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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

12

nights

A Luxury Family Journey To New Zealand

27 Jan 2018 to 10 Dec 2018

For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 551 Request A Quote

Journey Highlights

Adventurous families will love New Zealand's varied attractions, and this itinerary provides an ideal combination of culture, wildlife and pure outdoor fun! Whilst the stunning scenery will leave the entire family in awe, the list of endless outdoor pursuits — from farm tours and wildlife conservation through to Queenstown with its adrenaline-fuelled activities — will appeal to every age group. Discover warm hospitality, a rich heritage, fascinating Maori culture and real sense of space. Being an easy destination to self-drive, with a relaxed atmosphere and welcoming locals, New Zealand has plenty to offer adventure enthusiasts and families seeking to break away from the norm.

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Perfect for:

Adventurous families seeking a plethora of outdoor activities

Guide Price:

Prices from £27,000 per family. Based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years sharing

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2
    2 nights Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • 3
    2 nights Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 4
    3 nights Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 5
    3 nights Queenstown, New Zealand
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Being in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand's summer is during our winter months of November to March. It has a maritime climate, with North Island summers being subtropical, with more rainfall in winter. South Island is narrow, so you're never too far away from the coast, resulting in mild temperatures and lots of sunshine. For those seeking snow, head to the South Island during their winter for superb skiing.

Fly from London to Auckland, via Singapore

Fly from London, via Singapore, to Auckland in North Island.

Private car transfer from Auckland Airport to Auckland city centre

Be greeted from the airport and enjoy a private car transfer to your hotel in Auckland.

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Auckland, New Zealand

Staying at

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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Auckland – ‘City of Sails’ is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Set on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, Maori name for ‘sparkling waters’ , the gateway city boasts marine reserves, golden swimming beaches and black sand surf. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a diverse ethnic mix providing a myriad of cultural experiences, reflected in the Pacific atmosphere and cuisine.

Highlights

Stay in the heart of the 'City of Sails' and embrace the café culture, dine within superb restaurants, stroll the harbour and explore the surrounding areas. You're never far from a beach, vineyard or cultural attraction here!

Staying at

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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At Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, a subtle blend of design and creativity works in harmony to showcase the property’s harbourfront location and New Zealand's culture. Located in the heart of Auckland, between the vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter, all guest rooms and suites feature private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, which maximise the maritime views of Waitemata Harbour. Even though the hotel is perfectly placed in the Viaduct Basin entertainment area, surrounded by lively and cosmpolitan restaurants and bars, guests should dine at least once in the hotel’s Lava Dining Restaurant, which offers a host of top quality, delightfully simple gourmet delights with a contemporary French theme. After a day of exploring the city, head to the hotel's So Spa to replenish and refresh your energy.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Auckland
  • Feature:Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the maritime views
  • Rooms:172 rooms & suites
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Auckland Airport
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Collect your hire car and drive north to Kauri Cliffs

Pick-up your pre-arranged rental car, depart the city and drive north to the Lodge At Kauri Cliffs.

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Staying at

Kauri Cliffs

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The beautiful Bay of Islands comprises 144 islands in the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. This collection of islands provides a scenic haven for an array of wildlife, holds nautical appeal and boasts local townships steeped in colonial history. The area is reached by a short flight north, or several-hour drive, from Auckland and is where the Maoris and Europeans first made contact when Captain Cook anchored here in 1776. It was however, the Whalers and Missionaries that came after him, in the following decades, who influenced the culture of the area. It's jaw-dropping natural beauty makes it a magnet for those in search of relaxation, golf, water-based activities, sailing and hiking - not to mention the deliciously fresh local cuisine of course.

Highlights

With immaculate fairways, stunning coastal views, plus an array of facilities this lodge is a family favourite. A stylish base from which to explore the far north, or a luxurious retreat to simply savour the immediate surroundings, this established lodge has plenty to offer.

Staying at

Kauri Cliffs

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Guests of Kauri Cliffs are treated to some spectacular views overlooking the Cavalli Islands, with the lodge's championship golf course forming part of the panorama. Nestled on the edge of an impressive native forest overlooking the ocean are eleven cottages, each housing two guest suites and home to features such as a private porch, spacious bedroom with sitting area and fireplace and an en suite bathroom. We recommend you stay in the two-bedroom Owner's Cottage to experience the ultimate in Kauri Cliffs luxury.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay
  • Feature:Offering spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Rooms:22 suites and a two-bedroom Owner's Cottage
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Kerikeri Airport
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Depart Bay of Islands and drive south to Treetops Lodge & Estate

Self-drive through rolling countryside to the lush green forest landscape of Treetops Lodge & Estate.

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Staying at

Treetops Lodge & Estate

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A key part of any journey to New Zealand, and easily accessible from Auckland, Rotorua is set on its namesake lake. Renowned for both its geothermal activity and native Maori culture, visitors can wonder at the bubbling mud pools at Whakarewarewa Valley, along with the 30-metre tall Pohutu Geyser which regularly erupts every day, plus become absorbed in energetic Maori dance performances. From traditional Maori villages with their intricate wood carvings and vibrant arts and crafts, to exploring ancient forests and hiking, there is an abundance of family-friendly activities to enjoy in and around Rotorua.

Highlights

Stay amongst flora and fauna with green canopies and mighty, ancient trees. Enjoy the rich, natural surroundings, delicious local produce, unique wildlife and thrilling activities. From horse-back riding and 4 x 4 tours, to fly-fishing and trout fishing — this is a great place for families to explore.

