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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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New Zealand Showcase

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Journey Highlights

Experience the ultimate outdoor adventure within scenic splendour of New Zealand. From the beach chic and exclusivity of Waiheke Island, guests will travel through the central North Island, with its thermal pools, geysers and Maori heritage, before enjoying the lake attractions of Taupo and rich coastal pasturelands of Hawkes' Bay. Having sampled nautical activities, played some golf, tasted delicious local fare, such as Green-lipped mussels, and enjoyed a wine tour in Hawke's Bay, guests will fly to the Garden City of Christchurch. Relishing the diverse landscapes and wilderness regions of New Zealand's South Island, guests will have the opportunity to hike coastal paths, admire peninsula seascapes, fly by helicopter to a remote mountain lodge and finally, relax beside the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu. Concluding in adventure-rich Queenstown, guests will be thrilled by wondrous wildlife, mesmerising scenery and welcoming hospitality. This journey truly captures the flavour and variety of New Zealand's regions, with unique and luxurious experiences, plus sumptuous fine dining and world-class wines all expertly entwined throughout your stay.

Adventure Travel Dining & Gourmet Romance and Couples
Perfect for:

Couples who enjoy exploring the great outdoors and appreciate gourmet cuisine

Guide Price:

Prices from £12,655 per person. Price includes international and domestic flights, helicopter and road transfers, car hire, some meals and drinks, plus one excursion.

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • 2
    2 nights Taupo, New Zealand
  • 3
    2 nights Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • 4
    2 nights Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
  • 5
    Enjoy a stunning helicopter transfer
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    2 nights Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
  • 7
    1 night Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 8
    3 nights Glenorchy, New Zealand
Best Time To Travel

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The Southern Hemisphere has opposite seasons to Great Britain, therefore the New Zealand summer, their high season, is during November to March. The North Island has a warmer, subtropical climate with more rainfall during winter than the South Island. The Southern Alps, in the South Island, create an ideal location for skiing during the winter.

Fly to Auckland

Arrive in Auckland and having been greeted at the airport, you will be transferred to the Auckland Ferry Building for an onward ferry sailing to Waiheke Island.

Depart downtown Auckland aboard the Waiheke Island Ferry

Take the 35-minute sailing to the idyllic island of Waiheke Island. Upon arrival to the island, you will be met and driven to The Boatshed for your two night stay.

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Staying at

The Boatshed

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Waiheke Island is an exclusive location coveted by locals and visitors alike. Located just thirty-five minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, Waiheke is an enchanting blend of beautiful beaches, lush native bush, farms, arts and craft stores and vineyards, creating an inviting and warm island lifestyle. A sought-after retreat from the city, the island offers privacy along with laid-back luxury - a place to experience fabulous local produce, to fish, relax, absorb the views and enjoy the Kiwi hospitality.

Highlights

Whilst at leisure, guests can visit one of the superb island vineyards, such as Cable Bay or Stoneyridge, or families can visit the Wild on Waiheke attraction with its ziplining, archery and playground. For those seeking a little more peace and quiet, there are the wetlands with captivating native birdlife and numerous trails to enjoy either on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.

Staying at

The Boatshed

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The wistful combination of shabby-chic and seashore luxury has never been presented so perfectly as it has at The Boatshed on Waiheke Island. Just thirty-five minutes offshore from Auckland, this wonderful boutique hotel is courtesy of a winning father-and-son team who have perfectly refined the beach-house experience. The Boatshed, purposely sun faded and rugged, couldn’t be more luxurious – five beach huts and two bungalows, all of which enjoy an airy coastal-cottage palette and louvered shutters, make for an intimate and natural environment. The white-sand beach of Little Oneroa is just minutes away (and is a great start to some stunning coastal walks), the restaurant prepares fresh, organic recipes and the hospitable atmosphere is complemented perfectly by that irresistible sound of wind-whipped coastline. The village of Oneroa is easily accessible too and has cafes, art galleries and shops.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Shabby-chic beach accommodation at its most luxurious
  • Feature:Panoramic ocean views from the hotel’s island setting
  • Rooms:5 beach cottages and 2 bungalows
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Auckland International Airport
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Depart Waiheke Island and return via boat to Auckland

Bid farewell to The Boatshed team before being driven to Matiatia Wharf for your ferry sailing to Auckland.

Arrive in downtown Auckland and collect your hire car

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will collect your hire car and self-drive to Taupo. Witness stunning scenery during your three-and-a-half hour drive to the iconic Huka Lodge.

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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.

Guests could play golf at the two world-class courses of Kinlock and Wairakei, go fly-fishing, enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Taupo, or take a helicopter flight to White Island in the Bay of Plenty. Alternatively, for those who love adventure, there is bungy jumping, quad biking, sky diving, gliding or car racing to get the adrenaline pumping. In addition to the lake cruises, fishing and golf, keen horse-riders can enjoy a full day's ride at Poronui - a beautiful way to experience a range of landscapes.

