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1

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.

We take care of your transfer from the airport and 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

Accommodation:
Hotel de Brett is situated in downtown Auckland and is considered a very unique luxury boutique hotel. Set in Auckland’s hip High Street, the fashion district, the iconic building has been reinterpreted into a 25 room luxury boutique hotel with each room designed with eclectic furniture, New Zealand Art and photography. The décor is a celebration of contemporary New Zealand art and design, with hints of the hotel’s art deco past.
Hotel De Bretts Auckland City

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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 Islands 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. 

Join one of the local wine aficionado’s for an exclusive behind the scenes wine producers tour. You can choose from premium vineyards like Mudbrick, Obsidian, Te Whau, Jurassic , Destiny Bay...and potentially Man o War. At each vineyard taste a selection of wines and enjoy an in-depth discussion with the winemaker. Barrel tastings at one vineyard can also be arranged depending on seasonal availability.

If you fancy something a little tactile, it is also possible to visit a bronze crafting studio, a cobbler who makes individual pairs of shoes from scratch, a ceramic artist or a visit to the spectacular sculpture park. For those who wish to break up the day may enjoy a brisk walk on one of the many beautiful beaches Waiheke is famous for. (varying degrees of difficulty)

'YOU'RE HERE, SLOW DOWN' - WAIHEKE ISLAND'S CATCHPHRASE

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RELAX IN YOUR LUXURY HIDEAWAY ON THE COROMANDEL

Today collect your car and travel to the beautiful Coromandel Coast, where you can indulge in 2 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.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of uncrowned beautiful beaches & is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle & hype of city life.

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

Accommodation Whitianga - 2 nights

Nestled amongst native New Zealand bush at Cooks Beach, and close to the seaside town of Whitianga is 970 Lonely Bay Lodge, a boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in the Coromandel. Choose from three one bedroom suites or two bedroom ‘honeymoon’ suites. All rooms include a spacious terrace with a king bed and your own ensuite bathroom.

Lonely Bay Lodge

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ROTORUA - PACIFIC RIM OF FIRE

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 night

Rotorua’s 5 star Lakeside Boutique Hotel, offering luxury accommodation that exudes classic sophistication and contemporary chic. The property has one acre of grounds which include rose gardens, green lawns, a swimming pool, sauna, sandy beach, heli-pad and a private jetty. Enjoy one of eight guest rooms all with stunning views over the lake or gardens with modern styling and comfort.

Black Swan Lakeside Lodge

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PRIVATE LAKE TARAWERA CRUISE / NATURAL HOTPOOLS

The Rotorua region boasts thirteen impressive lakes, but Lake Tarawera is considered by many to be the best of them all.  This picturesque lake is famous for its idyllic surroundings, a haven for nature lovers, bird-watchers or those just wanting to relax in the peace and seclusion of her secluded beaches. Hiking is also popular, there a number of fantastic walking tracks and thermally heated hot water beaches.

Lake Cruise and Natural Thermal Hot Pools: Today we take you to one of our best kept secrets. Beginning with an informative cruise across the pristine Lake Tarawera and land at ' Hot Water Beach' (there are a few in this country) 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 for a New Zealand honeymoon. Your return is via the stunning Tarawera Trail - an easy stroll through beautiful 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 the Airport for a connecting flight to Nelson.

Nelson has a large creative community of working artists that gives the town a laid-back, bohemian feel. Passionate wine makers and craft beer brewers in the area mean that sitting in the sun with the tipple of your choice is a lovely way to enjoy the town centre.

Receiving some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand, the Nelson district it the perfect destination to visit year round. Located in the North-West corner of New Zealand, the Nelson region is surrounded by sheltered mountain ranges, golden beaches, national parks and boutique wineries and breweries. From Nelson, it’s easy to access any of three distinctly different National Parks.

