There is nothing like a few days away, taking time for yourself – perhaps with a special someone. Really indulge the senses with beautiful places, exquisite food, fabulous hospitality and take time to breathe! This Roadie can be taken as one special week away or split it into a series of wonderful weekends. Whether for celebrations, relaxation, reconnections or as a treat – nothing like some luxury to help reset the mind, body and soul!
|Drive through the rolling hills of the Mighty Waikato to the charming town of Cambridge. If you are coming from Auckland, on the Northern side of Hamilton you may want to stop into NZ’s only Tea plantation Zealong Tea Estate for a fabulous high tea overlooking the plantation, or partake in a traditional tea ceremony.|
Drive into Hamilton and enjoy the ever expanding international award winning Hamilton Gardens – an absolute MUST see! Prebook a tour – the gardens and their stories of civilisations and times passed really come alive. It might be your first visit but certainly won’t be your last. With new gardens regularly coming on stream and the gardens changing with each season you will be rewarded with every visit.
Make your way to a exquisite country hotel based in Cambridge – The Henley. On the outskirts of Waikato’s tree town, prepare to be pampered with outstanding service, absolute comfort, and beautiful food in a stunning country location! Stay for two nights, but be warned – it’s so lovely – you may not want to leave….
|Enjoy the hotel surrounds with breakfast in the garden or high tea. Perhaps take a hotel e-bike down the Te Awa walk/cycle way to picturesque Lake Karapiro or an easy cycle into town.|
Enjoy a stroll through the township of Cambridge, take in a coffee or local treat or indulge in some boutique shopping, or if its Saturday visit thier boutique Farmers Market for a tasty morsel!
This evening take a guided kayak under the stars with Lake District Adventures. Dine in at the hotel or out in Cambridge – the choices are endless.
|Head 90 minutes south today towards Taupo. Coming into Taupo township, head for the harbour – board one of the lakes fabulous yachts or luxury launches to sail out to the Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings, one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary pieces of cultural art.|
Make your way to your 5-star accommodation – Sacred Waters. Soak in the lakeview from your private balcony, before enjoying your private thermal hot tub.
Vine Bar & Eatery is must-visit in the Taupo cuisine scene; offering an extensive selection of renowned local and international wine, and specialising in Mediterranean tapas and New Zealand fine dining.
Taupō is home to Diamond Laser Medispa – New Zealand’s #1 ‘Best Luxury Medical Spa.’ Hot stone massages, facial treatments with the newest products, manicures and pedicures with a glass of champagne and world-class service.
End your day with a rejuvenating soak at the Wairakei Terraces – geothermal hot springs known for the silica waters’ healing properties, this adult-only facility is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
This evening dine at award-winning The Bistro, and indulge in the famous degustation menu.
Wind your way through a stunning landscape of giants with the peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe as your backdrop. Take your pick from a range of unforgettable walks around Whakapapa Village or a journey into the clouds with the Sky Waka gondola.
Head to your luxurious home away from home into remote wilderness at Retaruke Country Estate. Wine and dine on tantalising, locally sourced meals tailored to your wishes. Top of the day with some fantastic stargazing from the outdoor hot tub.
From farm tours, horse treks to trout fishing, hunting, mountain biking and wonderful walks, there is magic in the mix of activities to experience at Retaruke Country Estate. With 4,000 acres of farmland, bush and streams, this natural wonderland is made for modern day explorers.
Dine at the Blind Finch for world-class gourmet burgers, arguably the best burgers in NZ.
|Experience a once in a lifetime guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing Sunrise Tour with Adrift Tongariro.|
Brunch at Thorn Ohakune for fresh home baking, decadent waffles, gourmet sammies and the best coffee.
Then bring home a fantastic souvenir from the Craft Haus – home of Opus Fresh HQ, makers of premium outdoors gear from NZ made merino.
As you head home relive the wonderful Central North Island experiences that should leave you rested, revived, and feeling pampered and indulged!