Beyond Boundaries: An Aerial Exploration of Aotearoa

Embark on an exclusive expedition through New Zealand's breath-taking landscapes and cultural treasures. From scenic helicopter flights to immersive cultural encounters and thrilling outdoor adventures, experience the ultimate blend of luxury and exploration. Discover the wonders of both the North and South Islands, from volcanic terrains to pristine coastlines, creating memories to last a lifetime.

When to go
From Price
£90,000 PP*
Ideal Length
10 Nights

Experience Highlights

  • Explore the coastal beauty of the Bay of Islands and Whangaroa by yacht and kayak, experience a fascinating visit to the glow worm-filled Kawiti Caves and race 4x4 buggies across the magnificent beaches of Cape Reinga.
  • Experience a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony, followed by a range of tailored cultural activities and a chance to meet with master wood carvers and craftspeople for an afternoon of tribal immersion.
  • Embark on a scenic helicopter flight over Tongariro National Park to the Whanganui River for a privately guided fly-fishing experience, followed by an exploration of Mount Tarawera's volcanic crater alongside a volcanologist.
  • Spend a day out on a thrilling Fiordland heli-safari, exploring iconic natural wonders like Skippers Tarns, Blackpeak and Mt Aspiring, before heading out for an adrenaline-pumping jet boating and glacier ice climbing adventure.

Travelling to New Zealand may seem daunting, with its remote location and lengthy flight time. However, the rewards that await you in this breath-taking land are unparalleled, especially when paired with the convenience of chartering a private airplane.

Arriving in Auckland, hop aboard a private helicopter flight to the renowned Bay of Islands. As you soar overhead, cast your eyes over the extraordinary sculpture collection housed in the grounds of Gibb’s Farm below, before your arrival at The Landing, where you will be welcomed by members of the Ngāti Hine, the only Māori iwi or tribe with a female leader. Get ready to explore this coastal enclave of over 140 sub-tropical islands, teeming with life. Set out to explore the seas onboard a charter fishing yacht, perfect for cruising the coves. This afternoon, a short helicopter flight will transport you to the Kawiti Caves for a unique opportunity to be surrounded by thousands of glow worms that illuminate a network of underground chambers, while your guide shares fascinating insights into this natural phenomenon.

Cape Reinga

Your next day’s adventure begins with a scenic exploration of Cape Reinga, where you will traverse the coastline on powerful 4x4 buggies to Scott’s Point, the most outlying section of this 90-mile beach, followed by a delicious picnic lunch set-up. This afternoon, board your helicopter for a visit to the stunning natural harbour of Whangaroa, and explore the coastal caves by sea kayak. Make your way to a secluded kauri forest, and scale the monolithic free-standing Kaiaraara rock, to be rewarded with breath-taking views across the fjord-like scenery.

Lake Rotoiti

Prepare for a day of extraordinary cultural experiences as you travel to Lake Rotoiti, where you will receive a traditional pōwhiri, a revered Māori welcoming ceremony. This special occasion involves a variety of speeches, performances, waiata (singing) and a spine-chilling rendition of the Rōpū Kapa Haka, followed by a traditional lunch. Meet with a master wood carver or learn about weaving or weaponry, as you expand your knowledge and embark on your exploration of the proud nation of Aotearoa. This evening, you will stay at the iconic Huka Lodge, boasting beautiful views over the Waikato River and undoubtedly one of the best locations for fishing in the region.

Fly over Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its volcanic landscapes. As you soar above, the rugged terrain unfolds beneath you, offering a glimpse of ancient lava flows and snow-capped peaks before descending towards the Whanganui River. Upon arrival, take part in a private fly-fishing experience on the pristine waters of the Whanganui River, guided by expert anglers who will lead you to the best spots for casting your line. After a morning of angling adventures, savour a gourmet picnic lunch served riverside, surrounded by the tranquillity of nature.

Next, delve into the heart of volcanic activity with an exploration of Mount Tarawera led by a leading volcanologist. Ascend to the summit, where the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are unparalleled, before descending 123 meters into the crater for an up-close encounter with volcanic history. Conclude your volcanic odyssey with a scenic flight over Whakaari/White Island, an active marine volcano steeped in Māori mythology. Before the day draws to a close, immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Orakei Korako, known as the "Hidden Valley" of geothermal wonders. Wander among silica terraces, bubbling mud pools, and steaming geysers as you uncover the secrets of this geothermal marvel.

Embark on a seamless transition from the North Island to the South Island aboard your private plane, departing from Rotorua Airport toward Queenstown. From there, embark on an epic Fiordland heli-safari where immense glaciers and rugged coastlines await discovery. Touch down at Skippers Tarns, a secluded mountain lake nestled amidst towering peaks, where an unforgettable dining experience awaits. Kayak on the tranquil waters of the lake, and unwind in your private hot tub, specially installed for your enjoyment in this remote location. Continue onwards to stay at The Lindis, nestled amidst the dramatic landscapes of the Ahuriri Valley.

Journey to Blackpeak for a scenic hike through rugged terrain, or head to the legendary Mt Aspiring, offering jaw-dropping views of the surrounding landscape. Embark on a thrilling private shotover jet boat experience on the Okuru River, where adrenaline-pumping thrills await amidst the stunning scenery, before exploring Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Touch down on the icy surface for an ice climbing and abseiling experience led by expert guides, offering a thrilling opportunity to explore this frozen landscape up close, before journeying to the last stop on this epic exploration, Flockhill.


Here, enjoy an immersive farm experience, where you'll learn about the regeneration and conservation efforts underway on this remote property. Muster sheep with working dogs, witness the shearing process, and gain insight into the wool industry that has shaped the region's economy for generations. Participate in the creation of a one-of-a-kind garment using locally sourced materials, under the guidance of expert artisans. Whether it's a wool sweater or a handcrafted accessory, this hands-on workshop offers a unique opportunity to create a lasting memento of your time in New Zealand.

Conclude your journey with a leisurely forest walk or e-biking excursion, before departing from Flockhill to Christchurch Airport via helicopter, enjoying a scenic flight over the Canterbury region. Touch down at the airport in time for your onward flight, bound for your next destination.

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