Ahipara Luxury Travel: Experiential New Zealand

Ahipara is known for creating and delivering world-class experiences – notably being awarded the inaugural prize for “most creative experiences” by Traveller Made agencies. In effect a “travel Oscar”.
This itinerary showcases some of those experiences against a backdrop of beauty and luxury. Please note that in 15 years we have never repeated an itinerary and should you contact us, we will focus on your unique requirements.

This itinerary is costed for two couples travelling together. This is a day-by-day listing below:

1. Arrive in New Zealand. Airport VIP service from the door of your aircraft to your domestic flight to Taupo. Transfer to Poronui Lodge and relax.
2. Back country fly fishing on some of the finest rivers in the country for two people. Private horse riding on the estate for two people.
3. An awesome welcome by Maori warriors on the sacred mountain Mount Titiraupenga. This is a combined physical and spiritual experience followed by some sharing which usually touches our travellers deeply.
4. A day with a Maori/Irish outdoorsman/chef discovering the Maori relationship with food, helping prepare and eat a traditional hangi. (Maori meal cooked underground)
5. Fly from Rotorua Airport to Nelson. Transfer to the superb Split Apple Lodge.
6. Private cruise along the beautiful Abel Tasman coast. Kayak and hike whenever you like. See baby seals in an enchanted pool (seasonal).
7. See the best of the local area with a custom heli-tour. Incorporating a hike to the second purest spring in the world, a gourmet picnic, and another walk along a superb nikau-palm fringed wild peninsula.
8. Drive across the South Island to the beautiful Hapuku Coast – take an exclusive rafting trip on the Clarence River, before stopping at Hapuku Treehouses & Lodge
9. A day discovering wild coastal food with an excellent local chef. In the past this has involved paua (abalone) crayfish (rock lobster) and kina (sea urchins).
10. Swim with the largest pod of dolphins in New Zealand. From 100-1000 dolphins at any one time. In season there is also a magical little waterfall and pool where baby seals play.
11. Fly to Queenstown and transfer to Blanket Bay.
12. Big helicopter day discovering Fiordland with a local legend of a helicopter pilot. 25,000+ flying hours mainly in this area and superb knowledge of the place as well as mastery of his machine and local weather make this a special day. It can incorporate wild animals, wild food, or pounamu (greenstone) discovery. This is a full day experience with 3-4 hours of flying time and multiple landings giving full flexibility.
13. Head into the southern Fiords and discover a forgotten river where the trout are so unused to people, they do not automatically flee from your boat. See Fiordland as it used to be. (alternatively we can focus on the old history and conservation projects)
14. Spend a day with a private jetboat, including a wild food barbecue on the banks of the river before catching your flight out.

The cost for this itinerary – all accommodation, meals, activities, transportation – is from NZ$100,000 for 2 couples travelling together.

A jewel in the wilderness. Visit this fabled back country lodge for outdoor adventures and the opportunity to rough it in luxury. Poronui is preferred by the world's most discerning outdoor enthusiasts and offers a uniquely New Zealand experience, with 16,000 acres of private wilderness, luxury accommodation and some of the purest air on the planet.

The Split Apple Retreat is an exclusive luxury lodge and wellness retreat located on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.

Every aspect of the Retreat revolves around relaxation, while pleasuring all the senses. A salt-water, infinity swimming pool overlooking the Tasman Sea and Astrolabe Islands was created along with a Japanese Spa pool with the same outlook. Private paths lead to two beaches - one at the base of the property and another via a private easement through adjacent land to the beach with the famous 120 million year old Split Apple Rock, after which the Retreat was named. Additional rejuvenation features include a FAR-infrared sauna, a large steam room, a gym, and outdoor shower with hot water.

A screening room with 8 luxurious reclining leather seats was constructed to offer a high-tech meditation for guests (this brain entrainment technology produces an immediate deep meditation experience with no prior experience being necessary). The sound proof screening room can also be used to watch a large selection of films.

But the biggest point of difference at Split Apple Retreat is the novel gourmet - yet healthy - food. Lee Nelson is a retired physician whose main interest for many years has been nutritional, wellness, and longevity medicine. Anne Pen Lee is a trained chef and culinary artist who specializes in fusion cuisine that marries the best of Asian and Mediterranean styles into delectable gourmet creations. She uses ingredients, sanctioned by Lee, that make a positive contribution to health and wellness. Tatler Magazine has recognized Split Apple as one of the top spas in the World. The Retreat also won the 2017 and 2015 Awards from Condenast Johansen as The Best Destination Spa in their Luxury Spa Collection, and 2015 Spafinders Award for the Best Spa in New Zealand.

Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hapuku Lodge is a 5 star Eco-Retreat just a few km’s north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura. Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit amongst a native Kanuka Grove underneath the majestic Kaikoura Mountains.

Paradise will never be closer. This Lodge is a magical and rare haven of peace and solitude combining unspoiled beauty, outdoor adventure and luxury accommodation.

This magnificent Lodge provides facilities and accommodation that eclipses the best New Zealand has to offer. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on a 10,000 acre high country farm with quintessential South Island lake and mountain views, Blanket Bay is perfectly positioned to experience all this region has to offer.

Blanket Bay is consistently voted one of the world’s best Lodges by many prestigious publications and organizations such as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Virtuoso, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, The Robb Report and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, to name a few.

A la Carte dining reflecting Pacific Rim cuisine will be served in one of three dining rooms or outside on a balcony. Whichever you choose, all feature huge log-burning fireplaces.

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