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From the glistening Bay of Island to the towering peaks surrounding Queenstown, this itinerary highlights the best of New Zealand's varied landscapes.
Explore the glistening beaches and crinkle cut coastline of the Coromandel
Enjoy a guided Maori tour around Hawkes Bay seeing the region through the eyes of a Maori
Explore the volcanic headland of the South Island's Banks Peninsula
This itinerary showcases the very best of New Zealand’s 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.
With 144 different islands scattered across the cobalt blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, The Bay of Islands in Northland is renowned for its huge historical significance as well as its sheer beauty. 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. We’ve included a cruise out to the famous Hole in the Rock north of Cape Brett and a site of geological wonder. A monolithic arch protruding from the depths of the deep blue, this rock is historically significant for the Maori people as its believed to be the official gateway into Aotearoa. For those wanting some culture, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the New Zealand Maori and the British Crown. For a special experience, head to the most northerly point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, a sacred place for the Maori people, where you can see the Tasman and the Pacific Ocean collide in a marriage of oceans.
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. 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.
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. 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. Options abound here. 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 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.
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. Spend your time exploring the beautiful bays and inlets by foot or qad 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.
Your next destination is in the heart of the South Island, the alpine resort of Queenstown nestled between the dominant snow-capped Remarkable’s Range and the glimmering blue of Lake Wakatipu. 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 guided tour of this varied landscape discovering the forest, lakes and rolling farmlands of this renowned region. Climb the Devil’s Staircase for panoramic views across Queenstown and glistening Lake Wakatipu before exploring the tranquil Mavora Lakes region where bountiful rivers flow through cascading mountainous valleys. Whatever your interests be it adrenalin-pumping activities, fine dining, hiking, cycling, cruising, snow sports, culture or wildlife – Queenstown has it all and is the very definition of wild New Zealand.
Discover the varied delights of the Hawkes Bay region on this private full day tour. With each tour being custom designed you can rest assured that you will experience the Best of the Bay tailored exactly to your needs.
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.
The Cape Reinga tour is for those who wish to spend time enjoying the magnificent natural wonders of the North. You will be over-awed by the grandeur of the mighty Kauri trees, the expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and the mystique of Cape Reinga.
Explore the famous Hole in the Rock on a sightseeing cruise of the Bay of Islands, departing at 12.30pm.
Deep in the Matukituki Valley, this exciting half day jet boating adventure will take you beneath the breath-taking scenery of mountains and glaciers, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park.
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