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 Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 Islands and surreal maritime park where an abundance of marine life includes whales, penguins and dolphins. Relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Today enjoy a Discover the Bay Cruise.
In the afternoon option today to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house and national marae (meeting house), stroll the boutique shops, or sit and relax with a glass of wine at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Journey back to Auckland at your leisure. In the afternoon visit city attractions such as Sky Tower and Viaduct Harbour.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 178 km / 110 miles, 2.5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedule to visit the boat. Visit places only accessible by boat including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 80 feet high – a truly magical place.
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3.5 hours
Journey south and enjoy the diverse scenery before arriving in Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
In the evening enjoy a delicious 3 course 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 Hell’s 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 Hell’s Gate during your walk of the geothermal area, experience this for yourself in the secluded New Zealand Spa Area of Hell’s 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 Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a Peak at the Lake Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight with highlights including flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 375 km / 233 miles, 5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, 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 to live theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Option of Lord of the Rings Tour.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3
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. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s East Coast to Kaikoura.
Option in the afternoon experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 188 km / 117 miles, 2.5 hours
Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City awaits you.
In the evening experience the luxury of a 36 seater colonial style dining tram. Enjoy fabulous dining at your private table with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 227 km / 141 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren MacKenzie Country to reach the glacial lakes at the foot of the Alps. In the afternoon visit attractions such as the Church of the good shepherd, Tekapo Springs and the Mt John Observatory.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Wanaka 200 km / 124 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Wanaka awaits you boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and a myriad of walking tracks.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Wanaka has the buzz of a genuine alpine town and is the ultimate hub for outdoor adventures, and with Mount Aspiring National Park located close by it’s the perfect destination for exploring the Southern Alps.
Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.
You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local
Driving time Wanaka to Te Anau 226 km / 140 miles, 2.5 hours
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Continue on as you relax and take in the views of heartland New Zealand while you travel through to Te Anau.
In the afternoon experience the magnificent underground networks of caves and rushing water. Board a small boat which will take you on a tour through the underground glowworm caves, explore further on foot.
Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Manapouri 21 km / 13 miles, 20 minutes
Located deep in the heart of a World Heritage Area, Doubtful Sound is an overwhelming place. Start your fantastic overnight cruise with a boat ride across Lake Manapouri to the West Arm, from here journey by vehicle over the mighty Wilmot Pass before arriving at Deep Cove. Board the ‘Seafinn’ and sit back and relax as your skipper and crew provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Wind your way around Doubtful Sound on your way out into the open Tasman Sea while you sightsee, relax or fish. Catch you evening meal form the sea and try filleting it too! During your cruise there is also the opportunity to kayak. In the evening enjoy a hearty meal with fellow guest before sitting back and enjoying the spectacular southern sunset that Doubtful Sound is renowned for.
Note: This particular cruise is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Please enquire for options for younger children.
Stay onboard 1 night the Seafinn.
Driving time Manapouri to Queenstown 172 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
In the morning enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove and onwards to Manapouri. Drive through historic Otago, farm land, orchards and vineyards to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world. Get settled into your Queenstown accommodation and then explore downtown Queenstown.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Relax and explore Queenstown for the morning or take the short drive to the historic gold mining township of Arrowtown.
Enjoy a Private Boutique Wine Tour in the afternoon, this tour takes your through the stunning scenery of the Wakatipu Basin, Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn. Taste wines from 4 boutique wineries in the area. Complimented by a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery Restaurant with a premium glass of wine. Visit Old Cromwell Town, Kawarau Gorge and the historic Kawarua Bridge and bungy. Before returning to Queenstown.
Make the most of your last night in Queenstown and add on 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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