After a stunning sunrise and delicious breakfast begin the day by strolling out the door to your onsite helipad at Treetops Lodge or Solitaire Lodge - board your own private Helicopter, leaving Rotorua city or its surrounds behind as you fly north past our northern lakes district before crossing the coast on track to White Island. As you arrive enjoy aerial views of the active volcanic crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Once on the volcano embark on a leisurely guided tour of the island’s crater floor to view active steam vents, fumaroles, hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. After exploring the vast Island re-board your machine and enjoy a 20 minute scenic flight over the rolling hills of the Bay of Plenty, landing lake edge at a secluded Marae on the shores of Lake Rotoiti.
Upon arriving at the Marae (meeting place) be welcomed the traditional way with a Powhiri. Here you will form a greater understanding of the deep relationship Maori have established with the land and natural geothermal features being used in the ground. You will also learn about the legends of the Lake Rotoiti region which is stepped in cultural history with numerous stories and battles taking place along the shoreline. Finally top of your Marae experience with a unique taste of a traditional hangi prepared in an earth oven before embarking on your private catamaran, Tiua.
Tiua meaning ‘to move with the wind’ will pick you up from the Marae’s jetty. Here sit back and relax as we cruise under sail at a pace dictated by you. An abundance of activity options await you, from fishing for trout, to stand up paddle boarding through to swimming into secluded coves in search of glow worms. The perfect way to top this day of though is to sit back in the stunning lakes edge hot pools only accessible via boat and watch the afternoon drift away. A twenty minute cruise back to our dock will have you to shore in no time, followed by a 30 minute road transfer back to your luxury lodge.
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Available all year around.
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Each itinerary are custom designed to fit participants available time and numbers
Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this award-winning lodge is a life-long dream realised by owner and passionate naturalist, John Sax.
This uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure.
Located in Rotorua, the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world, the Lodge presents an elegant, ecology-inspired architectural style derived from the country’s pioneering past: timber and stone finishes echo the natural beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors.
Treetops offer seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes, and over 40 miles of adventure trails. Each day the lodge offers a complimentary Signature Treetops experience on the Estate. These change daily between: the Maori Indigenous Food Trail; Estate to Plate or Wilderness Safari; or the Wild Food Cooking School.
New family experiences include: photography safaris; geocaching hunts; our own on-site helicopter tours to the nearby live Volcano – White Island; luxury treks to spectacular waterfalls; and a 4WD safari experience. The recently opened Wilderness spa offers genuinely local, indigenous treatments within a choice of traditional day spa and residential wellness programs.
Treetops has a commitment to sourcing - where at all possible - estate reared ingredients for all meals, by using our 100% pesticide free game meats, poultry, seafood all cleverly blended with fresh herbs, vegetables and our very own estate-produced Manuka honey.
Solitaire Lodge, one of New Zealand’s premiere luxury lodges, enjoys breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera with a lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrop. From the moment you enter below the Lodge’s vintage beams, the shade sails beckon you through and your adventure begins. The main lounge yields a spectacular vista due to the lodge’s extraordinary location. Nearby, our fine dining restaurant is available for your patronage. Easy lake access allows the exploration of surrounding waters directly from Solitaire’s private grounds and jetty.
Located just twenty minutes drive from the city of Rotorua and Rotorua International Airport, car hire is highly recommended enabling you the freedom to explore neighbouring destinations and attractions at your leisure. Rotorua is a leisurely three-hour drive from the gateway city of Auckland, and a five to six hour drive from New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. Chauffeured and helicopter transfers are available on request.
Volcano, Culture, Cruise: North Island
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