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Our luxury New Zealand tour allows you to see some of the country’s best sights in 19 days. It’s ideal for couples wanting to blend luxury and exploration and see one of the world’s most beautiful countries.
Start your tour of New Zealand in Auckland where you will stay on the spectacular rural Waiheke Island. Next is the picturesque town of Paihia, located in the Bay of Islands, where you can take a scenic flight, see dolphins on a boat trip, take in a historic lighthouse and more. Spend the night in Auckland and take a tour of its harbour before enjoying a delicious dinner at one of the many fine dining restaurants overlooking the bay.
Visit Rotorua, where you can spend days relaxing in natural thermal pools or immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the Māori people. See the protected kiwi bird in its native habitat as you take the wetlands trail through beautiful surroundings. Drive to Napier and explore the Art Deco architecture, before heading to the adventure capital of New Zealand - Queenstown. Head to Franz Josef Glacier on a helicopter flight, before finishing the tour in Christchurch, where you can punt on the River Avon and see the Botanic Gardens.
- Immerse yourself in Māori culture
- Explore New Zealand’s oldest vineyard
- Enjoy a Glacier hike
- See dolphins, fur seals and penguins
Start your Journey
Start your luxury tour of New Zealand in Auckland, the country’s most populated city, before being transferred to your luxury accommodation on the island of Waiheke. Spend your days relaxing in the hotel, taking in the sea views and enjoying delicious local produce.
Waiheke Island is well known for its excellent varieties of wine, with vineyards and cellar doors dotted throughout the town and countryside. Take a wine tasting tour and admire the beautiful views before pairing a variety of bottles with succulent local produce, or explore the beaches and coves on foot or by bike. Our experts recommend Cable Bay Vineyards which offers sunset views from grassy slopes which lead down to the Hauraki Gulf.
Bay of Islands
Take the ferry back to Auckland and pick up your hire car. Drive 225km north to The Sanctuary; a luxury hotel surrounded by a nature reserve. Explore the beaches and rainforests on foot or visit the pretty coastal town of Paihia.
Set out on an optional day tour around the Bay of Islands. You may be lucky enough to spot dolphins. Next, take a scenic flight tour over Cape Reinga, which is the most northerly point in New Zealand. Take in the scenery from above before stopping for a guided walk through the landscapes. You also have a chance to see Cape Reinga lighthouse, scenic Tapotupotu Bay and Te Paki’s sand dunes before your flight back to the hotel.
Travel 225km south to Auckland, where you will spend the evening. Stay at the chic Pullman Hotel, where you can enjoy modern surroundings and a host of amenities. Arrive earlier in the afternoon and book one of our optional tours. The Auckland Harbour Coffee Cruise allows you to see the city’s attractions from the harbour, as well as taking you to Devonport’s former naval base and Rangitoto Island’s volcanic scenery.
Our Wilderness Experience – Bush and Beach tour takes you to the city’s main attractions, before taking you to the top of Mount Victoria for views over Auckland. For panoramic city views from a different angle, head to the top of the Sky Tower.
Next stop on your luxury New Zealand tour is Rotorua, which is 251km away and home to hot mud pools, spouting geysers, sparkling lakes and a fascinating Māori culture. Head to your luxury accommodation, Solitaire Lodge, where you can enjoy spectacular lake views, and surrounding volcanic landscapes.
Explore the lake by kayak or motorised dinghy, available to rent from the hotel, or spend the day on the beach, which is within easy walking distance. The wetlands trail is ideal for those wanting to spot colourful birds and other wildlife. For a more relaxing activity, visit one of the spas where you can unwind in natural geothermal pools.
Travel 240km to Hawke’s Bay and your award-winning luxury accommodation, County Hotel. Spend two days at leisure, exploring the Art Deco architecture of Napier. Choose our full day tour of the area’s wineries and take in beautiful views and estates, before enjoying wine tasting along with local delicacies. Finish at Te Mata Peak, where you can watch the sunset. For a more active tour, hire bikes and cycle around the vineyards.
Guests can also choose our Twilight Odyssey Dinner. This three course meal is hosted at some of the country’s best vineyard restaurants and includes a visit to New Zealand’s oldest vineyard, as well as sunset views accompanied by champagne.
Return your rental car in Hawke’s Bay Airport where you will catch a flight to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Pick up your car before driving to Lake Wakatipu, where you’ll find Hidden Lodge set within stunning landscapes.
Choose from a range of activities in Queenstown, including horse riding, hiking and scenic boat rides. Adventurous visitors can try bungee jumping or helicopter rides. Choose one of our optional tours, including the Dart River Wilderness Safari, for a chance to see dolphins, seals and penguins. Picnic on the Peak features a gourmet meal set among fantastic views.
Fran Josef Glacier
Journey 355km to Franz Josef Glacier and your accommodation – Te Waonui Forest Retreat. With rivers, a rugged coast, mountains and glaciers on your doorstep, this is the ideal place to explore New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes.
Our luxury tour of New Zealand will take you to the Fox Glacier by helicopter. Enjoy a guided tour of the glacier before heading back to the Retreat by helicopter for a gourmet meal. You can also choose to explore the Franz Josef Glacier or take a scenic flight over the beautiful landscapes. Alternatively, head to SnakeBite Brewery where you can try New Zealand beers served alongside Asian delicacies.
Take the scenic roads to New Zealand’s historic town of Christchurch, which is located at the bottom of the South Island. Choose our optional guided tour, visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens or learn about the country’s military history at the Air Force Museum. The British colonial architecture of the city makes this an ideal place for a walking tour. Alternatively, take a punting tour along the River Avon and learn the stories of its history.
Choose to add on an extra few days in Christchurch and enjoy a TranzAlpine rail journey or swim with dolphins in Akaroa.
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
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