Luxurious all inclusive New Zealand holiday, travel both islands in luxury and style…
Arrive in Auckland the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your luxury centrally located accommodation.
In the evening experience a unique dining experience aboard a yacht in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Savour a stunning three course dinner prepared by one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Rotorua 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Journey south and enjoy the fantastic and diverse scenery before arriving in Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola at the Stratosfare Restaurant. Feast on mouth watering local seafood, carvery roast meats, and a selection of fillet steak, prawns and Morten Bay bugs cooked to your liking on the grill.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua (4.5-star, option to upgrade to Luxury Lodge).
The Hells Gate Geothermal Park is Rotorua’s most active geothermal area featuring a walkway lined with unique geothermal wonders and interactive opportunities. Experience the geothermal features with a self guided map to show you around or join a guided tour of the reserve to learn more about the history, features and uniqueness of the geothermal area.
After learning about the unique healing muds of Hells Gate during your walk of the geothermal area, experience this for yourself in the secluded New Zealand Spa Area of Hells Gate. This includes relaxing in the private geothermal mud bath for 20 minutes, followed by a cool shower which helps restore blood circulation before relaxing in the hot sulphur mineral spas.
Driving time Rotorua to Napier 218 km / 135 miles, 3 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, the Hawkes Bay. Relax and explore Napier for the afternoon.
Stay 1 night in Napier.
Driving time Napier to Wellington 319 km / 198 miles, 4.5 hours
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks, live theatre, exhibitions, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Abel Tasman 181 km / 112 miles, 2.5 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Back on dry land drive through Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, to reach your destination. The Abel Tasman is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, rich unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.
Stay 2 nights in Abel Tasman.
Enjoy a boat cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk within the park.
Driving time Abel Tasman to Hokitika 377 km / 243 miles, 5 hours
Discover the rugged West Coast as you travel to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, silver, molten glass, bone, silk or greywacke or carve your own creation from wood or jade “pounamu.” Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach or one of the many walking and mountain bike tracks.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Driving time Hokitika to Fox Glacier 159 km / 99 miles, 2 hours
Continue south, through dense rain forest towards New Zealand’s glaciers.
In the afternoon take a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Fox Glacier before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the majestic Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Fox Glacier (4.5-star, option to upgrade to Luxury Lodge).
Driving time Fox Glacier to Wanaka 262 km / 163 miles, 3.5 hours
The change in landscape will amaze you as you travel down the West Coast with peeks of the Tasman Sea. Take the Haast Pass Highway and admire waterfalls and many viewing points and short walks along the way before reaching Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Enjoy Wanaka by visiting attractions such as Puzzling World, Rippon Vineyard, Cinema Paradiso, the Toy and Transport Museum and the Warbirds and Wheels Museum.
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way. Upon reaching Milford Sound you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Stare in amazement as Milford Sound will impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, sub-tropical rain forests, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise relax while you fly back over the stunning scenery delivering you back to Queenstown Airport.
Make the most of your last night in Queenstown with an enjoyable cruise on Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu to reach Walter Peak High Country Station for a stunning evening dinner. Make a toast to a fantastic holiday as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
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