TAKAYAMA HERITAGE TRAIL

Experience

TAKAYAMA HERITAGE TRAIL

KYOTO I TAKAYAMA I SHIRAKAWAGO I KANAZAWA

WHEN TO GO

MARCH – MAY

IDEAL LENGTH

4 DAYS

FLIGHT TIME

11 HOURS 5 MINUTES FROM AUCKLAND

DESTINATIONS

4


On this 4 day tour, depart from Tokyo, enjoy Mt.Fuji and then head inland to visit the impressive Takayama and Kanazawa areas, both offering insight into old and traditional Japan. Travel by train to Takayama retaining a traditional touch in its beautifully preserved old town. In Shirakawago explore the picturesque thatched roofed houses and in Kanazawa, visit the Nagamachi Samurai district, the beautiful Kenrokuen Gardens and the Higashi Chaya district, with its wooden-latticed teahouses and stone-paved streets.

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OLD TOWN

The journey will take you through some stunning countryside during the 4 hour journey. Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. It retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town, which has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries.
On arrival you will meet your local guide for a walking tour to visit Yatai Kaikan Hall and on to Kusakabe Folk Museum, one of Takayama’s oldest merchant homes and then wander through Kami Sannomachi Street, still retaining much of its original atmosphere and traditional buildings.

HISTORY

Visit the Takayama Morning Market before a visit to the World Heritage Shirakawa-go where you can savour the taste of home-style cooking that can only be experienced in regions such as this. You will then continue to the Wada Residence (a traditional thatched- roof farmhouse) before moving on to Kanazawa. Your first stop will be the Nagamachi Samurai District and soak in the atmosphere of the days of the samurai in this area, where the earthen walls, waterways, and stone paths remain as they were when samurai of the Kaga domain resided here. Moving on you will visit what is justifiably one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens, Kenrouku-en Gardens. This spacious garden used to be the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle and offers amazing seasonal views all year round.

TEAHOUSE

Continuing on you will visit the Higashi Chaya district, with its wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses lining both sides of the stone-paved street, where something from the Edo period still lingers in the air. This area is an Important Traditional Building Preservation District. After a stop at the Hakuza (gold leaf shop) you will head to Kanazawa Station where you will board you high speed train taking you to Tokyo.


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HELI-HOTSPOTS

Experience

HELI-HOTSPOTS

QUEENSTOWN I MILFORD SOUNDS I LAKE HAYES

WHEN TO GO

JUNE –OCTOBER

IDEAL LENGTH

4 DAYS

FLIGHT TIME

2 HOURS FROM AUCKLAND

DESTINATIONS

3


Queenstown, nestled on the shores of the majestic Lake Wakatipu, the perfect hub for your South Island weekend away. Spend three nights at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, a stunning gem surrounded by views of alpine trees and majestic mountains and in the heart of Queenstown’s chic café and restaurant neighbourhood. Begin your exploration of the ‘adventure capital of the world’ that lies on your doorstep with an awe-inspiring helicopter flight over Milford Sound. Let the pictures do the talking and gain a new perspective of the environment that surrounds you.  Only then can you truly be nourished and restored. Touchdown on a glacier for a glass of bubbles and experience the blue and green ice falls and crevasses from up close. Food and travel are two of life’s greatest indulgences. Conclude your time in Queenstown and “trust the chef” with a long relaxing lunch at a winery located in an iconic stone building with breath taking views of snow – covered mountains and the beautiful Lake Hayes.

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INCLUDES

Relax with 3 nights’ accommodation in a Lake suite at Eichardt’s private Hotel. Enjoy daily with a gourmet breakfast and indulge with a complementary drink before dinner. However, the real luxury experience lies with a truly unforgettable helicopter excursion.

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Travel dates: 1 May 2020 – 31 October 2020.
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BAY OF BEAUTY

Experience

BAY OF BEAUTY

BAY OF ISLANDS I EAGLE SPIRIT VILLA

WHEN TO GO

DECEMBER –FEBRUARY

IDEAL LENGTH

5 DAYS

FLIGHT TIME

3.5 HOURS FROM AUCKLAND

DESTINATIONS

1


Escape to an unforgettable getaway up at the northernmost tip of the Bay of Islands, a gorgeous collection of 144 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is here you’ll be setting out on a private sailing vessel that’ll take you on an exclusive tour around the islands before stopping off for lunch and trying your hand at kayaking– the choice is yours in this exclusive experience,  fit for your any celebration. With your base tucked into a hillside surrounded by native bush, it is just you and the endless views here. Simply swim in the glistening waters of your private pool or relax in the spa. We could not think of a more spectacular spot to spend four nights in luxury.

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INCLUDES

Enjoy 4 nights accommodation in Eagle Spirit Villa. Experience Eagles Nest Gourmet breakfast provisions and a fresh local fruit platter replenished daily. Vehicle transfers are provided and a luxury boat cruise including lunch.

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Travel dates: 1 May 2020 – 14 October 2020.
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