Travelling through both North and
South Island, this self-drive itinerary
focuses on visiting the highlights of New
Zealand combined with stays at bed
and breakfast-style accommodation.
These smaller properties, hosted by
knowledgeable owners, help independent
visitors get the most from their stay and
discover some of the local, less-visited
sights and experiences nearby
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Arrive and make your way to the Great
Ponsonby B&B for a 2-night stay. The following
day is at leisure to explore the surrounding
suburb of Posonby, busy with cafes, restaurants
and galleries. Your hosts, Gerry Hill and Sally
James, organise many local cultural events and
are an excellent source of information. (N), (B)
Collect your car hire and drive south to Hawke’s
Bay, with an optional stop at scenic Lake Taupo.
Check into Breckenridge Lodge for 2 nights.
Meet your host and renowned chef Malcolm
Redmond, and discover exquisite local cuisine
and hand-picked Hawke’s Bay wines. (B)
Continue to the southern tip of North Island to
visit the capital of New Zealand. Stay overnight
at the Booklovers B&B. This quaint property
provides a peaceful setting from which to
explore the inner parts of the city. (B)
Drive to the airport to return your car hire and fly
to Dunedin. On arrival, pick up your new car hire
and make your way to the Fletcher Lodge for
a 2-night stay. Spend the following day visiting
the historic Olveston House, taking a cruise in
search of albatross, watching blue penguins
come ashore or riding the scenic train through
Taieri Gorge. (B)
Drive to Queenstown for a 3-night stay at the
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel. During your
stay we recommend a visit to the old gold- mining town of Arrowtown and a trip to the
Fiordland region for a cruise on Doubtful or
Milford Sound. (N)
Drive west and follow the dramatic coastal
road north to the small town of Franz Josef.
The following day we recommend a helicopter
flight over Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.
Stay at Holly Homestead for 2 nights, the
home of Bernadine and Gerard Oudemans
who have beautifully refurbished this colonial
property. (N), (B)
Continue north up the coast to Hokitika,
formerly an important river port and today
famous for its Wildfoods Festival, which is held
on the second Saturday in March. It is also
the setting of the Booker-prize winning novel
The Luminaries. Stay 1 night at the friendly
Rimu Lodge, just south of the town in an area of
native bush and mountains. (B)
Drive east across the Southern Alps via Arthurs
Pass to Christchurch. Return your car hire before
making your way to The George hotel for an
overnight stay. Make your own way to the
airport the next day and fly home. (B), (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in hosted
bed and breakfast style accommodation, which
could be considered as equivalent to 3- and
International flights are not included
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Located next to the grassy Wellington Town Belt, Booklovers B&B is a quaint property, well-positioned for exploring the city's main attractions. Each room is individually styled and there is an informal dining room where breakfast is served. There are many walking tracks, cafes and restaurants nearby. Features: 3 rooms, dining room, laundry, parking, Wi-Fi.Room amenities: Climate control, 100% cotton linen, natural fibre...
Located in the countryside just outside of Napier town, Breckenridge Lodge is a great base for exploring the vineyards and coastline of Hawke's Bay. The lodge has 5 guest rooms each with views over the nearby vineyard and rural landscape. Breakfast is included in your stay and dinner is available on...
Situated just a few minutes walk from the
centre of Dunedin, Fletcher Lodge offers just
6 guestrooms and 2 self-contained apartments
in an atmosphere of restrained elegance. The
property prides itself on providing the charm and
personal service of a bed and breakfast whilst
offering the amenities associated with a...
The Great Ponsonby is a small Victorian property located within the vibrant suburb of Ponsonby, with the harbour and city centre a 5-minute drive away. The villa is adorned with arts and crafts from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Rooms vary in size from studios to spacious suites, each one tastefully decorated.
Features: 11 rooms, garden, parking, sitting room, breakfast room, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, ironing facilities, hairdryer, bathrobes, iPod...
Originally built as a colonial homestead in 1926, Holly Homestead has been refurbished to create a boutique place to stay close to Franz Josef village. On a clear day it is possible to view the snow-capped Southern Alps as you have breakfast. A variety of excursions can be booked locally, including glacier hikes, birdwatching and scenic flights.
Features: 4 rooms, garden, library, Wi-Fi, lounge, tour desk.
Room amenities: Electric blankets, wool duvets, bathrobes, Super King splitter...
Located within walking distance of Queenstown's main centre, the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a great base for exploring the town and its surrounds. The 19 rooms are spacious and feature modern decor and amenities. Stay includes complimentary parking, breakfasts and pre-dinner drinks and canapes. The property does not have a restaurant but is a short walk from a number of good...
Located a 10 minute drive from Hokitika, Rimu Lodge is a 4 room boutique lodge. Each room has been designed to maximise the impressive views to the north of the property. Breakfast is included and can be enjoyed in the dining room or outside on the deck (weather permitting). The property does not offer evening meals but your hosts will be happy to recommend and book a restaurant in nearby...
Offering warm, personalised service, The George is a boutique hotel located beside the beautiful Hagley Park and Avon river. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The George offers chic and spacious rooms and suites, all comfortably furnished and elegantly decorated. The hotel's two restaurants serve award-winning cuisine with seasonal menus.
Features: 53 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, coffee shop, sitting room.
Room amenities: Television, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffee & tea...
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NQQ2017: 14 Nights
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