HELENA BAY - NEW LUXURY LODGE IN THE NORTHLAND REGION
New Zealand will add another luxury lodge to its collection with the launch of Helena Bay in Russell in November. Being New Zealand’s first luxury lodge located right on the beach, Helena Bay is just 40-km north of Whangarei and a 45-minute helicopter ride from Auckland. Set on 800 acres, Helena Bay will include two and three bedroom villas, overlooking three kilometres of pristine coastline. The main lodge will house a Turkish Hammam, plunge pool, gym, sauna, luxury spa, a 25-metre heated pool, a library, three lounge areas, a restaurant, an outdoor fire pit and three private beaches for guests' exclusive use.
HOW: Junior Suites start from £865 per night based on two people sharing. Pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast are included. For more information visit www.helenabay.com
EICHARDT’S QUEENSTOWN UNVEILS NEW PREMIUM PENTHOUSE
Located on the shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Eichardt’s Private Hotel will unveil its stunning £5,000 per night penthouse extension. The 240sqm penthouse suite includes a 100sqm rooftop terrace as well as a top-notch kitchen primed for private chef use, a sauna, spa and a bathroom with unobstructed views of the lake. Guests of the penthouse can enjoy an immersive luxury offer that includes Krug Champagne refreshed daily, a Land Rover and driver on call throughout the visit, pre-dinner cocktail amenity complete with whiskey bar, private dining options and a hosted after hours one-on-one Louis Vuitton shopping experience in the label’s store just downstairs.
HOW: A night in the penthouse starts from £5,000 and accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms. For more information visit www.eichardts.com
THE MARLBOROUGH LODGE – NEW EXCLUSIVE LODGE IN NEW ZEALAND’S TOP WINE REGION
Located in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region, The Marlborough Lodge will re-open its doors in October. The new estate is nestled within 16-acres of secluded parklands, offering the ultimate retreat to indulge in New Zealand’s gourmet scene. The lodge offers ten suites including the Premium Suite and the Children’s Room and the lodge can be hired out exclusively for weddings, events and special occasions. Guests can enjoy The Marlborough Lodge’s experiences such as private wine tours of the region, cruises around Marlborough Sounds and helicopter experiences such as heli-fishing, heli-hunting and scenic flights and transfers.
HOW: Rates start from £897 per night, based on two people sharing. Dinner and breakfast are included. For more information visit www.themarlboroughlodge.co.nz
CROWNE PLAZA, CHRISTCHURCH TO OPEN MAY 2017
The eagerly-awaited property – which will be the largest upscale hotel in the Christchurch city centre with 204 hotel rooms – is on track to open in May 2017. The new 4.5-star hotel will feature eight junior suites and 196 guest rooms, plus a restaurant, bar, café, fitness centre and function rooms. The property is situated at the corner of Colombo and Armagh streets on Victoria Square, opposite the former Crowne Plaza site which was demolished in 2012 following the 2011 earthquakes.
NEW MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE
Fiordland Discovery have launched an overnight cruise, giving guests the chance to see the natural wonders of Milford Sound at dawn, dusk and under the starts on their newest luxury overnight boat, Fiordland Jewel. The new cruise will launch in November and features an onboard helipad, on-deck hot-tub, kayaks, fishing, submarine drone, and Michelin Star cuisine. The cruise only takes 20 passengers in nine luxurious climate-controlled cabins that boast stunning fiord and ocean views. With majestic peaks that tower hundreds of meters, cascading waterfalls, pristine rainforest and diverse wildlife, Milford Sound is undoubtedly the most spectacular of New Zealand’s thirteen fiords.
HOW: Bookings are available from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017. Introductory rates from £228 including three-course dinner, full breakfast and guided ROV, kayaking, small boat explorations and fishing. For more information visit www.fiordlanddiscovery.co.nz
NEW ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES
NEW WAIHEKE ISLAND COASTAL SEA KAYAK TOUR
Launching in November, Auckland Sea Kayaks will be offering visitors the chance to paddle around Waiheke Island with its newest Waiheke Island Coastal Sea Kayak Tour. The new tour leaves from Matiatia Bay, exploring the stunning coastline and diverse landscapes, as visitors paddle to Owhanake Bay for the first stop. The second leg of the tour explores the more exposed and remote northern point, before rounding the headland to finish in the spectacular Oneroa Bay.
