An amazing luxury 14 day tour of the North and South Islands including a variety of adventure, excitement and relaxation; from volcanoes to wine and luxury coastal lodges to the finest city hotels. Enjoy New Zealand’s landscape from the scenic drives and at 5000 feet in your own helicopter. This 14 day NZ tour ensures you get to see and stay in some of the best locations. This self drive tour of New Zealand provides a fortnight of absolute luxury with many bucket list activities ticked off at the end of the holiday. We haven’t spared the horses in piecing this itinerary together – if it has too many treats we can always create an itinerary with just the right amount of fabulousness.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 1657 kms / 1028 miles, 19.8 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$295 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

Image: Aoraki, Mount Cook © Rob Suisted

Your tour documentation pack and support

On arrival into New Zealand your tour pack is hand delivered to you by our representatives. The pack contains all the documentation you will need for your tour including a printed and bound detailed version of your itinerary with driving instructions and maps for each leg and all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities. You’ll also receive a wonderful New Zealand picture atlas and lots of relevant brochures and information on the destinations you’ll be visiting. While travelling throughout New Zealand 24 hour support is offered should you need it.

Complimentary New Zealand cell phone for your holiday

You will receive a New Zealand cell phone for the duration of your tour with $50 credit pre-loaded for your use. The number is allocated to you around 14 days before your arrival so you can leave this with friends and family if you wish. Receiving calls (including international) does not cost anything on this phone so there are no expensive roaming charges. It’s a great option to help you make dinner reservations, book an activity, call ahead to your accommodation or for calling us if you need any help.

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Day 1: Welcome to Auckland City

Arrive Auckland City, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure
Personal, meet, greet and private transfer to your accommodation
A private transfer will meet you from your flight and drive you to your Auckland accommodation.

Auckland City is New Zealand’s largest. Known as the ‘city of sails’ it is situated on a narrow neck of land between two harbours, Manukau Harbour and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour which flanks the city centre. There is somewhere for every visitor to feel right at home as each suburb has its own unique style and atmosphere, from the vibrant and trendy fashion and cuisine found along Ponsonby Road to the breath-taking native bush and beaches of the West Coast. Spend the day exploring the city or relaxing before your adventure begins.

Accommodation

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

Today collect your rental vehicle for your New Zealand holiday
Cross the lush Waikato farmland to Rotorua and your lakeside accommodation of Solitaire Lodge
Driving distance and time: 220 kms / 136 miles : 2.6 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Today you’ll collect your rental vehicle for your New Zealand holiday. You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.
*GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface, with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions, which announces street names. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

The drive south from Auckland on State Highway 1 quickly takes you past the Bombay Hills into rolling green farmland and the rich dairy pastures of the Waikato. Heading east you enter hobbit country as the route takes you through the town of Matamata where you can visit the Hobbit Village film location made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Just south of Matamata is the township of Tirau, home to giant metal sheep and sheepdog sculptures. Tirau also offers a surprising number of antique and craft stores as well as great cafes for a refreshment break. Arriving into the city of Rotorua the region’s geothermal activity quickly becomes evident as you see steam rising from the roadside and surrounding hills.

Considered the cultural centre for the Maori people, Rotorua is the ideal place to gain an insight into this unique culture. The Rotorua Museum located in the Government Gardens houses fascinating displays focused on the history of the local Maori tribes. Here you will learn of the devastating volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886, you can also visit the Buried Village to see first-hand the impact of this event. Ohinemutu Village on the shores of Lake Rotorua is the original site of the first Maori settlers in the area. Despite the modern buildings you can still gain a sense of what the original village was like while you explore the magnificent meeting house and historic carvings. One of the most popular introductions to the Maori Culture is through an evening at Mitai Maori Village where you can enjoy performances and demonstrations followed by a traditionally cooked hangi meal. Of course Rotorua is also a great place to enjoy many other activities including, fishing, 4WD trips, relaxing spa treatments, biking and a whole host of adventure activities.

Solitaire Lodge

Secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location offers guests the ideal blend of indulgence and adventure from a picture perfect setting. The lounge is elegantly appointed with original artwork and features floor to ceiling windows with stunning panoramic views across the lake. Guests may cosy up in front of an open fire, select a book from the library or enjoy the bar facilities at hand. From the lounge door, whether enjoying a stroll through the herb garden, gazing across the lake from Lovers Leap, or taking one of the scenic lake walks, the unspoilt natural setting and bird chorus ensures your experience is a memorable one. Nearby is the Lodge’s private jetty with many water activity options available, including complimentary use of the lodge’s kayaks, motorized dinghies and trout fishing gear.The luxurious suites are styled with comfort in mind and feature panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.

