HIGHLIGHTS


AUCKLAND | BAY OF ISLANDS | TAUPO
HAWKES BAY | BANKS PENINSULA | QUEENSTOWN
GLENORCHY


DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Auckland.

Auckland – ‘City of Sails’ is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Set on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, Maori name for ‘sparkling waters’ , the city boasts marine reserves, golden swimming beaches and black sand surf. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a diverse ethnic mix providing a myriad of cultural experiences, reflected in the Pacific atmosphere and cuisine.

Stay: Hilton Auckland (1 night)
​DAY 2 Auckland to Bay of Islands
Drive Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 146 miles

Stay: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (3 nights)
​DAYS 3-4 Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands – a myriad of 144 islands in the clear waters of the glistening Pacific Ocean which combines endless marine wildlife and natural beauty with local townships steeped in colonial history. Here you’ll enjoy a private full day sailing excursion, offering you a totally unique way to experience the Bay of Islands’ glittering bays, untouched islands, and golden beaches.
​DAY 5 Bay of Islands to Taupo
Journey Time: 30 minutes by private car transfer & 45-minute flight

Stay: Huka Lodge (2 nights)
​DAY 6 ​Taupo

The ‘trout fishing capital of New Zealand’, set on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo also offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of the diverse volcanic landscape, from the pristine lake to the surrounding mountain peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.
​DAY 7 Taupo to Hawkes Bay
Journey Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (private car transfer) | Distance 100 miles

Stay: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (3 nights)
DAYS 8-9 Hawkes Bay

The Pacific Ocean provides a stunning backdrop to the Hawke’s Bay – renowned as one of New Zealand’s richest agricultural areas including viticulture. The long established wine-growing region has produced some of the finest wines of almost every variety so it’s the perfect destination if you want healthy relaxation accompanied by excellent food, vintage wines, music and that famous Kiwi hospitality.
​DAY 10 Hawkes Bay to Nelson
Journey Time: 30 minutes (private car transfer) & a three-hour, 25-minute flight

Stay: Split Apple Retreat (2 nights)
DAY 11 Nelson

Nelson – city of sunshine is a haven for artisans seeking a lifestyle amid a landscape of mountains, valleys, unspoilt shores and National Parks. The idyllic climate has enabled a winery and orchard trail to extend into by-roads and valleys throughout the region. Here you can enjoy a tailored private cruise within the Abel Tasman National Park, along one of New Zealand’s loveliest stretches of coastline.
​DAY 12 Nelson to Banks Peninsula
Journey Time: 1 hour (private car transfer) & a 50-minute flight

Stay: Annandale (2 nights)
DAY 13 Banks Peninsula

The unique landscape of Banks Peninsula consists of exposed contours and complex coastline - breathtakingly dramatic yet largely undiscovered. The peninsula is named after Sir Joseph Banks, the renowned botanist on board the Endeavour when Captain Cook made his first circumnavigation of New Zealand in 1770, and a large number of New Zealand’s unique bird and plant species can be seen at Annandale and in the surrounding area.

Explore Pigeon Bay and the surrounding waters of Banks Peninsula on a private powerboat cruise and view friendly hector dolphins, fur seals in their natural habitat, bird colonies around the coastline and other wildlife. It’s also an excellent vantage point to see the fascinating volcanic topography and geology that created the Banks Peninsula millions of years ago.
​DAY 14 Banks Peninsula to Queenstown
Journey Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (private car transfer) & a 55-minute flight

‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown is set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, amidst the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, its scenery providing the perfect backdrop for endless activities, and an idyllic haven in which to relax.

Stay: Eichardt's Private Hotel (1 night)
DAY 15 Queenstown to Glenorchy
Journey Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (private helicopter flight via Milford Sound)

Your helicopter flight to Glenorchy will take you through the grandeur of the Alps over rainforests, frozen lakes, ice capped mountains and majestic Milford to the rugged West Coast with its ancient forest of trees and ferns. Here you will have the opportunity to view seals in their natural colonies before landing at a remote West Coast beach. The helicopter then ascends into the mountains to touchdown on an age old glacier. The views are overwhelming, with their many crevasses and blue and green ice falls.

Stay: Blanket Bay (2 nights)
​DAY 16 Glenorchy
Journey Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (private car transfer) & a 55-minute flight

Glenorchy’s spectacular landscapes have become a prime location for film scouts, depicting many scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as featuring in the Narnia movies. Twenty kilometres away from Glenorchy, as bucolic farmland gives way to beech forests, lies Paradise.  Some say it was christened for its natural charms, others for the paradise ducks that live in the area. Nobody can say for sure how it got its name, but the one thing people agree on is its breathtaking beauty. "This is the Middle Earth I had always pictured," Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) said of Paradise.

DAY 17 Depart Glenorchy for your return flight back to London Heathrow.
PRICES 16 nights from £25,600 per person
HOTELS OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON SECTIONS OF THIS TRIP





AUCKLAND




WHITE ISLAND




CAPE KIDNAPPERS




ABEL TASMIN NATIONAL PARK




MILFORD SOUND




BLANKET BAY
 


 

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