Andrew Harper - Signature Tour
Andrew Harper - Signature Tour
Andrew Harper - Signature Tour
Andrew Harper - Signature Tour

New Zealand Lakes & Legends: an Andrew Harper Signature Tour, November 12-24, 2013

New Zealand Lakes & Legends

An Andrew Harper Signature Tour, November 12-24, 2013

Update: Tour is sold out.
One of Andrew Harper’s favorite destinations is New Zealand, with breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery containing “some of the finest hideaways in the world.” This remarkable country, which Mr. Harper describes as “peaceful, hospitable and … blessedly detached from the planet’s woes,” has become a perennial favorite of our subscribers, as well.

Mr. Harper, therefore, wanted to make the Signature Tour to New Zealand (November 12-24) an especially memorable journey. It had to show off the best of these entrancing islands, as well as offer unique, exclusive experiences that individual travelers would have great difficulty arranging on their own. The resulting itinerary is an exploration of New Zealand like no other.

Limited to 16 people, New Zealand: Lakes & Legends includes a private yacht tour of the stupendously scenic Bay of Islands archipelago, a hangi (traditional feast) in a Maori village, a helicopter landing on a glacier, exclusive wine tastings and the opportunity to drive a classic luxury car from The Farm at Cape Kidnappers to the outskirts of Taupo, near Huka Lodge.

These properties are two of Mr. Harper’s top-ranked hideaways in the world. Guests on this Signature Tour also stay at The Spire in Queenstown and Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands, two other properties that Mr. Harper highly recommends.

With its array of exclusive experiences and exquisite accommodations, this journey through New Zealand is sure to be one of our most exciting Signature Tours yet. If you’ve ever considered traveling to this enchanting country, now is the time to do it.

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The Andrew Harper Travel Office will be delighted to assist with international airline reservations. Contact us for further information.


  • Four luxury hideaways personally recommended by Andrew Harper: The Spire, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Huka Lodge, and Kauri Cliffs Lodge
  • Milford Sound helicopter excursion with a glacier landing
  • Exclusive Dart River jet boat safari
  • Interactive wine experience at Mount Edward Winery with Duncan Forsyth
  • Private art collection and studio visits
  • "Behind the Label" Tour with Master of Wine Steve Smith
  • Classic car experience
  • Exclusive Maori village visit
  • A cruise the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury yacht
  • A round of golf on the championship course at Kauri Cliffs


The Spire Hotel, Queenstown
The Spire Hotel, Queenstown

The Spire Queenstown may be thoroughly modern, yet the property exudes warmth, and personal service is never overlooked. Attentive staff caters to your needs 24 hours a day, providing advice and assistance whenever required. The Spire is conveniently located in the heart of Queenstown so you may enjoy everything New Zealand’s premier alpine resort has to offer. Guest rooms feature super-king or twin single beds with multimedia systems, Wi-Fi and iPod® connectivity, large balconies, spacious baths and pillow menus. They exude total comfort with a contemporary design edge.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hilltop Suites
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hilltop Suites

Each suite features room-controlled air conditioning, high-speed wireless Internet, remote control flat-screen LCD TV, DVD, CD player with iPod connection, security safe, fully stocked complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closet, and spacious bathroom with heated towel rack, separate WC and shower stalls, oversized bath tub and twin vanities. The Hilltop Suites are 500 square feet, located on top of the hill above the Lodge, offering comfort and spectacular vistas.

