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New Zealand The Concierges Finest Recommendations for your New Zealand Holiday

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regional guide

activies guide

GOLF GUIDE with Steve Williams

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welcome

The Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand welcomes you to The Concierges Finest Recommendations for your New Zealand Holiday: 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

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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 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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CONTENTS

CONTENTS SHOPPING GUIDES

1 Welcome from the Hotel Concierge Society 8 Welcome from the Prime Minister 10 Editors Letter & Competitions 12 Les Clefs d’Or Feature 14 Les Clefs d’Or Feature 19 Kauri Cliffs & Cape Kidnappers Golf Courses 70 New Zealand Maps and Drive Times 72 Les Clefs d’Or Members Directory

FEATURES

30 Auckland - Recommended boutiques 32 Matakana Village – North of Auckland Shopping 34 Wellington - Recommended boutiques 34 Christchurch – Recommended boutiques 35 Queenstown – Recommended boutiques 36 Arrowtown – Recommended boutiques

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16 Luxury New Zealand Adventures 18 Golf Guide with Steve Williams 20 Degustation – We Review two of the best Central Otago Vineyard Restaurants 22 New Zealand Luxury Property Feature 24 Word Class Marine Experiences 26 New Zealand Made Feature 27 Waiheke Island – Mad About Mudbrick Vineyard 28 Jean Daniel Robert – Pearl Expert

NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCES

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38 National Operators Gray Line Sightseeing Super Shuttle Spectacular Train Journeys Corporate Limousines – Sightseeing Tours

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42 North of Auckland Hole in the Rock, Dolphin & Scenic Tours Explore NZ – Bay of Islands

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45 Auckland Helilink Bush and Beach NZWINEPRO Sightseeing Day Tours from Auckland Explore NZ – Auckland

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51 Waitomo CaveWorld – Waitomo Blackwater Rafting

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52 Rotorua HELiPRO Rotorua Te Puia

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54 Taupo Hukafalls Jet HELiPRO Taupo

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56 Wellington HELiPRO Wellington Te Papa

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58 South Island Air Safaris Sightseeing Ex-Christchurch/Ex Queenstown

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60 West Coast Shantytown Fox Glacier Guiding

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62 Nelson HELiPRO Nelson

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63 Christchurch HELiPRO Christchurch Welcome Aboard Whale Watch Kaikoura Up Up and Away

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66 Queenstown Over the Top: Extraordinary Excursions JAG AIR Gray Line Sightseeing Dart River Jet Safaris Shotover Jet

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KIA ORA “Welcome” to New Zealand From the moment you arrive, we offer you a 100% pure experience of the very best New Zealand has to offer. Enjoy world-class wines, breathtaking scenery and sample the wonderful flavours of New Zealand cuisine. Relax in the warmth and friendliness of our Kiwi hospitality and don’t forget to come again!

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HON. JOHN KEY Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Tourism

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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elcome to the Third 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

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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

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THE ESSENCE OF PLACE...

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Kiwi ingenuity: This is the idea that New Zealanders display a MacGyver-like ability to solve any problem, often using unconventional means or whatever happens to be lying around. This is also described as the Number 8 wire mentality, which means that anything can be made or fixed with basic or everyday materials. Our Magazine “Recommend New Zealand” promotes and talks about International Luxury Brands but also profiles the very best products and activities in New Zealand that have been born out of our “Kiwi ingenuity” mentality. Who ever would have thought of piping moisturiser through a special contraption that is easily installed into most types of showers... manufactured in New Zealand (see our NZ Made feature on Page 26), I tested this ingenious product, and thought to myself, I am very privileged and proud to be able to showcase the interesting products, people and places that New Zealand has on offer and I personally hope that you (our great readers) experience as much as you can during your New Zealand holidays!

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Make your statement and join THE PINOT CLUB at Mt Difficulty Wines. Act now and go into the draw for a personally engraved Montblanc Classique Ballpoint Pen* • G uarantee your selection of limited release Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs • S ecure special parcels and library release Pinot Noirs • R eceive preferential invitations to events at Mt Difficulty Wines For full details of The Pinot Club visit www.mtdifficulty.co.nz, email ThePinotClub@mtdifficulty.co.nz or contact Jacqui at +64 3 445 3445 ext 1-2

Membership of The Pinot Club is strictly limited. *The Montblanc Pen offer is limited to one winner only and will be drawn on October 1st, 2010.


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what we love about our regions

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ROBERTO MENDEZ

DAVID COCHRANE

MIC LESINSKI

Nathan Wise

Member Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Chief Concierge: The Westin, Auckland

Member Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Chief Concierge: InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Member Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Chief Concierge: Rydges Hotel, Christchurch

Member Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Leisure Concierge: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Roberto is a native of Cartagena, Colombia where he worked in the Music Industry for 10 years, arriving in New Zealand when he was 29 to visit some family that were living here, “when I arrived I could not speak a word of English but thanks to generous people, I was given the opportunity to do work experience in hospitality in Auckland which empowered me to be at my best.” 10 years on, Roberto now heads a team of 11 at the Westin Hotel including Porters and Concierges. “We welcome and make guests feel at home once they arrive at the hotel, our Concierges book limousine transfers, tours outside and around Auckland, control the Valet Service and apply new procedures in order to answer questions to exceed our guests’ expectations. “NO” is not an option at the Westin. We deliver instinctive opportunities, and preserve our guests' wellness in their travels. The most memorable moment in my job... looking after David Beckham, John Travolta and Alicia Keys in the same year. They trusted my recommendations and advice creating individual moments that made them feel alive and at their best.”

David has been working for InterContinental for the last 4 years. He and his partner moved to New Zealand and fell in love with it straight away. “Seven of us travelled around the South Island in a vehicle doing the tourist routes, which was great fun and a fantastic way to see everything. Last summer we also did all of the North Island from Cape Reinga to Taupo, including the beautiful Coromandel... I think I am still a tourist at heart. In Wellington, we are lucky to live in the best capital city in the world – the size of the city, the vibrant shops, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and Museums set Wellington apart from the other cities. The people are so friendly and welcoming. As a Concierge we get to meet interesting people, not just the rich and famous but great holiday visitors and corporate guests, which often become regulars. I am proud to have meet Geoff Boycott, my hero who played for Yorkshire and England Cricket, also Michael Parkinson and Michael Palin (Monty Python) all good Yorkshire men!"

Mic cemented his position and passion for the Concierge role at the Como Boutique Hotel in Melbourne. He learnt a great deal about providing 5 star service to guests including many in show business “I was showing people to their rooms and they would ask where a good restaurant was or where they should go for a day trip. I fell in love with the work and realised it was in my character to become a Concierge. My family and I decided to have a lifestyle change and I moved with my partner and daughter to Christchurch, we had visited Christchurch many times and fell in love with the city.”

With over six years in the role as the Leisure Concierge at the Crowne Plaza in Queenstown, Nathan has enjoyed amazing experiences, from jet boating to helicopter rides and dining at some of New Zealand’s finest restaurants, through to playing golf on championship courses. Nathan says “Queenstown is such an incredibly beautiful place and I am not surprised the region I work in features in so many Hollywood blockbuster films.” Nathan ensures his guests have a fantastic time while they’re in Queenstown; “I have had the opportunity to personally experience most of the great activities Queenstown has to offer, so I can match the perfect activity to every single one of our guests.” Nathan has chosen to base himself in Queenstown, also known as ‘The Adventure Capital of the World’, because of its natural beauty, breath taking scenery and wide range of adrenalin activities. “Trust me, you will never get bored of this place, if you are not the adventurous type and are just looking for a relaxing time, there are plenty of ways to unwind.”

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In 2003 while working at the Rydges Hotel in Christchurch Mic became a member of the Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand, this was his final ambition in getting recognition as a professional career Concierge.

“Christchurch and Rydges Hotel has been a great city to work and live in – it is so compact that you do not have to walk far to see some great sights, even small day trips are only 1½ hours comfortable drive.” Les Clefs d ’Or New Zealand

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MESSAGE FROM THE OCEANIA ZONE DIRECTOR

ear friends, welcome to our beautiful New Zealand and to the third 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 growth of the organisation 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 Australia and New Zealand. As an organisation, we are also pooling our resources and initiatives towards 2013, when our Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, will host the 60th International UICH Les Clefs d’Or Congress in beautiful Queenstown. It will be a great opportunity to not only showcase this sophisticated holiday resort during the five day conference, but also Oceania. I am certain many will take at least two weeks for their travels, which without a doubt our countries will offer the very best to create an unforgettable and memorable experience to some of the worlds’ most powerful industry professionals.

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Zone Director Oceania, Union Internationale Des Concierges D’hotels Les Clefs D’or Chief Concierge: Hilton Hotel, Auckland

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

INTRODUCING

Welcome to New Zealand’s newest Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand Members, now with 28 Les Clefs d’Or Members in New Zealand we are proud to welcome our newest recruits.

AUCKLAND

Ms. Roberta Bezerra Chief Concierge Langham Hotel Auckland T: 09 379 5132

Mr. Pati Start Concierge Hilton Hotel Auckland T: 09 978 2005

Ms. Samantha Maciel Concierge Hilton Hotel Auckland T: 09 978 2005

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WELLINGTON

Mr. Ingmar Becker Concierge InterContinental Hotel Wellington T: 04 472 2722

CHRISTCHURCH

Mr. Graham Miskell Chief Concierge Grand Chancellor Hotel Christchurch T: 03 379 2999

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LUXURY NZ ADVENTURES

TONY’s TOP SIX THE LUXURY MENU by Luxury Adventures Company Director Tony Townley. Luxury Adventures is recognised by their clients as the number one luxury vacation planner in New Zealand, offering truly unique exclusive experiences.

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South Island High Country Muster

Accompany one of the station shepherds on horse back during a sheep muster and experience first hand, high country station life in New Zealands South Island.

Fiordland Wilderness Experience

Experience Southland’s most spectacular environment, enjoy a scenic flight, thrilling jet boat ride and easy walk in Fiordland National Park, all the while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views.

Mt. Tarawera Float plane Experience

Fly over the wonder of Mt. Tarawera’s Crater Rift and continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, on your return land on Lake Tarawera and enjoy a lakeside lunch at a luxury lodge.

Whale Watch by Helicopter with Lunch at Pegasus Bay Winery

Enjoy rugged coastline views while watching these amazing creatures in the wild. On your return, indulge in fresh local cuisine with top quality wines at Pegasus Bay winery.

Big Bay Exclusive Adventure

Situated on New Zealand’s West Coast, Big Bay’s remote golden sand and large breakers can only be accessed by air, sea or a four-day walk! Enjoy a complimentary picnic platter and glass of wine at this amazing isolated destination.

Alpine Walk or Helisking and Gourmet Lunch in Exclusive Mountain Chalet

Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over Lake Wanaka, then land on the top of Dragon Fly Peak with your private Guide and enjoy a magnificent alpine hike, followed by a gourmet lunch.

To enquire about these experiences or to design your own dream getaway, speak to your Concierge or contact Luxury Adventures | Phone +64 9 361 3874 | Fax: +64 9 361 3894 | USA 1800 65 15 662 | UK 0808 234 5216 Email: info@luxuryadventures.co.nz | Web: www.luxuryadventures.co.nz In Service Through Friendship 16 2010 | third edition | Recommend new zealand magazine

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Maybe you regret not buying that gorgeous Merinomink™ sweater, can’t stop thinking about those genuine Ugg Boots that you had no room in your suitcase for or you have simply fallen in love with Icebreaker clothing and wish to fill your wardrobe with it! Not to worry, as all the products you saw at your favourite store WoolPress Arrowtown are also available online:

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golf guide

Of Course:

The Fore-word on GolF WITH STEVE WILLIAMS This issue we feature the most famous Caddy in the World - Steve Williams, a born and bred New Zealander, since 1999 Steve has been the regular caddy for Tiger Woods. Steve used part of his earnings from working with Tiger Woods to start a charitable foundation to assist junior golfers in his homeland. This charitable involvement was cited in his appointment as Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Steve also indulges a long-time passion for Speedway Racing, and was the national Super Saloon car champion for 2005/2006.

