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 accommodation.
Start your honeymoon off by enjoying a romantic and unique dining experience aboard a yacht on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. Sit back and relax as you cruise as the sun sets, enjoying a sumptuous three course dinner by one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 178 km / 110 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, Coromandel is the ideal place to 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 stunning dinner overlooking Rotorua at the top of the Gondola at the Stratosfare Restaurant. Featuring a beautiful array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked to order dishes highlighting local sourced seafood, meat and produce.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Enjoy the ultimate relaxation with Hells Gate Geothermal Private Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa. This private mud bath and sulphur spa allows you to relax together in privacy, a great way to rejuvenate and pamper yourselves part way through your honeymoon.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a Peek 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 to add a Lord of the Rings Tour.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 3 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. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s East Coast to Kaikoura.
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 264 km / 164 miles, 3.5 hours
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Driving time Christchurch to Akaroa 81 km / 50 miles, 1.5 hours
Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of Banks Peninsula. Banks Peninsula is noted for its beauty and unique wildlife as craggy volcanic peaks give way to sandy beaches and two magnificent harbours.
Stay 2 nights in Akaroa.
Explore Akaroa village with its colonial architecture, galleries, cafés, cheese factory and museum. Relax or take part in the many activities including Pohatu Penguins Nature and Sea Kayak Tours – Pohatu is home to the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
Driving time Akaroa to Mount Cook Village 377 km / 234 miles, 4.5 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.
Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight with snow landing.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Driving time Mount Cook Village to Wanaka 206 km / 128 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 1 night in Wanaka.
Driving time Wanaka to Milford Sound 343 km / 213 miles, 6 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 to Te Anau where you will be staying the evening. Continue on the Milford Highway regarded as one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand. Descend down into Milford Sound ready to board your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. This cruise is the ultimate way to experience Milford Sound. Start by cruising the full length of the Sound before anchoring in a sheltered cove. Relax on the deck, swim or explore by kayak. Enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon, before retiring to your private cabin.
Stay 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner.
Driving time Milford Sound to Te Anau 116 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Enjoy the day relaxing in Te Anau.
In the afternoon cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore the Underground network of Glowworm Caves. Be guided through the twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.
Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Dunedin 291 km / 180 miles, 4 hours
Travel to Dunedin, one of the best
Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.
Board the Taieri Gorge Railway – one of the world’s great train trips. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The train travels through the Southern parts of Dunedin City, across the Taieri Plains and then climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs and enjoy the best of beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the on board cafe while our train manager tells the story of the nature and history of the area in an entertaining and informative live commentary.
Driving time Dunedin to Queenstown 286 km / 178 miles, 4 hours
Drive through historic Central 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.
You also have the option to make a trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, and not one from an international chain.
Make the most of your last night in Queenstown with an enjoyable cruise on Lake Wakatipu to reach Walter Peak High Country Station for stunning evening dinner. Make a toast to a fantastic honeymoon as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
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