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Get shaken and stirred on a New Zealand 007 experience

Quadbiking near AucklandHelicopter Wine Tour, MarlboroughGondola ride, Queenstown

James Bond on assignment in New Zealand? Sounds about as likely as the Aussies winning back the Bledisloe Cup! That is, until you take a peek inside our “For Your Eyes Only” files and discover a world of 007 experiences in our own backyard. Whether it’s scaling heights, a need for speed, dining in style or seductive abodes, there’s something here for every Sean, Roger, Pierce or Daniel – and his favorite femme fatale.

Slide through the sky in a Moonraker-reminiscent gondola taking in views of Queenstown, the nearby Remarkables and the blue of Lake Wakatipu – and there’s no big guys with bad teeth trying to chomp through the cables. Then return to your mission control apartment at Breakfree Highview for a meal, a gym session or a secret rendesvous with concierge who will reveal even more thrilling Bondesque adventures Queenstown has to offer, from jet fighter flights and skydiving to jetboating and bungy-jumping.

Whether you’re James Bond or Pussy Galore, the Jet Airliner Simulator Ultimate Experience in Christchurch offers thrills, laughs and fun of mile high proportions. Take the Captain’s seat and plan a flight with charts and maps to guide your way through programmed wild weather conditions and perilous landings. Mission complete, it’s time to kick back for some post-flight drinks at the lounge bar of Copthorne Durham Street and a de-briefing in the hotel sauna.

Spies with more refined tastes can take a helicopter to Domaine George’s Michel Estate in Marlborough to stroll around the vineyard before enjoying a sumptuous lunch at La Venada restaurant. If you don’t stumble across any evil looking, monocle wearing men with a feline in their lap, it’s time to hover your way back to the luxurious Chateau Marlborough boutique hotel in Blenheim to swap wine tasting for a late afternoon martini.

Get penguin suited up and stroll beneath the domed glass roof at the classic-styled and remodeled Dunedin Casino. Float from room to room looking ridiculously suave as you take a spin of roulette, lay down some poker chips or just dazzle the gathering hordes in your usual effortless style. After a few rolls of the dice and a stakeout of the gourmet cuisine in the Gainsborough dining room, cruise back to the Mercure Leisure Lodge for a night of double-O heaven before enjoying a few days of golfing,  sightseeing and general pleasure reconnaissance.

Take a quantum leap on a quad-bike Twilight Safari adventure in a two-hour forest foray near Auckland. Q and his team of experienced guides fit you out in safety equipment, offer some basic training and point out the ejector seat button before letting you loose into the wild. When it’s time to give those quads – and glutes – a rest, saunter back to the swanky Sky City hotel, which includes the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere – the iconic Sky Tower – and a rooftop heated swimming pool.

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