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 SKYCITY Grand hotel for
a 2-night stay. Stay in a Premium Luxury Suite
in this centrally located property. (N)
Day at leisure. Optional excursions
available including wine tasting on Waiheke
Island, scenic flights over the city and
surrounding area by seaplane, or charter a
yacht in the harbour. (B)
Collect your hire car 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)
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)
Drive along the Thermal Explorer Highway
towards the award-winning wine region of
Hawkes 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
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 beautiful and dramatic scenery in
New Zealand. (B, D)
Explore the natural beauty of the Fiordland
National Park by foot, kayak or cruise.
For something special,
book an optional spectacular scenic
helicopter flight over Milford Sound. (B, D)
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
pristine Dart River Valley. (B, D)
Return your hire car 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.
Featuring some of the most
luxurious accommodation throughout the tour.
International flights are not included with this
Based on a group D car (Toyota
Corolla Hatch or similar) for 14 days. Fuel is at
your own expense.
This itinerary can be
arranged using private transfers by chauffeured
car or helicopter between properties. Please ask
your consultant for details.
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards, to
discuss flight options, or to tailor this itinerary,
please call 020 7808 6781 or email
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...
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...
The SKYCITY Grand Hotel is situated two blocks from Queen Street, directly across the road from SKYCITY's Auckland entertainment complex, which incorporates a selection of restaurants, bars and a theatre. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, some with views over Waitemata Harbour. The hotel's East Day Spa offers a blend of eastern healing traditions with modern western spa and beauty treatments.
Features: 312 rooms, 3 restaurants, pool, sauna, spa.
Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar, pillow menu, air...
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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