Dining at Solitaire Lodge

Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite. Dishes are prepared with the freshest local produce and complemented by a superb selection of New Zealand wine vintages. Outside dining is also popular under the umbrella adorned wooden tables.

Additional activities – enquire with the lodge for current prices

Spa treatment – Make your stay even more relaxing with an in-room spa treatment, no worries about getting to your appointment. And no hurrying out afterwards. Our signature spa menu offers a selection of traditional and indigenous treatments.

Cruise Lake Tarawera – operating from Solitaire Lodge’s private jetty, offer personalised tours that showcase the spectacular unspoilt natural beauty, history and peacefulness of Lake Tarawera.

Tararua Falls Trail – The hike to the Tarawera Falls is an easy hike preceded by a boat transfer to the jetty at the start of the trail. A picnic lunch is provided and can be enjoyed at the bottom of the waterfall.

Thermal Cycle Trail – The Pathway of Fire Cycle Trail offers a designated cycle track past some of the most unique geothermal sites in the world, including the thermal bathing waters of Kerosine Creek. The lodge van will drop you off at the start of the trail and pick you up when you are finished.

Fishing – Guided fly fishing, or catamaran fishing on Lake Tarawera – pick up right from the Solitaire Lodge jetty.

Accommodation

Solitaire Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3: White Island

A day to remember, take a helicopter to White Island, an active volcano, land and explore the unique landscape

White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris

Take a helicopter to White Island and land on an active volcano. Located 50 km off the Bay of Plenty coast. Experience the fury of nature at work on this awesome Island of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. Your flight takes you north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.

Accommodation

Solitaire Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4: Rotorua to Napier

Drive to Napier and Hawkes Bay via Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Visit the remarkable Cape Kidnappers Gannet colony
Driving distance and time: 210 kms / 131 miles : 2.4 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Rotorua to Napier

This drive takes you through the thermal region south of Rotorua. Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Craters of the Moon near Taupo are just a few of the thermal hot spots you can explore along the way. As you approach Taupo signs direct you to Huka Falls, walkways from the car park lead you to the spectacular sight of the churning waters from Lake Taupo pouring through a narrow gorge at the start of the Waikato River. Here you can take a thrilling jet boat ride which gets you up close to the thunderous falls or enjoy a lunch of fresh prawns raised in the nearby naturally heated thermal pools. From Taupo the road climbs as you cross the rugged Ahimanawa Range before you descend back down to the Pacific Coast reaching the shoreline just north of Napier, the world’s finest art deco city.

Cape Kidnappers

With 180-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a multitude of activities and adventures to be had, Cape Kidnappers is the perfect escape. The main lodge features many warm and welcoming common areas in which to relax, including lounge and dining spaces and ‘outdoor rooms’. Roaring open fires, contemporary art and stylish interior design await you here. There is also a wine cellar with tasting room.

Dining at Cape Kidnappers

Dining is a special experience at our luxury lodge. Choose from a variety of dining spaces, each with unique features – from the Wine Cellar, to the Loggia, the small dining room or the Snug for special occasions, there’s a dining option for you. Enjoy gourmet restaurant cuisine from our award-winning Chefs, including the finest New Zealand lamb and beef and the best local produce and seafood.

Head Chef Tim Pickering always aims to source his produce as locally as possible, and with an idyllic Hawke’s Bay location, his “food miles” have been relatively few. Now with the Cape Kidnappers vegetable garden in place and its close proximity to the lodge, our chefs are able to create daily menus based on freshness, utilising many vegetables straight from the garden and offering the most seasonal produce to our guests. We pride ourselves on making as much as we can on site. Our Pastry Chef makes everything from scratch – from cereals, cookies, breads, jams, exquisite pastries to ice cream. Our chocolate chip cookies are gaining legendary status, and the smell of melting chocolate wafting from the kitchen means wonderful desserts for the night’s dinner menu are being created.

The Golf Course – for the latest prices please enquire with the Lodge Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Cape Kidnappers’ golf course is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.

