ENQUIRE

CLASSIC NEW ZEALAND

Experience total immersion in the stunning landscapes of the North and South Islands. Begin in Auckland, travel to volcanic Rotorua, beautiful Hawkes Bay, Kaikoura, the South Alps and Franz Joseph Glacier before finishing in the adventure capital, Queenstown.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spotting dolphins, seals and whales in Kaikoura
  • Perfect isolation at Annandale Farm
  • Volcanic landscapes and Maori culture in Rotorua
  • Staying in the treetops at Te Waonui
  • Exploring the wineries of Napier
£3,479
per person

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RACHEL COOPER

Australasia Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Auckland

    When you arrive in Auckland, collect your rental vehicle and make your own way to the Sofitel in the magnificent centre of Auckland overlooking the harbour. Enjoy time relaxing after your long journey and explore the charming shops and restaurants at your leisure.

    Overnight: Sofitel Auckland

  3. Day 2 At Leisure

    A day for you to unwind and do as much or as little as you please. Auckland is home to more than half of the country's population, but never feels crowded and is a delight to explore. We recommend a stroll around the harbour and a delicious snack at one of the wonderful cafes. Around one hours' drive east of Auckland is the Coromandel Peninsula, a beautiful, rugged area of forest trails, old gold mines and deserted beaches. Pack a picnic lunch and set off on your own adventure for the day.

    Overnight: Sofitel Auckland

  4. Day 3 Geothermal Wonderland

    After a leisurely breakfast, make your own way to Rotorua, a journey of around three hours. Rotorua is known for its volcanic activity, evidenced by spouting geysers, bubbling mud and a rather distinctive smell! Enjoy two nights in this fascinating region exploring traditional Maori villages, thermal reserves and local arts and crafts.

    Overnight: The Black Swan

  5. Day 4 Rotorua

    Enjoy a full day at your leisure. There are several epic trails for cycling, walking or riding, crystal-clear lakes, and an abundance of Maori culture to explore. Spend the day unwinding, discovering and immersing yourself in this fascinating region.

    Overnight: The Black Swan

  6. Day 5 Drive to Napier

    After breakfast, leave Rotorua behind and head to the wonderful Hawkes Bay where you will spend two nights at award-winning Breckenridge Lodge. Your journey will take around three hours. Owned and run by renowned Chef Malcom Redmond, who will be your wonderful host, Breckenbridge lies in the most idyllic location. Enjoy delicious cuisine produced with fresh ingredients from the organic garden and local markets as well as excellent wines from New Zealand's second largest wine growing region.

    Overnight: Breckenridge Lodge

  7. Day 6 At Leisure

    A full day to experience majestic mountains, premier wineries and stunning coastlines in an area steeped in Maori history and tradition. At the end of the day, make your way back to Breckenbridge for another evening of relaxation, fine wines and a sumptuous feast.

    Overnight: Breckenridge Lodge

  8. Day 7 Drive to Greytown

    Enjoy a final morning at the lodge before heading south to Greytown. After a journey of around three hours, you will arrive in good time to enjoy dinner at one of the wonderful local haunts. Greytown is small and neat, and they say great things come in small packages. It is also the perfect base from which to explore Martinborough, where from the village centre you are able to stroll from one vineyard to the next. A local guide can be arranged if you would like the inside scoop.

    Overnight: Briarwood

  9. Day 8 Explore Greytown

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a gentle stroll around the village, a delicious lunch and an afternoon exploring or relaxing as you wish.

    Overnight: Briarwood

  10. Day 9 Sail to the South

    Rise early for a short drive to the capital city Wellington. On arrival, drop off your rental vehicle and enjoy the wonderful three hour crossing to the South Island; the journey across the Cook Strait, Marlborough Sounds and Tory Chanel is often referred to as one of the most spectacular in the world. On arrival at Picton, collect your rental car and make your own way to Kaikoura. Your home for the night is a spectacular treehouse at Hapuku Lodge, with views over the ocean and mountains.

    Overnight: Hapuku Lodge

  11. Day 10 Whale and Seal Watching

    Today make your way to Kaikoura for an exhilarating whale watching experience. From your boat you might see dolphins, seals and other marine life whilst waiting for the magnificent sperm whales to surface. With a few precious photos, return to the mainland and collect your vehicle before making your way towards Christchurch. On arrival at Annandale farm, the lodge owners will meet you and take you to Shepherds Cottage, a blissfully private cottage surrounded by stunning scenery, where you can explore from the door or simply put your feet up and enjoy the views over the Pacific Ocean and snow-capped peaks.

    Overnight: The Shepherds Cottage, Annandale

  12. Day 11 At Leisure

    You may wish to explore on foot as there are several easily accessible walking trails. The 14km Pigeon Bay Walkway is particularly lovely, and your hosts will provide a delicious picnic lunch and a map for you to take with you. There are bicycles to ride, kayaks to paddle, fishing charters and cooking classes; staying put at the cottage with a good book is equally enjoyable.

    Overnight: The Shepherds Cottage, Annandale

  13. Day 12 Franz Joseph

    Rise early and make your way back to Christchurch, where you can drop off your vehicle at the train station before boarding the transalpine for one of the world's most famous train journeys. As the train traverses the South Alps you can enjoy spectacular views across the Canterbury Plains before arriving into Greymouth at around lunch time. On arrival, collect your car and drive on to Franz Joseph for a night at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Spend the rest of the day exploring and enjoy a delicious dinner in the Canopy Restaurant surrounded by native bush and wildlife.

    Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

  14. Day 13 Travel to Queenstown

    After breakfast, there are a myriad of activities to consider before you leave for Queenstown. Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride to Fox Glacier or Franz Joseph, or combine a scenic-flight followed by a glacier hike with an experienced guide; visit the local wildlife centre to look at the rarest breed of Kiwis; or drive to Lake Mapourika for a magnificent view of the highest mountains in New Zealand. In the afternoon, make your way to Queenstown, a journey of around four and a half hours, and check-in to The Dairy boutique hotel for a three-night stay.

    Overnight: The Dairy

  15. Day 14 - 15 Queenstown

    Enjoy two full days at leisure in New Zealand's adrenalin capital. Queenstown is packed to the rafters with exhilarating experiences, from jet boating to skiing and white-water rafting. Less sensational but equally appealing are the gentler pursuits of lake cruising on an old steamboat, hiking, riding and fishing. For those who just prefer to meander, there are museums, beautifully manicured parks and gardens, and an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants.

    Overnight: The Dairy

  16. Day 16 Head home

    Check-out of The Dairy and make your own way to the airport for your journey home.

  17. Depart

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