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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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Luxury Boutique New Zealand

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Journey Highlights

Explore New Zealand's rich and varied landscapes with this beautifully crafted itinerary. From the long, golden beaches of the North Island, to the rolling vineyards and Southern Alps of the South Island, New Zealand offers a striking contrast of scenery and experiences. In order to capture the real essence of the country, we recommend visiting both islands, creating one thrilling journey. The more populated North Island has the pick of the beaches and is home to the lunar landscape of Tongariro National Park, Wellington's café culture, the steaming geysers around Rotorua, plus a much stronger Maori influence. Whilst, its more rural neighbour, South Island, has a wonderful remoteness with sweeping mountain ranges, isolated farming communities, rugged coastline, magical fjordland and the pick of the wildlife. From 'the city of sails' with its large urban population, great waterfront and cosmopolitan feel, to the dramatic 'Lord of the Rings' scenery and impressive golf courses in the South Island, there is something for every family member to enjoy. Both islands boast wonderful vineyards, superb cuisine and plenty of outdoor attractions, plus share an incredible sense of 'space'. With a national love for the outdoor lifestyle and a relaxed culture, families will love creating their own bespoke adventure.

The South Island is home to an astonishing amount of wildlife. Animal enthusiasts can admire dolphins or whale-watch in Kaikora, stumble across sea lions playing on the Otago Peninsula, or search for the rare Yellow-eyed Penguin. On the opposite coast, Bottlenose Dolphins glide through the wildly remote Doubtful Sound, seal pups play amidst the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, while Blue Penguins come in from a day's fishing at Stewart Island. Sailing and fishing are a real passion in New Zealand, whilst kite-surfing and surfing are also popular. Many of the beaches along the coast are perfect for walking, swimming and picnicking, whilst the roads are long and easy to self-drive. Visitors can marvel at Mount Cook, photograph mirror images alongside Lake Wakitipu, or take scenic flights over the Southern Alps. Add to this, the mountainous and alpine splendour of Queenstown plus nearby Glenorchy and altogether and these add up to a very scenic south island experience.

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Perfect for:

Those looking for an activity-packed journey with incredible scenery

Guide Price:

Prices from £9,985 per person. Price includes flights, accommodation, most meals, car hire and transfers.

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Your journey at a glance

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    New Zealand's North Island
  • 2
    1 night Auckland, New Zealand
  • 3
    2 nights Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • 4
    2 nights Palliser Bay, New Zealand
  • 5
    New Zealand's South Island
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    2 nights Nelson, New Zealand
  • 7
    2 nights Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 8
    3 nights Queenstown, New Zealand
Best Time To Travel

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Best

New Zealand's warmer months are from October to April, and its cooler months are from May to September. Its climate is generally mild, benefitting from long hours of sunshine

Fly from London to Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in the 'City of Sails' for the start of your New Zealand adventure.

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New Zealand's North Island

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New Zealand's North Island is perhaps best known for the unique volcanic plateau at its centre, with active volcanoes and magnificent examples of geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and steam vents. Other popular attractions include the Waitomo Caves, with their underground rivers and glittering glow worms, not forgetting the historic Bay of Islands − one of New Zealand's most beautiful marine parks, offering diving, swimming with the dolphins, sandy beaches and historic villages. There are also four national parks, including a World Heritage Site, thermal fields, hot springs, ski areas, native forest, rivers and historic Maori sites. The country's capital, Wellington, is known as the 'Cultural Capital' for its wealth of theatre, music and art. But, the largest city is Auckland which is known for its cosmopolitan ambience, vibrant Pacific culture and stunning harbours − there are more boats per capita here than any other city in the world.

Private car transfer from Auckland Airport

Arrive in Auckland, collect your hire car and drive to Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour for your overnight stay.

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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, the Maori name for ‘sparkling waters’ , the 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, exciting fusion cuisine and historic sites.

Highlights

Enjoy exploring the city at your leisure - perhaps climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge, visit the Sky Tower, or take a boat cruise around the vibrant harbour area.

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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Fly from Auckland to Kerkeri Airport, then self-drive to The Lodge At Kauri Cliffs

Take a short, 35-minute, flight from Auckland to KeriKeri Airport, followed by a car transfer of approximately 30 minutes, before arriving at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs at Matauri Bay, Northland.

