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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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Luxury New Zealand: Land Of The Long White Cloud

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Journey Highlights

From traversing the naturally beautiful landscapes of the Bay Of Islands, to flying above the stunning Southern Alps by private helicopter, this luxury journey allows you to embrace the striking contrast of scenery, cultures and activities that New Zealand has to offer, staying at a collection of beautiful resorts and lodges along the way. Begin in the scenic north, exploring the 'birthplace of New Zealand' with private helicopter and sailing excursions, before travelling south to visit iconic attractions including the historic Ohinemutu village and mesmerising Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserve. Continue to the rich, agricultural region of Hawke's Bay, where you'll spend the day exploring the picturesque countryside with a local New Zealand guide, concluding with a homemade meal to be enjoyed in your guide's charming home. You'll also have chance to enjoy a private day cruise around Abel Tasman's coastline, and a garden tour and hands-on cooking lesson at Otahuna Lodge, before a memorable final day, flying by private helicopter to the spectacular Milford Sound. This carefully crafted journey is full of adventures and experiences that will be transformed into lifelong memories.

Adventure Travel Dining & Gourmet Culture & History
Perfect for:

Adventurous couples looking to savour new experiences and cultures

Guide Price:

Prices from £14,800 per person. Price includes international and domestic flights, private transfers, car hire, some meals and drinks, plus a selection of excursions.

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Your journey at a glance

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    3 nights Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • 2
    Private Helicopter Excursion To Motu Kokako
  • 3
    Private Sailing Excursion
  • 4
    Private Tour Of Ohinemutu Village
  • 5
    Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserves
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    2 nights Taupo, New Zealand
  • 7
    2 nights Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • 8
    Private Tour Of Hawke’s Bay
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    2 nights Nelson, New Zealand
  • 10
    Private Day Cruise in Abel Tasman National Park
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    2 nights Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 12
    Garden Tour and Cooking Lesson at Otahuna Lodge
  • 13
    3 nights Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 14
    Private Helicopter Flight to Milford Sound
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. The climate is generally mild, benefitting from long hours of sunshine.

Fly From London to Auckland International Airport

Private Car Transfer From Auckland International Airport To Eagles Nest

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Staying at

Eagles Nest

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The beautiful Bay of Islands can be accessed by a short flight or several-hour drive from Auckland and is where the Maoris and Europeans first made contact when Cook anchored here in 1776; but it was the Whalers and Missionaries that came after him in the following decades who provided the historic backdrop that, twinned with its jaw-dropping scenery, makes the area such a magnet today. Its 144 islands offer a wealth of natural beauty including secluded bays and beaches, which offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors gently with long walks, cycling, a few rounds of golf, snorkelling, trekking by horse, sailing and fishing. There is also culture and history to discover with the township of Russell being a great place to start as buildings include the Catholic Mission ‘Pompallier’ and Christ Church, which still bears the bullet marks of the Maori Wars. It’s a wonderful place to unwind and rediscover yourself and maybe find a new sense of adventure.

Staying at

Eagles Nest

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This property is perched on its own personal ridgeline, offering guests spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Bay of Islands. Five individually designed villas, a blend of natural materials and glass, offer the ultimate in luxurious furnishings, tasteful artwork and modern conveniences – four of them also have their own private, infinity-edge lap pools. A maximum occupancy of just twenty-two people combine with Eagles Nest's slower pace and air of serenity to help guests unwind from the moment they arrive.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:A short walk from the historic town of Russell
  • Feature:Fitness equipment and the services of a personal trainer
  • Rooms:5 villas
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Kerikeri Airport
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Private Helicopter Excursion To Motu Kokako

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Depart from Eagles Nest’s helipad and savour a scenic flight before landing on the tip of Motu Kokako, also known as ‘Hole in the Rock’. Admire the astounding view out towards Cape Brett, and learn more about New Zealand’s rich heritage and the Bay of Islands region from an indigenous local guide. (approximately 1 hour duration)

The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. Choose to visit the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds, the historic village of Russell or the town of Kerikeri, home to the oldest buildings in the country. Alternatively, immerse yourself in activities such as diving, snorkelling, a scenic horseback ride or a dolphin spotting cruise.

