Highlights

  • Stay in some of New Zealand’s finest accommodation
  • See the best of the North and South islands, from countryside idylls to city slicking
  • Link it all with some of the world’s most spectacular drives
  • Spoil yourself with wine tastings and included gourmet dining

Pair New Zealand’s spectacular natural world with stays in some of its most impressive accommodation, ranging from Victorian villas to ultra-luxury golf-course resorts. It’s the chance to experience the highlights of both the North and South islands, knitting together everything from mountain-framed lakes and geothermal wonders to wine islands and historic cities on impossibly scenic drives. As such, you’ll have the flexibility to explore at your own pace, knowing that you’ll return to the likes of gourmet dinners and included evening drinks at your luxury accommodation.


Days 1 – 2

Depart the UK

You'll begin the holiday in style, as one of our chauffeurs will collect you and drive you to the airport. You'll have access to a premium lounge to relax ahead of your flight to New Zealand.

Chauffeur service

Chauffeur service

Complimentary lounge access

Complimentary lounge access


Day 3

City slicking in Auckland

On touching down, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver who’ll bring you to your landmark accommodation – the Hotel DeBrett. You’ll be greeted at this Art Deco icon by welcome drinks, served in a bar that’s hosted Auckland’s fashionable set since the 19th century. Then, there’s the option of resting up in your suite – where goose-down bedding complements egg chairs and local artwork – or heading out to explore. New Zealand’s largest city excites with superb restaurants, a beautiful waterfront and a spectacular backdrop of volcanic peaks, black-sand beaches and Maori carvings.

Auckland Harbourfront

Auckland Harbourfront


Days 4 – 5

The Bay of Islands: paradise found

Collecting your hire car, you’ll sweep through old-growth forests and past crescent shorelines to reach the Bay of Islands. Known as ‘the winterless north’, it’s where blonde beach beauty is married with rugged good looks. You’ll stay at the superb Sanctuary where an infinity-pool takes in views of virgin rainforests and island-dotted channels. It’s a view shared by its superb, eco-friendly restaurant where you’ll enjoy a pair of three-course dinners, including drinks. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore with sailing trips, winery tours and rainforest walks. The region is also host to a fascinating history both Maori and colonial – the Treaty of Waitangi was drawn up here, the document that all but founded a nation.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Northland, The Bay of Islands

Northland, The Bay of Islands

The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands


Days 6 – 7

Waiheke: Wine Island

Driving back to Auckland you’ll drop your car off to catch an included ferry, across the Hauraki Gulf, to Waiheke. Although it’s termed the ‘Wine Island’ for its world-class viticulture, you’ll also find a beguiling blend of forests, beaches and olive groves. There’s also Oneroa – the island’s main village and a creative haunt for artists inspired by the island’s laidback charms and untouched nature reserves. You’ll be met on arrival and brought to Marino Ridge – a contemporary architectural masterpiece complete with private beach. Settle in to a life of included pre-dinner drinks and canapés – the ideal end to days spent tasting your way through vineyards.

Breakfast included

Waiheke vineyard

Waiheke vineyard

Outdoor fireplace, Marino Ridge

Outdoor fireplace, Marino Ridge

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island


Days 8 – 9

The legends of Lake Taupo

Your return ferry hop will see you back to Auckland, where you’ll pick up your hire car for a drive, through the North Island’s endlessly rolling greenery, to Taupo. This postcard-perfect lake is the beating heart of Maori mythology, with volcanic peaks rising out of shimmering waters. You’ll stay among 254 hectares of tranquil grounds at the ultra-contemporary Kinloch Club, home to New Zealand’s premier golf resort. Settle into your suite with pre-dinner drinks and canapés before enjoying the first of your farm-to-table evening meals. You’ll also have time to explore the region’s geothermal wonders; there’s everything from crashing waterfalls to bubbling hot springs.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Lake Taupo & Lake Rotorua

