Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show provides an excellent opportunity for us to discuss with new and existing customers how we can support them in combining their yacht experience with their helicopter needs. We are looking forward to offering advice and support for attendees on how our expertise can help them to navigate these two highly regulated fields.
Located on the southwestern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington, the country’s capital along with its surrounding region offers visitors luxury experiences mixed with adrenaline-induced adventures that make any trip to "the coolest little capital in the world" (as recently named by Lonely Planet), truly unforgettable.
Here are some bespoke activities that will pamper, excite and create one-of-a-kind memories to consider on your next trip to the Kiwi Nation:
On the Water
Sea Kayaking – Being a coastal city, Wellington is the perfect starting point for ocean-fairing adventures. Visitors can hire a private guide to spend the day paddle boarding or kayaking in the bay or along its rugged coast.
Seal Safari – Take a Seal Coast Safariacross the rugged and remote south coast of Wellington. A chartered excursion will fill your sightline with the best scenery Wellington has to offer at Tongue Point - home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the South Island.
Sailing – Take the opportunity to see Wellington from a different perspective by sailing. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give the city its nickname "Windy Wellington” and make it an ideal sailing location. A private charter can transfer you from the city’s harbour to Nelson Tasman, one of the most ideal cruising destinations New Zealand has to offer. Explore the inlets and islands of Tasman Bay, or raise your main sail and head to Abel Tasman National Park, known for its award-winning beaches, rugged landscape and native bird life.
Private Fly Fishing –a helicopter and your own personal angler can quickly transport you from Wellington to New Zealand’s idyllic fishing spots located in the back-country lakes and rivers. Luxury fishing lodges will provide VIP excursions and even prepare your catch of the day for dinner. This is a fly fisherman (and woman’s) dream as New Zealand offers unspoiled, trout-laden waters.
Golf – 27 golf courses await you, making Wellington one of the key destinations for golf enthusiasts. Private and VIP golf packages can range from giving you a day on championship links, to less intense 9-hole courses.
Eco-Conscious Excursions – Just a short ride from downtown Wellington awaits one of the best nature experiences any eco-conscious traveller would love. Some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and endangered wildlife is just beyond the city limits. Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experienceis a world class conservation attraction. Expert guides lead you through this open sanctuary, giving you the best opportunity to discover Wellington’s wildlife. Want to spot the country’s national bird, the Kiwi? Take a private twilight tour of Zealandia and experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of the sanctuary.
Lights, Camera, Action! – Wellington is the capital city of this nation’s thriving film industry. Known as “Wellywood”, private guides can create an immersive filmmaking excursion for you that will give you a personalised behind-the-scenes experience that will astound even the most discerning movie buff. Weta Cave, the Academy-Award winning company that brought The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies to life, is just a car ride away from Wellington’s city centre.
Want to make it even more personal? Take part in Weta’s workshops and have your guide end the experience with food and drink at CoCo at the Roxy. The Art Deco setting will have your mealtime surrounded by artwork, movie memorabilia and sculptures showcasing some of Weta’s best movie talent. VIP tour operators can take you to specific filming locations, showing and explaining what scenes were filmed there. There is also a museum dedicated to the filmmaking industry, with movie props, collectables, artwork and behind-the scenes footage.
Shopping – No trip to Wellington is complete without shopping. The city is full of fashionable boutiques, art galleries and high-end stores that complement New Zealand Atelier designers. Hire a private shopper to ensure you won’t miss those one-of-a-kind items.
Wine – The region’s love for food and wine is unsurpassed. Wairarapa is just an hour north of Wellington and is situated in the heart of New Zealand’s Wine Trail. Award-winning Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc have put New Zealand on the international wine map.
While the wineries can be reached by car, chartering a helicopter to get from winery to winery will give you a spectacular view of the vineyards, the massive scope of New Zealand wine country and the opportunity to visit more of them in a shorter amount of time.
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When chartering aircraft from ExecuJet, you receive a discreet, safe, comfortable and time-efficient personalised service. Our Wellington FBO team makes your travel experience smooth, assisting with Presidential, VIP, diplomatic and corporate flight handling; passenger handling including customs and immigration support; and of course, ground transfers to the best parts of Wellington and the surrounding region. ExecuJet takes the time to really understand your travel needs, on the ground and in the air – the service starts long before you take off. Talk to ExecuJet today and discover how we can help you go beyond first class.