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Something New: North Island

Mar 24, 2021 | Private Jet Travel, SOAR Magazine, Elevated Lifestyle

Jet Linx achieved authorization to fly to New Zealand in the summer of 2020. Start planning your journey now with Jet Linx and Elevated Lifestyle partner EMBARK Beyond, and explore something new in 2021!


Bay of Islands


The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for hundreds of beaches, accompanied by a thriving Māori culture. A three-hour drive or 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands with dramatic views from land and sea. This destination is a paradise for those that enjoy world-class golf, rustic beaches, fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing, kayaking, hiking and even hunting wild boar.

The charming oceanside town of Russell offers historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafés, restaurants and art galleries for a truly romantic quality. The town’s streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today. At the wharf, you can catch a game fishing boat to hunt for marlin, tuna, broad bill and sharks. Nearby Long Beach is a nice place for a swim, and many of the Bay of Islands daily cruises also use Russell as a departure point.

With crystal-clear water and golden sands, Matauri Bay is a popular surfing venue in an easterly swell. At other times it’s a peaceful beach for swimming and snorkeling. The ridge above the bay offers panoramic views over the headland and out to the Cavalli Islands. Golfers also adore Kauri Cliffs golf resort, known for dramatic views of the Pacific.


An aerial view of Paroa Bay in the Bay of Islands.




Auckland, City of Sails, is the country’s most populous city and a good stopover for flight access and for embarking on other journeys. With 380,000 residents, Auckland comes with an extensive urban area as well as the country’s greatest concentration of indigenous Māori, including large numbers of Polynesians from other islands in the South Pacific. The diversity of Auckland comes on display with its variety of quaint and upscale neighborhoods. Even for a remote island, luxury dining and shopping options run the gamut.

If you’re seeking quintessential Auckland, head to Ponsonby or Herne Bay. Known for being bold, brazen and bohemian, this is where most restaurants, bars and cafés can be found. It’s where the nouveau riche and the almost famous hang out; and you’ll find some exquisite specialty shops and lots of divine old wooden houses. There are lovely B&Bs here, and you won’t need a car to have fun. Just off Ponsonby Road is Karangahape Road, famous for everything from off-the-wall nightclubs and sassy restaurants to ethnic stores offering remarkable arrays of products from Africa, Asia, Australia and beyond. Parnell and Newmarket are plush, trendy and sophisticated neighborhoods with expensive shops and restaurants.

Fashion shoppers and lovers of luxury hotels should aim to begin their journey in Remuera (Remmers), Auckland’s most affluent suburb. It also makes a good base with stunning mansions, high-rise apartments and specialty shops all in close proximity to the inner city.


The Auckland skyline glimmers at nightfall.




Centered upon three volcanoes (Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu), Tongariro National Park is home to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes. This park earned a UNESCO World Heritage status for its cultural significance to the Māori people and outstanding natural features. The 200,000-acre park showcases wonders such as emerald lakes, ancient lava flows, steaming craters, and peculiar alpine gardens. Lovers of Yellowstone would find this gem an equally beautiful park, full of rugged beauty and staggering diversity.

Just north of the park lies Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. Take a trip on a catamaran, steam boat, sail boat or luxurious private charter – you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to cruising on Lake Taupō. Mine Bay rock carvings, only accessible by water, offer a potent dose of culture, but the lake itself is well-respected by anglers looking to bag a trophy-sized rainbow trout.

Bush-clad mountains, geothermal hot spots, serene lakes and striking volcanic terrain will keep your heart pumping and your camera clicking. Lake Taupō has a staggering number of activities to choose from all year round and has also been tagged as the skydiving capital of New Zealand.


Lake Taupō, on the North Island of New Zealand, is in the caldera of the Taupō Volcano.



Between bubbling mud pools, crystal-clear streams, magical forests and natural hot springs, Rotorua has it all. Sitting in the Pacific Rim of Fire, the small city of Rotorua and surrounding area offers a geothermal wonderland that can cater to thrill-seekers and those needing a place to unwind. Hot springs and thermal mud baths offer luxurious, rustic pampering. However, thrill-seekers also flock to the area as Rotorua is home to the highest commercially-rafted waterfall in the world (Tutea Falls), and offers everything from bungy jumping and luging to zorbing and ziplining.

Rotorua is surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and eighteen fresh water lakes, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Rotorua is a mountain biking mecca with world-class mountain bike trails found at the Whakarewarewa Forest Track. Walking, horse riding, and swimming or fishing in the lakes and rivers are some of the best ways to see the wildlife and breathtaking scenery that the region offers.

Last but not least, most visitors are drawn to Rotorua for the explosive geothermal features. The best place to take in these wonders is the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Valley. Sightseers gawk at the bright orange and turquoise ‘champagne’ pool, bubbling mud, impressive volcanic craters, steaming fumaroles and bright silica terraces. Hell’s Gate, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot-water waterfall, produces mud baths that offer healing properties from Sulphur deposits. Don’t miss out on a lush spa therapy – there’s not a better place in the world for it!


At Te Puia Māori Culture Center, subterranean energy bubbles over into the dynamic landscape.