The Spa – for the latest prices please enquire with the Lodge The Cape Kidnappers Luxury Spa sits atop the hillside, above the Lodge, with outstanding vistas of the sapphire ocean. Choose from a variety of Spa treatments including massage, reflexology, body wraps, facials, pedicures, manicures and hair care.

Additional Activities on farm activities

Heated infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Farm Tour – No visit to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is complete without a tour of this 6,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm. Explore this magnificent property in four-wheel drive comfort or, for the more adventurous, try a quad bike tour.

Walking trails – Walk to the 200 year old Kahikatea tree or jog or walk along Trigg Road which overlooks truly amazing Hawke’s Bay views. For a longer walk, head out to the Kanuka Block and enjoy beautiful native bush and inspirational views of the Pacific Ocean

Gannet Colony – Cape Kidnappers is the home of the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in rows, carrying out their daily routine. The birds can be seen from September until early May.

Horse Treks – Explore by horseback through pine forests, up to a spectacular look-out for a relaxing picnic. Enjoy great views over the Tuki Tuki Valley to Te Mata peak and out to the Pacific Ocean. Or have the stable arrange a trip to your specifications and ability.

Quad biking – Ride with your guide over the stunning 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm. These vehicles are an excellent way to explore off the beaten path with the aid of an experienced guide.
Mountain bikes – Explore and enjoy the 6,000 acres of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers by bike. Adult’s and children’s mountain bikes are available for guest use.

Accommodation

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5: Private Luxury Wine Tour

Relax at your wonderful lodge this morning and then embark on a private tour to some of the regions finest vineyards

Private Luxury Wine Tour including lunch

A tour designed for those who are looking for a more intimate experience of the Hawkes Bay wineries. Wine education, regional history and knowledge of the finest restaurant food in the region are all a part of the Grape Escape service. Taste classic red varieties such as Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. Hawke’s Bay vintners are also renowned for such white varieties as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Viognier. Semillon and Riesling. Depending on availability you may also taste a sherry, ports and desert reds. Your tour begins from your accommodation where you’ll be picked up in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. You then travel towards the coast and visit Elephant Hill, then continue along the Tuki Tuki river valley route undoubtedly one of the most scenic pastoral and vineyard drives in New Zealand. People often compare this area to Tuscany. Next stop is Craggy Range where you will enjoy the wonderful wines with amazing views of the Eastern side of Te Mata Peak. Then it’s on to Black Barn where you will enjoy a two course lunch with sweeping views of the Heretaunga Plains After lunch your guide will drive you to the top of Te Mata Peak for amazing 360 degree views of the Heretaunga Plains. Leaving Te Mata Peak you then travel out to the wineries of the Red Metal, Gimblett Gravels sub regions visiting, Sileni, Trinity Hill and Ngatarawa before you return to your accommodation.

Accommodation

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Wairarapa

Continue your drive south through the Wairarapa to the capital city of Wellington
Driving distance and time: 297 kms / 184 miles : 3.7 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.
Hawkes Bay (Hastings) to Wellington
The rolling countryside of the Hawke’s Bay leads you into some of New Zealand’s richest farmland, located around the Manawatu region. Passing along the Manawatu Gorge the Wairarapa welcomes you. Masterton is home to the golden shears sheep shearing competition while just further south Greytown boasts the largest concentration of historic wooden buildings in the country. Nearby Martinborough is home to dozens of boutique wineries. The route takes you over the Rimutaka Range and along the magnificent natural harbour that the capital city of Wellington sits upon.

Accommodation

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7: Picton

Take the interislander ferry to Picton and a short drive to your accommodation overlooking the sounds
Driving distance and time: 0 kms / 0 miles : 0.0 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today you’ll collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday. You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge

The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world’. Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country’s highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds. This region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a remarkable photographic opportunity. At the end of Queen Charlotte Sound the cruise comes to an end in this picturesque town of Picton.

When you’re not out on the deck enjoying the amazing views, you can retreat to the exclusive premium plus lounge which is the most comfortable and relaxing way to travel across the Cook Strait. You’ll enjoy complimentary beverages, light snacks, lunch or breakfast, internet access, magazines and newspapers and the most comfortable seating, so you can sit back and enjoy the journey.

