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  • 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)​

    Your Stay

    Hilton Auckland

    This hotel offers stunning views in a downtown location on the end of Princes Wharf, a five-minute walk away from the famous Sky Tower, with a fab spa, an outdoor heated pool with unique underwater viewing window, and imaginative cocktails and cuisine.

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  • Day 2

    Auckland to Bay of Islands

    Drive Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 146 miles

    Stay: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (3 nights)​​

    Your Stay

    The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

    Everything you could possibly want is here: blissful beaches, wonderful walks, a soothing spa… and, like its sister property at Cape Kidnappers, it has a world-class golf course.

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  • 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)​

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    Huka Lodge

    An enchanting landscape of lakes, mountains and waterfalls forms a vast backdrop to this iconic property that’s welcomed everyone from Billy Connolly to Bill Gates and, on her last visit to NZ, the Queen.

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  • 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)​​

    Your Stay

    Cape Kidnappers

    Forming part of North Island’s Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s most important wine districts, Cape Kidnappers has a rich history, beginning with its discovery by Captain Cook in 1769.

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  • 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)​​

    Your Stay

    Split Apple Retreat

    An exclusive, intimate, three-suite ultra-luxury wellness retreat built high into a cliff face on the edge of the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, with private access to two beaches, and some of the best bush-walking in the country.

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  • 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)​​

    Your Stay

    Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection

    Rural New Zealand at its best: a 4000-acre sheep and cattle farm off the tourist trail in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal locations, with a five-bedroom homestead and three additional luxury villas.

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  • 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)​​

    Your Stay

    Eichardts Private Hotel

    New Zealand’s most exclusive lakefront address, Eichardts sets its own standard for gracious, luxury accommodation incorporating historic charm with its unrivalled setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

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  • 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)​​

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    Blanket Bay

    With stunning views over Lake Wakatipu to the Humbolt Mountains, set on a 65,000 acre farm and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, a prehistoric rainforest and trout-filled rivers.

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  • 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

    Glenorchy

    Depart Glenorchy for your return flight back to London Heathrow​.​

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