2023 Auction Lots

Lot 11 ~ Escape to New Zealand with Leslie & Rich Frank

  • 8 nights of pure luxury in New Zealand curated and hosted by Leslie and Rich Frank
  • Unrivaled access to New Zealand’s most iconic wineries and winemakers, including a Studio Experience hosted by Master of Wine Steve Smith
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the luxurious Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the exclusive Lake Hāwea Station in Wānaka
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at the stunning Cape Kidnappers Lodge in Hawke’s Bay
  • Bespoke activities including a helicopter excursion to Milford Sound, the iconic Shotover Jet boat ride, and a round of golf at Cape Kidnappers
  • Private charter flights between Queenstown and Hawke's Bay, and between Hawke’s Bay and Auckland

Pack your sense of adventure, your passion for wine, and your best golf game for this unforgettable escape to New Zealand, personally curated and hosted by the dynamic duo Leslie and Rich Frank. As you journey with the Franks via private car, chartered plane, and helicopter from southern Queenstown northward to captivating Wānaka and Hawke’s Bay, you’ll be treated to the very best of New Zealand, starting with accommodations at luxe, intimate lodges surrounded by the country’s legendary natural scenery.

You’ll spend three nights at the Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, immersing yourself in lavish comfort. At the exclusive Lake Hāwea Station in Wānaka, owners Geoff and Justine Ross will extend their warm hospitality for another three nights as you take over the accommodations on their 16,000-acre property and dine on meals prepared by their private chef. Finally, you’ll complete your trip with two nights at the breathtaking Cape Kidnappers Lodge in Hawke's Bay, the wine capital of New Zealand.

You’ll experience it all from the very best vantage points — a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride through dramatic river canyons and a helicopter flight over the peaks and waterfalls of Milford Sound, complete with a glacier landing and a picnic on the beach. And your 18-hole round on the Cape Kidnappers golf course — a par-71 designed by Tom Doak — comes with dramatic cliff’s-edge fairways and horizonless ocean views. In your downtime, choose to hike, get up close to only-in-New Zealand wildlife, or simply unwind with a rejuvenating massage, immersing yourself in the tranquility of this breathtaking destination.

New Zealand wines are the stuff of legend, and you’ll taste the most exciting vintages during bespoke wine-pairing lunches and dinners, private tours, and exclusive tastings at renowned vineyards including Mondillo Wines, Kinross Winery, Mora Wines, and Smith & Sheth’s Heretaungao Studio, where Master of Wine Steve Smith will be your host. You’ll return home with your palate enriched and your sense of adventure fully sated.

Donor: Leslie and Rich Frank, Lake Hawea Station

Designed for two couples

Date: March 1 – 9, 2024

Transportation to/from New Zealand not included 


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