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Steve, what do you rate as the golf course with the most stunning scenery in New Zealand? I think Jacks Point in Queenstown has stunning scenery from the Alps to the Lakes.

What is the most unpleasant part of being an International Caddy? Travelling so frequently and all the hiccups along the way that occur when you travel can be most unpleasant. With over 400 golf courses in New Zealand, we have many unique country courses such as the Rangatira Golf Club that has an electrically powered cable car which takes you from the 18th green back up to the club house, what is the most unique feature you have ever seen on a New Zealand Golf Course? Growing up as a kid in Paraparaumu it was always unique to play at Titahi Bay with sheep and electric fences around the greens. We loved to play there it was so different.

Jack’s Point, Golf Course, Queenstown, New Zealand

Besides a putter, if you could only take two clubs on a round of golf with you which would they be? I would take a hybrid and a nine iron. The Steve Williams Foundation was born in 2001. A board of Trustees was set up including Steve’s wife Kirsty Williams, the Foundation’s CEO. The Foundation aims to help juniors throughout New Zealand particularly those in remote areas and the smaller provinces that struggle for sponsorship. You can find out more about Steve Williams and his foundation check out his website www.kiwicaddy.com and donations for The Steve Williams Foundation can be mailed to: PO Box 444, Kumeu, Auckland 0841, NZ

What do you rate as the hidden Gem of New Zealand

Golf Courses?

I haven’t played a lot of courses but South Head Golf Club in West Auckland is as nice experience as one could have for a fun place to play. Your top 3 picks of Golf Courses for Scratch to 10 Handicap golfers to play in New Zealand? Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course, Jacks Point and Cape Kidnappers

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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DEGUSTATION

MT. DIFFICULTY

AMISFIELD BISTRO

BANNOCKBURN

QUEENSTOWN

here are many picturesque places in Central Otago. For wine lovers, the short trip from central Queenstown to the outstanding wine region of Bannockburn is a must. The drive through the Kawarau Gorge is one of New Zealand’s most scenic. Make sure you stop alongside the Roaring Meg for magnificent landscape views.

he Amisfield Wine Company Bistro and Cellar door, located at Lake Hayes, a 10 minute drive from central Queenstown, is a wine and food destination not to be missed. Indulge.

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The Mt Difficulty Cellar Door and Restaurant is nestled in the Bannockburn hills. The building – concrete and cedar – is deliberately simple as nothing can upstage the earthy views of the patchwork vineyard plains. A setting so glorious, it has to be one of New Zealand’s best eating experiences. Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty vineyards are amongst the earliest planted in Bannockburn, Central Otago. The estate has continually produced outstanding, award winning wines.

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The multi-award winning Pinot Noir 2007 received Gold at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Show 2009. General Manager, Fleur Caulton describes it as distinguished, dense and rich. The tasting room is relaxed. No oenomania here. The staff convey their knowledge with enthusiasm rather than superiority. “There is quality across all our varieties,” one shared. “But the Pinot Noir is the star. Layers of flavour, ageability, complexity – it’s all there.” The Bistro is a buzzy place and the menu changes daily. The food is organic, locally sourced and partners the wines perfectly.

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The chef’s food is seasonal, light, locally sourced (when available) and perfectly matched to the wines. The duck, slow roasted in pinot noir, was a small marvel: dark, crispy skin and soft, moist meat were braced with flat mushrooms, green beans and a velvety, just-sweet-enough raspberry and cassis sauce. This winery lunch menu also has a selection of delicious platters. Highlights of our platter included: antipasti, cold-smoked river salmon, wild boar terrine, fig and pinot noir chutney, Evansdale smoked brie and homemade gingerbread with blue cheese. All delicious. For the duck, Emma Lawton, Cellar Door Assistant Manager, recommended the Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2008, their flagship pinot. “It reflects a warmer growing season with hints of cherry, blackberry, and Christmas cake spice”. The Pinot Gris 2009 is their most popular white wine, blended from five estate vineyards. Aromas of nectarine, peach blossom and pear. Full, creamy fruit on the mid-palate with a rich, stonefruit mineral finish. It was absolutely perfect with the platter. The menu also offers gluten free options. Editor’s Note: Mt. Difficulty cover all budgets. They have delicious platters from just $22.50. Or make the day truly special by taking a helicopter to the winery from Queenstown, the scenic flight is breath-taking! Mt Difficulty Cellar Door open 7 days, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Mt Difficulty Restaurant open 7 days (reservations essential) 12noon to 3pm, 73 Felton Road, Bannockburn – 5km’s from Cromwell, Phone 03 445 445 3445 extn 1

We went for the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu, which includes a selection of dishes chosen by the chef based on the freshest ingredients available – a popular choice for many diners. A special of the day was feathery, crispy fried whitebait with lemon, rocket and a celeriac/coriander mayonnaise. The accompanying glass of chilled Saignee Rose 2009 was all wow. Another special was the dissolvingly tender lamb cutlets with smoked eggplant, buttery mash, roasted red capsicum and sweet-spice jus. The paired wine was the standout Pinot Noir 2007. All bread is handmade on site. The sourdough starter originates from the wild yeasts produced by Amisfield’s first vintage grapes of 2002 - another innovative touch.

Editors Tip: Order a glass (or bottle) of Pinot, and take time to sit in the garden and soak up the beauty of the wine and the region. Even on the coldest day, it’s a stunning setting.

Amisfield Tasting Room & Wine Shop open 7 days, 10am-6pm, Amisfield Bistro open Tues–Sun 11.30am-8pm (last bookings 6pm), 10 Lake Hayes Road, RD 1, Queenstown, Phone 03 442 0556

Reviews by talented New Zealand writer and food/wine enthusiast John Lockyer. In Service Through Friendship 20 2010 | third edition | Recommend new zealand magazine

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Bu Yi n g t h e n e w ze A lA nD lifest Yl e New Zealand with its gentle climate and beautiful landscape offers one of the most desirable lifestyles on the planet. tucked away from the rest of the world with an easy relaxed culture New Zealand is an ideal retreat for either relaxation or reinvigoration. Never far from water with either the spectacular coast line or our tranquil lakes, you can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating or surfing. With central mountain ranges you can snow ski and water ski all in the same day. From bungy jumping to the bouquet of a fine pinot Noir, all tastes are catered for.

Wayne’s service also extends to finding a property which specifically suits your criteria. With a wealth of experience including off shore promotion and selling of New Zealand property to an international audience, working closely with buyers and sellers on multi-million dollar deals, you can expect the highest level of service and energy when buying or selling through Wayne.

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Ownership of New Zealand property by non-residents is reasonably straight forward and depending on some criteria is available either as of right or according to our Overseas Investment Act. Subject to compliance, non residents can have freehold ownership with the same status that is enjoyed by New Zealand citizens. Operating from the luxury brand, premium real Estate, Wayne Maguire has access to some of New Zealand’s finest homes and lifestyle properties; many of which won’t feature publicly for sale.

Operating from Mission Bay on Auckland’s waterfront, we recommend meeting and discussing your property requirements with Wayne whilst in Auckland. Wayne can arrange the viewing and purchase of properties across the country and welcomes your enquiry. wAYne mAguire Areinz WayneMaguire@premium.co.nz MOB: +64 274 22 33 77 (0274 22 33 77) DDI: +64 9 578 5012 OFFICE: +64 9 578 5000 MAGUIRE REAlty ltd lIcEnsEd REAA 2008

Coroma n d e l L u x u ry this luxury manor is superbly positioned with a golf course and harbour on one side and a white sandy beach and the sparkling pacific Ocean on the other. A pleasant 2 hour drive or 15 minute flight takes you from New Zealand’s largest metropolis Auckland to arguably the best beach location on the pristine Coromandel peninsula. Suitable as a country holiday home or luxury lodge, family, friends and guests can relax in absolute luxury. Six suites, two lounges, heated pool and spa complex and beautifully landscaped gardens makes relaxing on the property a refreshing treat. Beckoning as you step off the property is 5 km’s of pristine white sandy beach plus an 18 hole golf course. Within the environs you can be entertained with fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, surfing, and wineries or you could just relax and put your feet up, breath the sea air and soak up the natural tranquillity.

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NEW ZEALAND BOATING

ALL YEAR ROUND WORLD CLASS MARINE EXPERIENCES

Don’t think twice about embarking on a Yacht, Jet Boat or Launch over winter! New Zealand has fantastic options offering comfortable, exciting, marine and scenic experiences. Due to New Zealand’s temperate climate our country is all year round Boating destination. In winter the breeze can be more consistent making sailing a great option, especially on the America’s Cup Yachts in the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, a consistent breeze equals better sailing! Prolonged settled weather in winter presents clear blue sky days that the South Island, especially, is synonymous for.

with the snow capped mountains in the background. This makes for a stunning backdrop when out viewing the majestic marine life. Apart from the different species of marine life you can see of the Kaikoura coastline there is also the opportunity to see dusky dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and many different species of marine birds such as petrels, prions, shearwaters, mollymawks and even the largest seabird in flight today – the wandering albatross.

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With Whales migrating north over summer the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari have increased sightings of whales over winter, they come closer to Auckland so there is a higher chance of success and many times I have sat in my office on the Waterfront in Auckland, in winter and watched the whales slowly glide by, in the inner Auckland Harbour. With the more settled weather in winter this can give greater stability to the Catamarans that take you out for marine mammal viewings in Auckland and the Bay of Islands.

Fullers GreatSights and Dolphin Discoveries in the Bay of Islands offer purpose built Dolphin Swimming boats all year round with a great mixture of indoor and outdoor seating catering to all weather conditions. The winter provides a great chance to see additional wildlife and don’t be put off swimming with the dolphins in winter as wetsuits are provided to keep you warm and hot soup is served straight after your swim!

The Coastal Classic offers everyone the ultimate winter yacht racing experience when on Friday 22 October 2010, approximately 250 yachts compete in the largest coastal yacht race in the Southern Hemisphere. You can be a part of this world renowned race by booking a space on Explore NZ’s Lion New Zealand charter, or if you wish to just be a spectator, North Head in Devonport or Bastion Point on Tamaki Drive in Central Auckland are great spots to snap some photos of the start line.

In Kaikoura the sperm whales feed off the coastline all year round, but in the winter months not only are the sperm whales found to be feeding close inshore due to groper spawning along the continental shelf but you can also view humpback whales on their annual migration to the warmer waters, places like Tonga & Australia. This migration is generally between the months of Jun/Jul/Aug. This time of the year is not only special due to the abundance of marine life present but is also very beautiful

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Another great winter experience which is especially cosy is the Pride of Auckland Dinner Cruises, where dinner is served below deck where it is very warm and you get to go above deck whenever you like throughout the cruise, I experienced this trip in Winter and it was the perfect mix of relaxation combined with experiencing the elements of winter on the water in a great deal of comfort. All jet boat companies will give you spray coats to wear in winter but at Dart River Jet Safaris in Queenstown the spray coats are fleece lined for additional comfort in winter. Editors tip... make sure you wear a warm woolly hat!