Highlights

Savour two nights in a King Junior Lodge Suite at the iconic Huka Lodge on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake and enjoy pre-dinner drinks, gourmet dinners and breakfast.

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 from Taupo to Hawke's Bay

Enjoy a scenic two-hour drive to the coast, via a route known as the 'Thermal Explorer' Highway, to Hawke's Bay. Perhaps take a stop at the beautiful Waipunga Falls en route.

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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. This long established wine-growing region has produced some of the finest wines of almost every variety - with their reds being especially renowned.

During your two-nights stay, in a King Hilltop Suite including pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast, guests will have time at leisure to take advantage of the many onsite activities such as mountain biking, nature walks, clay shooting, golf, or white-water rafting on the Mohaka River. Touring the working farm and seeing the sheepdogs and shearers at work is a must-do experience, along with taking in the views from Te Mata Peak, viewing the colony of gannets at Cape Kidnappers and holding a native kiwi bird at the Kiwi discovery Walk. An area known for inspiring landscapes, visitors can take a drawing class under the guidance of a skilled local artist. Close by, in Napier, guests can view the bright pastels and geometric motifs of Napier's rich collection of Art Deco buildings from - via a 1930's vintage vehicle, or on a walking tour.

Highlights

Savour the local fine wines, tour the world-class vineyards, embark on a cheese-tasting or olive oil tasting tour, kayak on the Tuki Tuki River, or visit the Art Deco buildings in Napier - there are a plethora of activities to enjoy in the area.

Staying at

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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Drive to Napier Airport and return your hire car

Drive to Napier Airport and return your hire car before catching your flight south to Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island.

Fly from Napier to Christchurch

Enjoy a private car transfer from Christchurch to Banks Peninsula

On arrival to Christchurch, guests will be met and driven by private car transfer to Annandale in Pigeon Bay. The drive will take approximately one-and-a-quarter hours and guests can enjoy the passing scenery of the rich Canterbury plains.

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Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

Staying at

Annandale

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The Banks Peninsula was created from ancient volcanic activity and the associated crater has formed an area of outstanding natural beauty. The peninsula is named after Sir Joseph Banks, the renowned botanist on board the Endeavour when Captain Cook made his first circumnavigation of New Zealand in 1770. From its dreamy seascapes with incredible marine wildlife, to rolling hills with rich farmland, the area is scenically stunning. The French village of Akaroa is an ideal place to stroll around, taste delicious local produce, visit attractive gardens or perhaps take a boat trip to see the native Hector's Dolphins.

Highlights

Spend two nights in Seascape Villa, overlooking stunning Pigeon Bay, enjoying a picnic lunch, dinner and sumptuous breakfast. a large number of New Zealand's unique bird and plant species can be seen at Annandale and the surrounding area.

Staying at

Annandale

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Created by kiwi Mark Palmer to breed the finest livestock and create uniquely authentic experiences for guests, Annandale is a 4,000-acre working sheep and cattle coastal farm, located along the scenic Banks Peninsula on the South Island. Set within a historic farm, established in 1843, the five-bedroom Annandale homestead has been beautifully restored and is surrounded by elegant gardens and abundant orchards. In addition to this centrepiece, there is the authentic and rustic Shepherd's Cottage, brimming with charm and the ideal rural retreat for two, Scrubby Bay, a luxurious four-bedroom cedar-clad beach house in its own bay and perfect for celebrations, plus Seascape an ultra-modern one-bedroom steel and glass retreat, situated in a picturesque private bay which is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive or helicopter.

Whether guests prefer the charm of a 19th-century homestead, or seek a sleek retreat such as Seascape, they are assured of sensational coastal scenery, delicious local cuisine and warm kiwi hospitality. Each property provides a superb level of comfort and luxury inside, along with activities such as cooking classes, spa treatments, horse- riding, mountain-biking or simply hiking the incredible estate. Beyond the fertile rolling hills, the turquoise waters are perfect for kayaking and guests can visit nearby Akaroa to take nature cruises and see the native Hector's dolphins.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Coastal farm escape with four award-winning luxury villas
  • Feature:A spectacular farm with incredible seascapes and cuisine
  • Rooms:5 Bedroom Annandale Homestead plus four villas
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Christchurch International Airport
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Return to Christchurch Airport by private car transfer

Guests will be met from Annandale and driven to Christchurch Airport, for the 75-minute flight to Queenstown.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown

Take a 75-minute flight from Christchurch to Queenstown.

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Enjoy a stunning helicopter transfer

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Arrive in Queenstown and be transferred to a waiting helicopter. Enjoy a private helicopter transfer to lofty Minaret Station, located within the Southern Alps and mountain wilderness of Wanaka.