Staying at

Treetops Lodge & Estate

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A secluded retreat, this luxury lodge is perfect for those with a love of nature who wish to see native flora and fauna preserved. Boasting an elegant architectural style derived from New Zealand's pioneering past, featuring timber and stone finishes, it echoes the beauty and simplicity of the environment. The guest accommodation comprises four Lodge Suites and eight Private Villas with spa baths, all beautifully appointed and filled with luxurious fabrics and furnishings.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Nestled amidst magnificent forests and valleys
  • Feature:A sanctuary and retreat with breathtaking terrain
  • Rooms:4 rooms & 8 villas
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Rotorua Airport
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Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch, South Island

Take a short domestic flight from Rotorua to the 'garden city' of Christchurch.

Drive from Christchurch Airport to The George

Leave the airport and collect your pre-arranged hire car before driving to the city centre of Christchurch.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Staying at

The George

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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and boasts an array of attractions from Hagley Park and the River Avon, to Botanical Gardens and the famous gondola. The city has a vibrant arts scene and an abundance of cultural attractions and festivals - from museums and food festivals to live music, plus arts and crafts. With the rolling Canterbury plains ideal for farming, the historic Lyttleton Harbour and the welcoming locals, visitors will enjoy sampling delicious local cuisine and warm hospitality of the city. Due to it's superb location, Christchurch forms a key part of any New Zealand journey and visitors can easily venture north, to the vineyards of Blenheim, or National Park attractions of Nelson, or go sailing in the Marlborough Sounds. Alternatively, travel south to the adventure capital of Queenstown, passing stunning Lake Tekapo, or carry on to the incredible Milford Sound - for a true scenic feast. For those short on time, there is always the pretty township of Akaroa and the scenic Banks Peninsula which are closer by.

Highlights

This elegant, boutique hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city and offers lovely views across Hagley Park or the River Avon. Families can delight in the stylish interiors and world-class dining — not to mention the superb service and wonderful concierge team. Hire bikes and explore the pretty city from two wheels, perhaps go to a park festival, or venture to the Port Hills for glorious views over the Canterbury Plains.

Staying at

The George

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This elegant multi-award-winning boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Christchurch, prides itself on its exceptional levels of service and boasts a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio. Here, you’ll find sleek, spacious guest rooms and suites decorated in neutral tones accompanied by dark wood furnishings and offering lovely views over Hagley Park or the River Avon. Additionally, two of the city’s best restaurants can be found at The George: Pescatore is famous locally for its Pacific Rim-influenced degustation menus and impressive wine list, while the chic interiors of 50 Bistro make a perfect setting for the Executive Chef’s fresh, classic cuisine. The George is ideally located close to key attractions, such as the Botanical Gardens at Hagley Park and the Arts Centre, filled with galleries, shops and cafes (mountain-bikes are available for those guests wishing to explore the city’s parks and gardens). Furthermore, globe-trotting George Bear (the hotel’s mascot) is making his way around the world, so log on to his blog and find out where he’s been recently.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:An ideal base to explore Christchurch’s historic charms
  • Feature:Mountain-bikes are available, courtesy of the hotel
  • Rooms:53 rooms & suites
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Christchurch International Airport
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Self-drive from Christchurch to Queenstown

Take a long, scenic journey south through rugged countryside to Queenstown. Drive past stunning lakes and mountains, stop for a picnic lunch and photograph the dramatic landscapes. Highlights en route, include vistas featuring majestic Mount Cook and serene Lake Wanaka.

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3

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Staying at

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

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World-renowned as New Zealand's adventure capital, this alpine region provides spectacular scenery, along with a myriad of attractions. From skiing and winter snow sports during the winter, to lakeside fun and watersports during the summer, Queenstown holds year-round appeal for all ages. Synonymous with soft adventure and home to the bungee-jump, Queenstown offers plenty of thrills and exhilaration with it's famous Shotover Jet, river-rafting, gondola, zip-wire and luge, to mention just a few. Families can relish glorious gourmet picnics and boat trips beside the lake, couples can venture to the nearby wineries for cellar tastings, or choose to simply stroll through the vibrant centre with its boutique shops and impressive array of eateries.

Highlights

Located beside the lake, this property offers a host of attractions for families and is the perfect finale for a fabulous trip down under. Queenstown provides stunning scenery as standard, however the variety of activities available here is anything but 'standard'! Perhaps start with the famous Shotover Jet and cable car, taste a legendary Fer Burger, try some zorbing, sample ziplining and consider the original Hackett bungy jump?!

Staying at

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is the only hotel set right on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, a truly breathtaking setting on South Island. Located within the purpose-built Kawarau Village, there are extensive leisure facilities, a choice of dining venues, a spa, cinema and a bike hire outlet. The hotel is ideally situated to enjoy the spectacular scenery, with vistas of the lake and the surrounding Remarkables mountain range throughout. Rooms and suites are spacious, stylish and come with Schist fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies or decks. Guests opting for one of the Relaxation Rooms can enjoy the additional luxury of an outdoor hot tub.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The only hotel set on the shore of Lake Wakatipu
  • Feature:The perfect place to enjoy the stunning scenery
  • Rooms:158 rooms & suites
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Queenstown Airport
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Depart Queenstown Airport and fly home

Drive to the nearby Queenstown Airport, drop-off your hire car and board your flight home.

Make an enquiry for this Luxury Journey from one of our expert Travel Consultants

Request A Quote or please call our Travel Consultants today on: 01244 897 551

Our expert Travel Consultant, Gill says ...

Our Experts

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New Zealand is an exciting destination for families — it's easy to travel around, blessed with friendly locals and full of character!

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