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In Winter there are spectacular ice formations on the rock walls of the Shotover Jet Canyons and the water is crystal clear - you can see every pebble on the river bed your speeding over, in as little as 10cms. Many jet boat companies in New Zealand (especially in the South Island) feature heated handrails to keep your hands toasty while you get to marvel at amazing snow covered peaks, as long as you have your extremities warmed up (hands, feet and head) jet boating is a comfortable New Zealand winter experience. Check out this glorious picture of the Shotover Jet Base in Winter – spectacular! From the 1st of October every year the Iripipi Cruise operates in the Bay of Islands with Fullers GreatSights, however the weather can still be a bit cold at that time of year, but there is no chance the weather will effect you on this cruise, with your own overnight deluxe cabin and all the comforts of home onboard, this is an exceptional way to experience the very best of what New Zealand has to offer, no matter what the climate. Reinforcing New Zealand’s attractiveness as an all year round Boating Destination with World Class options! Story by Editor in Chief Charlotte Carlyle Wilson

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NEW ZEALAND MADE

ACCESSORIES

from COAST New ZEALAND Beach Bag – Mineral Blue NZ$225 Weekender – Charcoal Tweed NZ$360 Marine Bean™ XXL – in spa NZ$855 (excl filling) Coast luggage combines hard-wearing materials with great-looking design, guaranteed resistant to the elements. The Marine Bean is the original outdoor beanbag, made in New Zealand from marine-grade Sunbrella® brand fabric: tough enough to stay out-of-doors year-round.

NEW FROM METHVEN

Full-body moisturising and aromatherapy while you shower. It’s like standing under a cascade of spring water carrying the scents of nature, while gently moisturizing your entire body. There are four replaceable Infusions Cartridges to choose from, each with its own naturally-derived ingredients. With a Methven Infusion Pod, every shower becomes a sensory revolution.

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RRP from NZ$149 “I love the Shower Infusion experience and you will too” Lorraine Downes, former Miss Universe

AVAILABLE FROM: Smith & Caugheys, Kirkcaldie & Stains, Arthur Barnett, Life Pharmacy, East Day Spa, Spa at Millbrook and selected plumbing merchants or visit www.methven.com

UNTOUCHED WORLD™ Winter 2010. Contemporary design and raw creativity align; each dimension expressing a balance of effortless style, texture and colour to form the Untouched World™ Winter 2010 collection. Core wardrobe elements are seasonless and travel happily from hemisphere to hemisphere. Snuggle up in Ecopossum™ knitwear and Mountainsilk machine wash merino, the best investment you will ever make. Ladies Wakatipu Sweatshirt: This unique curved front zip fastening jacket features a stand up collar and aWorld zipped central The First Fashion Company in the to be pocket.for Longer-length sleeves recognised by the United Nations Sustainability end in thumb loops. Nature’s technology and our technology, together creating the most exciting and ground Made in New Zealand from breaking garments on the planet. Mountainsilk™ Sport‚ fine Untouched World lifestyle clothing collections are is New Zealand owned and operated Untouched World washable machine Merino. $319 renowned for high quality yarns and fabrics. A favourite and has received multiple national and international Ladies Spring Indian Jean: in Untouched World collections is ECOPOSSUM fine awards for design, quality, business excellence and ethical business. merino, possum and silk, ultra soft lightweight knitwear. Our 10oz stretch organic denim Parent company Snowy Peak Ltd knitted the first ever jean a great fitUntouched for theWorld Charitable 10% ofis profits go to the garment in possum fibre which is only available in New Trust which runs innovative sustainability leadership Zealand. ECOPOSSUM knitwear is designed, knitted hourglass figure. Back patch programmes for young adults. and finished in the company workrooms in New Zealand. pockets with metal button 20 High Street, Auckland, ph +64 9 303 1382 Another Untouched World signature fabric is Organic closure setStreet, off the fitted 147 Featherston Wellington, ph +64 4 473 2596 MOUNTAINSILK fine machine washable merino. 155 Roydvale Avenue Store and Cafe (near airport), Created from certified organic merino, and truly one of silhouette which ends ph in+64 a slight Christchurch, 3 357 9399 the most exciting fabrics there is, it is easy care, extremely 301 Montreal Street, Christchurch, ph +64 3 962 6551 flare. Made in New Zealand long lasting and luxuriously comfortable to wear. 1 The Mall, Queenstown, ph +64 3 442 4992 shop onlineOrganic at: www.untouchedworld.com Designed and made in New Zealand. from Stretch Denim. $229 tm

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AVAILABLE FROM: Please see Untouched World’s retail stores in the Shopping Guides in this magazine.

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WAIHEKE ISLAND

MAD ABOUT MUDBRICK Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant has been a favourite for many Aucklander’s since it’s inception; a special destination where thousands of people have celebrated their weddings, birthdays, corporate and personal triumphs. The fairy lights twinkle everyday of the year at Mudbrick in a way that lights up your soul, topped with exceptional food and wine. You cannot come to Auckland and miss this dream culinary experience. When I phoned to book our table at the Mudrick for a Saturday afternoon, Brooke advised me that a 1.30pm start would not be enough time to really sit back and enjoy our experience... and she was right. Despite our 12.30pm start and 4pm finish we could have spent another 2 hours revelling in Jasons attentive service, the chef’s glorious food and the Jones’s succulent wines.

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Our 5 courses started with a delightful Amuse-bouche, a gorgeous taste of seared veal set on a tile, compliments of the Chef. We decided to only order Mudbrick wines that afternoon and we were not disappointed when the first bottle arrived, the Mudbrick N.V. Marlborough bubbles, light, not too sweet and a great introduction to what was going to be a wonderful afternoon!

I was slightly familiar with the Te Matuku Bay Oyster Farm located on Waiheke Island in a Marine Reserve, so decided to give them a try as my entrée, and had there been a competition of who ordered the best entrée I would have won! They were absolutely divine, freshly shucked every day to order, soaked in gin with horseradish, it was like tasting a piece of heaven. Next came the sorbets (which were complimentary). Apple sorbet with rhubarb jelly and a feijoa foam, served in shot glasses with a spoon. The colour and taste was 5 star! Then the main event arrived. I had ordered the beef fillet which I matched with the Mudbrick Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 (grapes are sourced from the renowned Gibbston Valley grape growers in Central Otago) with highlights of raspberry, this was the perfect compliment to my beef. My friend ordered the snapper (pictured here) and I was rather jealous. She won the prize for prettiest main course. We had ordered a double serving of the truffle mash as our side dish, which was devoured at lightning speed. We all love a good truffle mash and we were fighting over this one!

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It was my friend’s birthday that day and as an example of the vibe that goes on at Mudbrick when we started singing happy birthday to her, the table of 10 next door chimed in, in support. This is another great example of how wonderful Mudbrick feels.

I will never forget the day when I stood at my friends wedding in the grounds of this vineyard, a world away from Auckland, but with the Sky Tower in full view. If you are coming to Auckland, you have to visit my personal mecca, Mudbrick! Humble owners, Nick and Robyn Jones, obviously have an excellent nose for wine, wonderful taste in building design, nurture exceptional gardens where herbs and flowers are picked everyday to decorate and enhance the meals, along with a well chosen team to represent their dreams and aspirations. My immediate thought was, if you don’t book now for Rugby World Cup... you will miss out!

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Waiheke Island is a short 40 minute scenic ferry ride from Downtown Auckland, ferries depart nearly every hour. Or you can arrive by Helicopter which is very popular, book the Helilink Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining Package (Lunch or Dinner) $1510 – 2 people. Departs Helink’s Downtown Base. Bookings Phone 09 377 4406. If you love to walk, you can catch a bus from the Ferry on Waiheke to Oneroa, and then walk to Mudbrick, or there are taxis waiting at the Ferry to take you straight to Mudbrick. If you don’t have the time or maybe the budget for a leisurely lunch you can still visit the Mudbrick Vineyards cellar door for wine tasting and Platters or just Fries with Aoili which is a very affordable option, the views from the Cellar Door and the Restaurant are some of the best you will see on Waiheke Island and you don’t need to book to visit their Cellar Door. www.mudbrick.co.nz Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Phone 09 372 9050 Review by Editor in Chief | Charlotte Carlyle Wilson

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JEWELLERY FEATURE

JEAN DANIEL ROBERT PEARL EXPERT

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The natural pearls of the South Pacific are treasured throughout the world for their exquisite colour and lustre. Jean Daniel Robert of Pounamu Pearl in Queenstown creates individual pieces of pearl jewellery as art combined with the finest of precious metals and gems.

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ean Daniel Robert’s passion for pearls began while managing a pearl farm in the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. Today he and business partner Rob Lynes travel to the pearl farms at harvest time to handpick the best pearls. “This way”, says Jean Daniel, “we can pre-select only the finest pearls for our clients, as well as maintain our passion for diving. Mr Robert’s advice on grading pearls: Pearls come in different shapes e.g. Round, Semi Round, Drop, Button, Circle or Baroque. Blemishes help dictate the grade of the pearl. AAA No blemishes & undrilled. AA One blemish or drilled. A is 75% unblemished. B is 50% unblemished. C is over 50% blemished. Colour & lustre are also important factors, they should have natural lustre, not enhanced by any chemical technique. Pounamu Pearl in Queenstown, New Zealand showcase an exclusive

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range of top quality Tahitian Black Pearls, Australian South Sea White Pearls, natural Gold Pearls from the Palawan Islands in the Phillipines, and unique New Zealand Blue Pearls. They also have extensive stocks of the finest Japanese Akoya Pearls. All personally hand selected direct from the pearl farms. You may even get some personal advice when visiting the Pounamu pearl Boutique in Queenstown by the man himself, Jean Daniel Robert, that is if he isn’t diving for your special pearl in French Polynesia! We recommend you visit their website to view The Pounamu Pearl Collection and join up to their Private Collection to view some of the most magnificent Pearls in the world! www.southseapearls.co.nz Left: Inspecting Manihi Pearl Farm Rob Lynes (foreground) and Jean Daniel Robert (back left) of Pounamu Pearl inspecting the pearl farm at Manihi in the Tahiti’s Tuamotu Islands.

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1 BEN SHERMAN Retail Unit 2, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland.

5 THE NORTH FACE Retail Unit 4, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland.

2 COAST New ZEALAND The Outdoor Room, 17 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland

3 Lacoste Retail Unit 1, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland.

4 montblanc boutique 45 Queen Street, Downtown Auckland.

6 PARTRIDGE JEWELERS 112 Queen Street, Downtown Auckland

7 ROCKPORT Retail Unit 3, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland.

8 untouched world™ 20 High Street, Auckland Central

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Ben Sherman

COAST 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.

Coast New Zealand represents quality and understated style. Every Coast product is hand-made in New Zealand using the very best marine-grade materials. The result is a collection of contemporary outdoor furniture and luggage including the famous Marine Bean®. We believe that the ocean, the great outdoors, our customers and their homes deserve stylish, durable products with a uniquely enduring appeal.

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.

The Outdoor Room, 17 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland t: 09 354 4552 Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, (Sat 10am-3:30pm Summer months) www.coastnewzealand.com

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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. Retail Unit 1, 80 Queen Street, Deloitte Centre, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 354 4831 Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

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The North Face

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.

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!

45 Queen Street, Downtown Auckland. t: 09 309 5074

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.

Rockport

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Specialising in diamond, precious gem, pearl, gold & 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, Jaeger LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux and Omega. Rolex available in Newmarket.

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.

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

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.

Untouched World™ is a New Zealand lifestyle brand renowned for high quality men’s and women’s designer fashion and activewear made from natural and sustainably sourced materials, including their world renowned Mountainsilk™ fine organic merino and Ecopossum™ knitwear, a luxurious blend of merino, brushtail possum and silk. Pop into their bustling boutique, in the trendy designer precinct of High St and enjoy the shopping experience.

