Land of the Long White Cloud by Private Jet (10 days)


Day 1
23 Apr 2018
Sydney, Australia
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duke of Marlborough Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Settle into your seat and let our private jet crew offer

you a delectable lunch accompanied by fine wines, as our

flight from Sydney heads over the Tasman Sea to Auckland.

After a short stop for immigration formalities, we continue

north to the subtropical charms of the Bay of Islands,

where 144 islands and sparkling sandy beaches promise

a most delightful start to the journey.

We base ourselves in historic Russell, New Zealand's first

sea port and European settlement. In the early 19th century,

it attracted convicts fleeing New South Wales, drunken

sailors and whalers. Today, cafes, shops and bed & breakfasts

characterise the town. Its streets retain their original layout,

and its buildings have been beautifully preserved. Our home

for two nights is the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, New Zealand's

first hotel with a past as colourful as that of Russell's. It was

founded by Johnny Johnston, an ex-convict who made good

and became fluent in the Maori language, which led locals

to trust him enough to sell him the land on which he built the

hotel. This evening, we savour a delectable welcome dinner

and reception at the Gables, set prettily on the waterfront.

Day 2
24 Apr 2018
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duke of Marlborough Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we immerse ourselves in nature and

Ngāpuhi culture. They are New Zealand's largest Maori tribe.

We meet our guide at Waitangi Bridge, where we board a

40-foot traditional waka taua, or war canoe. We then explore

the Waitangi River, learning waka manoeuvres, traditional chants

and a haka. Upon arrival at the sacred Haruru Falls, our guide

regales us with its legends. After lunch in Russell, choose to

spend your afternoon on one of these Your World experiences.

- Take a scenic ferry ride to Paihia, and str oll the town,

stopping at its many cafes and boutiques.

- Go fishing for hapuka, trevally and yellowtail kingfish.

You might even spot a dolphin, orca or whale.

- Soak in stunning ocean views while playing the Kauri Cliffs

Golf Course, designed and built by world-renowned

course architect David Harman.

Admire the Bay of Islands on a late afternoon cruise, then

pick where you'd like to have dinner. Enjoy local produce and

seafood in our hotel's restaurant or at Sally's. If you're craving

something different, Spice Route offers the region's finest

Indian cuisine.

Day 3
25 Apr 2018
Taupo, New Zealand
Huka Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we drive to Kerikeri airport and board our

private jet for the onward journey to breathtaking Lake Taupo.

Our privately chartered boat lets us leisurely take in the sights.

Crystalline waters, hidden bays and Tongariro National Park's

snowy peaks mesmerise us. The trip reaches a high point

as we sail up close to the astounding Maori Rock Carvings,

a 10-metre high carving of Ngátoro-i-rangi on the rock face.

According to legend, he was a skilled navigator who guided

tribes to the region.

Our residence is Huka Lodge, a sumptuous retreat that tops

every other in the country and rivals the best in the world.

Over its 25-year history, it has consistently been awarded

by such illustrious authorities as Tatler, Travel + Leisure and

Condé Nast Traveller magazines. The lodge welcomes us for

a two-night celebration of the gorgeous Waikato River and its

surroundings. Marvel at the lush country, relax and prepare for

a sumptuous five-course dinner prepared by Chef Paul Froggatt,

who boasts a multiple Michelin-starred resume.

Day 4
26 Apr 2018
Taupo, New Zealand
Huka Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With such an abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, it

might be difficult deciding how to spend your day. Relax on

Huka Lodge's grounds or choose from these spectacular Your

World experiences.

- The pristine Tongariro River is a premier fly fishing haven,

known worldwide for the size and number of its trout.

Whether you're a novice or expert, this is a truly unique


- At Ōpepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, see the stunning

native forest and its feathered occupants, then call in at the

graves of cavalry officers who perished in a fight with Maori

warrior Te Kooti.

- Play a round at The Kinloch Club Golf Course, the only

Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the country, or Wairakei

Golf Course, set on 450 acres of rolling land.

- See mánuka-covered hillsides, grassy meadows and gentle

streams on horseback. Poronui horses, bred locally for their

temperament, are suitable for riders of all levels.

- Return to the Maori Rock Carvings, this time, by kayak,

allowing you to get up close to the narrow inlets and sheer

cliffs that make up the lake's edge.

New Zealand's location on the Pacific Ring of Fire translates

into a multitude of geothermal wonders. At Orakei Korako,

witness active geysers, pools and terraces, some with vividly

alien colours.

Day 5
27 Apr 2018
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hotel St Moritz Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We trade the rustic countryside for gleaming Queenstown

today. After breakfast at Huka Lodge, we rejoin our jet for

the flight to New Zealand's South Island. Set on lightningbolt

shaped Lake Wakatipu, against the rugged Remarkables

mountain range, Queenstown has magnificent scenery in

spades. It is also a gourmet capital and the heart of the

Central Otago wine region. We indulge ourselves during lunch

at Wild Earth Restaurant, savouring its one-of-a-kind cuisine

- the freshest local ingredients steamed, baked, grilled or

smoked in French oak pinot noir barrels, accompanied by

their award-winning wines, of course.

The afternoon continues with a drive through dramatic Kawarau

Gorge to Gibbston Valley Winery, home of New Zealand's

largest underground wine cave. Taste decadent varietals while

hearing about their winemaking process. Just down the road,

Gibbston Valley Cheese crafts artisanal sheep, cow and goat

cheeses in the European style. Our epicurean tour ends here,

then it's on to the heart of Queenstown, where we check in to

the Hotel St Moritz for two nights. This evening, you can dine at

Lombardi, in our hotel. Optionally, head to Rata, for an inventive

and perfectly executed menu of modern Kiwi, or to Madam Woo

for Malaysian with a twist. Both restaurants are owned by two

Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett.

