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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)
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 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.
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)
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, located 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)
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 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.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. For flight options and
prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel
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 otherwise.
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
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