Just a few of the “Hidden Treasures” Pacific Destination Center’s staff have uncovered during their travels throughout New Zealand. And just a reminder, the seasons “Down Under” are opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
To request a quote on any of the below-mentioned “Hidden Treasures” or to incorporate some of these “Gems” in a custom itinerary, please contact one of Pacific Destination Center’s Kiwi Specialists at 1-800-227-5317
Fish, dive or discover New Zealand’s pristine shorelines, play your best ever round on our world-class golf course or indulge in a therapeutic treatment at our full service luxury spa . Kauri Cliffs is just a 45 minute flight from Auckland and offers a range of facilities that accommodate all luxury vacation requirements.
Peppers Carrington Resort is a spectacular lodge, golf club, vineyard and 3000-acre Black Angus stud farm located in the warmest area of New Zealand, on the Karikari Peninsula, on the Northern tip of the North Island. Carrington’s facilities include an ocean side, 18-hole golf course, a skeet and trap (clay targets) shooting range, tennis courts, a heated swimming pool and spa over looking the Pacific Ocean; 4km of secluded white sand virgin beaches and the hillside vineyards of Karikari Estate Vineyard and Winery. Also on offer are fine dining restaurant, library, billiard room. The sweeping ocean vistas provide a spectacular back drop to the Estate’s activities.The semi-tropical.weather patterns in Northland are very moderate, much akin to the southern coastal areas of California from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The average midday winter temperature is 18° C (64° F), and the average midday summer temperature is 24° C (75° F).
By The Bay Beachfront Apartments – Luxury Accommodation on the beach with spectacular beachfront views, beautiful gardens,brilliant sunsets, and an ocean panorama. Luxury beachfront fully equipped self-contained apartments at are ideal for Relaxing Beach Holidays, Romantic Escapes or just the right place for those people who want to get away from it all. For those seeking outdoor pursuits, Doubtless Bay has a wide range of interesting and exciting activities to offer.
Waipoua Lodge – More than hotel accommodation – we are an intimate 5-star personally hosted and luxury eco lodge, set in unique New Zealand kauri forest surroundings. Located between Dargaville and the Hokianga, and just 1 ½ hours from the Bay Of Islands, a wilderness lodge – surrounded by native forest, golden sand beaches, lakes for fishing and swimming, in a balanced ecology where organic is just a part of our environmental philosophy.
Cliff Edge by the Sea is situated at Port Opua, the Bay of Islands main Harbour and Marina, only 5 minutes from Paihia, and 10 minutes from Russell. Sitting on top of a promontory above Veronica Channel, the lodge is surrounded by a native bush reserve – and with no immediate neighbours house guests are assured total privacy. With only four guest bedrooms Cliff Edge by the Sea provides a unique accommodation experience in the Bay of Islands, combining the warmth and comfort of a private residence with the sophistication of a boutique hotel. The unparalleled ‘in your face’ water views from virtually every room are magnificent.
Hotel Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is majestically situated on a mountainside on the lower eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula at Pauanui Beach. Nestled amongst 25 acres of New Zealand’s most beautiful native bush, and less than 2 hours drive from Auckland , this prestigious hideaway offers luxury and seclusion at its best. Pauanui is famous for its beach – 3 km of golden sands and swirling surf. Visit renowned Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own thermal pool. The Coromandel is an area steeped in history and heritage.
Peppers on the Point – Lakeside decadence Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point offers guests the opportunity to experience the rich New Zealand culture and geothermal springs of Rotorua or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of its beautiful lodge accommodaton, the stunning location and panoramic views. Once a Maori Pa site, this Rotorua lakeside accommodation is steeped in local history – of ancient battles, love and life – and looks out towards the historic Mokoia Island. The luxury lodge retreat is a converted 1930s mansion filled with beautiful antiques and a choice of 9 spacious, exquisitely furnished accommodation suites, most with views of the lake.
Peppers on the Point offers gourmet New Zealand food and wine, as well as a range of onsite activities from pampering massage, fly fishing from the private beach, water sports, tennis, gym and boating. Only 10 minutes from the heart of Rotorua City, Peppers on the Point is located on Kawaha Point Road which is ideally placed to offer the best of Rotorua from a peaceful and luxurious base.