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20 High St, Auckland Central t: 09 303 1382 | www.untouchedworld.com

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MATAKANA VILLAGE THE BEST SHOPPING WE RECOMMEND NORTH OF AUCKLAND

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Slow down a step or two and explore a paradise in the heart of the Matakana region. Discover one-of-a-kind treats in the galleries, fashion boutiques, gift stores, restaurants and bars. Fusing Style and culture with retail in a beautiful, architecturally designed environment, Matakana Village provides a shopping experience like no other. From the opulence of the cinemas to the stunning shops and fashion boutiques Matakana Village is a central hub to a variety of Vineyards, beaches, restaurants, cafes and regional parks, it has everything you need to enjoy your day or weekend away. Spend time exploring the Village and surrounding area, the historic Matakana House and Dairy Factory, walk along the river to find the quaint Brookview Teahouse and The Potting Shed gardens, or indulge in the stylish Blush Beauty Lounge or Noir Blonde Hair Salon. Distances in kilometres

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grounds. Saturday mornings host the famous Matakana Farmers Market, but those weekday visitors can get their fix at Nosh, Fresh Food Market open 7 days. Discover and Explore Matakana Village for yourself. Located beside the Matakana River, Open 7 Days throughout the year, 45 minutes from Auckland. For further information www.matakanavillage.co.nz

Warkworth (on the way to Matakana)

Take state highway 1 (the Northern Motorway over the Auckland Harbour Bridge) and drive north to Warkworth. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights at Warkworth. Follow the signs to Matakana Village, 12km from Warkworth. This road also leads to Omaha and Goat Island Marine Reserve.

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wellington shopping

recommended boutiques in the nation’s capital partridge jewellers

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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 high quality men’s and women’s designer fashion and activewear made from natural and sustainably sourced materials, including their world renowned Mountainsilk™ fine organic merino and Ecopossum™ knitwear, a luxurious blend of merino, brushtail possum and silk. Their inner-city store in the heart downtown Wellington, is a must visit.

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Untouched World™ is a New Zealand lifestyle brand renowned for high quality men’s and women’s designer fashion and activewear made from natural and sustainably sourced materials, including their world renowned Mountainsilk™ fine organic merino and Ecopossum™ knitwear, a luxurious blend of merino, brushtail possum and silk. A must visit in Downtown Christchurch is the beautifully restored Untouched World™ store in the historic Arts Centre. Alternatively the Roydvale Avenue Untouched World™ store and adjoining Native Garden Café has a delightful ambience focusing on fresh, locally sourced and organic, where possible, produce. Friendly service, a favourite with locals.

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Corner of Montreal St and Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch t: 03 962 6551 | www.untouchedworld.com 155 Roydvale Avenue, Russley (5 minutes from Christchurch Airport). t: 03 357 9399 | www.untouchedworld.com

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Untouched World™ is a New Zealand lifestyle brand renowned for high quality men’s and women’s designer fashion and activewear made from natural and sustainably sourced materials, including their world renowned Mountainsilk™ fine organic merino and Ecopossum™ knitwear, a luxurious blend of merino, brushtail possum and silk. Their garments are designed to shine in your wardrobe for years. Drop by the store, just a minute’s stroll away from the shores of Lake Wakatipu. 1 v No. 1 The Mall, Queenstown

t : 03 442 4992 www.untouchedworld.com

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36 Shotover Street, Queenstown t: 03 441 0074

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The Forge Building Cnr Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown t: 03 409 0409

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 v 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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shopping guide

arrowtown shopping

FABULOUS BOUTIQUES 20 MINUTES FROM QUEENSTOWN Arrowtown, situated 18kms from Queenstown, is a village town that has grown since it’s establishment in 1862 when gold was discovered in the nearby Arrow River. Arrowtown features some of the regions finest 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. Woolpress arrowtown

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

Ikon

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

Te Huia

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

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

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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!

IKON

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A remarkable store for individuals of today - the hottest brands and the very latest styles. Ikon carries a unique mix of top brands for men & women including Diesel, Miss Sixty, Scotch & Soda, Workshop Denim, Energie and Firetrap. The perfect place to update your look.

Come and enjoy the wonderful ambience of Arrowtown’s newest store, Te Huia. Te Huia has the largest range of Paula Ryan clothing in the Wakatipu area as well as stunning knitwear, leather, jewellery, home furnishings, art, body products, gifts and accessories. Absolutely everything in Te Huia has been made in New Zealand.

WOOLPRESS

WALLACE & GIBBS

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

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


NATIONAL OPERATORS

NATIONAL OPERATORS

Between these four exceptional companies you can go, see and do just about anything you want in New Zealand. Whether you want to be by yourself or with others, between them they have the services that cater to your needs. We highly recommend them all and there are options from $20 to $2000 depending on your budget! Train, Cab, Shuttle or Coach with any of these operators and you are assured excellence in quality and service throughout your stay in New Zealand!

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Gray Line Sightseeing HALF DAY TOUR OF AUCKLAND Auckland Highlights (CODE 01, 02) 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. 9.15am to 12.15pm, or 2.00pm to 5.00pm $69pp FULL DAY TOURS FROM AUCKLAND Waitomo / Rotorua One Day Deluxe (CODE 7R) Visit these famous destinations. 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!” Departs Auckland at 7.30am, returns to Auckland at 8.15pm $335pp Bay of Islands One Day (CODE 11CL) including Cape Brett Cruise Travel by coach to the Bay of Islands. Visit the Waitangi Treaty grounds with a local guide, followed by the spectacular Hole-in-the-Rock cruise Light lunch is included. Departs Auckland at 7.30am, returns to Auckland at 8.00pm $246pp

Freephone: 0800 NZ TOUR (0800 698687) 6am-11pm Website: www.grayline.co.nz

HALF DAY TOUR FROM CHRISTCHURCH Christchurch Morning Highlights with the Antarctic Centre (CODE 21A) 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). Departs Christchurch 9.30am and finish at your leisure $99pp FULL DAY TOURS FROM CHRISTCHURCH Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook (CODE 27) 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. Departs Christchurch 8.00am, arrives Queenstown 6.40pm $235pp FULL DAY TOURS FROM QUEENSTOWN Milford Sound Day Tour (CODE 41) 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. Optional return flight available at extra cost, weather permitting – see your driver. - GLASS ROOF COACH OPERATES ON MOST DEPARTURES Departs Queenstown 7.20am, arrives Queenstown 7.45pm. $199pp

NATIONAL OPERATORS | SIGHTSEEING

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. Popular Sightseeing Tours are:

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AIRPORT TRANSFERS | NATIONAL OPERATORS

Super Shuttle

AIRPORT INFORMATION Whilst booking in advance is recommended, Super Shuttle is available 24/7 and can be found on the shuttle rank outside the main terminal exit doors at the following airports: North Island Airports Auckland - all Terminals, Hamilton, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington. South Island Airports Nelson, Christchurch all Terminals, Queenstown, Dunedin. City Centre

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Super Shuttle provides transfers to and from all 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. 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 operates to and from New Zealand’s 10 largest airports servicing every flight – every day. Super Shuttle have fixed prices not meters, so even if the traffic is heavy, you won’t have to worry about your fare going up. Sharing the ride keeps fares rock-bottom or if you or your party would rather travel alone, enquire about Super Shuttle’s exclusive ride rates.

Charter

Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 SHUTTLE (0800 7488853) Website: www.supershuttle.co.nz

Spectacular Train Journeys timetable

NATIONAL OPERATORS | sightseeing

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

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OVERLANDER Wellington to Auckland Wellington depart: 7.25am Ohakune arrive: 12.25pm Ohakune depart: 1.00pm National Park depart: 1.45pm Auckland arrive: 7.20pm

See New Zealand at its best. Travelling around New Zealand by train means seeing it all! From snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines to ancient forests and clean green farmland – 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 comfortable and relaxing, with informative commentary. The windows are panoramic so you can really enjoy the view, there are open-air viewing areas – get fantastic photos. Trains offer a wide selection of food along with quality New Zealand beer and wine. This is quite possibly the friendliest railway in the world offering service with a smile …

Freephone: 0800 trains (0800 827 467) Website: www.tranzscenic.co.nz

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 Picton depart: 1.00pm Blenheim depart: 1.33pm Kaikoura depart: 3.28pm Christchurch arrive: 6.21pm 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 Timetable is subject to seasonal changes, so please check departure times. Book with your concierge today.


Corporate Limousines – Sightseeing Tours Auckland Highlights Tour You choose... view Auckland from the top of Mount Eden, visit the vibrant Parnell precinct plus optional visits to Kelly Tarltons, world class Museums or Art Galleries. 2 Hours $160 – 3 hours $240 Muriwai & Wine Visit the Gannets at the spectacular Gannet Colony and the black west coast beaches, then taste the best Auckland has to offer and your choice of 5 vineyards. 4 Hours $300 One Way or Return Options to: Rotorua One Way $585 Return $785 | Waitomo One Way $505 Return $705 | Tauranga One Way $515 Return $715 | Bay of Islands One Way $645 Return $845 Golf Transfers: Formosa One Way $130 Return $260 | Titirangi One Way $42 Return $84 | Gulf Harbour One Way $126 Return $252 | Takapuna One Way $50 Return $100 | Enquire about our Transfer Rates to Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs

Wellington Tours

Snapshot of Wellington Experience the unique scenic highlights of Wellington, and meander through the quality stores to purchase something special as a keepsake. 3 hours $210 History of Wellington An enriching experience, taking in buildings, memorials, Maori culture and museums. Your driver recommends a place to suit your taste, for morning or afternoon tea. 3 hours $210 Kapiti Quickfire – Includes a visit to several Kapiti attractions for an electric mix of adventure, sights ,tastes and history. Return to Wellington via the scenic route. Enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea at a recommended venue. 4 hours $280 Kapiti Classic – An expanded tour of the region, visiting all the best adventure and tasty attractions. Enjoy a picnic hamper, or stop to refresh at a recommended venue. Returning to Wellington via the scenic route. 6 hours $420 A taste of Martinborough – Retailing and craft centres- along with a good coffee. Then visit a local vineyard for tasting and an excellent lunch. Next stop- an amazing small holding- stroll around with the owner, taste the produce and make your purchase. 6 hours $470 Phone: Auckland 09 377 0773 Wellington 04 387 4600 Christchurch 03 379 5888 Dunedin 0800 789 789 Queenstown 0800 789 789 www.nzlimousines.com

Wairarapa Antiques and /or Museums – Up to 5 destinations depending on your interests; from early settlers to aviation. Lunch or coffee stops at recommended venues. 6 hours $470

Christchurch Tours (from $95 per hour) Short Tour (1-2 hours) – Visit historical sites, the botanical gardens or popular cultural attractions like the Art gallery or the Antarctic center. Half day Tour (4-7 hours) – Akaroa is one of the most popular tour destinations in the Canterbury. Originally a French Settlement Akaroa is set in a beautiful harbour with numerous cafes and restaurants. Full day tour (8+ hours) – Hanmer Springs, journey north from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs. Great attractions include thermal pools, jet boating, golf, horse treks (extra cost). Fantastic scenery on the way including Waipara Wineries. Queenstown Tours

Short Tour (2 hours) from $100 per hour – Visit wineries in the Gibbston Valley region or visit Arrowtown. Lots to see and taste. Half day tour (4-6 hours) from $100 per hour – Glimpse what makes Queenstown special: Wineries, Orchards, Lakes, Galleries, Historical towns & more. Or travel to Wanaka or Glenorchy. Full day tour (Talk with Driver) approx 12 hours return $900 approx - Truly experience the pristine beauty of the district from Milford Sound to Te Anau, Mitre Peak to Mount Cook it’s your choice.

Dunedin Tours (From $100 per hour)

2 hour tour City Tour – Visit the Speights Heritage Brewery or Otago Museum or Cadbury Chocolate factory Half Day Tour – Travel the scenic highway and visit and marvel at the famous Moeraki Boulders Full Day Tour – Otago Peninsula - Visit Larnach Castle, Yellow Eyed Penguin Colony, Royal Albatross Center

(the prices above do not include admission, meals or personal purchases).