Accommodation

The Sounds Retreat

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8: The Marlborough Region

Discover the award winning wineries of the Marlborough Region
Sounds Connection Gourmet Wine Tour
The Sounds Connection gourmet tour is truly the ultimate experience for anyone who enjoys good food and wine. It offers a fascinating insight into the gourmet world of Marlborough wine and food in an interesting and enjoyable way. Along the way you will meet some wonderful people, experience the boutique to the iconic and take a look ‘behind the scenes’. This tour includes a gourmet three-course lunch, with specially selected wine to complement your meal. Wineries visited on this tour include Hans Herzog Estate, Wither Hills, Cloudy Bay and Johanneshof Cellars – and who could resist a stop at Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory? Your three-course lunch, and tasting fees are all included in the cost. On rare occasions some venues may change on the day, due to unavoidable circumstances.

Accommodation

The Sounds Retreat

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: Pacific Coastline Drive

A magnificent drive today along the Pacific Coastline via Kaikoura to Christchurch
Driving distance and time: 326 kms / 202 miles : 4.0 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Picton to Christchurch

From Picton you cross the ‘dry hills’ of the Marlborough ranges as you head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. To the east is the turquoise waters of the South Pacific Ocean and to the west the towering Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife. Whale Watch Kaikoura is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury’s major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced you to the South Island’s most numerous inhabitant, the sheep. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit is highly recommended. Here you can get as close to experiencing life on the frozen continent without actually visiting plus see New Zealand little blue penguins and ride in a Haaglund Tracked vehicle.

Accommodation

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10: Cantebury Plains to Lake Tekapo

Cross the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park. Take to the air to see the magnificent Southern Alps
Driving distance and time: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

Today you head into the heart of the South Island. Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains along the inland scenic route, Geraldine offers an ideal stop before you head into the Mackenzie Country. Ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll enter New Zealand’s high country. The picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, is the first of the large Southern Lakes on your journey. Enjoy the magnificent views from the lake shore or for an even better view take a scenic flight. On arriving at Lake Pukaki, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Cook, towering over the lake. Continue along the lake as it guides you to your destination, Mt. Cook Village. There are many ways to enjoy Mt Cook National Park, by ski plane or helicopter with a glacier landing, kayaking on a glacial lake or by walking one of the many tracks. At The Hermitage Hotel the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre is a must see.

Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight

This 55 minute flight is the ultimate way to view Aoraki/ Mt Cook and the spectacular surrounding National Park. Flying around the top of Aoraki Mt Cook viewing the unbelievable scenery that unfolds from the top of New Zealand’s highest peak. Combine this with landing on the Tasman Glacier and experiencing the “natural silence” of this very special place with so much to offer, hanging glaciers, rivers of ice and views of the incredible West Coast and Tasman Sea. Flying over the calved icebergs of the Tasman Terminal Lake on your return flight you will have experienced Aoraki Mt Cook at its finest. Doesn’t get any better than this!

Accommodation

Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 11: Drive to Central Otago

Continue your drive south into Central Otago, through the Gibbston Valley and onto Queenstown
Driving distance and time: 256 kms / 159 miles : 2.9 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown

Twizel, just south of Mt. Cook was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes and a little further on is Omarama, the gliding capital of New Zealand. Wrinkly Rams is a local café and also offers an informative sheep shearing demonstration. The Lindis Pass is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres. The tussock covered hills offer an unusual contrast as you pass from the Mackenzie Basin and into Central Otago. The first Central Otago settlement you reach is the quaint village of Tarras, which has a number of boutique stores and a lovely café. A short drive further along is the historic and scenic Bendigo Reserve, which was one of Otago’s original gold mining settlements. Well marked paths will guide you to the remains of stone cottages and other buildings from this bygone era. Cromwell sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge and the historic old town is well worth the visit, the buildings are now home to quaint shops and cafes. The old town buildings were relocated from the valley that now sits deep under Lake Dunstan. Continue on through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge as they guide you towards the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand’s premier wine growing regions. At the famous historic Kawarau Bridge you can take a bungy jump or sit back and enjoy the drama as visitors hurtle off the bridge. Approaching Queenstown the impressive Remarkables mountain range comes into view and then beautiful Lake Wakatipu as you head towards Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge will provide an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes. The main lodge consists of spacious lounge, dining and living areas, including stylish lounges featuring roaring open fires, our Remarkables Patio, Library and courtyard all offer comfortable spaces to relax in. You can also relax by the pool or in the Jacuzzi with spectacular views of the lake and mountainside.

