Traverse New Zealand at your own pace on this self-drive itinerary, staying in some of the country’s finest accommodation, each with their own charm and plush features. These exclusive properties provide easy access to many of New Zealand’s highlights but are located away from the busier tourist areas. Stays are complemented by superb food, wine, service and facilities.
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On arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to the Marino Ridge luxury hosted accommodation on Waiheke island for a peaceful 2-night stay. (N) (B)
Activities on offer:
available include wine tasting on Waiheke
island, scenic flights over Auckland and
surrounding area by seaplane, or charter a
yacht in the harbour.
Collect your car hire downtown and drive to the lakeside town of Taupo in the centre of North Island. Stay at Huka Lodge for 2 nights, set among stunning scenery with lakes, forests and waterfalls nearby. (B, D)
Day at leisure to explore the lodge’s manicured gardens, or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Kaimanawa Ranges followed by a cruise on Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. (B, D)
Drive along the Thermal Explorer Highway towards the award-winning wine region of Hawke's Bay. Check in for 2 nights at the Farm at Cape Kidnappers, set above almost 2,500 hectares of pasture land with 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. (B, D)
Take advantage of your time in New Zealand’s second largest wine-growing region with a visit to some of the 70 local wineries. Options include a short shared wine-tasting excursion, or private tour taking you into the cellars of some of the country’s finest vineyards. (B, D)
Drive to the Kapiti coast for an overnight stay at Greenmantle Estate, situated just 40km from Wellington. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea at the estate with a range of delicious sweet and savoury snacks. (B, D)
Board the Interislander ferry to South Island, passing the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds en route. On arrival, take a water taxi to the Bay of Many Coves resort for a 2-night stay. (B)
Options today include a hike along the worldrenowned Queen Charlotte Track or kayaking along the coastline in search of secluded beaches. (B)
Return to the mainland by water taxi, then drive along the spectacular east coast towards Kaikoura for a 2-night stay at Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses. This contemporary country lodge has suite accommodation in the main lodge, or luxury treehouses set 30 feet above the ground. (B, D)
Discover the rich marine life in the local waters by taking a cruise in search of whales, dolphins and albatross. (B, D)
Drive to Christchurch to catch a short flight to Queenstown. Collect a new hire car and drive west to Te Anau for a 2-night stay at the Fiordland Lodge, at the gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand. (B, D)
Explore the natural beauty of the Fiordland National Park by foot, kayak or cruise. (B, D)
Activities on offer:
For something special,
book an optional spectacular scenic
helicopter flight over Milford Sound.
Drive past lakeside vistas on the gentle route to Queenstown and stay 2 nights at Matakauri Lodge. Relax this evening on the shore of Lake Wakatipu with stunning views of The Remarkables mountain range. (B, D)
Day at leisure. Optional pre-bookable excursions include a visit to a working sheep farm, horse riding through glacier-fed rivers and tours into the pristine Dart River Valley. (B, D)
Return your car hire to the airport this morning and fly home, or continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights are not included with this itinerary.
This itinerary can be arranged using private transfers by chauffeured car or helicopter between properties. Please ask your consultant for details.
Featuring some of the most luxurious
accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are
based on the standard category, unless indicated
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5042 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
The Bay of Many Coves Resort offers a touch
of luxury in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
There are 11 spacious hillside guest rooms with
private balconies and views of the bay. The hotel’s
facilities include two restaurants, a freshwater
swimming pool and the Makoha spa offering a
Set in 40 acres of land, the Fiordland Lodge
offers breathtaking views of Lake Te Anau and
Fiordland National Park. The property has 10
spacious guest rooms and 2 log cabins, each
with traditional and modern touches. The lodge
restaurant offers gourmet dining and a wide
range of New Zealand...
Greenmantle Estate provides suite-only accommodation on the Kapiti coast with Wellington around a 45-minute drive away. This spacious two-storey lodge is beautifully appointed providing a touch of luxury on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. The property is set in established gardens which have been lovingly tended for many generations.
Features: 6 rooms, barbecue area, fitness centre, spa, outdoor pool, hot tub.
Room amenities: Television, DVD player, separate living area, fireplace (some...
Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses is a contemporary
country lodge set on a deer stud and olive farm,
surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
The property offers a selection of suites in the
main lodge and tree houses elevated in a canopy
of native Manuka grove. Facilities include an
outdoor swimming pool and gourmet...
Considered to be one of the world's most elegant retreats, Huka Lodge has set the benchmark for luxury accommodation in New Zealand for years. This simple 1920's fishing lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River, has been transformed to provide 20 spacious lodge rooms and the superbly appointed Owners Cottage. Tucked along the banks of the river, the rooms are very secluded and offer timeless elegance. Service standards are impeccable and dining is exquisite, with outstanding cuisine showcasing the very best that New Zealand has to...
Situated on the north-west end of Waiheke island, the contemporary, suite-only Marino Ridge is set within stunning native bush and gardens. The property has just 3 suites and is close to Oneroa township where there is a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Features: 3 suites, lounge/dining room, library, pool, exercise room, hot tub, helipad.
Room amenities: Television, safe, tea/coffee facilities,...
Located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, the 5 star Matakauri Lodge offers a peaceful retreat just 10 minutes drive from Queenstown. The property has 11 rooms, comprising of suites and de luxe suites; each suite has views of the lake and nearby mountains, modern décor and amenities and features a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and an open fireplace. Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks with canapés, dinner and non-alcoholic minibar drinks are included in your stay. Facilities include a spa, gym and a heated outdoor swimming...
Located in beautiful Hawke's Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on a 2,400-hectare working sheep and cattle station. This luxurious farm-style lodge blends naturally into its unspoilt environment, offering traditional rural charm and exceptional comfort. Each suite has a private balcony with 180-degree panoramic views of the farm and the Pacific Ocean. The 4-bedroom Owner's Cottage includes a large living room with stone fireplace, an open kitchen and a dining area. Stays include breakfast, dinner and pre-dinner drinks daily and non-alcoholic minibar drinks.
Features: 22 rooms & 1 cottage, spa, swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, golf course, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, organic kitchen garden.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, televison, DVD player, iPod docking station, fully stocked complimentary minibar, walk-in closets, spacious bathroom with over-sized bath tub & twin...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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