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Auckland Tours

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NORTH OF AUCKLAND The most popular activity to undertake during a visitor’s 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, North of Auckland and easily accessible are: • C  ape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach – try sandboarding – this is tremendous fun no matter what your age! • T  he Bay of Islands – renowned for swimming with the dolphins. • T  he Grand Cathedral Cave in the Bay of Islands – “Hole in the Rock”. • M  atakana Coast with it’s Goat Island Marine Reserve and Pakiri Beach which has gorgeous white sand and clean clear water. There are three areas North of Auckland we recommend you visit while in New Zealand, from the top of the North Island down:

NORTH OF Auckland

Cape Reinga with it’s historic lighthouse marks the extreme north-western point of New Zealand. Out to sea lies the Columbia Bank maelstrom where the Tasman and the Pacific meet - sometimes producing waves more than 10 metres high. Visit the famous 90 Mile Beach, one of the most famous surfcasting beaches in the world or simply dig your toes into the sand while taking a peaceful walk on sparkling white silica sand beaches. For the more adventurous try your hand at surfing the giant sand dunes of Te Paki. Explore the edges of the huge, shallow Parengarenga Harbour - the pure quartz sand is dazzling. An organised tour along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga is highly recommended.

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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 Fullers 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.

Photos: Bay of Islands

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 and at the Matakana Farmers Markets every Saturday from 8am until 1pm you can try Mussel Fritters or a local brew from Matakana Coffee Roasters! Your quest might be a fine bottle of wine, brunch in a cafe or an original piece of art. While you are there, take time out to browse or spend at the wonderful Matakana Village, or pop into see the spectacular view from the Cellar Door and Restaurant at Omaha Bay Vineyard in Matakana which is Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 5pm.


Hole in the Rock, Dolphin & Scenic Tours Fullers GreatSights offers a variety of land and island Sightseeing Tours, showing the best of the Bay!

Freephone: 0800 653 339 Website: www.dolphincruises.co.nz

highly recommended 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 5yrs 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 Kerikeri Departs 7.50am Returns 5.45pm 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 Experience 24 Oct 2009 – 30 Apr 2010 MORNING Paihia Departs 8.00am Returns 12.00pm Russell Departs 8.10am Returns 11.50am AFTERNOON Paihia Departs 12.30pm Returns 4.20pm Russell Departs 12.40pm Returns 4.10pm Adult $89pp, Child $44.50pp. Swim with dolphins an additional $30pp. Hotel Pick ups are available. Prices are subject to seasonal changes. Please be ready 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Discover Hokianga: including Tane Mahuta Daily Paihia Departs 8.30am Returns 4.00pm Adult $93 Child $46.50 Book with your Concierge today.

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Dolphin Cruise: ‘Hole In the Rock’ Including Dolphin Viewing View common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life in their natural habitat, from plenty of viewing decks on board to get you up close. Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock and the Grand Cathedral Cave. Cape Reinga: Scenic Coach Tour To The Tip Of New Zealand Via Ninety Mile Beach A vast, 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. An action packed day or simply sit back and enjoy unique New Zealand. Discover Hokianga – including Tane Mahuta. Paihia to Paihia – Full Day tour Experience an unforgettable journey through the natural beauty of the Hokianga. Learn its history and hear local stories & legends. Uncover 2.8 million year old geological rock formations at the Wairere Boulder Valley. Then onto the Waipoua Kauri Forest to meet a national icon, the mighty Tane Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest), the largest known kauri tree in the world. Estimated to be 2,000 years old his mighty girth is over 13m. 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.

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Explore NZ – 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 has one of the best climates 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 culture and history, and is an essential part of any New Zealand itinerary.

NORTH OF Auckland | ON THE WATER

Dolphin Discoveries – Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’

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Experience the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ and see dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife. Cruise among the 144 islands which the Bay of Islands is famous for and enjoy the stunning scenery and informative commentary about marine mammals, geography and history. Visit Explore NZ’s Otehei Bay Resort on Urupukapuka Island, the largest and most fascinating island in the Bay of Islands. Adults $89pp Dolphin Discoveries – Swim with the Dolphins Cruise Live a lifelong dream! Swim alongside dolphins in their world and see these beautiful marine mammals 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). Adults $89pp (additional $30 swim price payable on board)

Freephone: 0800 EXPLORE (0800 397 567) Website: www.explorenz.co.nz

Sail NZ – On the Edge: The Ultimate Day Sail in the Bay Experience the exhilarating ride aboard New Zealand’s fastest commercial sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious barbeque while anchoring at a sheltered island. Go ashore and participate in some great island activities; swimming, snorkelling, nature walks, or simply kick back and enjoy the island atmosphere. Adults $120pp Dune Rider – Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach Make your way to Cape Reinga while traveling to the Gum digger’s park and drive along the famous Ninety Mile beach! Climb giant sand dunes and boogie board down. Enjoy magnificent sweeping views where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Visit the ‘world famous’ Mangonui Fish shop. Adults $139pp Bay Of Islands Ex-Auckland 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. Adults $990pp. 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, have time to explore Paihia before your return flight. Adults $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 Cruise or the ultimate day sail ‘On the Edge’. Adults $705pp


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. NZWINEPRO 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).

Photos from top: Waiheke Winery – Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, America’s Cup Sailing with Sail NZ and The Piha Café

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Auckland is also a great centre to base yourself from for day trips. With the Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Waitomo all being easily accessible from Auckland, either self-drive, fly or take a premium coach with Grayline or GreatSights to experience these destinations and then arrive back at your Hotel at night in Auckland for a relaxing meal and some entertainment, the best of both worlds!

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Helilink Helilink is Auckland’s only Downtown Helicopter company, located at Mechanics Bay, 5 mins drive from the CBD. A professional team devoted to providing diverse and memorable helicopter experiences utilising Twin and Single Engine Aircraft. Discover and see what New Zealand has to offer from the Air by booking your Helilink Helicopter Experience TODAY! 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. 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.

Auckland | HELICOPTER TOURS

Coast to Coast Scenic Flight. 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.

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Mudbrick or Cable Bay 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). 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.

Freephone: 0800 HELILINK (435 454) Website: www.helilink.co.nz

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. highly recommended Volcanoes & Beaches Scenic Flight Flight time 12 minutes. $420 – 2 people. City & Sails Scenic Flight Flight time 18 minutes. $620 – 2 people. Coast to Coast Scenic Flight Flight time 36 minutes. $1200 – 2 people. Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Dining Package (Lunch or Dinner) . $1510 – 2 people. Stonyridge Vineyard & Restaurant Heli-Lunch Package $1370 – 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. Prices will be valid until 30 September 2010. Packages subject to quotes. Book with your Concierge today.


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.

Experience Coromandel Peninsula with its mountainous forestcovered 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.

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.

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.

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.

highly recommended Auckland City Revealed A fresh new look at where Aucklanders live and play 9am-12.00pm daily $70pp Coast & Rainforest Walk Minimum 2 passengers. Auckland’s Coastal Rainforest including a picnic lunch 10am-5pm daily. $205pp.

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 12.305.30pm daily. $135pp. Personalised tour Quote to suit tour chosen. Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 423 224 Website: www.bushandbeach.co.nz

AUCKLAND | SIGHTSEEING

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.

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NZWINEPRO

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.

Auckland | WINE TOURS

Auckland Wine Tours – Recommended by Wine Destinations Magazine 2008 / 2009 / 2010.

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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, and 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.

Freephone: 0800 winetour (0800 94638687) Website: www.nzwinepro.co.nz

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. Book with your Concierge today.


Sightseeing Day Tours from Auckland GreatSights New Zealand operates the most comprehensive daily sightseeing network throughout the North and South Islands. Sit back and relax as our local expert driver guides provide informative and entertaining commentary. All vehicles are equipped with panoramic windows, reclining seats, air conditioning and on board restroom. See New Zealand’s Great Sights with the local experts.

Auckland City Sights Auckland Half Day Morning. Enjoy a 3hr sightseeing tour of Auckland including a journey 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. Then enjoy a drive along the scenic waterfront of Tamaki Drive before returning to downtown. Optional extras include Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, Auckland Museum and Harbour Cruise. Waitomo & Rotorua Experience Auckland to Auckland – Full Day Tour. Travel to Waitomo where you will enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Glowworm Caves and a boat ride through the glowworm grotto. On arrival in Rotorua see a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome, plus an organic farm tour. Then continue to Te Puia where you will see the mighty geysers, boiling mudpools and a Maori cultural performance. Return to Auckland in the late afternoon. The tour includes morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack all served on board the coach. Waitomo Glowworm Caves Auckland to Auckland – Full Day tour. 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 concludes with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illumi-

Freephone: 0800 744 487 Website: www.greatsights.co.nz

nated by thousands of tiny lights from the glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour, there is time for lunch (as a pre booked options) returning to Auckland by coach. Bay of Islands “Hole in the Rock” Day Tour Auckland to Auckland – Full Day Tour. Return coach travel to Paihia including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands. Join the crew in search of dolphin and whales as you visit Cape Brett lighthouse and pass through the Hole in the Rock (condition permitting). This trip showcases the history and stunning scenery of the region. Additional option: Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Auckland City Sights Code GS1. Departs Auckland 8.45am, returns Auckland 11.45am. Adult $69 Child $35 (ask about optional extras Kelly Tarltons, Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum & Harbour Cruise or Sky Tower) Waitomo & Rotorua Experience Code GS16L. Departs Auckland 7.30am, returns Auckland 8.15pm. Adult $299 Child $199 (inc morning tea, lunch & evening snack) Waitomo Glowworm Caves Code GS10N. Departs Auckland 8.00am, returns Auckland Adult $199 Child $99 (optional buffet lunch + $30pp) Bay of Islands “Hole in the Rock” Day Tour Code GS9NW. Departs Auckland 7.30am, returns Auckland 7.50pm. Adult $199 Child $99 (optional Waitangi Treaty Ground tour Adult $32 Child $16 & picnic lunch $16) Book with your Concierge today.

AUCKLAND | SIGHTSEEING

Here are the most popular daily sightseeing tours ex-Auckland:

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Explore NZ – Auckland Auckland ‘City of Sails’, your gateway to New Zealand is a blend of islands, glistening harbours and a modern city consistently ranked amongst the best lifestyle cities in the world. The Maori name for Auckland is Tamaki Makau Rau, or “maiden with 100 lovers”. No trip to Auckland is complete without a cruise or sail on Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour! SAIL NZ – America’s Cup Sailing Experience Sail a real America’s Cup yacht in Auckland. A winning start to your vacation in New Zealand. Help sail the yachts or just enjoy what Auckland Harbour has to offer you. No experience necessary! Adults $150pp. Charters available from $3,000 for up to 30 people per yacht

Auckland | ON THE WATER

SAIL NZ – America’s Cup Match Race

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Match race the former America’s Cup yachts NZL40 & NZL41 on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. You will experience the thrill of the pre-start, and then help plan your strategy to be first over the finishing line. Adults $195pp. Charters available from $7,300 for up to 50 people (2 yachts) Match Racing Charters are available for up to 1000 People. Pride of Auckland – Sailing and Dining Cruises

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari The Hauraki Gulf is considered one of the most diverse marine parks in the world. You will be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Recently voted “Best Day on the Water” by Metro Magazine in their annual list of the best things in Auckland. Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips and whales viewed on 75% of trips. Adults $150pp Bay Of Islands Ex-Auckland 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. Adults $990pp. 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. Adults $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 Cruise or the ultimate day sail ‘On the Edge’. Adults $705pp (Share Twin).

Enjoy the ‘City of Sails’ for what it is known for, choose from a range of cruises and experiences, such as a Coffee, Lunch or Dinner Cruise. Adults from $70pp The yachts are also available for private charter so you and your guests can enjoy the Waitemata Harbour and inner Hauraki Gulf at your own pace. Charter Rates from $750 Rates Valid to 30 September 2010, Children and Family Rates available.