HOW: The Waiheke Island Coastal Sea Kayak Tour costs £62 per person and takes approximately 3.5 hours. For more information visit aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/waiheke.
NEW GLACIER DISCOVERY TOUR IN MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK
Combine a stunning scenic flight and glacier landing with a guided walk in Mt Aspiring National Park to the spectacular Rob Roy Glacier with this new full-day tour from Eco Wanaka Adventures. The day begins with an unforgettable helicopter flight over the mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps, landing on Isobel Glacier for stunning views of Mt Aspiring and its surrounding glaciers. The then flight continues to Rob Roy Glacier, where visitors are dropped off to meet their guide for a 10km (return) hike through the native beech forest of Mt Aspiring National Park, where visitors can enjoy more spectacular views of Rob Roy Glacier.
HOW: The Glacier Discover Tour costs £286 per person. For more information visit www.ecowanaka.co.nz
ZIPTREK LAUNCHES NEW TWILIGHT TOUR
Ziptrek are now giving adventure junkies the chance to plunge into the darkness of Queenstown’s mixed alpine forest to experience the thrill of their 4-Line Moa tour by Twilight. Step blindly into the night from treetop decks 20-metres above the valley floor into the unknown for an unbeatable rush of adrenaline. With only a headlamp to guide you, guests can let their imagination run wild on this incredible adventure.
HOW: Ziptrek will offer Twilight Tours depart daily in the late afternoon/early evening starting June 2017. Tours costs £85 per adult including six zip-lines over three hours. For more information visit www.ziptrek.co.nz
AJ HACKETT TO LAUNCH NEW ‘NEVIS THRILLER’ EXTREME ACTIVITY
2017 will see the launch of a new level of extreme thrills. AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand, the world’s first commercial bungy jump operator, has announced that a new extreme experience is under development in Queenstown. The product comes with the backing of the government in the form of a $500,000 grant. The ‘Nevis Thriller’ will be located at the site of the Nevis Bungy and Nevis Swing, near Queenstown. The new experience will combine height, speed and flight and push adventurers to new limits.
HOW: For more information visit www.bungy.co.nz
NEW E-BIKE EXPERIENCE COMES TO QUEENSTOWN – NEW FROM JANUARY 2017
Visitors can now take in the sights and sounds of Queenstown on Real Journey’s, new Ubco electric trail bike. Designed in New Zealand, the dual electric drive trail bike has a lightweight frame and powerful near silent motor in each wheel that provide complete control for an off-road adventure at Walter Peak. Start your journey boarding the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship for a spectacular cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. When on dry land the e-bike tour begins; visitors will be taken on a guided route, with the chance to soak up the views of Colonel's Homestead, the beautiful Lake Wakatipu below and the stunning surrounding alpine scenery.
HOW: Real Journey’s offer Walter Peak Electric Trail Bikes. Tours costs $159 / £90 per adult. For more information visit www.realjourneys.co.nz
NEW FOODIE EXPERIENCES
PASTURE, A NEW FORAGING RESTAURANT IN AUCKLAND
Auckland’s newest restaurant, Pasture just launched in September, taking visitors on a walk on the wide side with foraging couple, Ed and Laura Verner, whose passion for experimentation and creativity is expressed in their menu. The custom-built restaurant on the quaint cobbled lane in Parnell offers a crackling fire and an intimate dining space centered around the three chefs, who are accessible for conversations.
HOW: Set menu of six courses with bread and snacks starts from £60 per person. For more information visit www.pastureakl.com
THE GRILLE BY EICHARDT’S - NEW TOP-END DINING EXPERIENCE
The countdown is on for Queenstown's latest top-end dining experience. The Grille by Eichardt's is set to open in October in prime position on the Queenstown waterfront with seating for 140 people. Executive Chef Will Eaglesfield has been hard at work preparing the menus and planning every detail ahead of the launch. They will be continuing with the same Eichardt’s ‘flavors of the region theme’, with everything homemade, home-grown and made from local produce. With the brand new kitchen tricked out for curing, smoking and grilling they’ll be taking it up a notch.
HOW: For more information visit www.eichardts.com
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