Whatever they do, you can be sure that John and Kate do it in a way that has no negative environmental impact, and it will be to their usual high standard.
Stonefly Lodge has set… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/journal/stonefly-lodge-nelson/
Not forgetting the helipad As promised, here are a few taster photos of where you might stay on Waiheke if you were a pop star. https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/going-gaga-waiheke/
After dropping my car at Taupo Airport I hop on another little pocket rocket flight to Wellington. It has been raining hard all day and the approach into Wellington is rather foggy… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/wellington-wharekauhau-and-fog/
Set high on a ridge overlooking Taupo is the glorious architectural wonder, Acacia Cliffs, also home to Tom the sheep.
Tom regularly receives enquiries after his health from past guests. Not being able to tell one sheep from another, I am unsure as to wh…
Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a cute, four bedroom boutique lodge owned and managed by Linda and Rick Whitlock. The architecturally designed lodge combines a traditional Pole House (orig… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/acacia-cliffs-and-tom-sheep/
The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River (the longest river in New Zealand), that drain into Lake Taupo, the volume of water flows at up to 220,00 litres - per second! The Hukafalls Jetboats will take passengers to the foot of the falls…
The Sat Nav says that Huka Lodge is on my left, it isn't. In fact I have no idea where it might be but since I know I am on the right road and I am very early, I go for a little dr… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/huka-falls-and-huka-lodge/
Not far from Rotorua in distance but a million miles apart is Treetops Lodge and Wilderness Resort, this is where nature comes to play.
The property has 12 villas and is set in 2,500 acres with over 70km of nature trails to explore on foot or horseback. Whilst exploring the wilderness you will encounter water buff… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/treetops-and-wilderness/
Rotorua's full name is Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe and means second lake in Maori.
Action and adventure, thrills and spills, Maori heritage, thermal springs and spas, Rotorua has something for everyone.
For those with more of a cultural interest there is the Rotorua Museum which is located in the old Bath house and holds the highest classification given by the New Zealand Histori… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/rotorua/
One can only imagine what the site must have looked like from the sky - no roads, no power cables, no houses just fantastic views, rolling countryside and a huge pine tree which was later to become the Party Tree.
I have a private tour of the Shire ending in lunch across the bridge at the Green Dragon Pub. The Green Dragon is now a fully functioning and fully licensed restaurant. Needless t… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/hobbiton-movie-set/
Next morning I depart Eagle's Nest by road for Auckland with my driver John and his wife. John is another wealth of information, part Maori part Scot he has an interesting take on things and the long drive to Auckland passes quickly.
One thing that New Zealanders love are pies! There are pie shops all over the place, much like hot dog stands in other parts of the world. So lunch today involves a stop at a pie … https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/catch-and-pies/
Eagle's Nest is a secluded property located on the ridge of a private peninsula with incredible views across the Bay of Islands. Each self contained villa is different and the villas can be booked individually, as a combination or your can take the entire…
The kitchen has been well stocked with breakfast options and there is so much food that I decide to stay and enjoy the facilities rather than head back into Russell for dinner.
Salt Air runs 20 minute scenic helicopter rides from a small landing pad on the beach at Paihia. The helicopter does not look any more substantial than the can of diet coke I have just finished! It is a small 4 seater helicopter with perspex windows and t…
Fitted with life jackets and safety briefing complete we head off, fortunately the other two passengers are a couple and want to sit together, leaving me the front seat and best v… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/birds-eye-view/
After breakfast I am met by my driver Steve and we head off for today's adventure. Steve is a wealth of knowledge and today I learn about the different ways of growing kiwi fruit amongst other things! I was ashamed to admit that I did not know if they gro…
First stop today is the Waitangi Treaty grounds. This is a must for anyone visiting the Bay of Islands as here you will learn about the events that shaped the nation as well as be… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/hongi-waitangi/
Last night jetlag got the better of me hence I write this as I have breakfast.
In the evenings all the guests are invited to the main lodge for pre dinner drinks and canapés. Jackets are a must for gentlemen and it is lovely to see people dress for dinne…
For those who arrived yesterday, the weekend kicked off with an evening reception welcoming Pete and Gavin to Kauri Cliffs. This morning, for those guests who have stayed last ni… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/pete-evans-and-dinner-kauri-cliffs/
Tonight's lodging is at Kauri Cliffs ... Set on a 6,000 acre estate of rolling countryside, this place is Awesome with a capital A. A waterfall, an 18 hole golf course with spectacular views along the coastline, a pink beach (pink from broken seashells) w…
Jumping into my golf buggy I head off down the "back 9" which is the most scenic. Cresting a hill I slam on the brake - the view is breathtaking! I am glad no-one was around to he… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/kauri-cliffs-and-view-back-9/
After breakfast I set off for the airport and caught a flight to Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands. I was delighted to see my boarding card - 5A, a window seat! As I board the plane I laugh, there are only 20 seats on this little prop, all of them are windo…
The flight lasts 35 minutes and I seem to be the only one who has not done it before as everyone else sits and works or reads their newspapers, I am the only one with my face pres… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/window-seats/
As the departure date drew nearer I questioned my wisdom of deciding to fly right through and not spend a night in a comfortable bed somewhere along the way. Now that I am here I am happy that I did so.
I am now sitting in the sun and enjoy my breakfast at the Sofitel whilst admiring the rather splendid array of boats moored in the marina in front. It was worth it! It was so wo… https://travelmagellan.com/index.php/new-zealand/start-grand-tour-and-good-morning-auckland/