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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

The Lodge offers a superb range of facilities and activities - from the magnificent David Harman-designed championship golf course, to forest walks, quad-biking, fishing, tennis and horse-riding. Guests can also visit nearby Cape Brett, or simply relax on the beach.

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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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Return to Keri Keri and fly to Wellington before self-driving to Palliser Bay

Upon arrival at Wellington, guests will self-drive to Palliser Bay for their stay at Wharekauhau Country Estate. The drive will take just under two hours and pass by forests, lakes, mountains and open country.

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Palliser Bay, New Zealand

Staying at

Wharekauhau Country Estate

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Located on the south coast of the north island, Palliser Bay is framed by the Rimutaka Ranges in the west. An area blessed with a rugged beaches, rich farmland, ancient native forest and lakes, visitors can take part in a multiple of outdoor pursuits - from tours of a 5000-acre working sheep station, to clay shooting and ATV quad-biking there is plenty to enjoy. Whether guests choose to hike, photograph or stroll along the sixteen miles of coastline, there are endless opportunities for recreation. The nearby award-winning vineyards of Martinborough, provide a wonderful chance to relax and enjoy the fruits of this wonderful Wairarapa region.

Highlights

This award-winning luxury lodge is situated on a 5000-acre working farm on the south east coast of New Zealand's North Island. Framed by the Rimutaka Ranges to the west and Palliser bay to the east, the lodge is surrounded by ancient, native forest, spectacular rugged beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes. In addition to farm activities and coastal hikes, guests can try their hand at archery, take a scenic flight, try surf-catching, or perhaps visit the nearby vineyards of Martinborough.

Staying at

Wharekauhau Country Estate

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Wharekauhau Country Estate offers the Edwardian-style grandeur of a bygone era, with elegant interiors providing wonderful places to relax, while outside, there's a beautiful courtyard, immaculate gardens and a pristine croquet lawn to tempt you. Guests are free to do as much or as little as they wish while staying at the estate and there are endless opportunities to enjoy activities such as clay-pigeon-shooting, quad-biking, horse-riding, archery, wine-tasting, hiking, mountain-biking and touring the farm, which is still a working sheep station. Otherwise, the day spa provides the relaxing alternative to these adventurous leisure pursuits. Guest accommodation comprises twelve superbly appointed suites, featuring four-poster beds, open fireplaces, fully stocked bars and views of the magnificent Palliser Bay beyond the estate. In addition, there is the beautifully furnished Wharepapa Cottage, a three-bedroom retreat located a short four kilometre drive away from the main lodge, which is perfect for families.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:A fantastic farm location with a relaxing atmosphere
  • Feature:The seasonal cuisine and wines are simply mouthwatering
  • Rooms:13 suites & 1 cottage
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Wellington Airport
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Return to Wellington and fly to Nelson

Return to Wellington and perhaps stop at Te Papa Museum en route. New Zealand's National Museum is world-renowned for it's innovative and interactive experiences and provides fascinating cultural insights.

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New Zealand's South Island

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Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, New Zealand’s South Island is blessed with tranquil lakes, rugged mountains, wild rivers and lush forest. The Southern Alps – a massive mountain chain – creates a natural spine, taking in the country's highest peak of Mount Cook (3,754 metres). Fiordland is a key attraction for visitors, with its glacier-carved landscape of river valleys, including the stunning, twenty-two-metre-long Milford Sound. Other National Parks (there are ten in total!) include Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, Arthur's Pass and Mount Aspiring. These majestic wilderness areas incorporate World Heritage Sites, fjords and glaciers, lakes, ski areas, rugged coastline and native forest. Wine connoisseurs should head for the Marlborough Region to discover the country's world-renowned Sauvignon Blancs – bursting with zesty fruit flavour and the perfect pairing for delicious seafood lunches. With regard to the cities, the largest is Christchurch, known for its gracious parks and English character, Queenstown draws adventures of all ages and Dunedin, with its Scottish heritage, is the second largest centre and the country's best-preserved Victorian city.

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Nelson, New Zealand

Staying at

Edenhouse

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Located at the top of New Zealand's South Island, Nelson boats National Parks, scenic lakes, wineries and the beautiful Abel Tasman. Known as the city of sunshine, Nelson is a haven for artists and artisans who are attracted by the idyllic climate and fresh produce grown in the region. From kayaking and lake cruises, to hiking in the spectacular National Parks, there are a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy - in addition to the vineyard tours and popular artist's galleries. For nature enthusiasts, there is an abundance of wildlife too, including fur seals and dolphins. For keen photographers, there is also the iconic 'Split Apple' rock feature to capture - a perfect souvenir for the area.

