New Zealand Luxury & Lifestyle

New Zealand Luxury & Lifestyle New Zealand Luxury & Lifestyle
£10645

New Zealand is a small country that offers a banquet for the senses.

Take this luxury lifestyle tour and you’ll certainly experience the best – from exclusive boutique hotels to stunning lodges in inspirational settings. You’ll also sample some of the world’s most appreciated wines – Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, for example – complemented by exquisite food.

And then there are the sights. The Art Deco town of Napier, and the City of Sails. The mighty Southern Alps. The frozen immensity of the Tasman Glacier, the astonishing flights over Cook Strait, the old whaling town of Kaikouri, the thermal energy of Rotorua…

This is a sample itinerary to inspire your holiday – it can be tweaked in every way possible from the places you want to go to and number of days you spend in each, as well as hotels you stay in and activities you do. Get in touch with one of our experts by calling +44+4402073864646 and a consultant will start creating your perfect trip.

Days Location Detail
days 1 - 2

Fly to Auckland, where you’ll be met and …

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Fly to Auckland, where you’ll be met and taken, by helicopter to your hotel on Waiheke Island.

days 3 - 4

Waiheke island

On Waiheke you’ll enjoy …

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Waiheke island

On Waiheke you’ll enjoy a world of peace and gentle recreation – the perfect antidote to flying across the world. Far out in the twinkling Hauraki Gulf, the island is fringed with wonderful beaches and luxurious resorts.
Its hinterland features deep green forests, rolling farmland and boutique vineyards – giving you ample opportunities to take touring trips; provided you can tear yourself away from the beach!

Stay: Two nights in the nautically-themed Boatshead Hotel or exclusive Delamore Lodge.

day 5

Auckland

A ferry takes you back to …

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Auckland

A ferry takes you back to Auckland, refreshed and ready to enjoy this charming little city. You’ll soon understand why it is known as the City of Sails. The waterfront area is alive with sailing craft – as well as chic waterfront restaurants and bars.
From here you could take a scenic mini-cruise around the harbour, or simply content yourself with exploring the city itself.

Stay: One night in the Debrett Hotel.

days 6 - 7

Rotorua

A morning’s drive along the …

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Rotorua

A morning’s drive along the wonderful Thermal Explorer Highway takes you to the bubbling cauldrons of hot mud and the spouting geysers of Rotorua. This town is also the heartland of traditional Maori culture.
You may well be welcomed with a fearsome haka and indulge in a sumptuous hangi feast, but you can also opt for a heli-tour to a dormant volcano of or a cruise across Lake Tawarera.

Stay: Two nights at Koura Lodge, Rotorua.

days 8 - 9

Wine region

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Wine region

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway until you reach the Pacific Coast Highway and stop for a drink. Now you really can combine luxury with lifestyle, because you’re in the country’s pre-eminent wine producing regions with over 50 distinctive vineyards.
You can take a connoisseur’s guided tour of the region, play golf and indulge in a pampering spa.

Stay: Two nights at either Greenhill Lodge or The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

days 10 - 11

Napier – Nelson

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Napier – Nelson

Drive to the Art Deco town of Napier, and take the luxury of a small plane to Nelson. By flying you’ll save a long drive and a time-consuming sea journey, but you’ll still have eye-opening views of the countryside passing beneath you, as well as fantastic seascape views over the Cook Strait and the awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds.

In Nelson you’ll be able to take a leisurely browse around the many arts and craft studios and tour the region’s most prominent wineries. You’ll also take heli-tours along the coast and over Lord of the Rings landscapes, go sea kayaking or sail in the Abel Tasman National Park on a private trip.

Stay: Two nights at highly acclaimed Edenhouse overlooking Orinoco Valley.

days 12 - 13

Marlborough

Marlborough is a mecca for wine …

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Marlborough

Marlborough is a mecca for wine lovers and gourmets alike. Hunters, Cloudy Bay, St Clair and Villa Maria are just some of the Sauvignon Blancs produced in this region – the perfect accompaniments to locally-grazed lamb, greenshell mussels and scallops straight from the Sounds.
Away from the table, you can cruise the Sounds, watch dolphins or tour the Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary.

Stay: Two nights at Bay of Many Coves.

days 14 - 15

Kaikoura

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Kaikoura

Today you drive off to the acclaimed Otahuna Lodge, a three storey, listed Queen Anne house. But on the way you’ll stop at the old whaling town of Kaikoura, where you can go whale watching or swimming with dolphins.
You can also immerse yourself in Maori culture or take part in adventure activities – including quad biking through the surrounding countryside.

Stay: Two nights in historic Otahuna Lodge.

days 16 - 17

Southern Alps

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Southern Alps

Now your Luxury and Lifestyle Tour caters to your taste for astonishing visual treats. The mighty Southern Alps are an unforgettable procession of sensational panoramic views. Even your hotel will look out on the awesome Mount Cook.
And as if that wasn’t enough, you can take scenic flights over the region, landing on the spectacular Tasman Glacier or take a six hour cruise around the base of New Zealand’s largest glacier.

Stay: Two nights in the Aoraki Wing of the Hermitage Hotel.

days 18 - 20

Queenstown

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Queenstown

Drive away from the snow-capped Southern Alps and you’ll arrive at Queenstown – the adventure sports capital of New Zealand, situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. As well as thrilling activities like knuckle-blanching jet boat rides on the Dart River, exhilarating adventures and bungee-jump watching from Kawarau Bridge, you’ll also have some adrenalin-calming opportunities.
Like lunch in an historic Glenorchy pub, tastings in local wineries and visits to Coronet Peak and historic Arrowtown. From Queenstown you can also enter the mountainous world of the Lord of the Rings.

Stay: Three nights in a Matakauri Lodge beside Lake Wakatipu.

Time to board a plane at Queenstown and begin your journey back home.

days 21 - 22

Fly Home

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Fly Home

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  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013