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Absolute Luxury New Zealand
This exceptional holiday brings together a collection of New Zealand’s finest lodges and hotels. Set in magnificent, scenic locations, all offer personalised experiences and outstanding Kiwi hospitality.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 16 days/15 nights
- Starts in: Auckland
- TranzAlpine Train
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Milford Sound
Day 1 Auckland
Settle into your elegant accommodation and perhaps dine out at one of the city’s eclectic restaurants lining Federal St, or one of the chic bistros of bustling Viaduct Harbour.
Days 2-3 Auckland to Bay of Islands
Leave the city behind and drive north to the subtropical Bay of Islands. Situated within its own 30 hectare estate, exclusive Eagles Nest is your home for the next two nights and offers the perfect place to acclimatise. Discover secluded bays, visit quaint art galleries and marvel at the captivating views from your state of the art private villa, nestled amongst lush native bush.
Days 4-5 Bay of Islands to Auckland
Enjoy a leisurely drive back to Auckland, spending the next two days exploring the city and venturing across the bay to Waiheke Island for a gourmet tasting tour. With a sunny microclimate, scenic cliff-top vineyards and golden beaches, this gorgeous island is a local’s favourite.
Days 6-7 Auckland to Rotorua
Overlooking stunning Lake Terawera, peaceful Solitaire Lodge boasts understated luxury in an unrivalled lakefront location. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal parks and enjoy one of the many optional lodge activities (payable locally) including fishing, private 4WD adventures and even helicopter flights over White Island, an active marine volcano.
Day 8 Rotorua to Christchurch
Drop off your car and catch the short flight from Rotorua to Christchurch where you will spend the night.
Day 9 Christchurch to Franz Josef
Board the TranzAlpine and embark upon one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Bisecting the centre of the South Island, you’ll cross dramatic gorges and pass through the mountainous heart of the Southern Alps before descending through native beech forest. On arrival in Greymouth, pick up your car and continue to glacier country, marvelling at the glorious coastal vistas en route.
Day 10 Franz Josef
The tropical rainforest fringing Franz Josef offers a stark contrast to the cascading glacier from which the village takes its name. Take to the skies on an exhilarating helicopter flight over the ice before landing on the glacier itself and hiking across its shimmering, iridescent surface.
Day 11 Franz Josef to Glenorchy
The longest but most spectacular drive on your adventure takes you past the snowtipped peak of Mount Cook and along the dramatic west coast. Stop off in pretty Wanaka before trailing the perimeter of Lake Wakatipu past Queenstown, to your next destination: Blanket Bay.
Day 12 Glenorchy
This world-renowned property offers a traditional lodge experience in a truly breathtaking location. Relish exceptional dining, immerse yourself in amazing scenery on optional guided hikes, or simply relax by the crackling fire in the grand ‘Great Room’.
Day 13 Glenorchy to Queenstown
Drive the short distance back to Queenstown and drop off your car. Check into your plush boutique hotel and explore the nearby boutique shops and popular lakefront restaurants.
Days 14-15 Queenstown
Enjoy a wealth of activities in New Zealand’s adventure capital from helicopter rides to 4WD tours and on day 15 embark on a Milford Sound cruise with a spectacular flight back included.
Day 16 Queenstown
Head to the airport for your onward arrangements as your adventure ends.
Optional Excursions:Pre-book These Unmissable Experiences:
America’s Cup Sailing Experience, from Auckland
Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands
Otago’s Boutique Wineries, from Queenstown
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- 12 days Intermediate Inclusive Plus car hire including zero excess insurance, 15% discount (book by 30 Apr 20), unlimited mileage, 24 hour Roadside Assistance & additional drivers. A one way drop-off fee is payable locally
- TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
- 15 nights 5 to 5+ accommodation
- Cordis Auckland
- Eagles Nest, Russell
- Solitaire Lodge, Rotorua
- The George, Christchurch
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef
- Blanket Bay, Glenorchy
- The Spire, Queenstown
- 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 5 dinners
- Pre-dinner drinks & canapés on days 6-7 at Solitaire Lodge
- Pre-dinner drinks on days 11-12 at Blanket Bay
- Taste of Waiheke Island, from Auckland
- Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
- Milford Sound Day Tour - Coach Cruise Flight, from Queenstown
- International flights
- Internal flight
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However, to give you a general idea of prices, flights to Auckland currently cost from £801 in Economy, £2,249 in Premium Economy and £3,189 in Business Class
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We offer hundreds of unforgettable experiences all round the globe, from city-tours to bridge climbs, balloon flights to whale watching cruises.
Take a look at the local tours we offer along the way and ask your Trailfinders consultant to add them to your itinerary for you.
America's Cup Sailing Experience
Coromandel Peninsula Tour
Auckland City Tour & Sky Tower
Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington
Dart River Wilderness Safari
1 Night Milford Sound Cruise
Dart River Funyak Canoe & Jetboat Tour
Milford Sound Day Tour - Coach Cruise Flight
Safari of the Scenes Queenstown
Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy
Walter Peak Farm by Vintage Steamship with Barbecue
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