Highlights

Located a 50-minute drive away from Nelson, Edenhouse is perfect for exploring the region's National Parks, orchards, wineries and art boutiques. Guests can experience a wonderful day excursion along the Abel Tasman's coastline - past Split Apple Rock and Tonga Island, with its seal colony.

Staying at

Edenhouse

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A gracious country house situated in forty-eight acres of private land, Edenhouse features wonderfully landscaped gardens and numerous private courtyards – offering guests the opportunity to sit and relax, or enjoy a sumptuous alfresco dinner. Guest accommodation has been designed to maximise space and light, with bedrooms featuring furnishings and linens, and large, well-appointed bathrooms. Edenhouse welcomes children.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:A gracious residence in 48 acres of private grounds
  • Feature:The private garden spa offers guests fabulous treatments
  • Rooms:2 suites and a Two-Bedroom Cottage
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Nelson Airport
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Drive to Nelson Airport then fly to Christchurch

Upon arrival to Christchurch, guests will be greeted by a driver and taken on a half-day city tour.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Staying at

Otahuna Lodge

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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

Having explored the 'Garden City of New Zealand' with its botanical gardens, Hagley Park and art galleries, guest can then enjoy a punt along the Avon River before being driven to the Port Hills to witness the superb views over the city, Lyttleton Harbour and across to the Southern Alps. On arrival at Otahuna Lodge, guests can enjoy the extensive grounds and savour the fine cuisine. From cooking classes and playing golf at nearby Clearwater, to taking a day excursion to the French village of Akaroa - with its harbour cruises and Hector Dolphins - there is plenty to experience nearby.

Staying at

Otahuna Lodge

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Built in 1895 by parliamentarian, Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna Lodge – with its romantic rooflines and elaborate architectural detail – is one of New Zealand’s most iconic Heritage-listed properties and is a member of Relais & Châteaux. Interiors retain traditional features, such as the original fireplaces, period furniture and stained-glass windows, whilst the divine guest suites offer views of the spectacular gardens or the Southern Alps. Such is the status of the property, the magnificent Verandah Suite once hosted King George VI and the lodge additionally  houses a private collection of New Zealand art – thirty-five pieces - including works by Peter Beadle and Craig Primrose. During the autumn and winter, the lodge is a magnet for gourmands from around the globe, who come to sample the incredible flavours of the New World Truffle, grown nearby at Brochii Park Truffière.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Fabulous views surround this award-winning retreat
  • Feature:Superb dining with many ingredients locally grown
  • Rooms:5 suites & 2 master suites
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Christchurch Airport
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Return to Christchurch, then fly to Queenstown

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Staying at

Matakauri Lodge

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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

Known as the 'Adventure Capital of the World' and set on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown boasts an abundance of activities to enjoy. From adrenaline-fuelled adventure, to mountain attractions and watersports - not to mention golf - Queenstown holds great appeal for all ages.

Staying at

Matakauri Lodge

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Matakauri Lodge is the perfect place to clear the mind and revive the senses whilst cocooning yourself in luxury. Just minutes from the heart of Queenstown, set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the 'Big Three' (Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak), the lodge has been designed to maximise on its gorgeous surroundings. Beds and baths have been cleverly positioned in each of the suites to make the most of the vistas, as do the viewing platforms located around the lodge. Burnt oranges and russets set against a backdrop of white walls and touches of stone create serenely stylish interiors complemented by works of art by well-known New Zealand photographers and painters dotted throughout the property. Fine foods, world-class wines and a real sense of wilderness make Matakauri Lodge the ideal alpine retreat.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Boutique hotel seven minutes from Queenstown
  • Feature:Stylish interiors complemented by photography and artwork
  • Rooms:11 suites
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Queenstown Airport
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Depart Queenstown and connect with your onward flight home

Bid farewell to thrilling Queenstown and fly home.

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

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New Zealand has a laid-back culture and it is easy to explore and tour. Embrace the country's outdoor lifestyle and sample many different experiences in one thrilling journey!

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