Freephone: 0800 EXPLORE (0800 397 567) Website: www.explorenz.co.nz


WAITOMO Waitomo New Zealand is world famous for its glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting, cave abseiling (rappelling), cave eco-tours and landscapes. On a map of New Zealand the Waitomo Caves and surrounding “King Country” are in the central western North Island, south of Auckland & Hamilton and west of Rotorua & Taupo. Auckland is less than a 3 hour drive, Hamilton 1 hour, Rotorua & Taupo just over 2 hours. One of the best ways to get a taste of Waitomo is to embark on a Gray Line or GreatSights coach tour from Auckland to Waitomo. You can be back in Auckland on the same day. Alternatively, self-drive or take the exclusive option of a Corporate Cab. Try the Roselands Café in Waitomo for lunch, we did and had a steak cooked to perfection by their talented chef, fresh on the BBQ and ready for us in 5 minutes, plus they have amazing views over the valleys.

Waitomo Tour - Private Caves and Guide We have two of the most respected characters of the Waitomo region guiding for us. They have been into every cave in the area, public and private. We have put together an exclusive option which incorporates public caves, and puts our customers into private ones. These fascinating eco-systems will astound you. New Zealand’s leading provider of Blackwater Rafting, Caving and Abseiling fun. Experience the fun that is Caveworld! Glowworms, Cave Formations, Ancient Moa bones, and more, all incased in our own spectacular cave system. Our friendly team eagerly await your arrival. Blackwater Rafting with Black Magic Join Caveworld and experience the magic of Backwater Rafting through Te Anaroa; a majestic cave famous for unbeatable glowworm displays, beautiful cave formations and the longest Blackwater Rafting stream way. Action packed and loads of fun, bring a group and have a blast! Our experienced guides will take you on a journey of a lifetime where you will get to raft the longest black water rafting streamway, raft through galaxies of glowworms and jump off a waterfall.

Freephone: 0800 CAVEWORLD (0800 228 396) Website: www.caveworld.co.nz

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Blackwater Rafting with Black Magic the longest Blackwater Rafting stream way. Departs 10am, 12pm and 3pm, Allow 3 hours, You need: Swimsuit and Towel, Minimum Weight: 36kgs, (approx 1.5 hours underground) Adult $124 Child $110 Waitomo Tour - Private Caves and Guide Allow 4 hours Bush Walk (tracks suitable for people of all abilities), Gloworms Caves and Lunch at Roselands Departs at your leisure, Allow 4 hours Adult $199 Accompanied Child $149 Book with your concierge today.

WAITOMO | BLACKWATER RAFTING

CaveWorld – Waitomo Blackwater Rafting

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ROTORUA Rotorua was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism where in the 1800s, 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. Apart from its surprising crater, mountain and lake landscape, Rotorua is memorable for striking Tudorstyle architecture and beautiful public parks.

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.’

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

HELiPRO Unforgettable scenic flights.

ROTORUA | 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.

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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.

Freephone: 0800 435 4776 Website: www.helipro.co.nz

Highly Recommended 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.


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.

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).

Freephone: 0800 837 842 Website: www.tepuia.com

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.

ROTORUA | HERITAGE & CULTURE

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.

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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’s Helicopter base is at Taupo Airport, just a 5 minute drive south of central Taupo on the main state highway, they offer an extremely professional service with some of the most experienced pilots in New Zealand. Taupo features The Huka Falls which are the largest falls on the Waikato River, they are the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! This is where the Waikato River, normally up to 100 metres wide, abruptly narrows to just 15 metres as it crosses a hard volcanic ledge. This causes a huge volume of water to collide together, forming a spectacular visual feast of powerful falls and rapids. Around 220,000 litres per second of water pours over the cliff face, and then rushes under a pedestrian bridge (great photo opportunity here!) The water then bursts out of its rapids, over the 11 metre falls, and back into the Waikato River.

TAUPO

Huka Falls is located in Wairakei Park. This is only a short 5 minute drive north of Lake Taupo. Or you can choose the 30 minute riverside walk as a way to get to the several viewing platforms that are available. We recommend a Hukafalls Jet Boat ride - approximately 30 minutes, during which time you

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travel to the base of the Huka Falls and past the Aratiatia Dam. Here you will see one of the great natural wonders of the world in action! With 5 star accommodation options, Taupo can be a romantic getaway or as adrenalin filled as you like, many of the Hotels and Motels feature geothermally heated swimming pools. We recommend a walk on the shores of Lake Taupo, try digging your feet into the sand at any time of year to feel the heat rising through (geothermal water) warming your toes!


Jet boat to the base of New Zealand’s MOST visited natural attraction - the spectacular Huka Falls! Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you there! A mustdo attraction whether you’re staying in Taupo, Rotorua or just passing through on your way somewhere else. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Hukafalls Jet Experience 30 minutes of awesome jet boating on the Waikato River and view the majestic Huka Falls from the base of the falls. Adult $99 Child $59 (trips depart every 1/2hr or on demand) complimentary pick up & drop off service from Taupo. Exclusive Trips Talk to Hukafalls Jet about the options for an exclusive trip. The boats seat up to 14 passengers, if you’re looking for privacy or something unique - whether it be for 2-14 people and can arrange surprises along the way, or tailor the trip to meet your needs. What to bring: Still cameras welcome on board – at your own risk. Video cameras not permitted, bags are not permitted on the boat – these are stored securely at the front desk In Winter: A woolly hat, Sunglasses, Warm jacket/clothing, Gloves In Summer: Sunglasses, Sunscreen. Rates valid to the 30th of September 2010. Please note: Children must be at least 1 metre tall in order to ride the Hukafalls Jet. Book with your Concierge today.

Hukafalls Jet in Taupo, offers a unique combination of excitement and natural beauty. A 30-minute thrilling jet boat ride in the hands of a down-to-earth, funny professional jet boat driver who can make a jet boat do things you would never believe possible. The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. Combine 360° spins and passing nature by incredibly close at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience, before even reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls. From the unique vantage point on the jet boat you have the best water level view of Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. Located in Taupo, right in the heart of the North Island’s Adventure Playground, and situated 45mins from Rotorua, Hukafalls Jet is the one of the leading jet boat rides in New Zealand.

JET BOATING | TAUPO

Hukafalls Jet

Freephone: 0800 485 2538 or 07 374 8572 Website: www.hukafallsjet.com

HELiPRO 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.

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.

Freephone: 0800 435 4776 Website: www.helipro.govt.nz

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.

TAUPO | SCENIC FLIGHTS

HELiPRO offer a range of Scenic Flights that feature powerful volcanoes, thermal reserves & tranquil wilderness areas.

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.

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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. You can easily spend a whole day at Te Papa, there is so much to look at and experience that people often make more than one visit during their stay in Wellington.

ROTORUA | SCENIC FLIGHTS WELLINGTON

The best way for sightseeing in this region is by experiencing the thrill of a helicopter flight whilst taking in the stunning views of Wellington City from above. The Beehive, Te Papa and The Stadium, all feature in this short but exhilarating flight. On a fine day you will enjoy views of the upper South Island and the Marlborough Sounds. You can circle the fringe of Wellington harbour, where you will see first hand the incredible tectonic landscape that encompasses this city. Wellington’s renowned harbour, Cook Strait and the Capital’s most famous landmarks all feature in HELiPRO’s tour of Wellington’s picturesque harbour.

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HELiPRO are based in Downtown Wellington at the Queens Wharf Heliport. A romantic option is taking their spectacular “Capital Harbour Tour by Night” Flying around Wellington at night is a surreal experience unlike any other. Or fly south where you will marvel at the magnitude of ‘Makara Windfarm’, these man-made wonders were built to supply a more sustainable power source. You can escape the hustle and bustle of one of New Zealand’s most vibrant cities and visit the South Island’s remote, sparsely populated and beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Here HELiPRO explores the Sounds complex waterways that are abound with dolphins, marine farms and all manner of sea life. After flying over Ship’s Cove where legendary explorer Captain Cook anchored his ship the Endeavour, you land at a remote Lodge.


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. 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.

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.

Highly Recommended 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.

SCENIC FLIGHTS | WELLINGTON

HELiPRO

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.

Freephone: 0800 435 4776 Website: www.helipro.co.nz

Te Papa

Highly Recommended Daily tours

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.

Freephone: 04 381 7000 Website: www.tepapa.govt.nz

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. $280 up to 7 people. Book with your Concierge today.

WELLINGTON | NATIONAL MUSEUM

Introducing Te Papa 60 minutes. Discover highlights from across the Museum, including the colossal squid 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). This tour also runs 7pm every Thursday night. Adult $12pp, Child $6pp. 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

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SOUTH ISLAND From the top 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 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: • Kaikoura – a whale watching mecca. • T  he 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. • C  hristchurch to Greymouth, by rail on the TranzAlpine Express, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys. • L ake 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.

• A  oraki/Mount Cook National Park – with 23 peaks over 3,000 metres high, the Park is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook. • T  he resort town of Queenstown, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. • M  ilford Sound – in perfect weather Milford Sound is like a mirror, in wet weather it comes alive with waterfalls, take a cruise and drink in the views!

Air Safaris

SOUTH ISLAND | SCENIC FLIGHTS

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 breathtaking scenery.

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

Freephone: 0800 806 880 Website: www.airsafaris.co.nz

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.


Sightseeing Day Tours

Ex-Christchurch/Ex Queenstown

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.

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).

southern most pass that connects the communities of the East and West, is humbling. Marvel at the vast rainforests to the waterfalls that eclipse this untouched landscape. Viewing platforms overlooking the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers show the sheer size and beauty of these natural wonders and provide fantastic photos. This tour is also available to Fox Glacier. highly recommended

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).

Christchurch Day Sights Tour Code GS57. Departs 9.00am, Returns: 12.30pm. Adult $55pp, Child $39pp.

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).

Mount Cook Day Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown Tour Code GS800. Departs: 7.45am, Returns: 6.30pm. Adult $159pp, Child $79pp.

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (One Way) 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

Freephone: 0800 744 487 Website: www.greatsights.co.nz

Mount Cook Day Tour – Christchurch to Christchurch Tour Code GS300C. Departs: 7.30am, Returns: 7.45pm. Adult $199pp, Child $99pp.

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.

SOUTH ISLAND | SIGHTSEEING

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.

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WEST COAST 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. Greymouth: Shantytown is a great way to understand New Zealand’s heritage and history, take the steam train ride and pan for your own gold that you can take home with you, a favourite with the family and couples is to have an old time photo taken, where you get to dress up in costumes from a brassy bargirl or an old maid to a policeman or train robber, they have the costumes and accessories to set up a fantastic photo opportunity for you! Taken in the Golden Nugget Saloon these photos are printed while you wait and each comes in a Shantytown photo frame. If you are looking for a special piece of jade, which the West Coast is famous for, we recommend a visit to the Mahaki Pounamu studio, which is on the road to Shantytown, where Garth Wilson personally carves all the jade works in his studio and each design has its own special story. You’ll be able to see Garth carving the pounamu (jade) and his family connections with jade go back hundreds of years to the Maori tribe (Ngati Mahaki) who were the original traders of jade in New Zealand. Garth is privileged to be one of the few who have customary rights to fossick for jade. All of his jewellery and sculptures are carved from jade that he and his whanau (family) have found in West Coast/Fiordland rivers and mountains. Garth has carvings available from $60 to $6000. Hokitika: If you are visiting Hokitika, we recommend you visit the West Coast Wine Company, this is a unique shop/bar stocking an excellent range of New Zealand wine, select from their range of wines to take back to your accommodation and enjoy, or sit, relax and drink in their warm, intimate surroundings. With the best coffee in Hokitika and Rachel at the helm you are guaranteed a warm kiwi welcome, great conversation and a sample of something nice to nibble from their good things to eat menu. They can also ship your purchases direct to your door anywhere in the world, you can find them at 108 Revell Street, Hokitika.

WEST COAST

Lake Kaniere is a gorgeous scenic stop, a popular spot for water skiing, swimming, picnicking, fishing and recreational camping. The scenic driving route around Lake Kaniere features Dorothy Falls and walks in the Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve.

