Why not bring the family to New Zealand? Family holidays are not only a good way to expose your family to different parts of the world - they are also great opportunities to develop and strengthen bonds and relationships. Noted as the youngest country on earth it is just waiting to be explored! Boasting stunning scenery and properties that cater for the whole family, New Zealand is an easy and exciting option for the next family getaway. We have put together the ultimate family holiday featuring 3 locations, private air charter and unique activities to ensure the trip is both fun and educational. It will be a trip of a lifetime!
Eagles Nest - 3 nights incl. Breakfast Provisions
Wharekauhau Lodge - 3 Nights incl. Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and dinner
Annandale - 3 nights incl. We Create, You Serve for Breakfast & Lunch. Private Chef Dinner.
Minaret Station - 3 nights incl. All Meals, Selected Beverages and Onsite Guide
Transfers & Activities
Private vehicle transfers (return) from local airports to each Lodge, except for Minaret Station where return Airport Helicopter transfers are included
Bay of Islands Boat Cruise incl. Lunch
Farm Tour at Wharekauhau
Fiordland & Mt Aspiring National Park Glacier Helicopter Adventure incl. Diving for fresh Lobster and Lunch
Cost: From NZD$17,199 per person incl. GST (based on 4 pax - double/twin occupancy for 2 adults and 2 children)
This multi-award winning retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage. Eagles Nest is within easy walking distance of the historic town of Russell, the birth place of New Zealand.
Their private family Villa: Rahimoana: Sun God over the Ocean features four private bedrooms accommodating a total of 8 people in pure luxury offering stunning 320 degree views of the Bay of Islands. This villa is perfect for a family and boasts open plan living, state of the art gymnasium, Jacuzzi, 25 metre heated infinity edged lap pool and a home cinema.
Porsche Cayenne for guest use in local area
Personal Concierge/Villa Manager
Selection of New Zealand wines and French Champagne
Gourmet breakfast provisions (replenished daily)
One Gourmet Three Course Meal prepared by a Private Chef (daily)
Personal chef provisioned refrigerator (replenished daily)
Daily servicing of villa and nightly turn down service
Daily servicing of guest laundry
Bar selection of spirits
High Speed Wireless internet access
Fresh fruit platter (replenished daily)
Nestled between the foothills of the Rimutaka Mountain range and and the the clifftops above the dramatic Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge is located at the heart of one of the most spectacular farms in the world.
Built along the lines of an Edwardian country manner, Wharekauhau lodge cuts an elegant figure as it presides over the 5,500 acres of rolling pastureland.
The main lodge consists of a large country kitchen, wood-burning open fireplaces, formal dining room, wine cellar, games room, intimate library, heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and plenty of winter snugs in which to cosy up with a good book.
From the moment you arrive to the second you depart, the Wharekauhau family are here to make this your home-away-from-home. Built on the service basis of traditional kiwi farmhouse-style service, the lodge encourages guests to join Chef Marc in the kitchen for a mid-morning coffee, or meet Aaron, the lodge Sommelier and enjoy an impromptu Pinot tasting in the cellar. The relaxed, yet ultimately knowledgeable staff at Wharekauhau take great pride in making sure your stay is one to remember for many years to come.
Billiard / Pool table /Gym /Helipad / Horse riding / In house Spa services / Swimming Pool / Tennis court / Walking trails / Wi-Fi access
The accommodation is provided in 15 separate Cottage Suites dotted around the main lodge building. All cottages feature super king beds, open gas fireplace, underfloor heating, private verandas, flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and wifi. The lodge & cottage interiors have all been designed by the award-winning interior designer Virginia Fischer. All rooms are situated to capture the stunning natural light and absorb the panoramic vistas over the Pacific Ocean.
For those travelling with friends or family, 3 cottage suites can be interconnected.
Wharekauhau offers a range of onsite activities from the relaxing such as cellar tastings or soothing massages to the adventurous such as ATV Quad Biking, Horse Trekking, Clay target shooting, Archery & Tennis. Guests can enjoy a trip into the famous Burgandy-esque Martinborough wine region, home to 35 boutique wineries, and a plethora of artisan food producers. A day trip out to Cape Palliser to see the Southern Hemispheres largest Brown Fur Seal colony and lighthouse built into the cliff face is also a must-do. Those wishing to contrast the relaxed country atmosphere often head for a day out shopping, visiting the national museum, and enjoying the vibrant coffee culture ambience of Wellington city.
