Itinerary Highlights

  • Tickets to entire 2023 two-Test series
  • Return transfers to the stadiums
  • Includes Waiheke Island Wine & Lunch Tour
  • Stay at 3,000-acre country estate
  • Explore Martinborough wine region

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights in economy
  • Luxury accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury airport & stadium transfers
  • Tickets for both Test Matches
  • Celebrity Hosted

Overview

Don’t miss a minute of the action with tickets to all five days of both Test matches, hosted by Mike Gatting OBE and John Lever MBE. Then, you'll enjoy a post-cricket stay in the beautiful surroundings of the Wharekauhau Country Estate in Featherston.

Watch the first Test match at Bay Oval Stadium on the stunning peninsula of Mount Maunganui, before heading to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington for the second Test at the Basin Reserve. In between the series, embark on a tour of New Zealand’s North Island, taking in the geothermal springs of Rotorua and fly fishing on Lake Taupo.

After the final Test, you’ll be whisked away in a private car to the elegant Edwardian estate, Wharekauhau, overlooking Pallister Bay. Explore its 3,000-acre grounds complete with ancient forests, placid lakes, and a working sheep farm.

This accommodation is located near the famous Martinborough wine-growing region. Head out on a wine-tasting tour at one of its many vineyards to sample some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world.

Not only will you enjoy a daily breakfast, sumptuous multicourse dinner, and pre-dinner drinks with canapés, but the activities at the estate are seemingly endless. From ATV quad biking to golfing, swimming to archery, wine-tasting to beach fishing, and so much more, this compact itinerary can be as exhilarating or relaxing as you want it to be.

Indulge in leisure after a tense two-Test series against the rural backdrop of New Zealand’s North Island.

 

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Accommodation

Park Hyatt Auckland

Situated on the water’s edge, the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland comprises 195 stylish guest rooms. Offering expansive views across Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and Waitemata Harbour, these contemporary suites are adorned with Maori accents, from custom designed tukutuku panels to rugs made from New Zealand Wool. The hotel has four restaurants and bars, a day spa, a 25-metre infinity pool and a full fitness centre.

Trinity Wharf Hotel

A unique Tauranga hotel with a relaxed ambience, Trinity Wharf is an over-water hotel located on Tauranga Harbour. Accommodation options range from superior guest rooms to a three-bedroom penthouse, and the hotel boasts an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool, as well as a fully equipped gym. Diners are guaranteed magnificent views over the water at the hotel’s restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and seasonally inspired menu.

Kinloch Manor

Set in rolling 254-hectare grounds on the shores of Lake Taupo, this ultra-modern luxury lodge with corresponding villas was designed by multi-award-winning architect, Andrew Patterson. The main lodge is realised in local schist stone and provides dramatic views of the surrounding landscape. With a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on-site, a rejuvenating spa and fine-dining restaurant, guests can indulge in both passive and active leisure.

Sofitel Wellington

Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington’s business and government hub, this refined hotel blends French ‘art de vivre’ principals with New Zealand culture. With a selection of elegant suites, each adhering to a calming vintage gold and bronze palette, the rooms are perfect for unwinding in after a day exploring the city. Dine at Jardin Grill to experience Sofitel chefs’ modern take on local flavours and specialities.

Wharekauhau Country Estate

Located on 3,000 acres of pristine sheep territory, Wharekauhau Country Estate offers refinement in New Zealand's stunning North Island. This elegant Edwardian estate is comprised of small cottages, large private holiday houses, a lodge, as well as a grand communal manor where gourmet meals and boutique wines are served. Activities range from ATV touring to horse trekking and tasting session in the nearby Martinborough wine region, plus the workings of the sheep farm within the property itself.

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Itinerary

Day 1 | 13 Feb

Arrive in Auckland where a private car will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel and base for the next two nights: Park Hyatt. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, stroll around Auckland’s impressive Waitemata Harbour. A melting pot of 190 different ethnicities, Auckland is the world’s biggest Polynesian city. This diversity is reflected in the lively arts and culture scene, a wide range of food and craft markets, vineyards, a hip cafe culture and outstanding restaurants. The dozens of islands of the Hauraki Gulf form a distinctive aspect of the Auckland landscape and provide a magnet for boaties, fishing enthusiasts and hikers.

Day 2 | 14 Feb

Set sail on a 90-minute cruise over to Waiheke Island on a luxury private launch. Sample the island’s produce on a Waiheke Island Wine & Lunch Tour, showcasing Rangihoua’s award-winning olive oil, as well as Mudbrick Vineyard’s Chardonnay and Viognier wines.

Day 3 | 15 Feb

Drive the two and half hours from Auckland to Tauranga, across the Hauraki Plains. Arrive in the sunny seaside city of Tauranga and visit the beautiful stretches of surf beach at Mount Maunganui, which have long attracted Kiwi holiday makers.

