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CURATED EXPERIENCE: Short Breaks

Rugged West Coast Getaway

Day 1 | Arrive & sip champagne overlooking the rugged West Coast

Arrive to Muriwai Estate to champagne and delicious platter. Feel the stress of everyday life melt away as you take in the breath-taking West Coast and view of the Southern Ocean – where the sunsets are out of this world. If you can tear yourself away from the view; feel inspired as you wind your way through the luxuriously appointed interior of the stunning estate you get to call home.

A luxury surfer’s paradise just a stones’ throw from Auckland

Just a 40 minute drive from the City and an hour from Auckland International Airport, a long-gated driveway welcomes you to the ultimate West Coast escape. Muriwai Estate could not be better positioned for a Short Break whether you are travelling from elsewhere in New Zealand, Australia or even further afield (with direct flights from New York, Singapore, Hong Kong & Dubai to name a few). We sort all your transfers so that you can maximise your time away. You don't have to lift a finger... so you can raise a glass instead.

Escape the ordinary and really catch up

Unlike a hotel stay a private villa will let you escape and really catch up with family and friends in the privacy of a true home from home. After a relaxing afternoon and a good catch up, we recommend popping some dinner on the barbecue and relaxing in the garden or by the poolside with of bubbles– the perfect end to your first day.

Day 2 | Rise & shine with ocean views and explore the Wild West

Wake up in one of the sumptuous bedroom suites and enjoy a coffee with views of the ocean as the waves’ roll in. Roll out of bed and start the morning feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to explore the wild west of the North Island with our expert guide. Take to the rugged coast and let the fresh, salty ocean air wake you up with a morning of blow-karting along the beautiful black sand of Muriwai Surf Beach.

From wheels to horseback, discover the coast

Park up on one of the many secluded sand dunes, take a breath, enjoy a gourmet lunch and get lost in the panoramic views of the clear ocean in front of you. Catch your breath after an adrenaline fuelled morning and take a more leisurely approach to discovering the coastline. Saddle up and meander along the beach by horseback to the edges of the Waitakere Ranges, some of the most stunning bushland in New Zealand – keep on the lookout for native birds and marvel at nature.

End your day on a cultural high

Enjoy a traditional Maori waiata (song) and exquisite kiwi style BBQ for a truly moving and tasty experience to finish your day before heading home to relax.

Day 3 | From Waves to Wineries and enjoy a chef-cooked dinner

Enjoy a slow start and a home-cooked breakfast al fresco. Relax by the pool and enjoy the breath-taking views. After a relaxing start to the day it’s time to head over to world famous Piha surf beach for a surfing lesson with your own private instructor. Catch your first wave, or if you are a seasoned pro head out and catch a wave from the head of famous Lion Rock, all the way back to shore. If surfing isn’t your thing a short coastal walk up Taitomo Island offers unrivaled views of the black sand beaches. We recommend a well-deserved lunch at the incredible Hunting Lodge Winery on your way home where you can enjoy delicious food cooked by famous chef Des Harris.

Dinner with Chef Gideon

Take the afternoon to relax and enjoy each other’s company and your surrounds – disconnect from the real world and reconnect with those closest. Unwind and get ready for one final evening of having your mind blown with a chef-cooked meal from famous New Zealand chef Gideon – head chef at one of the top restaurants in New Zealand. Let him show you the best of what the region can offer with a degustation menu to saviour as you sip a glass of New Zealand’s finest.

Day 4 | Depart feeling refreshed and reconnected

After a relaxed morning it’s time to embark on the journey home, or your next adventure. Why not combine this Short Break with another in Queenstown or Christchurch? Check out more of our Short Breaks here.

Short Breaks by Touch of Spice

Touch of Spice short breaks are a unique way to reconnect with loved ones and create memories that will last for years to come. Whether it be a special occasion or simply a long weekend away, short breaks don't come in cooler (or more exclusive) packages than our getaways. 

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Spice Up Your Break

Not enough spice? Spice up your break with a helicopter trip with Heletranz to Waiheke Island. Take in a day of taste sensations with the progressive dining tour of the islands top wineries. Get picked up from the front lawn at Muriwai Estate and take in views of Auckland City and harbour, as well as Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands, before tracking the length of Waiheke Island to view Man O’ War Vineyards and landing at the beachfront Tasting Room.

Sample, sip and savour

Enjoy Man O’ Wars top wines and enjoy a casual sharing platter in a secluded white sand bay on the east coast of the island. Your knowledgeable local driver will pick you up and take you to Casita Miro Restaurant where you will enjoy a two-course Chef’s Fiesta Menu in the relaxed environment accompanied by their delicious wine. Casita Miro specialise in the cuisine of Spain and the wider Mediterranean Rim and take enormous pleasure in sharing their love for fine food, wine and sherry.

After 1 hour your driver will be waiting to take you to your final destination venue, Tantalus Estate. At the Estate you will have 30 minutes to mingle in the Alibi Brewer’s Lounge – reminiscent of a speakeasy from the Prohibition era. The experience continues as you enjoy an Espresso Martini and the desert of the day in the Brewers Lounge. Return either by vehicle and ferry from Matiatia Wharf to downtown Auckland OR enjoy a helicopter ride back to Muriwai Estate.

Got a birthday or special occasion?

Why not surprise someone you are travelling with a special day in the air? We're great at keeping secrets as long as you are!

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for up to 10 people.
  • Delicious breakfast provisions.
  • Private chef cooked dinner on the final night (Food and Drinks included).
  • Your Wild West Adventure including transfers from the property as well as all food and drinks for the day, equipment and activities.
  • Your Waves to Wineries day including transfers, wine tasting as well as chef prepared lunch and dinner
  • Dinner out in this package is not included.

Pricing

Easier than a hotel stay and you don't have to lift a finger!

The (not so) small print

  • Other villa options are also available in conjunction with this package.
  • Talk to a Travel Designer to find other options near Wanaka.
  • Prices are based on 10 people sharing.
  • All elements of this package are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • These prices exclude the 'Spice up your stay' option (Contact us for a POA).
  • Prices exclude alcoholic drinks apart from where specified in the inclusions.
  • Prices will vary depending on the time of year that you travel.

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