Travelling through both the North and
South Island, this self-drive itinerary
focuses on visiting the highlights of
New Zealand combined with stays at
B&B-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
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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. (B)
Collect your hire car and drive south to Hawke’s
Bay, with an optional stop at scenic Lake Taupo.
Check in to 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 has a quiet
setting in the City and is owned and run by writer Jane
Drive to the airport to return your hire car and
fly to Dunedin. On arrival, pick up a new hire car
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
Dairy 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. Your
hosts will be able to assist you with booking
activities, tours and restaurants. (B)
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 tenderly
refurbished this colonial property. (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, and return
your hire car 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. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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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 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...
The boutique Dairy Private Luxury Hotel is
situated less than 5 minutes walk from the heart
of Queenstown. The 13 stylishly appointed
rooms each have modern facilities and views of
the surrounding alpine landscape. Stays include
breakfast and afternoon...
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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NQQ2016: 14 Nights
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