First Light, Couple’s Delight


Sensory indulgence, a private heli tour & champagne sailing at sunset

Who knew you could have your very own love nest with panoramic views of the Bay of Islands? We did. Picture this: just you, the spectacular seascape framed by native forest and everything you need to surprise and delight on a romantic weekend away. 

You could decide to spend the whole time not going anywhere. This is a simply stunning villa, after all. You’ll be able to relax and indulge your senses at every turn, from a couple’s massage to a gourmet BBQ for two to the three-course meal cooked for you by your private chef. So you could stay put.

But then you’d miss out on the pleasures to be had away from the villa, too. Such as the sublime idyll of sailing at sunset with a glass of champagne in hand. And the once-in-a-lifetime heli experience you didn’t know was at the top of your bucket list. (It’s landing on the Hole in the Rock for a private tour, by the way - so now you know.)

From sunsets to seascapes and the ultimate sensory escape, let First Light cast its spell on you. It’ll be a romantic retreat you’ll never forget. 

Grand Gesture Exclusive

Take off from Eagles Nest and land on the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands

Couples Delight at First Light includes:

  • Heli tour with landing on the Hole in the Rock
  • Guided tour of the island after landing
  • Sunset champagne sailing charter
  • Explore the Bay of Islands by private yacht
  • 2 nights at First Light luxury villa
  • Stunning ocean view room
  • 60-minute couples massage
  • Private chef & three-course dining
  • Private hot tub & outdoor fireplace

Your Stay


Private and peaceful with spectacular views

A glass villa nestled in the landscape, First Light is designed for couples to connect with nature and each other. One of five private and secluded villas on the Eagles Nest estate, it offers luxury that treads lightly on the land.  

A stay at First Light centres on nourishing your mind and body, reconnecting with each other and embracing the character, history and culture of the area.

The mezzanine bedroom is an experience in itself, with its views connecting to the landscape and its emphasis on luxury and sensory indulgence. Walls of glass bi-fold doors open onto a stunning wraparound balcony, with indoor and outdoor fireplaces for ambience and comfort all year round. The private hot tub and home theatre really make this your luxury home from home.  

The gourmet kitchen is a fabulous space for an unforgettable meal. Your private chef can showcase some of the finest local ingredients and create a menu that is inspired by the surroundings.

Guests love...

The spectacular views from the mezzanine bedroom. There’s a floor-to-ceiling glass shower in the en suite, and a skylight lets you lay in bed at night and watch the constellation

"Landing on Hole in the Rock is a once in a lifetime experience which I will never forget! Amazing experience, beautiful scenery and great pilot."


"Vigilant is a classic 42 foot hand crafted vessel full of the style and grace you can't find anymore. If there were 6 stars, we would rate this experience that highly."


"Sheer perfection. We stayed at the First Light villa and there are simply no words to describe the comfort, attention to detail and sense of consideration paid by the wonderful staff."

Steve C

Add a Gift Box to your Couple's Escape 🎁


Purchase a couple’s escape and add the cherry on top. For a gift with wow-factor and a taste of the indulgence to come. 

Simply let us know your preferred Grand Gestures gift box when you checkout and we'll have it delivered. We'll even write a card for. You'll tell us what to write of course and we promise to spell check it.

Need to know

Travel Valid Till
30 March 2024
Booking dates subject to availability

24th Dec - 2nd Jan 
New Zealand Public Holidays
Voucher is non-refundable and activities cannot be altered.

Reservation & Cancellation Policy
In the event that we are unable to replace a cancelled reservation, the following fees apply;

  • Cancellations received within 30 days prior to arrival, incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations received within 7 days prior to arrival, incur a 100% cancellation fee
  • Except the months of December and January, where cancellations received within 30 days prior to arrival incur a 100% cancellation fee.​

If you would like to purchase any Grand Gestures gift you must agree to our Customer Terms and Conditions.

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