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Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Staying at

Minaret Station

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Boasting the dramatic Southern Alps, glistening lakes and pretty alpine flora and fauna, Lake Wanaka is a stunning destination. Take to the water by boat and experience a variety of watersports, or simply picnic beside the shimmering lake and remark at the colourful lupins which surround the area in summer. With bountiful fruit farms nearby, and the chance to see the elusive native Kea bird, Lake Wanaka is a tranquil spot to enjoy the incredible scenery before heading to Queenstown.

Highlights

Spend two nights in a King Mountain Chalet, including lunch, pre-dinner drinks, dinner, breakfast and all beverages; along with a host of incredible outdoor activities.

Staying at

Minaret Station

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Accessible only by helicopter, yet open all year round, this alpine retreat is set at the head of a remote and picturesque glacial valley on the western shores of Lake Wanaka. Surrounded by the splendour of the Southern Alps, the lodge boasts incredible natural beauty, abundant wildlife and superb guided activities. From Heli Adventures, such as Heli Skiing and Guided Fishing, to scenic tours, heli picnics and Jet Boating, or valley walks and strolls to waterfalls - there are a plethora of experiences to enjoy. The small and attentive team of staff perfectly tailor the activities, along with providing house-keeping and catering for all meals.

The main lodge has a warm, country-style interior with library, lounge and open fires, serving fine cuisine, whilst each individual chalet has en-suite bedrooms, a private deck with Hot Tub, complimentary Mini Bar, Nespresso Machine and unlimited WiFi. Guests can enjoy private helicopter charters to remote locations, witness spectacular ice-carved fiords, crystal-clear lakes and alpine meadows - quite in addition to admiring the feats of the owning high-country farming family, who manage their deer, sheep and cattle livestock at height. A highlight of any trip to New Zealand, this unique wilderness escape provides a dramatic backdrop for lofty adventures.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:An alpine lodge set at the head of a remote glacial valley
  • Feature:A wilderness retreat, accessible only by helicopter
  • Rooms:Main Apine Lodge with Chalets
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Queenstown International Airport
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Helicopter transfer to Queenstown

Depart Minaret Station and fly to the adventure-playground of Queenstown.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Staying at

Eichardt's Private Hotel

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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

Providing New Zealand's most exclusive lakefront address, this 140-year-old icon provides a wealth of historic charm with classic boutique-style luxury. Boasting an unrivalled setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the property is renowned for sumptuous comfort and superb cuisine.

Staying at

Eichardt's Private Hotel

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Eichardt's Private Hotel, with its premium lakefront position and rich heritage as a legacy of the New Zealand gold rush, is the perfect retreat in which to soak up some peace and quiet before exploring the fantastic range of shops and local adventure pursuits beyond its front doors. This boutique hotel offers a first-class standard of elegant accommodation, with just five glamorous guest suites that are all generously proportioned and feature dark wooden furnishings which blend contemporary and provincial styles. Each offers expansive views of Lake Wakatipu or the mountains and features a super-king-size bed, fireplace and a spacious bathroom, with a separate shower and underfloor heating. Additionally, there's a stylish parlour to relax or take breakfast in, filled with antique Victorian furniture, huge gilt mirrors and comfortable chairs and sofas, along with the renowned Eichardt's Bar, an iconic venue for residents and non-residents since 1867, offering an award-winning wine list, delicious tapas, breakfast and lunch and a welcoming ambience.


  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Enjoy stunning lake or mountain views from your suite
  • Feature:Eichardt's Bar serves delicious cocktails
  • Rooms:5 suites & 4 cottages
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Nearest airport:Queenstown Airport
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Enjoy a private car transfer to mesmeric Glenorchy

Depart vibrant Queenstown and take a 45-minute private car transfer to Blanket Bay Lodge, in tranquil Glenorchy.

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Glenorchy, New Zealand

Staying at

Blanket Bay

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Follow the road from Queenstown to experience the scenic tranquillity of Glenorchy and witness first-hand the breathtaking scenery featured within 'The Lord of The Rings' film trilogy. Leaving the lights and attractions of Queenstown behind, visitors can experience the peace and beauty of Glenorchy - an ideal place to relax, and absorb the reflected vistas, after a busy itinerary.

Highlights

Located at the remote head of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, this tranquil haven provides the perfect relaxing conclusion to a memorable New Zealand adventure.

Staying at

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 car transfer to Queenstown Airport for your flight home

Bid a sad farewell to the mesmerising scenery of Glenorchy and return to Queenstown for your flight home.

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

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Our expert Travel Consultant, Gill says ...

Our Experts

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As a keen walker, hiker, wildlife enthusiast and foodie, I thoroughly enjoy exploring New Zealand's diverse landscape and sampling the abundant fresh produce. It is an ideal destination for those who like to enjoy several experiences in one trip - from soft adventure and nautical attractions, to sampling the laid-back Kiwi lifestyle.

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