Huka Lodge, Taupo
Huka Lodge, Taupo

Consistently voted as one of the best lodges in Australasia, this is where the Queen of England likes to stay when she’s in the country. Huka is one of the most enduring luxury lodges in New Zealand, and it shows. The level of service and attention to detail is immaculate, and the lodge’s position alongside the emerald green Waikato River is as peaceful as it is beautiful. The Junior Lodge Suites are true retreats in every sense; the rooms are harmonious and deliberately simple in approach. Every last detail required for guest comfort has been carefully considered, from the finest monogrammed bed linen to the freshly baked biscuit. The spacious and light baths offer every indulgence. Dressing rooms are generous, as well.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands

Already world-famous for its breathtaking golf course on the east coast of subtropical Northland, Kauri Cliffs has also forged a reputation for excellence in dining and luxury accommodation. Every Deluxe Suite (approximately 750 square feet) offers its own private porch, comfortable bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in his-and-hers wardrobes and a bath with a shower, tub and dual vanities. The cottages are nestled on the edge of a native forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the golf course. The main bedroom features an open gas fireplace; superior minibar; large armoire with a TV, DVD player, CD player; super-king bed (able to be split into two super-singles); rattan armchairs; writing desk and ottomans.


New Zealand

From picturesque islands in the north to majestic glaciers in the south, New Zealanders are not exaggerating when they describe their homeland as paradise. Affectionately called the adventure capital of the world, New Zealand possesses lakes and landscapes that offer picture-perfect scenic vistas and an incredibly diverse range of activities to suit all levels.
Together with our Kiwi host, Vince Haywood, we visit the North and South Islands, lodging in perennially Harper-recommended lodges and hotels, notably: Huka Lodge in Taupo; Kauri Cliffs Distinctive accommodations have been paired with extraordinary activities to create our "Lakes & Legends" itinerary. It encompasses unique experiences in total comfort, with time included to explore personal interests and for private dining.

Please contact Andrew Harper at (800) 375-4685 and ask for Erica.

Days 1-2: Tuesday November 12, 2013

Depart the United States for Napier on the airline of your choice (we will be happy to assist with your arrangements). After crossing the International Date Line, arrive in Napier via Auckland on November 14, where you will be met by your Seasonz guide and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodations at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and settle into your beautiful surroundings.

Day 3: Friday November 15, 2013

Enjoy a gannet safari through Cape Kidnappers Station in the comfort of a private air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. On arrival, enjoy refreshments while you watch the gannets perform around you.
Afterward, learn about winemaking in the region on your private Hawke’s Bay “Behind the Label” tour, a unique personal encounter with the wines and people of Hawke’s Bay hosted by Master of Wine Steve Smith. This evening, enjoy dinner at The Farm in the wine cellar.

New Zealand
Day 4: Saturday November 16, 2013

A local guide accompanies you for a Hawke’s Bay art and photography experience. Visit one of the oldest and most established private gardens in Hawke’s Bay, and stroll through the extensive property accompanied by the devoted owners. You are invited to a good old-fashioned Kiwi lunch at the homestead.
After lunch, visit some local artists in their studios. Rick Terstappen is one of the region’s best known artists. Accompanying us for the day will be well-known New Zealand photographer Richard Brimer. This evening enjoy dinner at The Farm at the Terrace, or you may prefer dinning privately at your leisure.

Day 5: Sunday November 17, 2013

This morning you have the rare opportunity to drive that classic car toward Huka Lodge. You can select from a remarkable collection including an MG Roadster, assorted Jaguars, and other notable vintage vehicles. Stop at a rustic local pub for lunch and a chat with the owners as you enjoy the unique scenery. On arrival at Huka Lodge, share a celebratory glass of champagne.

New Zealand

Day 6: Monday November 18, 2013

You are transferred privately to Rotorua to view the geothermal phenomena, including the spectacular Champagne Pool. Afterward, experience a powhiri (Maori welcome) at the local marae (Maori meeting house). Assist in lifting a hangi (traditional meal cooked underground) that had been laid that morning in preparation for your arrival. This is a fun way to get to know the community of this small village, and learn the essence of the hangi as you enjoy the feast.