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Private Sailing Excursion

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Sail through the stunning Bay of Islands, before arriving upon the shores of an unspoilt beach. Choose to swim or kayak your way around the bay, or explore the island’s rich landscapes, before stepping back on board the yacht to savour a freshly-prepared barbecue lunch as you set sail back to the wharf. (approximately 6 hours duration)

Private Car Transfer From Eagles Nest To Kerikeri Airport

Fly From Kerikeri Airport to Rotorua Airport

Drive to Taupo

Pick up your pre-arranged rental car and enjoy a scenic, self-drive journey.

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Private Tour Of Ohinemutu Village

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As you drive towards Huka Lodge, stop and savour a privately guided tour of Ohinemutu Village – the first settlement in Rotorua. With members of the Ngāti Whakaue tribe still living in the village, you’re free to wander through and catch a glimpse of the Maori way of life, as well as visit the ancestral meeting house and the beautifully carved St. Faith’s Anglican Church. (approximately 1 hour duration)

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Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserves

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Continue on your leisurely drive and stop to visit the Wai-O-Tapu (‘sacred waters’), one of New Zealand’s most diverse, geothermal areas. Sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity, dramatic geysers and bubbling mud pools bring the spectacular landscape to life before your eyes - this awe-inspiring area is often considered one of New Zealand’s most surreal attractions. (allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes)

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Taupo, New Zealand

Staying at

Huka Lodge

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Located within the stunning central plateau region of the North Island, Taupo is renowned for its incredible lake, Huka Falls and Waikato River. Regarded as the ‘Trout fishing capital of New Zealand’ the area also offers a raft of watersports, mountain biking, horse-riding, golf and nature walks. New Zealand’s largest lake boasts awe-inspiring panoramic views of the diverse volcanic landscape of the surrounding mountain peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. From the serene lake and aquatic pursuits to the protected nature reserves, Taupo is ideal for recreational activities.

Staying at

Huka Lodge

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Huka Lodge is just a short walk from the spectacular and mighty cascades of water that form Huka Falls and, of course, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo, and is consistently listed by leading travel publications as one of the world's top luxurious retreats. The eighteen Junior Lodge Suites each offer a spacious bedroom, sitting area, dressing room, bathroom and private terrace, while the fabulous Owner's Cottage offers secluded accommodation within the grounds for up to eight guests within four bedrooms. Also available is the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage, which houses up to four guests. Both cottages would be ideal for a group of friends or a large family wishing to holiday together.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Offers an elegant, quiet and welcoming haven
  • Feature:Enjoy a game of tennis on the all-weather court
  • Rooms:18 Junior Lodge Suites & 2 Cottages
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Taupo Airport
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Drive To Hawke’s Bay

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Take a break en route and visit a collection of Napier’s iconic Art Deco buildings.

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Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Staying at

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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The Pacific Ocean provides a stunning backdrop to the Hawke’s Bay – renowned as one of New Zealand’s richest agricultural areas including viticulture. The long established wine-growing region has produced some of the finest wines of almost every variety.

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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One of only five Relais & Châteaux properties in New Zealand, and nestled amongst six-thousand acres of pasture land, this cluster of lodge buildings combines dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass, weathered woods and natural stone to stunning effect. In the contemporary main lodge, there are many comfortably furnished nooks and crannies in which to relax in front of roaring log fires, along with stylish outdoor spaces, such as the heated infinity-edge swimming pool, Jacuzzi and poolside cabanas, just perfect for soporific indulgence during the day. The spacious and elegantly designed guest accommodation, meanwhile, is located in the lodge itself or in nearby buildings set on a hilltop above the lodge or along a nearby ridge, and offers luxurious furnishings, oversized baths and individual private balconies from which guests can enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular landscape and Pacific Ocean beyond.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:One of only five Relais & Châteaux New Zealand properties
  • Feature:Panoramic views of spectacular scenery
  • Rooms:22 suites & 1 four-bedroom Owner's Cottage
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Napier Airport
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Private Tour Of Hawke’s Bay

