Journey: Overland Adventure in New Zealand (21 nights)

- Erik Haugen, Erik Haugen, CEO of Kiwi Collection, has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding merger and acquisition specialists, a leader and a premier long-range business development strategist. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics magna cum laude from Cornell University he has a Master’s degree in both Marketing and Finance from one of the most celebrated academic institutions in America – the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As an Executive in a handful of high-powered consulting firms, Erik has developed long-range strategic plans for several Fortune 100 clients. He has also found success as a Senior Sales and Marketing Executive in the pharmaceutical and resources industries of Europe and the United States. His extensive professional experience has led Erik all over the globe and he has been a guest at many of the world’s finest hotels. And, while traveling with his beloved wife, Erik has developed a passion for fine cuisine, fine hotels, and exotic locations. His success in the world of high-finance has allowed Erik to fuse his passion and professionalism into his current role at the helm of Kiwi Collection.


Kiwi Collection CEO Erik Haugen offers journey suggestions to travellers based upon his own personal experiences travelling around the globe.

Fly into Auckland, hire car

Stay 2 nights in Auckland at Mollies, located perfectly for wandering around the city’s harbour

Stay 2 nights in the Bay of Islands at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, an ocean view hotel with stunning views and offering a number of outdoor pursuits

Stay 1 night half way up bay of islands at Matakana

Stay for 2 nights at Huka Lodge near Lake Taupo, a great place to take a helicopter flight to see the nearby scenery, soak in the hot pools or, for the brave, sky dive for the ultimate adrenaline rush

Stay 1 night at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Te Awanga, fitting in a round of golf on one of the most dramatically located courses in the world

Stay 3 nights at Wharekauhau, a coastal hotel on a working sheep station a short distance from Wellington, providing the chance to sample great cuisine in a stunning setting

Take the ferry from Wellington to Picton, drive to Blenheim

Stay 1 night in Blenheim, in the beautiful Art Deco Hotel d’Urville in the heart of Marlborough wine country

Following a beautiful drive from Blenheim,

Stay 2 nights at the Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses near Kaikoura, which is situated in stunning scenery and famed for whale watching

Stay 3 nights in Tai Tapu at Otahuna Lodge, an elegant homestead with outstanding food and wine, offering horse riding, wine tasting and a spa for those looking for pampering

Spend 4 nights at The Spire hotel, ideally situated in central Queenstown to make the most of the activities of the town and take a trip to Milford Sound

Fly out of Queenstown

(Note: this journey would involve a lot of driving, but this is the best way to appreciate the stunning scenery in the country)

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