Picnic in the peaks
If you’ve ever dreamed of dining atop a mountain, dream no more.
Indulge in the serenity of the Southern Alps with a private ski plane flight, including a glacier landing and a private picnic. Fly over the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breathtaking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, with a Tasman Glacier landing. Once you’ve had your fill of beauty from the air, the aircraft will land on one of the many glaciers and the pilot will set up a private picnic on the snow. After you’ve enjoyed the breathtaking views and food, you’ll fly towards Aoraki/Mount Cook for a better view. Picnic amongst the peaks is a 90-minute experience including two glacier landings, nibbles, drinks and plenty of time for photography.
Choose between a ski plane (eight people) or helicopter(six people). The package is priced from $2490. For more information and to book, go to mtcookskiplanes.com/flights-and-tours/picnic-amongst-the-peaks
Spoil your inner gourmand at The George Christchurch. As well as having views of picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon, the hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant, and with the inclusive 50 Bistro Gourmet Indulgence package, guests can enjoy a night in a luxurious executive room, a three-course Chef’s Selection dinner, and a gourmet breakfast at 50 Bistro Restaurant. You’ll also receive complimentary Wi-Fi, free carparking and a late check-out (subject to availability). The 50 Bistro Gourmet Indulgence package is priced from $467.
Visit thegeorge.com/special-offers/50-bistro-gourmetindulgence or call 03 379 4560 to book.
Live like a king
Visiting a vineyard’s cellar door is all well and good, but what about staying next to one? Just 25 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, Kinross is a cellar door, bistro and boutique accommodation where you will be surrounded by nature and the magical world of wine. The team is offering a Gourmet Wine and Food Experience for two.
Spend two nights in a vineyard-view cottage room, tuck into a seasonal and locally crafted three-course dinner, and enjoy a cafe-style breakfast before learning all about the art of taking grape to glass on a complimentary hosted wine tasting with one of the vineyard’s experts.
The Gourmet Wine & Food Experience is priced at $530. Book direct at kinross.nz or 0800 131101.
Wing it to Waiheke
Heletranz Helicopters is partnering with Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant for a chance to see Hauraki Gulf from the air, before settling in for a delicious meal and beautiful wines.
Enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight viewing the crater of Rangitoto Island and Motutapu Island before landing at Mudbrick. Enjoy a glass of Mudbrick Bubbles, a superb three-course a la carte lunch or dinner (entree, main and dessert with house-made bread, amuse-bouche and sorbet) and coffee or tea. Make your own way to Matiatia Wharf and cruise back to Auckland on a Fullers ferry. Alternatively, a complimentary vehicle transfer from Mudbrick Vineyard can take you to Reeves Airfield to meet the pilot for a helicopter flight back to Heletranz Heliport. Heli and ferry packages start from $395pp (for six people) and heli return flights start at $595pp.
Email [email protected] or call 09 405 3550 to book.
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