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Fox Glacier: Lake Matheson is a must do attraction for all visitors to Glacier Country. Perfect reflections of the highest peaks Mt Cook and Mt Tasman can be captured in the dark waters of this ancient lake formed by the retreat of the Fox Glacier. The walkway winds through giant rainforest with abundant bird life and many photo opportunities. The award winning restaurant, Matheson Café, is located at the entrance. They have a fantastic reputation for all their gourmet delights with a range of menus and we definitely recommend a stop here! Situated 5 minutes drive from Fox Glacier it is too close to be missed. We also 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.


Shantytown’s newest feature is a unique bush saw mill experience - telling the story of milling on the Coast in an innovative way using audio visual techniques. Other highlights include riding the steam train, gold panning, and having an old time portrait taken as a memento of your visit, this is immense fun! The Tearooms and the Golden Nugget Saloon provide refreshments so you won’t go thirsty. Shantytown is a “must-do” activity while visiting the West Coast. Just 10 minutes from Greymouth. Open EVERY day 8.30am to 5pm (except Christmas Day).

Widely recognised as a leading New Zealand culture and heritage attraction. Pan for your own Gold to take home with you in a 19th Century pioneer town, or for a great souvenir of your visit to Shantytown get an old time photo! Over 30 historic buildings make up this recreated 19th Century pioneer town, inspired by the West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s. Its peaceful setting amongst regenerating native forest gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time, experience a range of activities and view fascinating relics from days gone by.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ENTRY PRICE INCLUDES A STEAM TRAIN RIDE Admissions: Adult Entry and Steam Train ride $27pp Child (Age 5-17) $12pp Children aged 4 years and younger FREE

HERITAGE & CULTURE | WEST COAST

Shantytown – Greymouth

Senior (Age 60+) $22pp, Family Pass $67 2 Adults & up to 4 children Gold Panning: $5.00 and all of the Gold panners are ‘guaranteed to strike’ The train departs at least once per hour throughout the day with the final departure at 4.00pm. Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 742 689 Website: www.shantytown.co.nz

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…

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). $399pp. 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. $245pp. Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 111 600 Website: www.foxguides.co.nz

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 travelled 13 kms from the base of the Southern Alps.

WEST COAST | GLACIER TOURS

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.

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NELSON Nelson has so much on offer here are a few of our Favourite things: Nelson’s Saturday market defies description, prowl the lanes between the hundreds of stalls for Nelson’s best; fresh veges, breads, fruit, cheeses, woodwork, gourmet foods, designer wear and crafts. Treat yourself at the food stalls where we recommend tracking down the smoked salmon dip, it is amazing! From 9am to 1pm every Saturday, this is one of the best markets in New Zealand. If you love making arts and crafts yourself then this is a must-do while in Nelson, Flamedaisy is a glassblowing studio and gallery in the centre of Nelson where visitors can blow their own piece of glass (at a price) under the owners watchful assistance and

guidance, your masterpiece is left at the gallery to cool and then shipped to your home anywhere in the world a few days later, highly recommended! Two of the most highly recommended activities in the Nelson are Kayaking and Scenic Helicopter Flights, here we recommend you combine, them and experience what we consider to be the very best activity offering in the Nelson region, the Abel Tasman Kayaking Combo with HELiPRO, a full day of adventurous exploration that is a once in a lifetime experience!

HELiPRO

NELSON | SCENIC FLIGHTS

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Abel Tasman – Kahurangi National Park Combo Approx 45mins $415pp Abel Tasman Kayaking Combo Full Day – This tour includes a packed lunch, return shuttle to Nelson upon completion of your Kayaking Tour .$695pp Enquire about any of our other scenic flight experiences: Nelson City Scenic approx 10mins $95pp Richmond Forest Park Landing approx 50mins $375pp Abel Tasman National Park approx 30mins $375pp The Mt Olympus Eregion Landing approx 90min $725pp Marlborough Sounds Eco Tour approx 90min $725pp Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 435 4776 Website: www.helipro.co.nz

Discover Nelson and more remote areas, HELiPRO inspiring Unforgettable Experiences! Abel Tasman Kayaking Combo Abel Tasman – Kahurangi National Park Combo Enjoy spectacular views of two of New Zealand’s most beautiful National Parks, the world renowned Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park. In addition to these stunning National Parks this tour takes in aerial views of the Nelson district, Mt Arthur, Harwoods Hole and the Takaka Valley before tracking back along the beautiful coast line of the Abel Tasman. This flight is without a doubt one of our most popular. Abel Tasman Kayaking Combo Departing Nelson by helicopter experience some of this areas renowned landmarks by air! Including the magnificent Kahurangi National Park and legendary Harwoods Hole, the deepest vertical shaft or cave in New Zealand. From here flying over the Takaka Hill reveals the magnificent coast line of the Abel Tasman National Park where you will join your guides at Abel Tasman Kayaks to experience their legendary “Tonga Island seal and guided walking Tour”.


CHRISTCHURCH 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. 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 enough to have one of the best ballooning operations in the world based in Christchurch, 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, one of the ultimate marriage proposal or wedding locations in New Zealand! 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. Gray Line and GreatSights sightseeing tours also have scenic coach options that are spectacular and both offer Christchurch sightseeing tours.

HELiPRO Other scenic helicopter tour options include: seasonal heli-skiing, heli-wine, heli-golf, jet boats, wilderness fishing, whale watching and delicious picnics.

Experience the best of New Zealand’s raw and unspoilt landscape with HELiPRO. HELiPRO’s helicopter experiences deliver the memory of a lifetime. From Christchurch, The Garden City, enjoy breathtaking aerial views as you fly over the rims of Christchurch’s two famous dormant volcanic craters, Lyttleton and Akaroa Harbours. Land at ‘French Farm’ Akaroa, a fabulous Mediterranean styled winery and restaurant, to sample local wines and cuisine. Explore the Kaikoura coastline or the majestic Southern Alps where you will land at high altitude. Or head west for turquoise blue alpine rivers and the rugged glaciers of our remote West Coast – simply stunning!

Freephone: 0800 435 4776 Website: www.helipro.co.nz

French Farm Heli-Lunch Duration approx 3 hours. Enjoy a scenic flight from the HELiPRO Helicentre across Christchurch City and Lyttleton Harbour to French Farm, Akaroa. Your helicopter waits while you enjoy lunch/refreshments before returning you to Christchurch. $395pp (excluding lunch). Twin Craters Volcanic Explorer Duration approximately 1 hour, including landing. Passing over Christchurch, we climb to reveal the volcanic rims of Lyttleton and Akaroa Harbours. Continue on to a remote beach landing, far out on Banks Peninsula before enjoying spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and distant Southern Alps. $465pp. Chest Peak Alpine Landing Duration approximately 1.5 hours. Fly west over the Canterbury Plains through the Waimakariri Gorge – a steep-sided river canyon – before climbing to land on the summit of Chest Peak. Here you’ll take in simply breathtaking 360-degree views of the alps and plains. Optional picnic lunch in the heart of the the Waimakariri Gorge or on the top of Chest Peak is available on request $55pp. Flight cost: $650pp Book with your Concierge today.

CHRISTCHURCH | SCENIC FLIGHTS

Highly Recommended

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SIGHTSEEING | CHRISTCHURCH

Welcome Aboard The Grand Tour combines Christchurch’s must see attractions: The Gondola, Tramway and Punting on the Avon River.

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. The current rates are valid until 30/9/10 and the new rates are Adult $119pp, Child $69pp.

Restaurant Tram Rutherford Dinner Package: $73pp. Rolleston Dinner Package: $85pp. Cathedral Dinner Package: $125pp Book with your Concierge today.

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!

Freephone: 0800 CHCH TOUR (0800 2424 8687) Website: www.welcomeaboard.co.nz

Whale Watch Kaikoura

CHRISTCHURCH | WHALE WATCHING

Unforgettable Whale Watching, only 2.5 hours from Christchurch CBD.

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Highly Recommended Departures – 7.15am, 10am, 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.

Freephone: 0800 655 121 Website: www.whalewatch.co.nz

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.


Up Up and Away

recommend exclusive offer:

Quote Recommend when booking an exclusive charter to receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to enjoy after landing.

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.

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!

Freephone: 03 381 4600 Website: www.ballooning.co.nz

highly recommended The Ultimate Balloon Experience Duration 4 to 5 Hours including complimentary accommodation transfers from central Christchurch. Adult $340pp, Child $300pp. 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.

CHRISTCHURCH | BALLOONING

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 • A n in-flight photo of the flight is available for purchase as a keepsake.

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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 providing 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, Lake Hayes, which is like a mirror most days of the year, features Amisfield Bistro for a glorious wine tasting or dining experience (see our review on page 20). Queenstown lies close one of the best small wine producing regions in the world, Bannockburn, next to Cromwell, Pinot Noir produced in this area fetches premium prices and you will see our review of one of their best vineyards Mt. Difficulty (see page 20). Shotover Jet commenced operations on the upper Shotover River in 1970 and was one of Queenstown’s first commercial adventure activities. Combining the New Zealand invention of the Jet Boat with the Kiwi culture of adventure, Shotover Jet has taken its Jet Boat operation to the world and have become one of New Zealand’s most well known tourism attractions. Shotover Jet operates on an exclusive stretch of the Shotover River and is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons, a spectacular environment of shear rock walls and narrow canyons. This is a thrilling experience!

QUEENSTOWN

One of the most scenic places in the region (and a great place to pick up a Possum souvenir) is the frontier township of Glenorchy, which is at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Head into the pristine Dart River Valley and the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park with Dart River Jet Safaris. An exciting journey into a unique World Heritage area of spectacular wilderness scenery, high mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes and beautiful river valleys shrouded with ancient beech forest. Explore endless and unforgettable landscapes rich in legend and history. We recommend you try a FUNYAK as part of your Dart River Jet Experience; it is exactly that... FUN!

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Another great activity synonymous with this region is fishing, you know you really are on holiday if you’re sitting in a boat, or standing in your waders in water. Roger Taylor is a Queenstown local and has been professional guiding in the Southern Lakes area for 33 years, I recommend you try drift fishing with Roger giving you access to rarely fished areas of the lakes, this is where you will have the most success! Check out his website at www. sportfishing.net.nz.

There are two great scenic or adrenalin flying options, we recommend JAG AIR, named after the Jaguar fighter bombers, they can tailor your flight to be as adventurous as you like! Or Over The Top Helicopters, much easier to get to Milford Sound this way, or ATTENTION all golfers... experience the Over the Top Helicopter Ultimate Extreme Golf Tee, where you land high in the mountains above Queenstown, then you are provided three Ecogolf balls which you tee-off from the mountain over Lake Wakatipu, these are biodegradable formed from biscuit material. You then follow up your swings with a celebratory glass of champagne; it will be the highest ball you’ll ever hit! Milford Sound is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination and is also known to be called the eighth Wonder of the World! If a day tour by coach to Milford Sound is an option for you we recommend you book either Greatsights or Gray Line.


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.

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 our 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. Stroll on an uninhabited beach, soar amongst mountains, dine at a remote alpine lake suspended above Fiordland. OVER THE TOP also 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. 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.

Freephone: 0800 123 FLY (0800 123 359) Website: www.flynz.co.nz

highly recommended Milford Ultimate in the Eurocopter EC130 B4 A relaxed and unhurried expedition of Fiordland including Fiords, Glaciers and beach landings with a remote luncheon. Allow 4.5 hours. $7475 up to six persons Picnic on a Peak Helicopter to a mountain top, enjoy a gourmet luncheon and wind down with our gramophone music. Allow 2-4 hours. $650 per person High Country Round Up in the Eurocopter EC130 B4 Explore, discover, soak up the vista or pan for gold. Hear the tales of high country farming with the shepherd over Billy tea. $3300 up to six persons Ski Four Mountains in the Eurocopter EC130 B4 Encompassing in one day all four of the ski areas in the Southern Lakes. By personal helicopter enjoy queue priority and the best runs at each ski field. $9250 up to six persons 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.