New Zealand
Day 7: Tuesday November 19, 2013

Travel to the Bay of Islands and Kauri Cliffs Lodge. After lunch, select from one of several activities available, such as clay pigeon shooting, a spa treatment, a round of golf or a nature walk.
Tonight, the Private Green Room will be the setting for a wonderful degustation menu featuring a variety of local delicacies that will captivate your palate.

Day 8, Wednesday November 20, 2013

A private luxury boat cruise through the Bay of Islands awaits. The 54-foot catamaran is fast and nimble for exploring the region and introducing you to the diverse marine life, as well as to the significance of the Maori and the maritime history of the area.
Dinner includes fresh local food in the panoramic setting of the Tiger Room.

Day 9: Thursday November 21, 2013

Depart Bay of Islands via Auckland for Queenstown. Upon arrival you are met transferred to The Spire a short 20 minute drive. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and settle into your beautiful surroundings.

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Day 10: Friday November 22, 2013

You are transferred by private vehicle to the helipad for a Milford Sound helicopter excursion with a glacier landing. Later, enjoy an exhilarating safari aboard an exclusive Dart River jet boat. After your adventure, you will return to Queenstown by road, a scenic one-hour drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu.

New Zealand
Day 11: Saturday November 23, 2013

A short drive brings you to the Gibbston Valley. First, make a stop along the way at the iconic Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre. For those adventurous enough, there is the option of taking the 141-foot plunge into the canyon below! Next, enjoy an interactive wine experience (including lunch) at Mount Edward Winery, hosted by winemaker Duncan Forsyth.
Later this afternoon, take an exclusive escorted tour of the private art collection of David Teplitzky, showcasing the works of 108 artists from around the world. This is the first time the collection has been made available, and it will undoubtedly be a highlight of the trip. Your sumptuous farewell dinner includes local delicacies in idyllic surroundings.

Day 12: Sunday November 24, 2013

Your journey home begins today as you fly from Queenstown to Auckland, where you can do some last-minute shopping before boarding your flight home.

New Zealand


Vance Haywood

Vance Haywood is the Operations Manager at Seasonz Travel and will be accompanying the Andrew Harper Signature Tour from start to finish. A passionate New Zealander, Vance has been with Seasonz for a number of years and was responsible for managing the very successful rugby World Cup 2011 program for all inbound visitors and his office was appointed as an Official Travel Agent for the Tournament. Since then, Vance has gone on to manage and guide a number of very successful Andrew Harper programs, including a recent group in January 2013.

Duncan Forsyth

Duncan Forsyth was one of the first generation of professionally trained vintners to come to Central Otago. He helped develop a number of Pinot Noir labels in Central Otago, developed the first Olssens Pinot Noirs and the initial Amisfield sparkling wines. He co-designed and was project manager for the Peregrine winery, winner of the 2004 UK architecture award for best emerging architecture. During the late 1990s, he planted his own vineyard on the Wanaka Road near Cromwell, the vineyard that will form the backbone of future Mount Edward Pinot Noirs.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has had a distinguished academic, research and commercial career in the wine business since 1980 and is the only specialist viticulturist in the world to hold a Master of Wine.

David Teplitzky

Described as an old-fashioned arts patron and a 150 percent character! His Roundabout Art Collection began in April 1985 when he met his partner Peggy Scott. A collector, curator, dealer and mentor, David describes himself as a very private person, but he has agreed to personally guide Andrew Harper guests around his collection.

Ricks Terstappen

Ricks Terstappen is an established artist who works with wood, metals and found objects as the main materials in his art pieces. Apart from privately owned works, his art is found in several public places in Australia, the United States, Sweden and New Zealand. A recent large sculpture installation can be found at the Barry Curtis Park in Manukau, and private works on Waiheke Island.

Richard Brimer

Richard Brimer has worked both internationally and in New Zealand. The Hawke's Bay native's work appears frequently in magazines, and he has published numerous photography books. In his exhibitions, Richard focuses on intriguing personalities, creating visually sumptuous photographs of his subjects in situ.