Huka Lodge is located in Taupo, in the central North Island and is considered to be one of the world’s top retreats. Surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. The crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world. The spectacular and mighty cascades of water forming the Huka Falls are a short walk from Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River. Offering an elegant and welcoming haven where our guests enjoy the highest standards of comfort and hospitality.
Huka Helicopter transfers from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua. Enjoy the scenic wonders of the central North Island and be delivered to the front lawn of Huka Lodge. Auckland to Huka Lodge – 1 hr 15 min, Wellington to Huka Lodge – 1 hr 35 min, and Rotorua to Huka Lodge 25 minutes. Driving by rental car or limousine generally takes 3-4 hours from Auckland, 4.5 hours from Wellington and 1 hour from Rotorua.
Tauhara Sunrise Lodge – Step inside this 5-star, award-winning lodge, and immediately feel at home. Staying here is like staying with friends and family, yet with all the luxuries of lodge accommodation: Luxuries like 600 thread-count sheets and Egyptian cotton towels; sumptuous bathrobes; exquisite toiletries; hairdryers; complimentary beers, wines, sodas and mineral waters; complimentary in-suite internet access; and complimentary laundry service. Engage in good conversation, and partake in complimentary drinks & hors d’oeuvres with Rob & Becky and other guests. (Or, if you prefer to enjoy your privacy, your wishes will be respected.)
Greenhill Lodge is an opulent and tranquil retreat, set in stunning rural countryside, located in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country, a region with some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. Two Suites & three rooms with private ensuite, French doors that lead to verandah and beautiful manicured gardens. Magnificent house and wonderful hospitality. Within driving distance to Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course and over forty wineries. Only fifteen minutes of either Havelock North or Hastings, a comfortable two hour drive from Taupo and one hour flight from either Auckland or Wellington.
The Martinborough Hotel offers character, comfort and old style personal attention, making it ideal for a romantic weekend away, an indulgent escape or accommodation as part of a holiday or vacation. Modern and contemporary food in the hotel restaurant and a wide range of excellent wines produced within walking distance of the hotel. The infamous Bar with its collection of memorabilia and historic photos where locals and guests gather round one of the wine barrels in front of the cosy fire should not be missed.
Tirohana Country Estate – A luxury property, Tirohana Country Estate is yours to discover. From the stunning location overlooking the boutique vineyard of Tirohana Estate to the original New Zealand artwork and antique furniture, the property is conveniently located just a one-hour scenic drive or train trip from Wellington. The ideal base to explore the wonderful Wairarapa region or your own secret escape from the city, the house is self-contained and suited to just a couple, a group of family or friends.
A boutique award-winning producer of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. The six and a half acres are maintained by hand in the traditional way with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. The Tirohana Estate brand of wines are sold via the onsite Cellar Door as well as to private clients around the world.
The White Swan draws inspiration from the elegant Crown Lynn vases – long valued by New Zealanders for their style and grace – which form the theme for this gorgeous Country Hotel in the heart of historic Greytown which embodies the fine traditions of a name famous the world over for excellence in affordable accommodation and hospitality. Now completely refurbished and modernised, the old building itself has a fascinating heritage and it’s name also recalls a notable local shipwreck – an event which almost sank a government. So whether it’s history, ambience, elegance or an honest home-style welcome you’re after, you’ll find it’s all right here at The White Swan.
Combining romance, comfort, style and surprise are seven unique rooms in the main body of the building and four delightful Park studio/suites. Each room has been lovingly crafted with an individual personality and an expert eye for detail – yet each is appointed with the very latest features to ensure your stay is marvellous and memorable. All rooms are fully ensuite with queen size beds, television, mini bar and tea/ coffee facilities. Most of the main rooms open onto the upstairs verandah with the Park Studio/Suites overlooking the tranquil and historic Stella Bull Park.
Picturesque Furneaux Lodge is unique in the Marlborough Sounds with expansive grounds running from the native bush down to the sea. In combination with our award winning restaurant, it is the premier wedding venue in the Sounds. Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the isolation – no roads lead to Furneaux Lodge. Absolute serenity and the absence of distractions are complemented by our equipment and experience to ensure that you next executive conference or winter retreat is a focussed and successful event. Relaxing and peaceful Furneaux Lodge is privately, family owned and operated. Our attention to guests and passion for this lodge will ensure your time in the Marlborough Sounds is enjoyable and memorable.