Day 6
28 Apr 2018
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hotel St Moritz Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we embark on an active exploration of Queenstown's

wonders. Choose how to spend your day on these Your

World experiences.

- This full-day adventure reveals glacier-carved country.

Drive through lush pastures, stop at gorgeous Lake Te Anau,

then continue to Milford Sound, a fjord that rivals any in

Scandinavia. On board a boat, we get up close to steep

cliffs, fur seals and if we're lucky, penguins and dolphins.

- On this half-day experience, the Skyline Gondola takes you

high over Queenstown. Up here, the sweeping 220-degree

panorama takes in Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

- Get your adrenaline flowing on the half-day Shotover Jet

boat experience. Your boat whips along the Shotover River

between towering gorge walls at up to 85 kilometres per

hour for an experience unlike any other.

Those who select half-day experiences may also take a stunning

helicopter ride to an alpine plateau where we have the distinct

privilege of a private picnic in the splendid surroundings.

Later, visit Artbay Gallery, home to New Zealand's leading

contemporary artists. The exhibiting artist will be on hand

to meet us. At dinner, select from the wood-fired meats of

Botswana Butchery or the Polynesian-Asian delights of Blue


Day 7
29 Apr 2018
Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Chateau Marlborough Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

New Zealand's most famous wine region beckons to us this

morning. After breakfast, our private jet flies us to the norther n

tip of the South Island. On arrival, a short scenic drive places us

in Picton, where our boat awaits us. This part of the coastline

was formed when deep river valleys were flooded after the last

Ice Age, creating countless twisting side passages and islands.

We embark on a cruise of Queen Charlotte Sound, calling in at

secret coves and bays, and the artisanal seafood farms that rely

on its crisp, pristine water.

Meet the farmers who are raising salmon and greenshell mussels

for the finest dining tables in New Zealand and abroad, and take

part in the harvest of wild Cloudy Bay surf clams. We have the

distinct privilege of grazing on these fabulous delicacies paired

with the region's famed sauvignon blancs. Make sure to keep

your eyes peeled as we cruise from farm to farm. We might

chance upon seals, dolphins, orcas and other whales. Back on

dry land, we check in to the Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim

for two nights. This evening, we dine on the seasonal offerings

of our hotel's Quench restaurant, aptly named for the exhaustive

list of wines from the Marlborough valley and beyond.

Day 8
30 Apr 2018
Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Chateau Marlborough Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Blenheim is a picturesque township filled with independent

boutiques and galleries. Spend the day strolling its streets at

your own pace or choose from these Your World experiences.

- Take a tour that combines your love of aircraft, classic cars

and wine. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre contains

the largest private collection of World War I planes and

memorabilia in the world. Next, view classic cars from

1950-1980, then relax over lunch at a local winery.

- See the best of the Marlborough region - its beaches,

art galleries, gardens bursting with colour and, of course,

a vineyard where we stop for lunch and tastings.

This evening, you are free to choose where to dine. Some of

our favourites include Gramado's, where traditional Brazilian

techniques are lightened with a Kiwi sensibility and MIA Dining

and Wine Cellar, for a taste of modern New Zealand.

Day 9
01 May 2018
Norfolk Islands, Australia, Norfolk Island
South Pacific Resort Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we leave New Zealand for tiny Norfolk Island,

a two-hour flight north. Lying 1,673 kilometres from Sydney,

this island is most famously known as the place bequeathed by

Queen Victoria to descendants of HMS Bounty mutineers when

they outgrew Pitcairn Islands. Today, a third of residents claim

mutineers as ancestors. Dramatic and forbidding cliffs make up

most of the coastline, adding to the island's sense of isolation.

The lush clifftop at Forrester Court, overlooking Cascade Bay,

hosts us for a leisurely picnic lunch. After soaking in the scenery,

we leave for a tour of its turquoise lagoons, just as pretty as

any in Polynesia, but without a soul in sight. There is the sense

that we are in on a secret no one else knows yet. We visit the

lookout at Mt Pitt for sweeping views of the entire island and

the Cyclorama, a 360-degree panoramic painting that recounts

the world's most legendary mutiny and how it created Pitcairn

and Norfolk Islands' communities.

South Pacific Resort Hotel welcomes us for the night.

This evening, dress for our gala farewell dinner at Two

Chimneys vineyard, Norfolk Island’s first and only winery.

Day 10
02 May 2018
Norfolk Islands, Australia, Norfolk Island
Sydney, Australia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, we visit Kingston, the centre of the

British Empire's most brutal penal settlement. Between 1788

and 1855, criminals who had committed fresh crimes in Australia

were sent here. It also holds evidence of Polynesian settlement

that predates Captain Cook's visit by several hundred years.

We enjoy our final lunch in Hilli Restaurant, a word from the

Creole Norfolk language that describes the drowsy, lazy feeling

that you get after you've eaten. After lunch, we board our

private jet for the journey home. As you relax in your seat,

contemplate the dramatic landscapes, natural wonders and

delicious diversions you've encountered. We hope to see you

on your next Captain's Choice journey.

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Shaped by glaciers and lava, every vista is much more than an

oil painting in the making. New Zealand is an all-encompassing

adventure that takes your every sense to unprecedented levels of

awareness. Pristine waterways, impossibly green hills and snowcapped

mountains are sights to behold but it’s the exhilaration of

breathing it all in, grasping the otherwise unreachable and savouring

the exceptional. To commit every sight, scent, sound, texture and

taste to your memory bank of extraordinary experiences.

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