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Alongside you private, local New Zealand guide – an award-winning food writer and world Cheese expert - explore the sights, sounds and tastes of this fascinating region of North Island. Immerse yourself in Hawke’s Bay culture, visiting food artisans, wine makers and artists around the charming village of Havelock North, before savouring lunch in the privacy of your guide’s beautiful home in the Havelock North Hills, overlooking the countryside and distant Pacific Ocean. (approximately 6 hours duration)

Drive to Napier Airport

Return your rental car prior to your onward flight.

Fly from Napier Airport to Nelson Airport

Drive to Edenhouse

Pick up your pre-arranged rental car upon your arrival.

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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 boasts 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.

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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Private Day Cruise in Abel Tasman National Park

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Drive to Stephen’s Bay and join your private boat for a day trip along Abel Tasman's coastline. Pass iconic sights such as Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri and Marahau, capturing unforgettable photographs, before sailing on to spot Tonga Island’s seal colony. Following your close encounter with the seals, stop for a light lunch in a sheltered bay, including fresh ingredients and local beer and wine, enjoying a spot of sea kayaking, walking or few minutes relaxation as you wait for lunch to be served. Sail back to Stephen’s Bay and enjoy a scenic drive back to Edenhouse. (approximately 6 hours duration)

Drive to Christchurch

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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.

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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Garden Tour and Cooking Lesson at Otahuna Lodge

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In Otahuna Lodge’s century-old garden, explore the history of the property, as well as how the attentive garden team restores and maintains Heaton Rhodes’ greatest legacy. In the afternoon, you’ll have chance to savour a three-hour cooking lesson with executive chef Jimmy McIntyre. Begin with an overview of the philosophies behind the Lodge’s celebrated food and wine programme, before indulging in the opportunity to learn first-hand cooking techniques in their kitchens, ending with the chance to taste the results for yourself.

Drive to Christchurch Airport

Return your rental car prior to your onward flight.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown

Drive to Glenorchy, near Queenstown

Soak up the stunning views as you drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Staying at

Blanket Bay

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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.

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Blanket Bay

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Blanket Bay is the ultimate hideaway, perfectly positioned to experience all this region has to offer - alpine wilderness scenery, prehistoric forests, excellent gourmet cuisine and wines, adventure pursuits, fishing, heli-skiing, horse-riding, jet-boating and mountain-biking being just a few of the area's many attractions. Built in the style of a grand alpine lodge, this remote lodge boasts a lofty, thirty-foot-high Great Room at its heart, a games room, spa, dining room serving delicious gourmet cuisine and lovely guest rooms, suites and chalets, which take full advantage of the spectacular scenery surrounding it. Natural materials are showcased throughout, with the guest suites boasting stone fireplaces, timber ceilings and extensive terraces. A perfect option, whether you wish to enjoy a romantic or action-packed holiday.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Acknowledged as one of New Zealand's finest lodges
  • Feature:Enjoy spectacular views from the outdoor heated pool
  • Rooms:4 Chalet Suites, 3 Lodge Suites & 5 Lodge Rooms
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Queenstown Airport
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Private Helicopter Flight to Milford Sound

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Board your private helicopter and fly through the grandeur of the Alps, passing over rainforests, frozen lakes, and majestic Milford to the heart of Fiordland. Make a glacier landing and take time to explore this immense destination, admiring the magical blue and green ice falls, before embarking on your return flight and travelling back to Blanket Bay. (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes duration)

Drive to Queenstown Airport

Fly from Queenstown to Auckland

Fly from Auckland International Airport to London

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