Day 4 – 8 l 16 – 20 Feb

Spend the next five days watching the first Test match at Bay Oval Stadium in Mount Maunganui. Return transfers to the stadium are provided, as well as a daily breakfast at your hotel: Trinity Wharf Hotel. This will be the first day-night Test to take place in New Zealand since the two sides met at Eden Park in 2018 Enjoy an informal cocktail party on the second evening of the Test match, where our Celebrity Hosts, Mike Gatting and John Lever, along with other guests, will provide an entertaining and lively debate about the test so far.

Day 9 | 21 Feb

Journey from Tauranga to magical Middle-earth and embark on a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Travel across the Kaimai Ranges, that separates Waikato in the west from the Bay of Plenty in the east. There are plenty of lookout points and places to stop along this drive with views from the summit of the fertile Waikato Plains. As you make your way out of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park and into the farmlands, you will start to approach the green rolling hills and lush green pastures of Alexander Farm, or most famously known, Hobbiton. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed. After the tour, enjoy a lavish feast, Lord of the Rings style, in The Millhouse. You will then say goodbye to The Shire and be transferred to nearby Taupo; a town of extraordinary natural beauty, Taupo boasts a vast sparkling lake, an ancient forest and steaming geothermal zones.

Day 10 | 22 Feb

From your base at Kinloch Manor, enjoy a day of leisure in Taupo. Play 18-holes at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, unwind with a treatment at the Solar Spa, or go fly fishing in this world-class lake fishing region.

Day 11 | 23 Feb

Today, make the one-hour drive from Taupo to Rotorua, passing the awe-inspiring Huka Falls as you go. In Rotorua, you will be greeted by your Maori guide for a guided walk through the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. There will be stops on the way where points of interest such as bubbling mud pools, mineral springs, silica formations and shooting geysers will be shown to you. You will have the opportunity to visit the Kiwi Conservation Centre where you may see the nocturnal Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. On returning to the model village it's various features will be explained to you before taking a look through NZMACI, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, which gives an insight into Maori carving, weaving, customs and history. You will then be transferred Rotorua Airport for your onward flight to Wellington. This evening, enjoy a black tie event hosted by Cricket Wellington, a formal event with a host of Cricketing legends (TBC).

Day 12 – 16 l 24 – 28 Feb

Spend the next five days watching the second Test match at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Return transfers to the stadium are provided, as well as a daily breakfast at your hotel: Sofitel Wellington. Enjoy an informal cocktail party on the second evening of the Test match, where our Celebrity Hosts, Mike Gatting and John Lever, along with other guests, will provide an entertaining and lively debate about the test so far. On the final night of the Test, we shall enjoy our Farewell Dinner at the exclusive Bellamys by Logan Brown, a truly unique setting on the third floor of one of the New Zealand Parliament buildings, known locally as the Beehive. The premium New Zealand cuisine is brought to you by Head Chef Joshua Ross, formerly of Logan Brown.

Day 17 | 01 March

Today, you’ll be whisked away in a private car, across the Rimutaka Range, to your luxury accommodation at Wharekauhau Country Estate. Take in the rolling fields of Featherston and the black-sand beach, before indulging in delicate canapé and pre-dinner drinks.

Day 18 | 02 March

Enjoy a day of leisure. Choose a walking route around the expansive private grounds and encounter ancient forests, peaceful lakes, and a rugged coastline. Head to the nearby fishing village of Ngawi and walk up to the lighthouse or relax with a tipple at a local vineyard.

Day 19 | 03 March

Say goodbye to the manicured gardens, plush accommodations, and working sheep farm of Wharekauhau Country Estate. After a sumptuous breakfast, a private car will pick you up and transfer you to Wellington Airport for your departure flight home.
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New Zealand v England Two Test Platinum Tour & Wharekauhau Lodge

13 Feb - 03 March 2023 - Prices from £15,095 pp

Includes Flights, Accommodation, Transfers, Excursions & Cricket Tickets

Optional Activities

At Spectate, we pride ourselves on tailoring live sport experiences to you, which is why we offer an array of unforgettable excursions alongside our tours. So, whether it’s exploring the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand after an exhilarating first Test match, or reliving the series highlights over a glass of Shiraz at a wine-tasting session, the Spectate team are here to make it happen!

During your stay in Taupo (21-23 Feb), guests have the option of adding a wide range of activities onto their itinerary: 18 Holes at Kinloch Golf Club, Half Day Private Guided Walk, Full Day Private Guided Tama Lakes Hike with Lunch, Full Day Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Lunch, Half Day Lake Fishing & Cruise, and Half or Full Day Guided Fly Fishing.

Let the Spectate team organise your perfect trip to New Zealand and add any of these thrilling activities on to your booking.

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