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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)Day 3: Taupo
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, D)Day 4: Taupo
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)Day 5: Hawke's Bay
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)Day 6: Hawke's Bay
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)Day 7: Kapiti Coast
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)Day 8: Marlborough Sounds
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)Day 9: Marlborough Sounds
Options today include a hike along the worldrenowned Queen Charlotte Track or kayaking along the coastline in search of secluded beaches. (B)Day 10: Kaikoura
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)Day 11: Kaikoura
Discover the rich marine life in the local waters by taking a cruise in search of whales, dolphins and albatross. (B, D)Day 12: Christchurch • Fly to Queenstown • Te Anau
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, located at the gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand. (B, D)Day 13: Fiordland National Park
Explore the natural beauty of the Fiordland National Park by foot, kayak or cruise. (B, D)Day 14: Queenstown
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 15: Queenstown
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)Day 16: Onward travel
Return your hire car to the airport this morning and fly home, or continue your holiday. (B)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Flights
International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.Private transfers
This itinerary can be arranged using private transfers by chauffeured car or helicopter between properties. Please ask your consultant for details.Luxury tour
Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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 vanities.
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, Wi-Fi.
Located within 17 acres of manicured grounds on the banks of the Waikato river, Huka Lodge is just 300 metres upstream from Huka Falls. Built in the 1920s as a simple fishing lodge, Huka Lodge has been transformed over the years to become one of New Zealand's most luxurious lodges. The property has 18 suites and 2 cottages, all just metres from the riverbank. Facilities at the lodge include an outdoor swimming pool, spa pools, tennis, petanque, a restaurant and a bar. Stays include breakfast, dinner and pre-dinner drinks daily.
Located 12 km north of Kaikoura, between the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, the 5-star Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses offers contemporary accommodation on a working deer stud and olive farm, on a half board basis. Rooms feature hand-crafted furniture and provide breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and the coastline while the treehouses are suspended in the canopy of native manuka trees. Features: 5 treehouses, 4 suites & owner's cottage, outdoor pool, restuarant, hot tub, sauna, gardens. Room amenities: Fireplace, television, balcony, soaking tub, minibar, Wi-Fi.
Located on a rural property, five minutes drive north of Te Anau; the 5 star Fiordland Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding Fiordland National Park. The property has 10 rooms and suites, each with views of the surrounding landscapes and modern amenities. Additionally, the property has 2 log cabins, which are separate and private from the main lodge. The log cabins sleep up to 5 guests and include a kitchenette and living room. The lodge has a gourmet dining room and extensive wine list. Stay at the property includes breakfast and dinner daily and complimentary transfers to/from Te Anau. Optional activities available to guests of the lodge include fishing, bird watching and guided nature walks.
Located on the hills of the southern side of the Bay of Many Coves in Queen Charlotte Sound, the Bay of Many Coves Resort is just 30 minutes by ferry from Picton. The 11 apartments comprise of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments each with a private balcony overlooking the water. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, restaurant, two cafés and a bar.
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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