Old Saint Mary’s Convent – In the heart of Marlborough’s wine growing area lies a haven for the discerning traveller, where luxury accommodation and an intimate retreat may be found. Old Saint Mary’s Convent is situated on an estate of 20 acres and surrounded on all sides by the vineyards and olive groves Marlborough is famous for. Spring Creek, with its abundant bird life and trout, meanders lazily through the property. It is here, beneath Marlborough’s azure sky, that one may spend a pleasant afternoon sipping local vintages and sampling the provincial gourmet fare.
Hotel d’Urville is the perfect place to relax after a day spent enjoying Marlborough’s many attractions. It’s a small hotel in the heart of the central business district with eleven, well-appointed rooms, an elegant bar, and modern restaurant. The building – the Old Public Trust Building – is a Blenheim landmark. It was built in the art deco style in the 1920s and features a magnificent columned façade, grand staircase and high ceilings. It was opened as a wine bar and brasserie in 1993 and the upstairs converted into a small hotel soon after. New Owners Chris & Helen Birks took over in October 2006. They wish to contiune to set about cementing the hotel’s reputation for style, efficient, friendly service and fine food and wine.
Timara Lodge – New Zealand owned and operated, is one of the country’s most luxurious and private lodges. Situated in the province of Marlborough, well known around the world for its wines and gourmet foods. Timara Lodge promises a haven of peace, quiet and relaxation.
Timara Lodge is set amongst 600 acres of land, including 25 acres of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful English style gardens and a five-acre, man-made lake. Adjoining the gardens is the 350-acre Spy Valley vineyard and winery. Timara Lodge’s accommodation facilities ensure your stay is private, comfortable and peaceful. With a warm, unobtrusive welcome, delightful company and culinary delights. Timara Lodge is truly a ‘slice of paradise’ in Marlborough, New Zealand.
A little further a field, you can cruise the magnificent Marlborough Sounds waterways or walk the renowned Queen Charlotte Track experiencing native bush and bird life. For the more adventurous, you can go whale watching and swim with dolphins at nearby Kaikoura, or try fly-fishing at one of the many local rivers.
Shelbourne Villa offers five star boutique accommodation for the discerning traveller, set in a quiet suburban location, yet is within five minutes walk of Nelson’s City Centre and its many Cafes, Restaurants and Galleries. Originally built in 1929 this classic villa has been extensively refurbished and is set in an extensive English style garden. A central base for activities in the Nelson Region’s 3 National Parks and visits to local Artists, Wineries and award winning Restaurants.
Lake Rotoroa Lodge, Nelson Lakes – 5-Star Adventure and Fly Fishing Lodge located in the heart of South Island fly fishing country, (Northern South Island) 1.5 hours drive south of Nelson, in the Nelson Lakes National Park. The world-renowned, luxury Lake Rotoroa Lodge offers a very memorable experience. Surrounded by the finest brown trout fly fishing, Lake Rotoroa Lodge sits in the midst of what might truly be described as one of the ultimate locations, whatever your objectives and desires might be: golden beaches to snow-capped mountains, wilderness to bustling cafés, or heart-stopping adventure to heart-resting relaxation. There are few places in the world where all of this and more can be enjoyed within little more than an hour’s radius.
Range of other activities are Nature Walks, Quad Biking, Hunting, Massage, Scenic Walks, Skeet Shooting.
The peaceful, private river frontage that borders the property is home to native birds and fish. Close by the Homestead is the natural splendour and excitement of a wild West Coast beach with stunning views of the mountains and the sea. Watch the unbelievable beauty of the sun setting into the ocean at day’s end.
All Lodge rooms have private bathrooms and sun and superb alpine views. You can enjoy privacy and seclusion or you can join with other guests and their guides to enjoy the nature tours and farm activities. Around the log fire you will make new friends and learn about New Zealand and its people as you plan your next day’s adventures. You will also learn more about this special place the first Maori visitors called “Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa – Valley of the Mother of the Rainbows.”
The casino, theater and restaurant areas are close by, although The George’s own restaurants, Pescatore and 50 on Park, are two of Christchurch’s finest dining rooms. The Avon River and Hagley Park provide peaceful getaways whilst the more adventurous can explore the nearby Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. To the east of Christchurch is Banks Peninsula with numerous bays, sandy beaches and rocky coastlines. The French harbour-side village of Akaroa is within easy reach. Kaikoura whale watching centre is about two hours drive away whilst Canterbury’s premier ski resort, Mount Hutt is a similar distance in the south-west.
Otahuna Lodge – On the Travel & Leisure Magazine Favorite List
Set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. In its patrician sense of calm, the grace and charm of its grounds and its refined yet personable service, Otahuna combines the romance of the past with the cosmopolitan pleasures of the present – the very best of both worlds. Cooked breakfast and a 5-course dinner with wine is included. There’s a formal dining room, a wine cellar, a drawing room and a library. Amenities include a spa with a pool, plus a heated pool (seasonal), a hot tub, a tennis court and a fitness room. Loaner bikes are available. Cooking classes, fly fishing and activities are offered (additional cost).
There is a fleet of canoes for you to explore Lake Moeraki and the Moeraki river. A team of guides from the Lodge will introduce you to crested penguins, fur seals, giant tame eels and New Zealand’s unique birdlife and ancient forests. West Coasters Dorothy Piper and Malcolm Edwards are the managers at Lake Moeraki and have a team of enthusiastic young New Zealanders keen to share their Wilderness with you.
Within easy reach of Olivers is the film location of the village of Rohan of Peter Jackson’s movie Lord of the Rings. Spread amongst the several historic stone buildings are 11 ensuite rooms. You can choose from accommodation in an historic stable stall, the old homestead, or perhaps you’d rather the privacy and especially romantic ambience of “The Smokehouse” with its antique canopied double bed, spacious, exotically tiled and decorated bathing room with sunken bath, and open fire. Enjoy dinner in the highly regarded restaurant and breakfast the next morning in the atmospheric farmhouse kitchen.Come and immerse yourself in the elegant sophistication and old world charm that is Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge in Clyde, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand.
Matakauri Lodge – an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes. Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu and only seven minutes from Queenstown. The Main Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious guest rooms and suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites within the lodge. Each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobes and a bathroom. All nestled in native forest overlooking the lake and the mountain panorama. Offering guests spacious lounges, dining and living areas, all with lake views and a range of indoor and outdoor dining options; including superb private dining. Facilities include a full service luxury spa, infinity pool, a fully equipped fitness centre and an elegant meeting and business centre. The Owner’s Cottage features four suites in a freestanding residence, private jacuzzi, lounge, kitchen and grand courtyard; ideal for families, couples or friends traveling together and special celebrations. The Lodge and adjoining suites, originally constructed in 2000 with a contemporary New Zealand design, reopened in August 2010 after undergoing extensive refurbishment by acclaimed New Zealand Interior Designer, Virginia Fisher.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Opulent suites invite guests to soak up a sense of quiet before exploring one of the world’s truly remarkable locations. The hotel provides accommodation in five luxurious suites with stunning lake and mountain views. The historic building is in the premium lakefront position at the heart of Queenstown’s café and restaurant precinct, with some of the finest international shopping labels an easy stroll away. Inhale the invigorating alpine air – then step out into the expectant evening and let the lights of Queenstown and canopy of stars guide you to one of the world class restaurants nearby. When winter’s blanket descends over the town, the allure of open log fires, coffee aromas and cheery conversation beckon you in from the cold.
Hubert House is a beautifully restored Victorian villa dating back to 1888. Steeped in authentic history, we bring you a distinctive combination of historic elegance and contemporary service offering a luxury, boutique accommodation experience suitable for all discerning international and domestic travelers. Situated one block from Queenstown’s vibrant central city, imbued with a sense of serenity. Our six uniquely designed suites all offer stunning views overlooking Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline Hill. Your stay at Hulbert House includes a complimentary breakfast, refreshments during the day and pre-dinner drinks and canapes before you head downtown to one of the many restaurants and bars. Also included is free wi-fi and carparking with direct street access on three sides.
To request a quote on any of the above-mentioned “Hidden Treasures” or to incorporate some of these “Gems” in a custom itinerary, please contact one of Pacific Destination Center’s Kiwi Specialists at (800) 227-5317 or drop us a quick email here.