Ultimate New Zealand

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Ultimate New Zealand

Get the ultimate New Zealand experience – perfect scenery, thrills and luxury. You’ll see the country’s most beautiful attractions and stay in its finest hotels. Sip ice cold champagne on a glacier or go by kayak to get up close to indigenous birds. Fish in serene lakes and out in the ocean, or to head off in search of soaring mountain peaks, sublime forests, deserted beaches and dramatic fjords. The scenery here is matched only by the adventure; take glacier treks, helicopter tours, go white-water rafting, and more. New Zealand is truly impressive, and our ultimate New Zealand tour is designed to impress.

DAY 1

Auckland

Our representative will be waiting to meet you as you touch down. Drink in the warm atmosphere and passing sights of the City of Sails as you transfer to your hotel. The City of Sails is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, and it won’t take you long to see why. Take it all in at your own pace, before ending the day on a high at one of the city’s most revered restaurants.

Where to stay?
Ideally situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with many of the City’s most impressive attractions and eateries literally on the doorstep, the Skycity Grand Hotel shall offer you a truly luxurious experience.

DAY 2

Auckland

On a half-day tour of Auckland, visit the vibrant waterfront before heading to the Victorian village of Parnell. Next, hike to the top of Mount Eden for unparalleled photograph opportunities over the sea, the city and the sweeping hills below. Alternatively, you can jump in a helicopter and take to the skies on a private tour of Waiheke Island, where you’ll find an exciting art community and a host of fine wines to taste.

Where to stay?
Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa awaits you at the Skycity Grand Hotel.

DAY 2

Auckland

On a half-day tour of Auckland, visit the vibrant waterfront before heading to the Victorian village of Parnell. Next, hike to the top of Mount Eden for unparalleled photograph opportunities over the sea, the city and the sweeping hills below. Alternatively, you can jump in a helicopter and take to the skies on a private tour of Waiheke Island, where you’ll find an exciting art community and a host of fine wines to taste.

Where to stay?
Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa awaits you at the Skycity Grand Hotel.

DAY 3

Auckland- Bay of Islands

You can go by car or take a helicopter ride to the Bay of Islands, a gorgeous collection of 144 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It’s here you’ll be setting out on a private sailing vessel that’ll take you on an exclusive tour around the islands before stopping off for lunch and trying your hand at kayaking, or simply swimming in the glistening waters – the choice is yours in this
exclusive experience, fit for your any celebration. After all, who doesn’t like their own private yacht? With your base as the clifftop Kauri Cliffs, it’s just you and the endless views here.

Where to stay?
Your home for the next three nights will be The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a dreamy five-star hotel overlooking Matauri Bay.

DAY 4

Bay of Islands

Take a helicopter to Omapere, where you’ll be met by your Footprints Waipoua guide, a local Maori who knows all the spiritual secrets of Waipoua Forest. Maori traditions are present in all aspects of Kiwi life, so there’s no-one better to take you through the world’s largest kauri forest. Continue north to the Cape Reinga region via the famous Ninety Mile Beach. After landing at Henderson Bay, enjoy lunch by the beach before an exhilarating guided quadbike
tour.

Where to stay?
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.

DAY 4

Bay of Islands

Take a helicopter to Omapere, where you’ll be met by your Footprints Waipoua guide, a local Maori who knows all the spiritual secrets of Waipoua Forest. Maori traditions are present in all aspects of Kiwi life, so there’s no-one better to take you through the world’s largest kauri forest. Continue north to the Cape Reinga region via the famous Ninety Mile Beach. After landing at Henderson Bay, enjoy lunch by the beach before an exhilarating guided quadbike
tour.

Where to stay?
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.

DAY 5

Bay of Islands

Spend today at leisure, relaxing in your beautiful surroundings. Hike through the local hills for those all-important wildlife snaps or spend the day alternating between the pool and the spa. Head out for a round of golf on The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs par 72 championship course. Or why not explore the many attractions and activities around the beaches and throughout the local area.

Where to stay?
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a stunningly beautiful 2200-hectare estate set on a remote plateau high above the sea in New Zealand’s far north.

DAY 6

Bay of Islands- Nelson

In a scenic spot between Nelson and the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, you’ll find your destination for the next two nights. Eden House has 20 hectares of private grounds and internationally acclaimed gardens. Here, you can enjoy trout-fishing in the wild rivers and explore the mountains, cerulean bays and glorious beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park at leisure.

Where to stay?
Nestled in a serene valley in the heart of rural Nelson, Edenhouse Luxury Lodge is an overdue reminder of the genuine meaning of luxury.

DAY 6

Bay of Islands- Nelson

In a scenic spot between Nelson and the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, you’ll find your destination for the next two nights. Eden House has 20 hectares of private grounds and internationally acclaimed gardens. Here, you can enjoy trout-fishing in the wild rivers and explore the mountains, cerulean bays and glorious beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park at leisure.