Accommodation Nelson - 1 night

Accommodation:
Ah House is a unique bed & breakfast experience in the heart of Nelson city centre. Set in the leafy street behind the cathedral, we are in easy access to everything from cafes, restaurants and the airport. The Garden Apartments are self-contained large studio’s situated in a quiet, sunny garden overlooking Nelson's famous Christ Church Cathedral. The apartments are fully equipped for all your needs.
Ah House Nelson

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Easy Adventures in Paradise - Abel Tasman National Park

Golden beaches border the translucent turquoise sea, and sandy estuaries fringed by natural forests. The walking tracks here, both in land and costal, are world famous for their outstanding beauty. Walking and Kayaking and then just kicking back on one of the many unspoilt beaches you will discover along the way is what its all about. Plus you have the added bonus of face-to-face encounters with marine wildlife and birds. The outstandingly beautiful Abel Tasman National Park is home to the ever-entertaining seal colony and who knows you may be lucky enough to spot visiting dolphins and Orcas playing in the Abel Tasman National Park waters.

This tour experiences the best of both worlds, you can kayak for 2 days and try 1 day walking on the Abel Tasman Coast Track (or Visa Versa or One of the Other) while enjoying comfortable accommodations and fine meals at the beachfront lodges each night.

Kayaking: The kayaking is suitable for all levels of experience, you don't need previous sea kayaking experience as you will be accompanied by friendly knowledgeable guides at all times on the water. 

Todays Planned Itinerary:

  • Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri from Nelson (1 hour) 
  • Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1.5 hours
  • Walk - 2 hours (6 kms, 3.7 miles) including tidal crossing
  • Maximum elevation 60 m (200 ft)

Includes: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Accommodation - Meadowbank Homestead Awaroa - 1 night
 

After a day in the Abel Tasman return to your own ensuite room and a hot shower. Over a fine 3-course dinner, swap stories with fellow travellers and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sands. This is one of only 2 Beachfront Lodges within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park.

Meadowbank Homestead Abel Tasman

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AWAROA TO BEAUTIFUL TORRENT BAY

Another day, another picture postcard setting. This morning enjoy the short walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti where you can again relax on another sandy beach; this one however, is flanked by impressive granite headlands surrounded by unusual rock formations - perhaps a side trip to the Tonga Quarry historic site is in order. Bark Bay for lunch – relax or explore, sunbathe or swim. Your afternoon stroll enjoys a succession of magnificent views of headlands, beaches, estuaries, walking through lush native forest and even crossing a classic New Zealand swing bridge at the Falls River.

Kayak and Walk option: Walk to Onetahuti 1.5 hours, 4 kms (2.4 miles), Sea Kayak to Torrent Bay 4 hours 10 kms (6.2 miles)

Enjoy the best of both worlds with the option of both kayaking and walking. Walk from Awaroa to Onetahuti (as above). Kayak to the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where fur seals breed. Kayak through clear waters as you cruise past Tonga Quarry and Arches, A lunch stop at sheltered Bark Bay before continuing you continue beach hopping along the coast into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.

Walking Option: 6-7 hours 17 km (10.56 miles)

Includes: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Torrent Bay Beachfront Lodge - 1 night
 

After your adventures are complete why not laze on the sun deck or feel the sand between your toes on the beach in front of the lodge or snooze in your own room or have a hot shower. Over a fine 3-course dinner, swap stories with fellow travellers and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sands. This is one of only 2 Beachfront Lodges within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park.

Torrent Bay Beachfront Lodge

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TORRENT BAY TO KAITERITERI / NELSON

After breakfast depart the lodge by kayak at about 9.30am. We’ll stop for lunch and a rest at any one of the bays, before we continue our journey through azure waters to the famous Kaiteriteri beach, where our driver will be waiting to meet you for the return journey to Nelson - arrival about 5.30pm.

Todays Planned Itinerary:

Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kms/ 7.5 mi)
Scenic Drive Kaiteriteri to Nelson (1 hour)

Includes: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Accommodation - Nelson - 1 night

Accommodation:
Ah House is a unique bed & breakfast experience in the heart of Nelson city centre. Set in the leafy street behind the cathedral, we are in easy access to everything from cafes, restaurants and the airport. The Garden Apartments are self-contained large studio’s situated in a quiet, sunny garden overlooking Nelson's famous Christ Church Cathedral. The apartments are fully equipped for all your needs.
Ah House Nelson

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TRAVEL TO KAIKOURA THE SERENGETI OF THE SEA

Collect a rental car this morning and 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
Whale Watching Flight  Dusky Dolphin Viewing/Swimming
Kayaking with Fur Seals Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching 

 

Approximate Distance: 243 km | 151 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Accommodation Kaikoura - 1 night

Nested 30 feet (9 meters) up amidst a stand of native Manuka trees is the Hapuku Tree Houses & Lodge, offering spectacular views over Kaikoura’s dramatic coastline. Each tree house has been designed to complement the natural environment, made from native woods and copper shingles. 