Dining at Matakauri Head Chef Jonathan Roger’s modern New Zealand cuisine is focused on showcasing local seasonal produce with clean, fresh flavors in an a la carte menu that changes daily. Choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Library, Dining Room, Remarkables Patio, Courtyard and Lounge, private dining can be arranged upon request.

The Spa – for current pricing please enquire with the lodge Nestled in the pines adjacent to the guest suites is the luxury spa facility. With two stunning treatment rooms, the view takes you across Lake Wakatipu to the beautiful Remarkables Mountain Range and Cecil Peak. Enjoy these views during a selection of glorious signature treatments including The Alpine Temptation or The Snowflake Massage.

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 12: Queenstown

A day to relax or try one of the many adventures on offer in Queenstown

Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside

Queenstown is consistently voted one of the top places in the world to visit by travellers and there are a multitude of reasons why. With its backdrop of spectacular mountains, including the aptly named Remarkables and overlooking the glistening waters of Lake Wakatipu you could happily spend your time here just soaking up the views. But there’s more to Queenstown than stunning scenery, it’s also home to a massive range of exciting activities and attractions. One of the most popular is cruising across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw before landing at Walter Peak for a kiwi-style BBQ dinner. As well as the adrenalin-rush adventures like rafting on the Kawarau River and jet boating on the Shotover River there are also a variety of relaxing activities, such as wine tours and hot air ballooning for amazing views. Gibbston Valley is home to boutique wineries which can be explored either on a cycle tour or guided tour or spend a day in charming Arrowtown, rich in history and home to some great dining options for lunch. Venture further afield and you’ve got large tracts of untouched wilderness in the form of Fiordland and Mt Aspriring National Parks within easy reach and perfect for day trips. An amazing trip that takes you into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park is the Dart River Wilderness Safari, combining jet boating on the turquoise waters of the Dart River and a walk through majestic beech forests, or for a taste of one of our great walks, the Routeburn Track day encounter from Queenstown is a must.

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 13: Milford Sound

Today venture by private helicopter to Milford Sound
Exclusive Milford Sound Eurocopter Heli Cruise
Visually unparalleled, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Your exclusive scenic helicopter ride descends through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound. Here you’ll join an informative cruise on the fiord accompanied by your pilot. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge rainfall that this region receives, resulting in the rainforest, lakes, river and startling number of waterfalls. You’ll cruise through the fiords carved by glaciers all the way to the wild and windswept west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown you’ll experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people. The versatility of the helicopter is admirably suited to this diverse terrain ensuring enhanced visibility and greater safety in this incredible landscape.

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 14: Queenstown Departure

Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time: 1 kms / 1 miles : 0.1 hours
Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.
Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight
Take in the sights of Queenstown one more time before returning your car to the airport and catching your onward flight.

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Day 1: Welcome to Auckland City

Accommodation

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
Parking: valet paid parking NZ$30-NZ$40 per 24 hrs
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Breakfast service available
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Room service available
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre

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Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

Accommodation

Solitaire Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
All rooms non smoking

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Day 3: White Island

Accommodation

Solitaire Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
All rooms non smoking

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Day 4: Rotorua to Napier

Accommodation

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features
Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Room service available
Hairdryer
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre
All rooms non smoking

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Day 5: Private Luxury Wine Tour

Accommodation

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features
Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Room service available
Hairdryer
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre
All rooms non smoking

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Day 6: Wairarapa

Accommodation

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Bolton Hotel Wellington

Accommodation features

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$30-NZ$35 per 24 hrs
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Breakfast service available
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Kitchen/kitchenette in room
Hairdryer
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre

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Day 7: Picton

Accommodation

The Sounds Retreat

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: On site
Gym/fitness centre
All rooms non smoking

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Day 8: The Marlborough Region

The Sounds Retreat

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 9: Pacific Coastline Drive

Accommodation

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Room service available
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: On site
Laundry facilities: Dry cleaning service available
Gym/fitness centre

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Day 10: Cantebury Plains to Lake Tekapo

Accommodation

Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Internet facilities: On site free access
Restaurant on site
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

11

Day 11: Drive to Central Otago

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Includes dinner
Hairdryer
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre
All rooms non smoking

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Day 12: Queenstown

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

13

Day 13: Milford Sound

Accommodation

Matakauri Lodge

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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