Luxury Travel New Zealand

Bay of Islands & The Coromandel

Accommodation

Iconic luxury lodges, remote alpine chalets and ultraluxe villas

Experiences

From the farmyard to the vineyard

Itineraries

From Northland to Southland and the West Coast to the East Cape

Beloved destinations of New Zealanders, the Bay of Islands and the Coromandel are where we flock when looking for local getaways full of sun, surf and sand.

The Northland region stretches all the way from Auckland to the tip of the country near Cape Reinga. The narrow interior of the region features lush green farmlands and the remnants of vast Kauri forests which once blanketed the north. Centre of region is the Bay of Islands, a glittering natural harbour studded with 144 islands and innumerable beaches. The Bay of Islands is also home to Waitangi, where the nation of New Zealand came into being, and New Zealand’s most sacred site to Maori and Europeans to this day.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course overlooking the Cavalli Islands in the Bay of Islands
hot-water-beach-coromandel

Another peninsula, The Coromandel is much smaller in size, and equally as beautiful. A single winding road circles the peninsula, dropping down into small towns filled with adorable ‘baches’ (modest holiday homes). The rugged interior was once home to goldmining towns, their abandoned remains have once again been reclaimed by the forests. But it’s the beaches that makes the Coromandel famous, some gold, some black, some white; some that attract Hollywood filmmakers; one that even has hot springs; but all equally as incredible.

Luxury Destinations Bay of Islands & the Coromandel

Explore a selection of our favourite locations

Luxury accommodation Bay of Islands & The Coromandel

Experience some of our favourite places to stay

Luxury Experiences Bay of Islands & The Coromandel

Discover a few of our favourite activities

Itinerary Inspirations

These itineraries have been designed to inspire you with a small selection of the many unique adventures to be had in this beautiful region. Once you have a feel for the destinations and experiences that best resonate with you, we will tailor every element of your perfect luxury travel itinerary, exclusively for you. 

Where New Zealand Began

Take a weekend break to the Bay of Islands

Travel to the ‘Winterless North’ and the maritime playground of the Bay of Islands. This is where the tale of New Zealand’s colonisation began, boasting sights such as New Zealand’s oldest buildings in Kerikeri; New Zealand’s first capital city and ‘Hellhole of the Pacific’, Russell; and the iconic Waitangi Treaty Grounds near Paihia, which you’ll visit. Complete the Northland experience with an incredibly scenic flight to Cape Reinga, where you’ll land and visit the picturesque lighthouse.

  • Inclusions

    3 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs including all meals), 4 days rental vehicle including full insurance and GPS, half day tour to Cape Reinga by plane, and admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Golfing Getaway by the bay

Enjoy a golfing getaway to the Bay of Islands

The course at Kauri Cliffs is one of the best in New Zealand and often rated amongst the best in the world! Enjoy the dramatic coastal views of the Cavallli Islands in the distance as you make your way around the course. After carding a respectable score, make the half hour walk from the seventh tee to beautiful Pink Beach for a well earned BBQ lunch and drinks in the sun.

  • Inclusions

    3 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs including all meals), private return airport transfers between Kerikeri Airport and your accommodation, a round of golf including equipment (if required), and a BBQ picnic lunch on Pink Beach.

The Landing Ultraluxe Villa Experience

Enjoy an ultraluxe villa experience in the Bay of Islands

The Landing is an exclusive collection of four ultra-luxurious villas on a private gated estate in the north of the Bay of Islands. Your villa, owned by a New Zealand billionaire, has five bedrooms and features an impressive collection of Maori artefacts, a wine cellar and tasting room, outdoor fireplaces and even an observatory. A chef will meet you daily to cook breakfast and dinner, and prepare lunches. Explore the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury yacht and enjoy various excursions on the estate.

  • Inclusions

    3 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in the Cooper Residence at The Landing including private chef cooked meals), return private transfers from Kerikeri Airport, luxury charter day cruise through the Bay of Islands, private wine tasting at the onsite vineyard, and private evening Kiwi spotting tour.

Ultraluxe & Ultraprivate

The most luxurious and private villas New Zealand has on offer

This is the itinerary for those seeking absolute privacy in New Zealand’s most exclusive villas. Enjoy the Bay of Island’s famed beaches; sip wines amongst the vineyards of the Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough; enjoy mountain-top views around Nelson; see seals, dolphins and penguins on the rugged Banks Peninsula; and be captivated by the soaring Southern Alps and her majestic alpine lakes in the Queenstown region. Each villa offers at least four bedrooms and all the standard facilities, plus some very unique ones such as a recording studio, a collection of important Maori artefacts, a frisbee golf course, and even an observatory. A full complement of staff can be at your every beck and call, or perhaps you’re happy with just a chef-cum-sommelier? 

  • Inclusions

    18 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at The Landing, 3 nights at Summerlee, 3 nights at Falcon Brae, 2 nights at The Shack at Cloudy Bay, 3 nights at Scrubby Bay at Annandale and 4 nights at Piwakawaka, including meals and beverages to suit), private scenic helicopter transfers between Auckland and the Bay of Islands, private cruise through the Bay of Islands, private wine tour of Hawke's Bay, private helicopter, hike and cruise day in the Abel Tasman National Park, private tailored food and wine experience at Cloudy Bay Vineyard, private swimming with dolphins experience at Akaroa, private penguin spotting tour, private helicopter excursion to Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, and private hike and jetboat excursion into Mount Aspiring National Park.

Top NOtch Lodges

Two weeks in New Zealand's best lodges from north to south

This classic ultraluxe itinerary has you visiting the very best of New Zealand’s lodges throughout the country. Start in the city of Auckland and enjoy the wines of Waiheke Island before heading south to Taupo for a stay at iconic Huka Lodge. Delve into New Zealand farming life, with a luxury twist, at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. See the best of New Zealand’s marine life in Kaikoura and Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, staying in treehouses and a grand Downtown-esque manor as you go. And finally, as you head towards Queenstown, take two epic helicopter rides, one through the Southern Alps and another to Milford Sound, a pièce-de-résistance you’ll never forget!

  • Inclusions

    14 nights’ accommodation (2 nights at Park Hyatt Auckland, 2 nights at Huka Lodge, 3 nights at the Farm at Cape Kidnappers, 2 nights at Otahuna Lodge, 2 nights at The Lindis, and 3 nights at Matakauri Lodge, inclusive of breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 12 dinners), private car and driver transfers to and from airports and accommodations, private seaplane flight to Waiheke Island with a private wine and food tour of the island, private tour of the Hobbiton movie set, private guided hike and cruise of Lake Taupo, private wine and food tour of the Hawke’s Bay, green fees, club and cart hire at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, cooking class at Otahuna Lodge, private tour of Banks Peninsula and Akaroa with dolphin cruise, private helicopter journey through the Southern Alps, private guided fly fishing day, private helicopter excursion to Milford Sound, and s private full day touring of Queenstown art and highlights.

Northern Explorer

Beaches, volcanoes and culture on this North Island only itinerary

Experience the best of what the North Island has on offer, from the beaches of Northland to the vineyards of Waiheke Island; the lakes and volcanoes of the Central Plateau; and the rich green farmlands of the Wairarapa. 

  • Inclusions

    12 nights’ accommodation (2 nights at The Boatshed, 3 nights at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, 2 nights at Huka Lodge, 2 nights at Craggy Range, 3 nights at Wharekauhau Country Estate, including breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 8 dinners), rental vehicle including full insurance and GPS, private wine tour of Waiheke Island, private cruise through the Bay of Islands, private helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera and White Island, private wine tour of Hawke's Bay, and a private farm tour at Wharekauhau.