New Zealand Roadtrip

New Zealand

From £12300 Per person in low season
From £14600 Per person in high season

based on 14 nights & selected experiences

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  • Private transfers

  • Car rental

  • Selected experiences

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At a Glance

  • Plunge into this epic country from the glistening Bay of Islands in the north to the towering peaks surrounding Queenstown in the south

  • Submerge in an abundance of outdoor adventures; Sea kayaking to Cathedral Cove, Hawkes Bay food and wine lovers tour to an epic Milford Sound Heli experience

  • Explore the glistening beaches and crinkle cut coastline of the Coromandel and the expansive vineyards of Central Otago

  • See the region through the eyes of a Maori with a guided Maori tour around Hawkes Bay

  • Refuel in the most luxurious retreats with stunning vistas, unique style and divine cuisine

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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Lose yourself in this dreamy roadtrip adventure through New Zealand, taking you to the many highlights that this beautiful country has in abundance. You will soak up wild landscapes and varied terrain from the azure waters of the Bay of Islands to the golden beaches of the Coromandel. Discover the South Island home to the volcanic Banks Peninsula before flying to the alpine resort of Queenstown, the country’s most famous town set in the heart of New Zealand’s wild, epic Southern Alps.

  1. Days 1-3: Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand

    Fly back to Auckland, collect your hire car and commence the scenic journey south-east towards the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel. The antithesis of the big city, here rather than high-rise buildings, dense native forest and dazzling white sand beaches are the order of the day and with a laid-back atmosphere, it’s here you’ll relax into the Kiwi way of life. Staying at 970 Lonely Bay, a luxury boutique lodge set amidst pretty gardens just back from Cooks Beach with far reaching views over the ocean. Take a walk to the private and secluded Lonely Bay through the Shakespeare Reserve or over the estuary bridge to the white, sandy Cooks Beach - the perfect setting for swimming and a picnic.

    Explore some of the native forests on self-guided walking trails or hire mountain bikes and cover tracks made for riding hard and fast. Visit Hot Water Beach – aptly named due to the warm hot springs just below the surface of the sand and dig your own private hot tub on the beach or stroll along the beach to Cathedral Cove, one of the Coromandel’s most photographed coastal spots. We’ve included a sea kayaking experience to Cathedral Cove, you will paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off you land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to world famous cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach!

    Accommodation: 970 Lonely Bay Lodge (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Bay of Islands

    Kickstart your epic adventure at the very north of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands, with 144 different islands scattered across the cobalt blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, it is renowned for its huge historical significance as well as its sheer beauty. The prime location to ease jetlag, you will be staying at the luxurious Eagles Nest, a private estate home to cutting edge, architecturally designed villas perfectly located to explore historic Russell, all have outdoor Jacuzzis, wonderful views and gourmet kitchens, with four of the villas having their own private pools. Most of the action up here is out on the water and a huge variety of options abound from sailing to kayaking, diving or dolphin watching.  

    The Bay of Islands is a world-renowned destination for deep sea and big game fishing as well as sailing and cruising throughout the many picture-perfect islands, bays and coves. It is also known for its dolphin watching, secluded beaches, lush native bush walks and historic attractions. It epitomises clean, green New Zealand. Tennis in Russell and golf at Waitangi or the internationally acclaimed Kauri Cliffs can also be arranged.

    Accommodation: Eagles Nest (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-9: Akaroa, New Zealand

    After a short flight from Napier to Christchurch you’ll be transferred to the Banks Peninsula, a volcanic headland, home to picturesque bays and seaside villages which will be your home for the next few nights staying at Annandale, with individually designed villas, giving a very unique experience on a working farm with a farm-to-fork philosophy. You will get the chance to learn more about the workings of Annandale's extensive sheep and cattle farm from your guide, exploring rugged tracks and great views from elevated parts of the property and visit the historic woolshed and get up close to some of the livestock.

    Spend your time exploring the beautiful bays and inlets by foot or quad bike, stopping around every bend admiring the myriad of panoramic views or get out on the water in search of the many dolphins, seals and other marine life that call this sheltered area home. The Banks Peninsula is also the location of the small township of Akaroa – the only French Settlement in New Zealand. Visit this coastal town and explore the quaint streets lined with artisan galleries and shops or journey to the summit of the old volcanic rim for endless jaw-dropping views across Akaraoa harbour towards the uninterrupted waters of the South Pacific.

    Accommodation: Annandale (3 nights)

  4. Days 9-12: Hawkes Bay

    Continue to the East Cape, one of the most wild and unspoilt areas of the North Island and the first place in the world to receive the sunrise each day. With a sunny disposition and fertile soil, Hawkes Bay was designed to produce wine, and no trip to Hawkes Bay is complete without a vineyard tour and tasting. We’ve included the sensational private Hawkes Bay food and wine lovers tour, you will meet with local producers passionate about their craft and learn about the processes involved in creating wine. In addition, you will get to visit some of the artisan food producers and of course taste some of their produce – a fantastic day out for food and wine lovers. A gorgeous area to explore all whilst staying at the opulent and tranquil retreat of Greenhill Lodge, set in 30 acres situated on a hilltop overlooking classic farm and grazing land.

    The region is also home to New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, a city destroyed by a devastating earthquake and rebuilt in the style of the 1920s. You might like to walk up to the top of the spiritual Te Mata Peak for endless views across the crinkle cut coastline or visit nearby Cape Kidnappers home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets. We’ve also included a cultural experience with a local Maori elder here which will see you enjoy a ‘powhiri' (traditional Maori welcome), before enjoying a guided tour of the area exploring through the eyes of a Maori.

    Accommodation: Greenhill Lodge (3 nights)

  5. Days 12-15: Queenstown

    Next dive into the adventure playground that is Queenstown.  The definition of the phrase lakes and mountains, Queenstown is most renowned for owning the title “Adventure Capital of the World” yet offers so much more than just adrenaline-enthused adventure. The filming location of Lord of the Rings, its here that Middle Earth was made a reality. Towering peaks, glacial lakes and gushing rivers make for and epic natural movie set and an exploration by 4WD high into the wild landscapes surrounding Queenstown comes highly recommended. We’ve included a Milford Sound extended helicopter tour, an utterly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound. Pass towering peaks including the dominant, Mitre Peak and the iconic Bowen Falls. Pass beautiful green icefalls and isolated valleys as you fly through the sound heading out to the azure waters of the Tasman Sea.

    Explore the vineyards and scenic wine lands of Central Otago by bike on this self-guided winery tour and visit some of the region’s most well-known wineries. Riding adjacent to the glorious Arrow River you will pass the home of bungee jumping -the Kawarau Suspension Bridge before reaching Gibbston Valley, commonly referred to as “The Valley of the Vines”. Armed with your trusty bikes and winery map you will spend the afternoon cycling at your leisure along the easy riding trail, sampling and tasting your way around the vineyards, meeting the local producers and enjoying either a picnic or winery lunch en-route.

    Whatever your interests be it adrenalin-pumping activities, fine dining, hiking, cycling, cruising, snow sports, culture or wildlife – Queenstown has it all.

    Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge (3 nights)

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New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
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