Lake Taupo & Lake Rotorua

Kinloch Club bar

Kinloch Club bar


Days 10 – 11

The wines of Hawke's Bay

Continue south to Hastings in Hawke’s Bay, where some of New Zealand's most prized wines originate. And, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample the local produce on vineyard tours or with your lodge’s very own wine cellar. To round off the epicurean indulgences, you’ll also be treated to nightly cocktails and canapés – the ideal appetiser to your included gourmet meals. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers also excites with a clifftop golf course, private-balcony views over the Pacific and even prime access to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets. Explore with complimentary mountain bikes and Cape Kidnappers’ network of hiking trails.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Hole 15, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hole 15, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hawke's Bay Vineyard

Hawke's Bay Vineyard

Horse treks, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Horse treks, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers


Days 12 – 13

Genteel Christchurch

Swapping islands with a short flight, you’ll pick up your next hire car in Christchurch – New Zealand’s English city. It’s a heritage shared with your luxury accommodation; ringed by grounds modelled on Kew Gardens, Otahuna Lodge is the country’s largest private historic residence. Here, you’ll be treated to daily pre-dinner drinks and canapés along with five-course degustation meals, wine paired of course, that showcase the best of the estate’s produce. You’ll also want to get out and explore, with Christchurch’s botanic gardens, river punting and tram-rattled hills on your doorstep. Seaside rainforest walks will also see you to nearby Kaikoura’s stunning collection of marine life. It’s one of the best places on earth for whale watching.

Breakfast & Dinner included

The River Avon, Christchurch

The River Avon, Christchurch

Dining, Otahuna Lodge

Dining, Otahuna Lodge


Days 14 – 15

Wanaka – between lakes and mountains

A spectacular drive, skirting giant bodies of water and snow-capped peaks alike, will bring you to Wanaka for some indulgent relaxation. At your luxury accommodation, private outdoor tubs take in superb lake views and sauna soaks make for the perfect end to days spent hiking, fly fishing or exploring with your lodge’s complimentary mountain bikes. Whatever you choose, you’ll be treated to a spectacular natural world of shimmering waters, cragged peaks and rolling greenery. You’ll also have no fewer than six world-class ski destinations within easy reach, with burning log fires and a drying room to return to.

Breakfast included

Lake Wanaka and Mt. Aspiring

Lake Wanaka and Mt. Aspiring


Days 16 – 19

Queenstown – New Zealand’s Adventure Capital

A short-but-scenic drive will bring you to your last stop – a beautifully restored Victoria villa. While you can expect pre-dinner drinks and canapés – along with refreshments available throughout the day – to characterise your stay, Queenstown is the ideal launchpad to a full complement of exciting activities. From hiking, horse rides and pretty lake cruises to skydiving, bungee jumping and parasailing, there’s no shortage of high adrenaline fun. Alternatively, take some time out with the surrounding vineyards, or book onto a scenic flight, perhaps over the stunning beauty of the South Island’s Fiordlands.

Breakfast included

Queenstown driving

Queenstown driving

View from Roy's Peak

View from Roy's Peak

Hulbert House

Hulbert House


Days 20 – 21

Return to the UK

Dropping your hire car off at Queenstown Airport, you’ll board your overnight flight home. Then, on arrival back in the UK, you’ll be met by a private chauffeur for a last transfer home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"This itinerary combines the very best in small-scale luxury accommodation, crucially in some of the most beautiful locations across both islands. Some are secluded and remote, while others are in the heart of small towns. I've combined these wonderful properties with gourmet dining, world-class wines and memorable experiences. Above all, you'll receive a true sample of Kiwi hospitality as the finishing touch to the whole journey."

Esther Ward

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £7,270 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £7,270 pp
High Season from: £9,475 pp

  • Return UK airport chauffeur service
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Private transfers in Auckland
  • 16 days medium car hire with GPS
  • 17 nights accommodation staying in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a mix of B&B and half-board


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