Luxury coastal farm escape offering four award-winning villas for exclusive use providing an authentic kiwi experience, privacy and relaxation.
In an area of outstanding beauty and off the tourist trail lies Annandale, an iconic sheep and cattle farm offering four distinctive luxury villas with relaxed Kiwi-style informality. Developed in 1843, Annandale was one of the earliest and most renowned farms in New Zealand’s South Island. With 10 kilometers of spectacular and rugged coastline, Annandale today boasts 4,000 acres, 500 cattle and between 7,000 and 14,000 sheep. Our aim is to breed the finest stock through sustainable farming practices for the most delicious meat and best quality wool, while providing world-class luxury accommodation, farm-to-table cuisine and uniquely authentic experiences for our guests.
In house Spa services
The centerpiece of this historic farm is the restored 5-bedroom Annandale Homestead which now has every modern convenience whilst sympathetically retaining its original charm and character overlooking the ocean and being surrounded by magnificent gardens, a restored fernery, and state-of-the-art recreation facilities including infinity pool, spa pool and tennis court. Authentic, rustic and thoroughly charming, the historic Shepherd’s Cottage provides an inspiring rural retreat for two with uninterrupted views of the sparkling ocean. Scrubby Bay, a luxurious 4-bedroom cedar-clad beach house in its own bay is the perfect location for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of family and friendship. The sparkling jewel in Annandale’s crown is Seascape, an ultra modern retreat in a picturesque private bay providing a truly romantic experience for couples.
While we offer every luxury and comfort on the inside, it is what’s on the outside that really sets Annandale apart. The turquoise waters surrounding the property are perfect for water activities, including guided kayaking and nature cruises on Annandale’s powerboat to see native wildlife, potentially encountering the famed Hector’s dolphins - the rarest and smallest dolphin in the world - seals, blue penguins or orca. Guests can arrange for an off road 4WD motorbike tour adventure, enjoy a hike or bike across the spectacular farm, practice their aim with clay target shooting, or relax with a massage, facial or other spa service in their villa. Additionally, there are onsite farm–to–table cooking lessons with our award winning chef or helicopter scenic flights from wine tasting or lunch at a vineyard, whale watching off the Kaikoura Coast, to discovering the mighty peak of Mt Cook.
Minaret Station offers New Zealand's premier alpine experience, with guided hiking, fly-fishing, heli-skiing, and hunting amidst the spectacular Southern Alps.
Minaret Station is a 50,000 acre working high country farm, home to some 10000 deer, 7000 sheep and 1000 cattle raised for supply to premium export and domestic markets.
Beyond the mustering runs, nestled in amongst the spectacular Southern Alps and bordering the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park, lies the luxurious and remote Alpine Lodge. Located at an elevation of 915 metres, the surrounds echo classic ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. Set at the head of a picturesque glacial valley within the untouched landscapes and beauty of the Southern Alps, Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is accessible only by helicopter. Guests to the Station are treated to an exclusive and authentic experience framed by the rugged beauty of a secluded mountain landscape and will enjoy a level of comfort and style never before available in New Zealand’s wilderness.
Visitors to Minaret Station Alpine Lodge are welcomed as guests, but depart as family. The station is owned and operated by four brothers each with an affinity for the outdoors. Together, the Wallis brothers lead a friendly and experienced team, passionate about delivering memorable experiences time and time again. A team of hosts, pilots, guides, chefs and housekeeping staff pride themselves in providing each guest with an intimate and personalised level of service from the moment the first enquiry is made.
Guests are hosted exclusively, or as part of a group, in one of just four luxuriously appointed Chalets. The individual Chalets are separately positioned amongst native alpine grasses and herb fields, each harnessing unique vistas of the valley and surrounds. Each chalet offers privacy, warmth and the comfort of tasteful, high country design. They feature sheepskin carpets, king-sized beds, a dressing /sitting room, an en-suite bathroom and an adjoining private deck with sunken hot tub, where guests can relax and recline beneath the stars, in undisturbed privacy.
Central to the Alpine Lodge is the Mountain Kitchen. Linked to the chalets by a series of raised wooden boardwalks, the Mountain Kitchen features two separate living areas, wood-burning and open fires, a well-stocked library and cellar and first-class dining facilities.
Minaret Station is the gateway to New Zealand’s outdoors. Put simply, it is the highlight to any tour ‘down under’. Minaret Station’s selection of Heli-Adventures allow guests to experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps.