Central North Island; Authentic New Zealand ... Volcano, Culture, Cruise

This itinerary offers a magical and memorable combination of exceptional complimentary activities that can fit all in one day or enjoyed over multiple days. It fits beautifully with accommodation and transport from several of our stunning lodges in the region and together with exceptional cuisine, hospitality, golf, hiking and health spa facilities; you have iconic and authentic New Zealand in an exceptional North Island itinerary. Exclusively created and coordinated by Pure Cruise.

Peppers on the Point
Solitaire Lodge
Treetops Lodge


After a stunning sunrise and delicious breakfast begin the day by strolling out the door to your onsite helipad at Treetops Lodge, Peppers on the Point or Solitaire Lodge - board your own private Helicopter, leaving Rotorua city or its surrounds behind as you fly north past our northern lakes district before crossing the coast on track to White Island. As you arrive enjoy aerial views of the active volcanic crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Once on the volcano embark on a leisurely guided tour of the island’s crater floor to view active steam vents, fumaroles, hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. After exploring the vast Island re-board your machine and enjoy a
20minute scenic flight over the rolling hills of the Bay of Plenty, landing lake edge at a secluded Marae on the shores of Lake Rotoiti.

Upon arriving at the Marae (meeting place) be welcomed the traditional way with a Powhiri. Here you will form a greater understanding of the deep relationship Maori have established with the land and natural geothermal features being used in the ground. You will also learn
about the legends of the Lake Rotoiti region which is stepped in cultural history with numerous stories and battles taking place along the shoreline. Finally top of your Marae
experience with a unique taste of a traditional hangi prepared in an earth oven before embarking on your private catamaran, Tiua.

Tiua meaning ‘to move with the wind’ will pick you up from the Marae’s jetty. Here sit back and relax as we cruise under sail at a pace dictated by you. An abundance of activity options await you, from fishing for trout, to stand up paddle boarding through to swimming into
secluded coves in search of glow worms. The perfect way to top this day of though is to sit back in the stunning lakes edge hot pools only accessible via boat and watch the afternoondrift away. A twenty minute cruise back to our dock will have you to shore in no time,
followed by a 30 minute road transfer back to your luxury lodge.

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Available all year around.
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Each itinerary are custom designed to fit participants available time and numbers

Few places in the world truly embody the spirit of adventure more than the fabulous award-winning Treetops Lodge & Estate - located in the heart of New Zealand’s world famous therapeutic thermal region, Rotorua.

Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this award-winning lodge is a life-long dream realised by owner and passionate naturalist, John Sax. This uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure. Located in Rotorua, the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world, the Lodge presents an elegant, ecology-inspired architectural style derived from the country’s pioneering past: timber and stone finishes echo the natural beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors. Treetops offer seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes, and over 40 miles of adventure trails. Each day the lodge offers a complimentary Signature Treetops experience on the Estate. These change daily between: the Maori Indigenous Food Trail; Estate to Plate or Wilderness Safari; or the Wild Food Cooking School.

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island. This historic property was a family home until 2004 and now is perfect for a serene and tranquil escape.

This stunning retreat offers the perfect base for experiencing New Zealand’s rich culture. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this stunning location from the comfort of our inviting entertainment rooms with open fireplaces. Without leaving the property, you can indulge in a heavenly massage at our onsite spa, try fly fishing from our private beach, enjoy water sports and tennis or even spend your day boating. Peppers on the Point’s dining room is also renowned for serving fabulous New Zealand cuisine accompanied by the finest local and international wines. It is an experience not to be missed.

The staff of Peppers on the Point – Lake Rotorua take great pride in their hospitality, who strive to make their guests stay one to remember for many years to come. Staff are also very knowledgeable of this region of New Zealand, helping you with sightseeing options in the area, or telling of the history of the property or just conversing about the simple things in life.

Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location.

Solitaire Lodge, one of New Zealand’s premiere luxury lodges, enjoys breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera with a lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrop. From the moment you enter below the Lodge’s vintage beams, the shade sails beckon you through and your adventure begins. The main lounge yields a spectacular vista due to the lodge’s extraordinary location. Nearby, our fine dining restaurant is available for your patronage. Easy lake access allows the exploration of surrounding waters directly from Solitaire’s private grounds and jetty.

Located just twenty minutes drive from the city of Rotorua and Rotorua International Airport, car hire is highly recommended enabling you the freedom to explore neighbouring destinations and attractions at your leisure. Rotorua is a leisurely three-hour drive from the gateway city of Auckland, and a five to six hour drive from New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. Chauffeured and helicopter transfers are available on request.

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