Connoisseur’s North Island

Fishing, wine and gourmet food – this exclusive self-drive journey through New Zealand’s North Island has it all.

Journey Overview

Fishing, food, and wine – this exclusive self-drive journey through New Zealand’s North Island has it all. Discover firsthand why the Tongariro River is the country’s fly-fishing capital. View the world’s biggest mainland colony of gannets at Cape Kidnappers. And seek adventures on foot, bicycle or horseback.

Journey Highlights

  • Savour artisan flavours on Waiheke Island
  • Step into sophistication at Huka Lodge
  • Discover a fly-fishing paradise on the world-famous Tongariro River
  • Seek cliff-top adventures at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland – Waiheke Island

Collect your rental vehicle and explore this harbour city at your leisure. Make your way to your accommodation on Waiheke Island, a two-hour drive away.
The Boatshed

Day 2: Waiheke Island

Enjoy a gourmet food and wine tour of Waiheke Island, tasting fresh oysters, locally produced specialities and wine from the island’s top vineyards.
The Boatshed | BL

Day 3: Taupo

Journey south to Huka Lodge on the Waikato River. Nestled in manicured grounds on the door step of the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, this luxury lodge is your perfect base. Soak up the surrounds over pre-dinner drinks.
Huka Lodge | BD

Days 4-5: Taupo

Two full days’ fly-fishing on the Tongariro River. Let experienced guides introduce you to the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly-fishing in the country. Later, feast on a tasting menu of sustainably sourced ingredients, such as spanner crab and John Dory, matched with the region’s finest wines.
Huka Lodge | BLD

Day 6: Hawke’s Bay

Journey upstream to the thunderous Huka Falls for a thrilling jet-boat ride. Continue to Hawke’s Bay and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. This magnificent property sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs with infinite ocean views.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers | BD

Day 7: Hawke’s Bay

Join your guide on a discovery of the 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm on which your 5-star retreat is located. Witness the highly-trained farm dogs muster sheep. Trek across hidden trails to see the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. If you are feeling adventurous, take a picnic and venture to the colony by mountain bike.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers | BD

Day 8: Hawke’s Bay – Depart Napier

Drive to Napier Airport for your onward flight.

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The Boatshed, Oneroa

Connoisseur’s North Island

Located just 35 minutes by fast ferry or 10 minutes by helicopter from Auckland, The Boatshed is a luxury boutique property on Waiheke Is ... Read more

Huka Lodge, Taupo

Connoisseur’s North Island

A member of the select Small Leading Hotels of the World group, this internationally acclaimed retreat was the dream of a young Irish a ... Read more

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Connoisseur’s North Island

Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers encompasses terrain which is reminiscent of Montana but plunges ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey


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