Where to stay?
Nestled in a serene valley in the heart of rural Nelson, Edenhouse Luxury Lodge is an overdue reminder of the genuine meaning of luxury.

DAY 7

Nelson

Today, enjoy an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Abel Tasman National Park is home to some of the country’s most inviting scenery. Keep your cameras at the ready for possum, wild pig and penguin as you wander through the woods. Your private six-hour tour will take you on a scenic cruise with swimming opportunities, a kayaking adventure, as well as a guided bush walk, including a visit to the untouched Tonga Island Marine Reserve.

Where to stay?
The Edenhouse Luxury Lodge experience provides a quiet elegance in an absolutely
breathtaking setting, with a committed pursuance of excellence.

DAY 8

Nelson- Marlborough

On arrival in Blenheim you’ll be taken by boat to the Bay of Many Coves, a luxury hotel right on the water’s edge. Over the next two days here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, from kayaking, fishing and swimming with dolphin to eco cruising, bird watching and even a natural lightshow in the cave courtesy of the local glow worm population. Here, you’ll experience the wonders of New Zealand first hand.

Where to stay?
The Bay of Many Coves is an adventurer’s paradise nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds perched on the very edge of the water.

DAY 8

Nelson- Marlborough

On arrival in Blenheim you’ll be taken by boat to the Bay of Many Coves, a luxury hotel right on the water’s edge. Over the next two days here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, from kayaking, fishing and swimming with dolphin to eco cruising, bird watching and even a natural lightshow in the cave courtesy of the local glow worm population. Here, you’ll experience the wonders of New Zealand first hand.

Where to stay?
The Bay of Many Coves is an adventurer’s paradise nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds perched on the very edge of the water.

DAY 9

Marlborough

Discover the reason behind the region’s reputation as the sauvignon blanc capital of the world on your private Marlborough tour. With over 100 wineries in the region, a host of primary food producers, cafés and restaurants, Marlborough really is a gourmet province. Visit icon wineries such as Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott, Hunters and Brancott, as well as boutique wineries like Auntsfield, Seresin, Saint Clair and Huia.

Where to stay?
The Bay of Many Coves is an adventurer’s paradise nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds perched on the very edge of the water.

DAY 10

Kaikoura

Make your way along one of the most scenic drives in the southern hemisphere – up the dramatic coastline of the South Island. Take your time to stop at the most alluring viewing points, to dip your feet at one of the many deserted beaches and sample the fresh produce from the local towns you pass.

Where to stay?
Located just north of the renowned, eco-marine town of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, Hapuku Lodge is surrounded by an expansive deer farm and 1000-tree olive grove.

DAY 10

Kaikoura

Make your way along one of the most scenic drives in the southern hemisphere – up the dramatic coastline of the South Island. Take your time to stop at the most alluring viewing points, to dip your feet at one of the many deserted beaches and sample the fresh produce from the local towns you pass.

Where to stay?
Located just north of the renowned, eco-marine town of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, Hapuku Lodge is surrounded by an expansive deer farm and 1000-tree olive grove.

DAY 11

Queenstown

It’s time for a change of scene and tempo as you head to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Explore the mountains and dramatic fjords, and enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities like jet ski safaris and white-water rafting. Take a private tour of Gibbston Valley Wines in one of the world’s southernmost wine-growing regions and visit New Zealand’s largest wine cave.

Where to stay?
Matakauri Lodge sits beside the tranquil Lake Wakatipu, offering incredible views the surrounding Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges.

DAY 12

Queenstown

Fly over the stunning Southern Alps and experience the grandeur of the world-famous Fiordland National Park. See the glacially carved river valleys, mountain lakes and tarns from above. Cruise to the mouth of the fjords, all the time keeping look out for seal basking on the rocks and dolphin in the water. Fly to Mitre Peak and Pembroke Glacier, then follow the fiord up the Harrison Valley and over Tutoko with a snow landing up on the Donne Glacier.

Where to stay?
Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge really does offer the best of both urban and rural New Zealand.

DAY 12

Queenstown

Fly over the stunning Southern Alps and experience the grandeur of the world-famous Fiordland National Park. See the glacially carved river valleys, mountain lakes and tarns from above. Cruise to the mouth of the fjords, all the time keeping look out for seal basking on the rocks and dolphin in the water. Fly to Mitre Peak and Pembroke Glacier, then follow the fiord up the Harrison Valley and over Tutoko with a snow landing up on the Donne Glacier.

Where to stay?
Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge really does offer the best of both urban and rural New Zealand.

DAY 13

Depart Queenstown

Take in the final sights as you head to Queensland for your flight home, leaving these spectacular peaks and fjords behind. After so many experiences in this magnificent country, you’ll be brimming with memories to share with those at home.

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