QUEENSTOWN | HELICOPTER TOURS

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.

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FLIGHTS | QUEENSTOWN

JAG AIR Offering the ultimate in flying experiences, by letting you decide what you want from your flight. From the adrenaline-shy to the dare-devil, JAG AIR offers unique aerial experiences designed to suit all ages! Choose your ultimate flying adventure – anything from extreme adrenaline-filled aerobatics to a striking scenic flight over the Queenstown Basin with a difference, inside the ultimate aerobatics aircraft, the Pitts Special, you’ll experience the world as you’ve never seen it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Your JAG AIR adventure begins with complimentary return transfers from Queenstown with a pick-up and drop-off service at Duke St, opposite Info & Track. From there, it’s straight to the Wakatipu Aero Club where you’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome and pre-flight briefing from our team of JAG AIR expert pilots. PRICES $310 per flight A DVD of your adventure can be purchased for $85 (Prices are subject to change) | Maximum weight 114 kg | Must be medically fit | Maximum of 4 passengers for transfers | Transfers leave within 5 minutes of nominated time | Driver phone: 0800 524 247 Book with your Concierge today.

Scenic Option - Soar gracefully along the Remarkable Ranges towards Kingston and over Lake Wakatipu. Soak up breathtaking views of the lake and Queenstown and marvel at the smooth clear air. Aerobatic - You’re settled in and feeling great. The air is so smooth and you’re ready to ramp up the JAG AIR experience. Start with some smooth gentle loops and a couple of easy rolls. Or Adrenaline Filled - Twist, turn and feel G forces that you thought could only ever be experienced by a few specialised pilots. See the world spin like crazy, watch the mountains turn to lake turn to air and back again in the blink of an eye. Not for the faint hearted but an experience unique to JAG AIR and one you couldn’t possibly forget!

Freephone: 0800 JAG AIR (0800 524247) or +64 3 442 3177 Website: www.jagair.co.nz

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Gray Line Sightseeing

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3 of the most amazing sightseeing holiday options, departing Queenstown everyday! Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook(Code 45) Travel north from Queenstown via the Lindis Pass and the McKenzie Country. Stop for lunch at Mount Cook Village (own arrangements) located at the foot of New Zealand’s highest peak Aorangi (Mount Cook). Flight seeing is highly recommended (own cost). Continue to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo and the Canterbury Plains. Departs Queenstown 7.45am, arrives Christchurch 7.35pm. $185pp Prices are valid until 30 September 2010

Freephone: 0800 NZ TOUR (0800 698687) 6am-11pm Website: www.grayline.co.nz

Milford Sound Day Tour (CODE 41) 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. Optional return flight available at extra cost, weather permitting – see your driver - GLASS ROOF COACH OPERATES ON MOST TOURS Departs Queenstown 7.30am, arrives Queenstown 8.00pm. $199pp Milford Sound Day Tour Including Scenic Flight (Code 41F) Travel from Queenstown for morning tea (own arrangements) in Te Anau, view towering snow-capped mountains, rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, then into Milford Sound for your 1 hour 45 min cruise. After your cruise enjoy this once in a lifetime scenic flight back to Queenstown. Boxed lunch included. Departs Queenstown 7.30am, arrives Queenstown 4.45 pm (approx) $550pp


spectacular wilderness, awe-inspiring high mountains, dramatic glaciers, pristine alpine lakes and beautiful river valleys shrouded with ancient beech forest. Regarded as amongst the finest examples of glaciated landforms in the Southern Hemisphere, explore these endless and unforgettable landscapes rich in legend and history with the journey that suits you best from our range of 3 amazing Safari options (Wilderness, Jet Boat and Funyak Safaris) and experience ‘New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey.’

New Zealand’s Most Sensational Journey Queenstown’s Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exciting wilderness jet-boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination. Join us on a diverse adventure from Queenstown to the frontier township of Glenorchy at the head of mighty Lake Wakatipu and into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park. Experiencing the thrills of Queenstown’s longest jet boat ride, you’ll travel deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to explore areas inaccessible by any other means. Here you’ll discover a unique environment, dating back 80 million years, of

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

JET BOATING | QUEENSTOWN

Dart River Jet Safaris

Wilderness Safari (Jet Boat Action / Guided Ancient Forest Walk / Back-Country 4WD) Queenstown return, 6 hours or Glenorchy return, 3 hours. Adult $199 / Child $99 / Family $499 (save $97) – Rates valid to 30 Sept 2010 Jet Boat Safari (Jet Boat Action / Discover Hidden Rock Pools) Queenstown return, 6 hours or Glenorchy return, 3 hours. Adult $229 / Child $129 / Family $599 (save $117) – Rates valid to 30 Sept 2010 Funyak Safari (Jet Boat Action / Wilderness Buffet Lunch / Unique Funyak Adventure) Queenstown return, 9 hours or Glenorchy return, 7 hours. Adult $279 / Child $179 / Family $749 (save $167) – Rates valid to 30 Sept 2010 Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 DART JET (0800 327 853) or 03 442 9992 Website: www.dartriverjetsafaris.com

Shotover Jet

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Departures: Up to every 15 minutes | Adults $119 / Children $69 We provide: Life jackets | Full length spray jackets | Secure lockers for valuables | Complimentary shuttle transfers from the ‘The Station’ | A specialised photography service & onboard ‘Jet Cam’ video cameras will capture your experience with the photos and video available for no obligation viewing immediately after your trip. You need to bring: Eyewear recommended year round | Warm clothes, jacket, hat and gloves are strongly recommended in winter months | Small personal cameras are welcome aboard the jet boats at owners own risk. On site facilities: Parking, café, retail, toilets, and plenty of outdoors area to watch the jet boats or enjoying the scenery. Book with your Concierge today.

Freephone: 0800 SHOTOVER (0800 746 868) or 03 442 8570 Website: www.shotoverjet.com

World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 2.5 million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow Canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s ONLY exhilarating FULL 360 degree spins. ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ with award winning Shotover Jet, ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’, and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. Combining the classic New Zealand invention of the jet boat with the kiwi culture of adventure, Shotover Jet has become part of the fabric of what is quintessentially ‘New Zealand’. Its unique mix of scenery and adventure is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, and is for many people the highlight of their Queenstown and New Zealand holiday.

QUEENSTOWN | JET BOATING

The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride

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Distances in kilometres 169 658 452 456 114 206 280 233 526 369 422 324 127 502 Auckland 673 549 467 98 412 298 349 287 393 597 216 827 393 Gisborne 296 531 327 328 106 106 153 106 401 242 295 451 Hamilton 155 980 776 779 439 530 604 560 852 692 747 Kaitaia 592 333 251 118 346 311 143 224 177 410 Napier 538 354 159 528 348 398 295 311 233 New Plymouth 697 145 741 295 452 415 278 330 PalmerstonNorth 403 460 304 222 158 85 82 Rotorua 449 380 222 251 204 166 Taupo 375 547 390 308 114 Tauranga 285 583 433 380 Thames 625 450 368 Wairoa 623 193 Wanganui 818 Wellington Whangarei

Blenheim Christchurch 320 Dunedin 361 626 Franz Josef 543 407 518 Greymouth 188 615 254 330 Haast 308 180 423 526 720 Invercargill 375 742 605 195 554 874 Milford Sound 280 493 834 636 386 747 1056 Mt.Cook 576 444 359 523 668 328 322 642 Nelson 736 1104 269 602 295 485 797 438 116 Picton 113 671 1119 903 715 359 573 710 349 29 Queenstown 828 914 270 298 188 187 565 348 298 478 799 Te Anau 185 998 984 448 121 158 357 713 507 285 649 969 Wanaka 230 71 760 647 211 351 242 148 456 275 275 362 789 Westport 560 861 599 324 209 630 919 847 412 105 293 657 359 264 Distances in kilometres


Distances in kilometres 169 658 452 456 114 206 280 233 526 369 422 324 127 502 Auckland 673 549 467 98 412 298 349 287 393 597 216 827 393 Gisborne 296 531 327 328 106 106 153 106 401 242 295 451 Hamilton 155 980 776 779 439 530 604 560 852 692 747 Kaitaia 592 333 251 118 346 311 143 224 177 410 Napier 538 354 159 528 348 398 295 311 233 New Plymouth 697 145 741 295 452 415 278 330 PalmerstonNorth 403 460 304 222 158 85 82 Rotorua 449 380 222 251 204 166 Taupo 375 547 390 308 114 Tauranga 285 583 433 380 Thames 625 450 368 Wairoa 623 193 Wanganui 818 Wellington Whangarei

Blenheim Christchurch 320 Dunedin 361 626 Franz Josef 543 407 518 Greymouth 188 615 254 330 Haast 308 180 423 526 720 Invercargill 375 742 605 195 554 874 Milford Sound 280 493 834 636 386 747 1056 Mt.Cook 576 444 359 523 668 328 322 642 Nelson 736 1104 269 602 295 485 797 438 116 Picton 113 671 1119 903 715 359 573 710 349 29 Queenstown 828 914 270 298 188 187 565 348 298 478 799 Te Anau 185 998 984 448 121 158 357 713 507 285 649 969 Wanaka 230 71 760 647 211 351 242 148 456 275 275 362 789 Westport 560 861 599 324 209 630 919 847 412 105 293 657 359 264 Distances in kilometres


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LES CLEFS D’OR NEW ZEALAND MEMBERS DIRECTORY AUCKLAND CityLife Hotel Auckland Phone 09 979 7299 Heritage Hotel Auckland Phone 09 302 1277 Hilton Hotel Auckland Phone 09 978 2000 Jet Park Hotel Auckland Phone 09 275 4100 Langham Hotel Auckland Phone 09 379 5132 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Phone 09 363 6000 SKYCITY Hotel Phone 09 363 6000 Stamford Plaza Hotel Phone 09 309 8888 The Quadrant Hotel Phone 09 984 6000 The Westin Auckland Phone 09 909 9000

Mr. Jacky Shih Mr. David Krempa’szky Mr. Gustavo Concha Mr. Pati Start Ms. Samantha Maciel Ms. Bunny Spyve Ms. Roberta Bezerra Mr. Franz Staufer Mr. Nick Steele Mr. Shaun Ryan Mr. Gerard Sarmiento Mr. Ralph Luehrs Mr. Sam Hallett Mr. Daniel Marsh Mr. Logan Fleet Mr. Roberto Mendez Mr. Selim Kibar

Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge Concierge Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge

Mr. Phil Shearer Mr. David Cochrane Mr. Ingmar Becker Mr. Jason Eade

Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge Concierge

WELLINGTON Holiday Inn Wellington Phone 04 499 8686 Intercontinental Hotel Wellington Phone 04 472 2722 CHRISTCHURCH Crowne Plaza Hotel Christchurch Grand Chancellor Hotel Christchurch Rydges Hotel Christchurch The Chateau on the Park The George Hotel Christchurch

Phone 03 365 7799 Phone 03 379 2999 Phone 03 379 4700 Phone 03 348 8999 Phone 03 379 4560

Mrs. Fiona Lawson Mr. Graham Miskell Mr. Mic Lesinski Mrs. Chris Stirling Mr. Tim Ogle

Phone 03 441 0095 Phone 03 450 0045

Mr. Nathan Wise Mr. Bryan Wilkinson

Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Chief Concierge Concierge

QUEENSTOWN Crowne Plaza Queenstown Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Leisure Concierge Chief Concierge

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

In Service Through Friendship 72 2010 | third edition | Recommend new zealand magazine

Les Clefs d ’Or New Zealand www.hotelconciergesocietynz.org


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