65pp. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.ultimatehikes.co.nz | t: 0800 659 255

Southern Discoveries Join us for a journey of discovery through majestic Milford Sound. With specialised cruise options, Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory and the Blue Duck Café & Bar, we can show you all that Milford has to offer!

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Discover More Cruise Our three hour cruise is the longest in Milford Sound, so you’ll have all the time you need to get up close and personal with this breathtaking region. Onboard nature guides take you through the sights, sounds and wildlife of the Sounds. A genuine Kiwi BBQ is included, as well as a tour of the incredible Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory.

Encounter Nature Cruise Interested in the flora, fauna, wildlife and history of Milford Sound? Taste glacial water, stand under Stirling Falls, handle Pounamu and have a nature specialist answer your questions.

Highly Recommended Discover More Cruise: 3 hours. 11.45am – $109pp.

Scenic Cruise

Encounter Nature Cruise: 2 hours 15 mins. 10.30am – $80pp. 1.15pm – $90pp. 3.45pm – $74pp.

Spectacular waterfalls, sheer cliffs and towering mountains all feel within reach from the large viewing decks of these catamarans. More stable on the water, larger than usual windows, specifically designed for comfort & photo opportunities.

Scenic Cruise: 1 hour 45 mins. 9am – $62pp. 10am – $65pp. 11am – $72pp. 12pm – $70pp. 1.30pm – $85pp. 2pm – $70pp. 3pm – $60pp.

Add a visit to Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep to any Southern Discoveries Cruise (excluding the 3.45pm cruise) Adult $29pp, Child $15.

Luxury coach, plane, helicopter, Limousine connections are available. Prices valid 1/11/09-30/4/10.

w: www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz | t: 0800 2 milford (0800 2 64536)

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Book with your Concierge today.


recommend exclusive offer: Present your Recommend New Zealand Magazine for an Eco Golf Ball to be hit off a mountain top during any of these excursions.

Over the Top: Extraordinary Excursions OVER THE TOP specialise in the extraordinary. With the latest helicopters available, New Zealand’s golf courses, super yachts and lodges are combined with glaciers, alpine lakes, fiords and high country stations. Excursions are created that indulge guests in an unforgettable experience, relaxed and interpretive. OVER THE TOP distils the essence of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery whilst immersing you in the natural history of the area. Your itinerary is limited only by your imagination. Cruise aboard the flawless VvS1 luxury yacht. This internationally acclaimed super yacht brings you a very special way to experience the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand. Fully staffed, VvS1’s detailed itineraries may include New Zealand’s stunning Bay of Islands or the tropical island paradise of Fiji. Our OVER THE TOP ship-to-shore helicopter excursions provide the exclusivity of the boat with the best of local experiences. OVER THE TOP operate the most modern helicopters in New Zealand. Distinctively black, the fleet incorporates the Eurocopter EC 130 B4, a 21st century helicopter with enhanced safety features and unsurpassed spaciousness with the 65 square feet of windows allowing incredible views. With some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses set against pure New Zealand, OVER THE TOP invite you to Tee off at our Extreme Mountain Tee with a mile high swing before descending to play on a selection of private golf courses. Stalk remote rivers and streams that offer spectacular scenery and spirited fish. Whether a novice or an expert angler, knowledgeable guides will assist you in the timeless art of fly fishing. You will be provided with rod and waders to enable you to catch and release a wily brown or beautiful rainbow trout. Stroll on an uninhabited beach, soar amongst mountains or dine at a remote alpine lake suspended above Fiordland. OVER THE TOP EXTRAORDINARY EXCURSIONS give the discerning visitor the opportunity to experience a New Zealand that few rarely see. To explore from lodge to lodge, to see the sights, immerse in the culture and meet the people.

