Beach to Vine Escape
Fiji, Tokoriki Island Resort: Day 1 to 5
New Zealand, Martinborough: Day 5 to 9
Island hop to Wellington, the nation’s capitol, located in New Zealand North Island. Grab your rental car for a 90-minute scenic drive through the rolling hills overlooking Palliser Bay before arriving at Wharekauhau. Hugging the coastline of the small rural region of Wairarapa, the Wharekauhau Lodge is surrounded by nothing but 5,500 acres of rugged farmland. Take in the dramatic vistas from your Cottage Suite before indulging in some of New Zealand’s best wine before dinner. Reawaken your taste buds with the freshest local produce and ingredients, hand-crafted menus offering a contemporary twist on New Zealand classics. If you can pull yourself out of the luxuries of your Cottage, there are plenty of experiences to be had on and off property. On property, enjoy walking or biking, or explore the diverse farmland by enjoying a 4×4 tour, go for a swim in the indoor pool, or try your hand at clay shooting or archery. Visit the nearby vineyards of Martinborough, renowned for its Pinot Noir, go jet boating on the Ruamahunga River near Lake Onoke, discover Cape Palliser Lighthouse, a local landmark or golf at two great courses are in easy reach.
Hawke’s Bay: Day 9 to 11
Waiheke Island: Day 11 to 13
Continue North to Auckland where you will return your rental and meet your private guide for a private viewing of the city. You’ll witness dramatic views from Mount Eden, a dormant volcano summit, savor the beauty of the Royal Botanical Gardens and bustling city neighborhoods before being dropped pier side for your short boat transfer to Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island, rich in natural beauty, was recently listed as one of the world’s best island destinations by Conde Nast Traveler. Known for its vineyards, olive groves, and sandy beaches – you have entered foodie and vino paradise. The Boatshed is the ultimate home away from home, sitting above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa. Take an invigorating coastal and Native beach walk or wander through gardens. The Boatshed is also close to the art galleries and local olive oil mill, so you can indulge your mind and taste buds at the same time. If you feel like spending a little down time indoors, open the library windows to sea breezes, overlooking the town and the beach and it’s the perfect place to curl up with a great book to end your escape.