Connoisseur’s North Island

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    Fishing, wine and gourmet food – this exclusive self-drive journey through the North Island has it all.

    Fishing, food, and wine – this exclusive self-drive journey through New Zealand’s North Island has it all. Discover firsthand why the Tongariro River is the country’s fly-fishing capital. View the world’s biggest mainland colony of gannets at Cape Kidnappers. And seek adventures on foot, bicycle or horseback.

    Journey Highlights

    • Savour artisan flavours on Waiheke Island
    • Step into sophistication at Huka Lodge
    • Discover a fly-fishing paradise on the world-famous Tongariro River
    • Seek cliff-top adventures at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers


    Day 1: Arrive Auckland – Waiheke Island
    Collect your rental vehicle and explore this harbour city at your leisure. Make your way to your accommodation on Waiheke Island, a two-hour drive away.

    Day 2: Waiheke Island
    Enjoy a gourmet food and wine tour of Waiheke Island, tasting fresh oysters, locally produced specialities and wine from the island’s top vineyards. (B, L)

    Day 3: Taupo
    Journey south to Huka Lodge on the Waikato River. Nestled in manicured grounds on the doorstep of the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, this luxury lodge is your perfect base. Soak up the surrounds over pre-dinner drinks. (B, D)

    Days 4-5: Taupo
    Two full days’ fly-fishing on the Tongariro River. Let experienced guides introduce you to the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly-fishing in the country. Later, feast on a tasting menu of sustainably sourced ingredients, such as spanner crab and John Dory, matched with the region’s finest wines. (B, L, D)

    Day 6: Hawke’s Bay
    Journey upstream to the thunderous Huka Falls for a thrilling jet-boat ride. Continue to Hawke’s Bay and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. This magnificent property sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs with infinite ocean views. (B, D)

    Day 7: Hawke’s Bay
    Join your guide on a discovery of the 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm on which your 5-star retreat is located. Witness the highly-trained farm dogs muster sheep. Trek across hidden trails to see the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. If you are feeling adventurous, take a picnic and venture to the colony by mountain bike. (B, D)

    Day 8: Hawke’s Bay – Depart Napier
    Drive to Napier Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    This Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements.  Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

    Images courtesy of Abercrombie&Kent