highly recommended Milford Ultimate From Queenstown. A relaxed expedition of Fiordland including Fiords, Glaciers and beach landings with a remote luncheon. Allow 5 hours. $2240pp for 2 persons, $1495pp for three or more. Picnic on a Peak From Queenstown. Helicopter to a mountain top, enjoy a gourmet luncheon and wind down with our gramophone music. Allow 2-4 hours. $650pp. High Country Round Up From Queenstown. Explore, discover, soak up the vista or pan for gold. Hear the tales of high country farming with the shepherd over Billy tea. $990pp for 2 persons, $660pp for three or more. Introduction to Fly Fishing From Queenstown. Spirited fish and “tight lines”. Half or Full day. From $1080pp. Doubtful or Milford Heli Cruise From Queenstown. Helicopter to the fiord, your pilot will accompany you on the cruise. Allow 4-5 hours. From $995 – $1495pp for three or more. Super Yacht Charter A week onboard VvS1 with all provisions, lodge to launch helicopter transfers and a Ship to Shore helicopter excursion. Estimated charter rate (4 cabins) US$135,000.00. Fly New Zealand Tour Our FlyNZ itineraries include a selection of fine lodges, remote hideaways and first class activities. Your Helicopter and Concierge Service remain at your disposal. Allow seven to ten days. From NZ$12,000 to $15,000 per day for two couples. Book with your Concierge today.

w: www.flynz.co.nz | t: 0800 123 fly (359) 63


les clef d’or feature

les clef d’or new zealand members directory AUCKLAND Mr. Jacky Shih Chief Concierge CityLife Hotel Auckland t: 09 979 7299 Mr. David Latu Concierge CityLife Hotel Auckland t: 09 979 7299 Mr. David Krempa’szky Chief Concierge Heritage Hotel Auckland t: 09 302 1277 Mr. Gustavo Concha Chief Concierge Hilton Hotel Auckland t: 09 978 2000 Ms. Bunny Spyve Chief Concierge Jet Park Hotel Auckland t: 09 275 4100 Mr. Franz Staufer Chief Concierge SKYCITY Grand Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Nick Steele Concierge SKYCITY Grand Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Shaun Ryan Chief Concierge SKYCITY Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Gerard Sarmiento Concierge SKYCITY Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Ralph Luehrs Concierge SKYCITY Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Sam Hallett Concierge SKYCITY Hotel t: 09 363 6000 Mr. Daniel Marsh Chief Concierge Stamford Plaza Hotel t: 09 309 8888 Mr. Logan Fleet Chief Concierge The Quadrant Hotel t: 09 984 6000 Mr. Roberto Mendez Chief Concierge The Westin Auckland t: 09 909 9000 Mr. Selim Kibar Concierge The Westin Auckland t: 09 909 9000 WELLINGTON Mr. Phil Shearer Concierge Holiday Inn Wellington t: 04 499 8686 Mr. David Cochrane Chief Concierge Intercontinental Hotel Wellington t: 04 472 2722 Mr. Jason Eade Concierge Intercontinental Hotel Wellington t: 04 472 2722 CHRISTCHURCH Mrs. Fiona Lawson Chief Concierge Crowne Plaza Hotel Christchurch t: 03 365 7799 Mr. Mic Lesinski Chief Concierge Rydges Hotel Christchurch t: 03 379 4700 Mrs. Chris Stirling Chief Concierge The Chateau on the Park t: 03 348 8999 Mr. Tim Ogle Concierge The George Hotel Christchurch t: 03 379 4560 QUEENSTOWN Mr. Nathan Wise Leisure Concierge Crowne Plaza Queenstown t: 03 441 0095 Mr. Bryan Wilkinson Chief Concierge Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa t: 03 450 0045 H.C.S.N.Z. Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Website: www.hotelconciergesocietynz.org Address: PO Box 7617, Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand

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WELCOME from the zone

director ~oceania~

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ear friends, welcome to beautiful New Zealand, and to the second edition of Recommend New Zealand Magazine, showcasing what makes New Zealand such a fantastic destination. Internationally, UICH Les Clefs d’Or has been organised into geographical zones to aid efficiency and assist with the growing of the organisation’s reach worldwide. In 2009, I was honoured to assume the role of Zone Director for Oceania . This comes with the responsibility of fostering closer relationships between the Concierges in New Zealand and Australia . Our closest neighbour Australia is of increasing importance to our tourism industry year-round, and closer links between the Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand members and our friends across the Tasman have already proven beneficial to the New Zealand economy. As an organisation, we are also pooling our resources and initiative towards 2013, when our Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, hosts the 60th International UICH Les Clefs d’Or Congress. This is our chance to showcase New Zealand to some of the worlds’ most powerful industry professionals. I trust you will enjoy your holiday in New Zealand, and of course feel free to call upon your Concierge if there is anything you need. Have a wonderful time and we look forward to meeting you. In service through friendship,

GUSTAVO CONCHA Zone director oceania union internationaLE deS Concierges d’hotels Les CLEFS d’or Chief Concierge: Hilton Hotel, Auckland

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