Tour price per person, based on double occupancy: $19,250 for Andrew Harper subscribers;
supplemental cost for single travelers: $3,569
Cancellation penalties apply; please call for details.
In order to provide an in-depth experience of the destination, and given the varied nature of the accommodations and in-country transportation, the Andrew Harper Signature Tour to New Zealand is limited to just 16 participants.

Your Tour Price Includes:

including tax at hotels indicated in the itinerary:

  • The Spire: Guest Rooms
  • Hilltop Suites
  • Huka Lodge: Lodge Rooms
  • Kauri Cliffs, Deluxe Suites
Meals and beverages:

Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary, accompanied by bottled water, coffee, tea and soft drinks. House wine and beer are included with meals.

Air and land transportation within New Zealand:

Commercial aircraft Queenstown/Christchurch/Hawke’s Bay/Taupo/Bay of Islands/Auckland; commercial aircraft Taupo/Bay of Islands/Auckland, all land transportation.

Baggage handling:

Two bags per traveler with a maximum weight allowance of 50 pounds per person for checked baggage and 15 pounds per person for hand luggage. Baggage and personal effects are taken at owner's risk throughout the tour, and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Please consult your international air carrier for its specific restrictions regarding weight limits and baggage allowance.


Your New Zealand host, Vance Haywood, and local specialty guides.


All gratuities are included in the price of the main tour.


The tour price includes planning, handling and operational charges. Rates are quoted based upon the rate of exchange, tariff and fuel cost as of March 2013. In the event of a marked increase in foreign currency, tariff rates or fuel costs, the tour price will be subject to revision. Devaluation of a foreign currency will be weighed against any tariff increases imposed.

Additional expenses incurred due to change, delay or cancellation of any flights will be the responsibility of the client.

Andrew Harper LLC and Seasonz reserve the right to withdraw any tour or any part of a tour, to make such alterations in the itinerary deemed necessary or desirable, or to refuse to accept or retain as a member of the tour any person at any time.

Special note concerning physical fitness:

Sites visited on this itinerary require moderate physical agility and stamina. Travelers should exercise caution with regard to their own personal safety.


It is advisable that all participants cover themselves with comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of the trip. Due to the remote and wild areas that will be visited, it is vital that all participants are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. Andrew Harper and Seasonz will not be held responsible for participants traveling without insurance.

Your Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • International airfare to Queenstown, New Zealand, and from Auckland, New Zealand. The Andrew Harper Travel Office will be delighted to assist you with your international airline reservations. Please contact us for further information.
  • Cost of obtaining passports and visas
  • Meals other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (room service, communications charges, spa services, laundry, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities for any pre- or post-tour arrangements

A deposit in the amount of $3,000 per person is due to confirm a place on the tour. Final payment is due August 11, 2013.

  • Cancellations must be received by Andrew Harper LLC in writing.
  • Cancellations received on or before July 11, 2013 are subject to a $250 per person cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between July 12 and August 11, 2013 are subject to a $1,500 per person cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between August 12 and September 10, 2013 are subject to a cancellation penalty of 25% of the tour price.
  • Cancellations received between September 11 and October 10, 2013 are subject to a cancellation penalty of 50% of the tour price.
  • Cancellations received October 11, 2103 or after are subject to a cancellation penalty of 100% of the tour price.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Travelex provides special offers for Andrew Harper members. Contact: or (800) 228-9792.
  • Air-medical transfer services are available through Andrew Harper's preferred partner, MedJet Assist. MedJet will arrange medical transfer to the hospital of your choice if you become hospitalized, regardless of medical necessity. The low membership fee covers all costs from hospital to hospital. Contact:


In order to provide an in-depth experience of the destination, and given the varied nature of the accommodations and in-country transportation, the Andrew Harper Signature Tour to New Zealand is limited to just 16 passengers.

Contact Signature Tour representative Erica Doose in the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or +1 (630) 734-4610, or email her at

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