As the warmth of the suns first light spreads across the manicured lawns at Huka Lodge your helicopter lands to pick you up and fly you away for an adventure like no other.
You will be surrounded by panoramic scenery that will take your breath away as you traverse a vast landscape of unspoiled and astounding beauty that comprises New Zealand’s Central Plateau. Here, the air is so clear you can see sharply for miles into the distance.
Your helicopter will sweep you across the deep blue waters of Lake Taupo and into the bush-clad alpine valleys of the Kaimanawa Forest Park – home to wild herds of horses and deer. Landing on the banks of the Rangitikei River to gaze into its crystal clear waters will reveal the magnificent trout swimming strongly in its current and provide yet another amazing encounter with nature.
Soak up the utter solitude and peace of this stunning wilderness and reflect on the wonders of the journey just travelled, as you enjoy light breakfast pastries with a glass of Champagne, before you set off once more.
A trio of volcanic cones, Mts. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro stand sentinel over the great Lake Taupo. Their snow-clad peaks and violent geological past bear testament to their dual status within the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, created to preserve their great presence and cultural significance for generations to come. No better view can be had of these volcanoes than from your helicopter, as your skilled pilot shows you the stunning Emerald Lakes and the geothermal activity of the Te Maari Crater, which erupted twice in 2012!
Your homeward journey brings you past the cliffs of the remote Western Bays, the Maori Rock Carvings and up and over the cascading waters of the Huka Falls before landing you safely back at Huka Lodge for breakfast. This incredible journey like no other takes just 2 hours of your life, however what you will see during this time promises to change it forever.
This sensational seasonal package includes accommodation for two, for one night, in a Junior Lodge suite (on a double occupancy basis), pre-dinner drinks with canapés, five-course gourmet dinner, helicopter trip with Champagne and pastries, and full country breakfast. This package is only available for the month of April 2017, for NZ$3,741.00 per person, per night.
Huka Lodge, New Zealand and sister properties Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa comprise The Huka Retreats, all sharing a passionate commitment to providing extraordinary hospitality experiences for their guests.