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Luxury New Zealand Honeymoon

A Luxury New Zealand honeymoon designed with your privacy in mind. Your excursions will be privately guided whether it be a helicopter mountain top picnic or private wine tour on the fabulous Waiheke Island. Likewise the accommodation has been hand picked to provide the ultimate in luxury and privacy with attentive and personable hosts. 

3 Day Coromandel Hideaway, Connoisseurs Wine Tour Waiheke Island, Abel Tasman Cruise and Walk, Picnic on Mountain Top by Helicopter, Horse Ride Golden Bay, Star Gazing Mt Cook, Mou Waho Cruise.

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Itinerary

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Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to Auckland!. Today is a day to relax from your flight as the next 18 days on your  Luxury New Zealand Honeymoon will provide some of the most pristine landscapes and thrilling experiences imaginable. Auckland City is situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea.

After checking into your hotel,relax, take a stroll around our beautiful city, explore the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant Quarter or choose one of the many activities available to give a more in depth understanding of Auckland and the surrounding area.

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation Auckland - 2 nights

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Private Wine Tour Waiheke Island

Just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, across the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a tranquil paradise.Since the late 1970's Waiheke's benign climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry. A "small is beautiful" philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into international award-winning wines. 

On this connoisseurs tour, we offer an exclusive behind the scenes to three of Waiheke Island's premier wine producers. You can choose from various vineyards, and finish with a superb lunch at any one of the delightful vineyard restaurants.  At each vineyard you will taste a selection of premium wines and enjoy an in-depth discussion with the winemaker. Barrel tastings at one vineyard can also be arranged depending on seasonal availability.

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Luxury hideaway in the Coromandel

Today collect your car and travel to the beautiful Coromandel Coast, where you can indulge in 3 nights in a private boutique paradise at Cooks Beach.  Your days will be free to swim at local beaches, hike in the lush forests or just stay and savour the stunning surroundings at the Lodge.

Approximate Distance: 189 kms | 117 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Accommodation Whitianga - 3 nights

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Scenic Adventure Cruise

The Hahei Explorer is an hour long, travels up to 14kms, and takes the visitor into coastal islands of the marine reserve, reefs, massive sea caves and bays, including the world famous Cathedral Cove. The magnificence of this natural volcanic scenery is legendary and the approach by sea, combined with an insightful yet relaxed commentary further enhances the experience. Seating only eight passengers, this personalised tour caters for all age groups.

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Rotorua

The heartland of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is host to some of the world’s most incredible geothermal forces. Geysers and clouds of steam are dotted around the city and the un-mistakable smell of sulphur gives the city an otherworldly feel. Here you’ll find natural wonders like the Pohutu geyser, erupting 20 times a day and spouting up to 100 feet, as well as bubbling mud pools, warm geothermal pools and sulphuric terraces in a variety of colours. Nowhere else in New Zealand are the turbulent forces that shape the world more evident. 

But the geothermal wonders of Rotorua are not the only attraction. Considered the Maori cultural centre of New Zealand, Maori history here spans from the 14th century, when the first inhabitants of this region – the Te Arawa Tribe – made practical use of Rotorua’s lively thermal areas. Villages were constructed around these areas, and food was cooked using natural steam and boiling pools. Eliminating the dependence on fire, geothermal elements were also used for warmth and washing. Rotorua is one of the best places in the country to explore the unique culture of the Maori people. 

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

 

Approximate Distance: 207 kms | 128 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

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Lake Tarawera Cruise, Waterfalls - and thermal Hotpools

This day trip is one of our best kept secrets. Beginning with an informative cruise across the pristine Lake Tarawera, a chance to soak in a Natural Hot Water jacuzzi on the bush lined edge of the lake. This is a very romantic area and we think it is a perfect little adventure on a Luxury New Zealand honeymoon. Your return is via the stunning Tarawera Trail - an easy stroll through New Zealand native bush with views of the lake and Mt Tarawera.

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Fly to Nelson

This morning make your way to Rotorua Airport for a connecting flight to Nelson. The Nelson/Tasman region of New Zealand is abundant in creativity, natural beauty, and the opportunity to feast on stunning fresh produce, and the labours of artisan craft beers and wine makers. Your accommodation is conveniently located at the junction between Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park.

Approximate Distance: 46 kms | 29 miles  Total Driving Time: 45 mins

Accommodation Riwaka Valley - 3 nights

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Private Water Taxi in the Abel Tasman National Park

Life's a Beach
Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest National Park, but it’s perfectly formed for marine and coastal adventures. The beauty of this National Park is simply dazzling – golden beaches border the translucent turquoise sea, and sandy estuaries are fringed by pretty coastal forests. The area is home to both coastal and inland walking tracks that are world-famous for their natural beauty. 