Hapuku Tree Houses Kaikoura

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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

 

Driving Times: Due to major roadwork’s in and around Kaikoura, up-to-date driving times will be supplied on enquiry.

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

Accommodation:
The George, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon and just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George will offer you a supreme comfort, with personalised stay and attentive staff. The hotel is located in the heart of Christchurch, and its just steps away from cultural precinct and key attractions.
The George - Christchurch

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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

Accommodation:
Sited above the village, Lake Tekapo Lodge has magnificent lake and mountain views and the lodge itself is pure luxury inside! Known for its style, art and service. A walkway runs alongside the lodge giving quick access to the village. The guest dining room is in the heart of the building. It has a large picture window next to the dining table seducing guests to linger over meals. An open fire roars in the cooler months and the glamorous decor makes for a relaxing environment for dining. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Lake Tekapo Lodge

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MT COOK NATIONAL PARK / LAKE WANAKA

Today you follow the backbone (Southern Alps) of New Zealand into our 'Southern Lakes District' 

Side Trip to Mt Cook:  Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park is an alpine wonderland of ice and rock. The park has been recognised internationally as part of the Te Wähipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. The region boasts more than 140 peaks over 2000m (6500ft) and contains all but five of New Zealand’s 27 peaks over 3000m (10 000ft) and is home to a breathtaking array of glaciers, lakes, rivers and unique flora and fauna. Not to forget mighty Aoraki (‘cloud piercer’) Mount Cook stands at 3754 metres (12,316 feet) and is the highest peak in Australasia.

Note: The 110km (68 mile) return drive from state highway 8 along the shores of the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki is one of the most picturesque in New Zealand and the added 1.5 hour return drive back to the state highway is certainly worth it!

Southern Lakes: The lakeside town of 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

Tin Tub Luxury Lodge is situated on a stunning lake hosting mountain views in a simply spectacular Lake Wanaka location. The lodge gracefully sits in a garden setting on the hills overlooking the lake and mountains yet only a few minutes from Wanaka Township. Perfect for all seasons with its solar heated swimming pool, sauna, hot tubs (in the Lodge rooms), a gym and a drying room for the avid skier.
Tin Tub Luxury Lodge Lake Wanaka.

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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.  

Recommended excursions around Queenstown.

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


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

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights

For your perfect escape to Queenstown, come and experience The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, our clients rave about this property with a reputation for high quality and excellent service. Built in the 1920’s it has been voted #24 in the World and #1 in New Zealand for Small Hotels so you can be assured you won’t be disappointed. Situated only a minute walk to Queenstown with 13 rooms, all with ensuites and stunning views of the surrounding alpine area.


11

A Picnic in Paradise - A Remote Wilderness Experience

This morning take 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, leaving your afternoon free to explore Queenstown.


If time permits some recommended excursions around Queenstown:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


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Boutique Wine Tour of Central Otago

Central Otago wine is so much more than a taste experience. You’ll see the real drama in the scenery, hear the pristine silence of the high country, savour the scent of pure clean air and feel the pulse of the heart of Central Otago. Taste wines at four of the best vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions whilst enjoying the Scenery of Kawarau Gorge, the Otago Goldfields, Historic Old Cromwell Town and Lake Dunstan and then enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award winning Carrick Winery Restaurant.

Appreciating the many aspects of Central Otago's viticulture and lifestyle isn't something you can do in a big group. This tour is designed to ensure everybody gets to fully enjoy the region. Whether you know wine intimately or just enjoy the odd glass, your visit is an interactive experience, sharing the scenery and culture with your guide and your group, there is an absolute maximum of 10 people to each specialist guide.


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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!
 


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What suzie says about this tour: I am so excited to recommend this ultimate honeymoon tour. We have crafted an adventurous and playful itinerary, allowing for relaxed couple time, with top end accommmodation, boutique wine tours, and stunning scenic drives. Your honey will not be disappointed! This romantic 18 day tour ticks all the boxes.
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