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Day 1 – Relax at Zen Garden

Afternoon Zen Garden on-site activities
- Check-in
- Drinks on arrival
- Massage
- Relax garden walk
- Game of tennis or Petanque challenge

You’ll be warmly welcomed on arrival. Your host will lead you to your Zen Garden accommodation and provide refreshments - your favourite drinks and some finger food. To help you recover quickly from your long journey, we can arrange a full body massage to release stressed muscles. Next you could explore the garden – stretch your legs, breathe the fresh country air and listen to the unique songs of New Zealand’s native birds. Then maybe a game of tennis or petanque before you retire to the deck to luxuriate in the warm afternoon sun.

Evening

Five-course dinner at Zen Garden
In the evening, enjoy a five-course dinner (link to dining page)carefully prepared by your private chef. At Zen Garden we only use the finest ingredients – some local, others from top producers around New Zealand. You may choose between a senior private chef or a Michelin-star chef to prepare your gourmet meal.

Night

Evening activities at Zen Garden
- Spa and sauna indulgence
- Theatre movie
- Night discovery activities

Finish your day with a relaxing spa* or sauna*, or select a classic movie in our movie theatre room*. If you’re something of a night owl, you could join our nocturnal discovery activities and see what nature is up to after dark.

*Spa, sauna and movie theatre are complimentary activities for guests staying at House of Zen; availability dependant for guests staying at Season Suites

Day 2 – Auckland City Tour

Morning

Breakfast
Tell us the time you want your breakfast and it will be ready for you in the common room or in your bedroom. Or maybe you’d like to enjoy breakfast in one of the cafés by the wharf at Whitford, at the marine village at Pine Harbour or beside the sandy beach at Maraetai.

Mid-Morning

Visit attractions in Auckland city
Today you may travel to central Auckland to visit a number of top attractions. You can travel in your own vehicle or your host can help you to organize a vehicle with a private travel guide. Attractions that we recommend include:
- Mt. Eden volcano
- Sky Tower
- Downtown & Queen Street
- Auckland waterfront & America’s Cup Village
- Maritime Museum
- Auckland Museum
- Auckland Art Gallery
- Shopping in Newmarket, Parnell or Ponsonby
- Tamaki Drive,  Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Mission Bay
- Auckland Adventure Jet
- Sky Walk or Sky Jump from the  Sky Tower
- Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb and Bungy

Noon

Lunch in downtown Auckland
From multi-course degustation to ethnic fusion, Auckland is a gourmet’s paradise. Your host or travel guide can give you plenty of ideas to find some of the best food in the CBD, waterfront, Parnell, Mission Bay or high above the city in Sky Tower’s Orbit Restaurant

Afternoon

Auckland city tour continues

Evening

Dinner at Auckland Viaduct Harbour or in Parnell

Night

Night activities at Auckland
- Drinks in a city bar
- Romantic walk along the Auckland waterfront
- Back to Zen Garden to relax

Day 3 – Regional Activities

Morning

Breakfast
Tell us the time you want your breakfast and it will be ready for you in the common room or in your bedroom. Or maybe you’d like to enjoy breakfast in one of the cafés by the wharf at Whitford, at the marine village at Pine Harbour or beside the sandy beach at Maraetai.

Mid-Morning

Outdoor activities
New Zealand’s legendary landscapes are yours to explore. Join one of our outdoor activities to discover the natural beauty of this country – it’s certainly the best way to appreciate the amazing scenery.  All activities (except golf) are led by private local experienced guides and can be tailor-made to suit your fitness and preferences. Popular outdoor activities at Zen Garden include:
- Kayaking
- Sailing
- Boat or fly fishing
- Golfing
- Hiking
- 4WD Challenge
- Horse riding

Noon

Lunch at vary locations
Enjoy a gourmet lunch in a fabulous remote location with your activity guide or try one of the local restaurants. There are wonderful places to eat in historic Whitford village, at the marine centre at Pine Harbour, beside sandy Maraetai Beach and in the Clevedon country township. Or you could have lunch at home - the relaxing Zen Garden.

Afternoon

Outdoor activities or relax at Zen Garden
Continue with your outdoor activities after lunch or slip back to Zen Garden to relax. After a busy morning, you deserve a back massage or a couple of hours in a hammock with a good book.

Evening

Country dinner at Whitford, Maraetai, Clevedon or Zen Garden

Night

Evening activities at Zen Garden
- Relax in front of the fireplace or under the stars
- Spa and sauna indulgence
- Theatre movie

*Spa, sauna and movie theatre are complimentary activities for guests staying at House of Zen; availability dependant for guests staying at Season Suites

Day 4 – Wine & Island Tour

Morning Breakfast
Tell us the time you want your breakfast and it will be ready for you in the common room or in your bedroom. Or maybe you’d like to enjoy breakfast in one of the cafés by the wharf at Whitford, at the marine village at Pine Harbour or beside the sandy beach at Maraetai.

Mid-Morning

Travel to Waiheke Island
- Helicopter
- Sailing boat
- Fishing boat

Waiheke Island is known for its award-winning vineyards, picturesque beaches and world-class arts. We offer you three ways to get there - you can take a scenic helicopter flight from Zen Garden, which includes a circuit around the beautiful Auckland coast before landing at Waiheke;  you can sail to the island on an elegant yacht, boarding at Pine Harbour; or you can climb aboard a fishing launch, and try your luck at a local fishing spot before making your way to Waiheke.

Noon

Island lunch on Waiheke or at sea
When you arrive on the island, there will be time to visit wineries and discover the island’s best restaurants – this is a day of pure indulgence.

Afternoon

Activities on Waiheke Island
- Wine and art tour on Waiheke Island
- Continue sailing or fishing

With its unique growing climate and wide range of terrains, Waiheke’s red wines are often ranked in the top 10 of the world.  The white wines are wonderful too. Waiheke also offers cultural attractions - take a walk at the Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park to see artworks by New Zealand sculptors. Art and nature merge to surprise and delight you.

If you arrived by yacht or fishing launch, you’re welcome to get back on board for more fun on the water – explore the coast or try another fishing spot.

Evening

Enjoy dinner in Auckland city or at Zen Garden
At the end of your Waiheke day, you can catch a ferry to downtown Auckland for dinner, or head back to Zen Garden to enjoy another memorable meal artfully prepared by your private chef. Your Zen Garden chef will be very happy to cook anything you catch.

Night

Relax at Zen Garden
Enjoy wine and share your day’s stories with companions