Today you will have a private sea shuttle to take you in to the park and explore the coast and islands where face-to-face encounters with marine wildlife and birds abound. Dolphins and Orcas often visit these pristine waters, and the resident fur seal colony is ever-entertaining just offshore, at the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and spend as much time on any of the many beaches as you wish.

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Horse riding at Farewell Spit

Wharariki Beach 3 hour Horse Trek
This is a great beach to ride—with its white sand and West Coast surf, it has it all. Ride through the caves and watch the seals and their babies play in the rock pools that are left after the tide has receded. For the more adventurous, a canter down the beach is thrilling—the sound of your horse's hooves as they hit the sand, and the sea breeze in your face is an awesome feeling!

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Travel to Kaikoura the Seregeti of the Sea

Today you will head through Marlborough the winemaking capital of New Zealand, continuing south the vines will keep you company as you reach the headlands of the East Coast. Nestled between soaring mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is known as New Zealand’s ‘Serengeti of the Sea’. The natural wonders here are breath taking. Fur seals lounge on the rugged coastline and, just offshore, whales and dolphins thrive in an ocean that teems with life.

Kaikoura’s unique submarine environment of deep underwater canyons and warm and cool currents pushes the ocean’s nutrients to the surface, supporting a phenomenal array of marine life.

Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur Seals Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura

 

Approximate Distance: 291 kms | 181 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 50 mins

Accommodation Kaikoura - 1 night

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Travel to Christchurch

Leaving Kaikoura and the coast you will then head inland towards the rural Canterbury plains, once again passing through viticulture of the Waipara wine region, before arriving in Christchurch.

New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch sits on the very edge of the Canterbury Plains and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The city itself has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the 'Re Start Shopping Mall', made out of shipping containers, as well as the many funky Pop Up bars dotted throughout the city.

Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Approximate Distance: 181 kms | 112 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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High Country Lake Tekapo

Leave the city today westwards through the Canterbury plains, you will find a superb location for some great photos at Lake Tekapo. Tekapo is one of three significant, neighboring lakes that border the Mackenzie Valley in New Zealand's South Island. Golden tussock grass carpets the surrounding hillside and roll away into the distance where the Southern Alps frame the horizon. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on its shores and the views to our highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook are remarkable.

Tonight you will be inspired by our universe as you view the night skies in this World Heritage Sky Park, at Mt John Observatory.

Approximate Distance: 225 kms | 140 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 50 mins

Accommodation Tekapo - 1 night

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Lake Wanaka

Wanaka is a compelling mix of spectacular alpine scenery, fine food and wine and boutique shopping. On the doorstep of Mount Aspiring National Park, the spectacular walks & hikes, skiing, water sports and boating options available here delight those passionate about the outdoors. Wanaka is a destination that’s charming in all seasons. Staying around town is just as enjoyable; delight in the many delicious eateries and bustling pubs and enjoy a stroll on the lakeside walkway or a swim in the refreshing waters. 

Approximate Distance: 202 kms | 125 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation Wanaka - 1 night

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Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and ringed by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations. It may be the adventure capital of the world, but it’s also home to an excellent food and wine scene as well as great shopping, hiking and endless opportunities to relax. It’s just as easy to go fishing, golfing, gold panning or wine tasting as it is to bungy jump or sky dive. Famed for its international winter skiing profile and outdoor beauty, Queenstown is a brilliant destination to visit year-round. One thing is certain here: you won’t run out of things to do.  

Approximate Distance: 70 kms | 44 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 10 mins

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights

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Picnic on a Peak

An exclusive helicopter flight takes you into the breathtaking New Zealand wilderness and the chance to enjoy a delightful a champagne picnic in complete seclusion. This private helicopter flight takes you to a remote, secluded area of outstanding natural beauty.

Your pilot will whisk you away from Queenstown over spectacular scenery to an otherwise inaccessible spot where you will be dropped off to explore the wilderness as you wish. Enjoy a delightful champagne luncheon and discover this amazing area at your own pace before calling your pilot from your radio when you are ready to return to civilization.

Recommended excursions around Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 
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Private Half Day Boutique Wine Tour

Central Otago wine country spreads from the outskirts of Queenstown’s Wakatipu Basin through picturesque valleys and dramatic gorges to the rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn and beyond. Our tours take you from Queenstown to the Gibbston Valley and through to the Bannockburn and Cromwell region, the heart of the Central Otago wine country.

The tour takes in three to four outstanding vineyards from the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell areas. For lunch we relax in one of the regions excellent restaurants - The Carrick Winery Restaurant.

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Auckland and Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Today you will fly from Queenstown to Auckland to connect with your international flight. We know you will love your Luxury New Zealand Honeymoon and our promise to you is to make it as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles when recalling your time in New Zealand! There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smile.

Ready to find out more? Talk to us here in New Zealand about the 'Luxury New Zealand Honeymoon'  - We Guarantee it will be the Holiday of a Lifetime!